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Briefing provides Drill tests information to Sailors first responders effected by ERB






PAGE 8 The March Madness 5K will be March 28, 11:30 a.m. at the Dam Neck Fitness Center. Same day registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The run is free. Awards will be given to the top three men and women in each age group. Call 492-7483 for information.

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During a monthly active shooter drill at NAS Oceana, Cpl. Ron Hougen and Cpl. John Perdue from the Oceana Security Department assists MM2 Samuel Erickson from the 1st Lieutenant Department by administering first aid to a mock gunshot wound at Personnel Support Detachment. This exercise is part of Navy-Mid Atlantic Region Training Team’s assessment of the NAS Oceana installation training team. Being conducted this week is Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012 at all Hampton Roads naval bases and at Navy installations throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii and Guam.

Tuskegee Airmen honored at CNATTU BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer

Representatives from Navy Personnel Command’s fleet engagement team gave a presentation to Sailors effected by Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) March 7 at NAS Oceana. The fleet engagement team is composed of representatives from the enlisted distribution division,enlisted community management division,career development program and the Navy’s ERB transition assistance coordinator. The all-hands brief was geared for Sailors not retained by the ERB. Sailors, spouses, concerned representatives of the chain of command, representatives from Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) and chief petty officer (CPO) 365 trainees were present for the hour-long interactive presentation. “The purpose is to ensure that the ERB Sailors and the commands have the opportunity to talk to somebody faceto-face and understand and be kept up-to-date with the policies,the procedures and benefits that they’re eligible for after the Enlisted Retention Board,” said Capt. Steve Holmes, Navy Personnel Command director of military community management.

As part of Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Oceana’s ongoing efforts to recognize military heritage, a permanent tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African Americans who were able to maintain and fly aircraft for the U.S. military during World War II, was unveiled on March 16. For the past two years,CNATTU Oceana has hosted members of the Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, including at the 2011 NAS Oceana Air Show and the famed airmen have spoken to students about their experiences. The historical display features photos and biographies of two of the documented

— See ERB, Page 9

original Tuskegee Airmen — retired Chief Master Sgt. Grant S.Williams Sr.and Harry Quinton,who achieved the rank of sergeant. “We were a group of men who had to fight for the right to fight for their country…There was a time when people of color couldn’t fly airplanes and many other things that they can do now.There was a time when they thought people of color were cowards, that they didn’t have the ability to handle complicated machinery,”Williams explained. — See Living History, Page 6

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Two auto dealerships off limits to military Navy reschedules FY13 Two auto dealerships, Planet Auto (formerly known as The Car Store), 5564 Virginia Beach Blvd.,Virginia Beach and Variety Motors, 3530 N. Military Highway, Norfolk have been placed off-limits to all military personnel in Hampton Roads by the Joint Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board (JAFDCB) for Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. These businesses were placed off-limits because they engage in unfair business practices that targeted service members. In a March meeting, the JAFDCB voted to remove Club Minx (formerly known as Club Atlantis) from the off-limits list. Currently, nine area businesses are on the military

BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» Oceana 60th birthday celebration Join the“Five Star Dining Facility,”the Oceana galley on March 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a special meal to celebrate NAS Oceana’s 60th birthday. The meal will include choice of fried catfish, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, soups, desserts and more.

CPO Birthday Ball The Chief Petty Officer Birthday Ball will be March 30, 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel. For complete information, contact YNCS Ken Nixon at 445-1273.

Occupational Health Clinic The Occupational Health Clinic has moved to the modular building next to the Oceana Branch Health Clinic until approximately May 2012. To get to the new spaces, turn right immediately after entering the modular building.The sign-in sheet will be on the podium in the small waiting area immediately to your right. If there is no sign-in sheet on the podium, proceed down the adjacent hallway to the office spaces. For more information, call 953-3772.

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board’s “Off Limits” list to all members of the armed forces: Hampton Pipe and Tobacco, 86 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton; Hampton Pipe and Tobacco, 15435-B Warwick Blvd., Newport News; Lazy Days, 731 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. B, Newport News; Mellow Smoke Tobacco Shop, 1948 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach; Outer Edge Gifts, 760-B J.Clyde Morris Blvd.,Newport News;Somewhere in Time, 92 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton; Blazin Herbs, 85 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton; Planet Auto, 5564 Virginia Beach Blvd.,Virginia Beach and Variety Motors, 3530 N. Military Highway, Norfolk. The “Off-Limits” order applies to all military personnel — active duty and reserve.

Enterprise Sailor recovered after falling overboard From Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) — A Sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was recovered uninjured after falling overboard at 5:39 a.m. March 15. The Sailor was recovered by an SH-60F Seahawk search and rescue helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11. The Sailor was working on the flight deck when the incident occurred. Several other Sailors working nearby witnessed the fall and immediately called for assistance. The HS-11 helicopter, attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, was not airborne at the time of the incident, but quickly made preparations for takeoff in response to the man overboard call. Enterprise and CVW-1 are conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean, prior to continuing on the ship’s regularly-scheduled deployment. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.The Sailor was taken to the ship’s medical department for evaluation and observation.

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MCPO Selection Board From Navy Personnel Command MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — The Fiscal Year 2013 Master Chief Selection board originally scheduled to convene here, March 26 has been rescheduled following public disclosure of the board’s convening order, quota plan and membership list, officials announced March 14. “This information is only made public once the board convenes,” said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. Port said the integrity of all Navy selection boards is paramount, and the incident is under investigation. The chief of naval personnel has rescheduled the FY13 Master Chief Selection board to convene April 16 and is appointing new selection board members. This event may cause a change in the remaining FY13 board schedule for the senior chief and chief (Reserve) boards.An announcement will be made clarifying the updated schedule.

Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant and Catholic Services moved to Dam Neck Annex during the construction. Call 492-6602 for schedule.

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Spring blossoms BY PAUL WIGGINTON Carrier Air Wing 7 Chaplain The yellow tulips came up by the base of the Japanese maple tree in our front yard and then I began to see the buds start to form on the ends of the branches. I knew by those signs that the first sign of spring had begun to show themselves and that winter was just behind us. Funny how the change of the season from winter to spring begins to bring a change of perspective, to step a little more quickly, and more daylight comes into each day Spring is a natural time of renewal and just as the season of the year begins to change,God through his grace gives us opportunity to refresh our spirit and heart at this time of year.Taking time to renew and refresh with God can invigorate the soul. Consider the words of Psalm 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the seat of the scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does, prospers. Here the renewal of the heart of man comes from meditating on the law of the Lord. The word of God refreshes the soul and brings forth fruit in its season.” Spring is a time of change and growth.As the psalmist describes a man who is blessed, he describes one who has put his heart and soul into drawing from an age-old spiritual well for the strength and vitality needed for life. So how to meditate on the word of God? I like to use the word “marinate” on the word of God so that in taking in his word, we make it a part of who we are and allow it to be are part of everything we do.That can be hard work and difficult to find a place to start. So I encourage the Proverbs 31 day challenge for anyone starting this spring to renew your own spirit. Start today and read Proverbs 22 (Since today is March 22). Read once silently, once out loud, and write down one verse to marinate on throughout the day.“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Just as the spring buds turn to blossoms, marinating on the word will begin to turn your own life to new and great directions.

Carl Vinson marks 30 years of service BY MC2(SW) BYRON C. LINDER USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

Carl Vinson was the first modern aircraft carrier to conduct operations in the Bering Sea in 1986. In 1990, the ship earned the first of what would be six Battle Efficiency USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS — Sailors aboard the (Battle “E”) awards. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) celThe Discovery Channel boarded Carl Vinson in 1995 to ebrated the carrier’s 30th year of service March 13. film a documentary titled “Carrier: Fortress at Sea,” chroniNavy veterans who commissioned the ship joined them cling the carrier’s six-month deployment to and from the from afar as they recalled their service aboard Vinson. Persian Gulf. In 1996 and 1998,Vinson Sailors earned the Commissioned ship its second and March 13, 1982 in third Battle “E” awards. Newport News, Va. Aviation Machinist’s with Capt. Richard Mate 3rd Class Casey L. Martin as her first Hall, assigned to Strike commanding officer, Fighter Squadron 22 the Navy’s third Nimfrom 1997 to 2000, itz-class carrier has recalled an instance completed 11 deploywhere he relied on his ments spanning the shipmates after falling world’s oceans. overboard during Vin“We were named son’s 1999 operations after an American in the Arabian Sea. patriot who knew What sticks with the value of a strong him more than a deNavy,” said Vinson’s cade later is “the way Photo by MC2 James R. Evans Commanding Officer the medical staff Capt. Kent D. Whalen. Capt. Kent D. Whalen, commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), worked on me after I delivers remarks during a celebration on March 13 in the ship’s han“Vinson’s vision was a was brought back on gar bay commemorating 30 years since the ship’s commissioning. Carl Navy that would proboard,” he wrote in an Vinson was commissioned March 13, 1982. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air tect our nation, keep e-mail. Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. the sea lanes safe for Coming together for commerce, and susone purpose and mistain the capability to take the fight to any enemy, any- sion is something Vinson has become well known for. On where in the world.” Oct. 7, 2001,Vinson launched America’s first air strikes in “When you look at the amount of time Carl Vinson has support of Operation Enduring Freedom in response to spent at sea over the last 30 years, it’s a tribute to the dedi- the 9/11 terrorist attacks,launching more than 4,000 comcation of every Sailor who’s served aboard her. Prolonged bat sorties.Vinson was recognized with a fourth Battle “E” success for a ship always equals one thing — and that’s ex- award for her work that year. ceptional maintenance practices,” said Vinson’s Command Plankowner Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class (AW) James Master Chief (AW/SW) Jeffrey Pickering. “It’s something O’Brien said he felt nothing but pride when he heard of we focus on in 2012 and it’s obvious that it was just as im- Vinson’s involvement in the global war on terrorism. portant to the Sailors who sailed Vinson for three decades In 2004, Carl Vinson earned a fifth Battle “E” for her sucbefore us.” cesses in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Vinson Plankowner Boiler Technician 3rd Class Michael The ship was the third carrier to undergo a refueling Dorgan reported to Carl Vinson in 1981 as part of the pre- and complex overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News, Va. in commissioning unit (PCU). He said via email that there 2005.When the ship returned to the fleet in 2010, her Sailare multiple moments throughout his tour aboard CVN 70 ors remembered what her first commanding officer said that stay with him to this day. to them during their RCOH. “It’s the crew’s job,” Martin “It’s a collection of memories of the people I served said during Vinson’s stepping-the-mast ceremony in 2007, with as well as the ports of call,” he said.“My years of ser- “to bring the ship out of the yards with the same kind of vice aboard the Vinson are very special to me, and I will spirit that has been with it forever.” always cherish them.” Immediately following her RCOH, the ship changed Mess Specialist 3rd Class Pierre Wheaton, also part of homeports to San Diego.When she began her transit from the PCU and a plankowner, shared his fondest memories. Virginia to California intending to go around the Horn “Watching the ship being brought to life on commis- of South America, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. sioning day, seeing the ship for the first time at Newport Vinson changed course just hours after getting underway News, and knowing I would be forever affiliated with the to provide humanitarian assistance to the island nation as greatest carrier in the fleet,” are moments he still holds — See 30th anniversary, Page 10 dear, he said in an e-mail exchange.

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FRCMA OCEANA Senior Sailor of the Quarter

AZ1(AW) Janay J. Tate Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class (AW) Janay J. Tate has been selected as the Senior Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2012 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. Tate is the manpower leading petty officer, overseeing the management of the manpower database and the Advanced Skills Management System, tracking 1,080

Sailor of the Quarter

AS2(AW/SW) Anastasia E. Bozeman Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class (AW/SW) Anastasia E. Bozeman has been selected as the Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2012 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. Bozeman is the 91B Work Center dispersed technical publication librarian, responsible for the upkeep and implementation of all IRACs for eight Naval Air Systems Command publications, five maintenance requirement cards, four pre-operational inspection cards and one civil-

Sea Sailor of the Quarter

PS2(AW/SW) Nicole A. Thomas Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Nicole A. Thomas has been selected as Sea Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2012 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. As transient sea operational detachment leading petty officer,she supervised a junior Sailor in the processing of more than 9,000

Quarterly Awards

command personnel and processing 264 gains and losses. As the assistant sea operational detachment coordinator, Tate organized the deployment of 12 Sailors to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and CVW-17 operations overseas. Additionally, she organized the detachment of 30 Sailors to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of CVW-1 operations. She also coordinated with the command ombudsman to organize the homecoming of 39 Sailors supporting CVW-8 on USS George H.W.Bush (CVN 77). Tate has an Associates of Science in General Studies from Colorado Technical University. She has volunteered 30 hours for Bully Rescue, contributing to the rescue of 25 American Staffordshire Terriers (pit bulls). She also volunteers with Ocean Lakes High School and Birdneck Elementary School parent teacher associations.

ian manual. As the support equipment tow tractor and gas turbine equipment repair branch supervisor, she managed five technicians in the completion of 74 scheduled and unscheduled maintenance actions and contributed to 1,163 hours on 60 A/S32A-45 tow tractors, and five MSU start units valued at $3.4 million. Bozeman also serves as 900 Division’s mentorship coordinator, where she is responsible for ensuring 100 percent completion of command mentorship requirements for 82 Sailors As a CPR instructor, she facilitated four classes for personnel to FRCMA Oceana attending the indoctrination course.Bozeman qualified 20 personnel from 900 Division, increasing the division’s CPR qualification rate by 30 percent Bozeman is enrolled at Tidewater Community College. She volunteers with Partnerships in Education Program with Windsor Oaks Elementary School as a mentor.

pay and personnel transactions with a 99.4 percent accuracy rate. Her outstanding work ethic and contributions resulted in PSD’s consistent number two ranking globally on the Commander, Navy Installations Command report. Demonstrating extraordinary managerial skills, she coordinated the mass check-in of 40 students at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit. In addition, as a limited duty coordinator,Thomas’ leadership skills were critical in the timely processing and tracking of 20 LIMDU personnel with a less than 1 percent error rate.

— Information compiled by AMAN Lenea Johnson. FRCMA Public Affairs; Photos by Harry Gerwien

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

AZ3 Brittany A. Williams Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Brittany A. Williams has been selected as Junior Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2012 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana, . Demonstrating outstanding dedication and attention to detail,Williams coordinated the efforts of six division administration offices, accurately processing 482 items of correspondence in support of 1,049 personnel. She was directly responsible for the timely and accurate submission of 123 performance evaluations to Navy Personnel Command with zero rejections. Additionally,she volunteered 21 hours to the NAS Oceana Drug Education for Youth program, instilling invaluable leadership and life skills in children, 9 to 12 years old.

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AMAN Lenea N. Johnson Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Lenea N. Johnson has been selected as the Blue Jacket of the Quarter, First Quarter 2012 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. Johnson currently serves as the public affairs assistant for FRCMA, spotlighting the achievements of FRCMA Sailors on and off base. Her weekly contributions to the Jet Observer include publishing 20 articles in the local paper, with one story and two photos selected for worldwide distribution on Johnson also volunteered to assist the NAS Oceana Public Affairs staff during the 2011 Oceana Air Show. She is also responsible for the design and layout of “Integration,” the FRCMA newsletter. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Secondary Education.Additionally,she has volunteered 35 hours at Cox High School and is an active member of Women in Defense. Johnson also assists other Sailors with writing resumes.

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NETC commander visits CPPD on Dam Neck Annex BY SUSAN HENSON Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs Officer Naval Education and Training Command’s (NETC) new commander visited the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) March 8 as part of a familiarization tour. Rear Adm. Donald Quinn assumed command of NETC Jan. 30 and toured CPPD as part of a three-day visit to Hampton Roads learning centers and sites reporting to NETC. During the tour, Quinn was briefed by CPPD Commanding Officer Capt. Chuck Hollingsworth and his staff members, who spoke about how CPPD’s wide range of products and services that touch every Sailor in multiple ways throughout his or her career. “We’re very proud of CPPD’s commitment to developing Sailors who are strong in moral courage, exemplify Navy core values, and embody equal opportunity, as well as personal and professional accountability,” said Hollingsworth.“We deeply believe in the importance of helping Sailors succeed, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to showcase our work and the amazing people who make it happen.” The tour included stops at the training directorate, which creates, maintains and has oversight for personal and professional course curricula; the Voluntary Education (VOLED) directorate, which is responsible for the Navy’s VOLED program; and VOLED’s Virtual Education Center (VEC), which provides virtual education assistance and counseling to Sailors and veterans. CPPD is responsible for providing a wide range of personal and professional development courses and materials, including General Military Training, Navy instructor training, alcohol and drug awareness program training, suicide prevention, Bearings classes, and Personal Responsibility and Values Education and Training (PREVENT) classes. CPPD’s leadership training is delivered multiple times throughout a Sailor’s career via command-delivered enlisted leadership training material and officer leadership courses in a schoolhouse setting. It also coordinates production of the annual Naval Leader Planning Guide and manages the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), which offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian apprenticeship certificates. In addition to CPPD’s personal and professional development products, Quinn was also briefed on the VOLED program’s focus of providing Sailors with the ability to earn college degrees through programs such as tuition assistance, — See Tour, Page 13


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Living history: CNATTU display highlights many achievements of Tuskegee Airmen — Continued from page 1 While the display will provide an insight into military history, Williams also hopes it will show junior military personnel that“nowadays they can do anything they want to do.The sky is the limit.” Williams enlisted in the Army in 1942 at the age of 21. Serving in combat operations in Italy, he earned a bronze star and was discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1945. Staying with the reserves, he returned to active duty in 1950.After tours stateside and overseas, a second bronze star in Vietnam,Williams retired in 1975 from the Air Force. Although Quinton said the Tuskegee Airmen have been honored many times,“I’m very honored that Oceana felt that we’re such important people to put this together. It means a whole lot. This will be here to remind future generations that pass through here,” of what we accomplished. At age 18, Quinton joined the Army Enlisted Reserves in 1943, and was assigned to Army Air Corps until his discharge in 1945, following the end of World War II. After earning college degrees, Quinton joined the U.S.Treasury Department as an agent until his retirement. Noting how the Tuskegee Airmen were part of the Army Air Corps and CNATTU Oceana is a Navy and Marine Corps command,Williams said “I think this is an example of the teamwork of the various services that we have.” “We intend to carry on the legacy,”Williams said. Master Sgt. Curt Clarke, CNATTU’s senior enlisted Marine, also spoke about the importance of honoring living history at the aviation schoolhouse. “Even though we’re Marine Corps and Navy, they are still brothers in arms when it comes to aviation.”

“Every student, every person that comes through here, will be able to see the contributions these men have made,” said Clarke, CNATTU’s senior enlisted Marine. Chief Aviation Electronic Technician (AW/SW) Brian Abe, an instructor at CNATTU, was responsible for the Tuskegee Airmen display. “We wanted to honor them and their contribution to aviation, even though it’s not naval aviation,” explained Abe. Abe said that when the Tuskegee Airmen visit CNATTU, “it’s always a huge event.You can’t beat living history.This is something we can do to show our respect to them and what they’ve done for us.”

About the Tuskegee Airmen The Tuskegee Airmen were the only African American pilots

in combat in the Army Air Corps during World War II. They were members of the 332d Fighter Group and its assigned 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302d fighter squadrons. • 994 pilots graduated from Tuskegee • 450 pilots were sent overseas • 66 pilots were killed in action • 32 prisoners of war • 136 aerial aircraft destroyed or damaged • 273 ground aircraft destroyed or damaged • 619 boxcars and other train cars destroyed or damaged • 95 distinguished flying crosses earned • 14 bronze stars earned • 744 air medals and clusters earned — From

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Briefing brings STA-21 information to Sailors “ BY MC3 ANTONIO TURRETTO RAMOS NAS Oceana Public Affairs

About 50 enlisted Sailors of all ratings and paygrades found something in common on March 1 at the NAS Oceana Aerotheater — their ambition. Retired Lt. David Boisselle and six officer candidates from Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) selected for the Navy’s scholarship and commissioning program, known as Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA21) held a presentation for enlisted Sailors interested in applying for a commission through STA-21. The presentation covered eligibility requirements, deadlines and general information about the program, but also emphasized it takes to be competitive for selection. “You don’t make the all star team by being a good football player. You gotta be a great one, an all star,” said Boisselle. “What I’m trying to inspire you with today is that you have to overcome your own inertia to get there. I can try

to inspire you, your chief, your spouse can try to inspire you, but until you flip that governor switch inside your heart, it aint gonna happen.” During the presentation, Sailors were advised that in order to be competitive they must be the best of the best and it was suggested adopting the seven habits of highly effective Sailor: •Sustained superior performance •Challenging and diversified assignments •Personal and professional education and development •Command and community involvement •Appearance and physical fitness •Leadership and maturity •Goal oriented Sailors were also informed about what to expect from review boards and suggested a timeline of events to better equip the Sailors seeking a commission for success. Sailors are encouraged to first take the SAT or ACT, tests used by colleges to measure aptitude of prospective students, to determine if they qualify for the program, determine weaknesses and make improvements as necessary.

“What you want to be doing now is preparing to take that SAT or ACT, then take it, and then while your waiting for the scores, you build this packet,” said Boisselle. “Then when you have your qualifying scores, then in my view, you come to your admin officer and say, ‘Sir here’s my package. I’m ready for my review boards, everything is in there.” The officer candidates each gave encouragement to the enlisted Sailors who attended. “I was always the person that wanted to know more and why,” said Officer Candidate Jonathan Neal, who was an aviation electronics technician second class at the Fleet Readiness Center before being selected for STA-21. Neal, who applied to STA-21 three times is now an officer candidate set to be commissioned as an ensign in August, following his graduation from Old Dominion University. “I hated when people came and asked me questions I didn’t know the answer to. I was always the person reading publications. I was always in

I found that, in

my experience, that to get where you want to go, you have to put your own effort in because it’s your package. You can’t really depend on anyone else...

Officer Candidate Jonathan Neal, who was an aviation electronics technician second class at the Fleet Readiness Center before being selected for STA-21.

— See STA-21 Page 13

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8 JET OBSERVER • March 22,, 2012

Aviators network, mentor at women’s aviation conference BY ENSIGN AMBER LYNN DANIEL Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) — Women from all aspects of naval aviation gathered in Dallas, March 8-10 to network, mentor and talk all things aviation. More than 3,350 representatives from the Department of Defense, professional aviation organizations and civilian aviation industry attended workshops, discussion panels and aviation exhibits throughout the three-day conference. The Navy Leading Edge Summit March 9 was highlighted by a flag and senior officer discussion panel. During the panel attendees were encouraged to ask candid questions on topics directly impacting their day-to-day lives, including life/work balance issues and fitting a planned pregnancy into the aviation career pipeline. The panel included Rear Adm. John “Chris” Sadler, retired Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, Capt. Shoshana Chatfield and Cmdr. Tamara Graham. “I’m overwhelmed,” said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class (AW) Mya Green. “Seeing a two star — I haven’t even seen a one star female before — I’ve seen two star males all over,but I haven’t seen a female two star at all.To see female air crew — I’d never seen a female air crew. It’s been amazing.” During the discussion, Carpenter reflected on the dif-

ferences between the issues she faced as a female aviator 30 years ago compared to the issues facing women in the Navy today. “We wanted to fly under the radar,” said Carpenter. She recalled her time in the cockpit, when things like nail polish and perfume were a definite no-no. The limitations, however, were not from the men she served with, but the women themselves — standing out as a female was something many in her generation did not want to do. The Navy Leading Edge Summit also included a brief by the Navy’s Office of Women’s Policy (N134W). The presentation provided a brief history of women in the naval service, a snapshot of where women are currently serving in the Navy, and an update on policies of interest for the women in attendance, including the Career Intermission Pilot Program and Women in Service Restrictions Report to Congress. “This conference is always a great opportunity for our office to have a frank discussion with aviators on our current policy initiatives, and solicit their feedback,” said Lt. Maura Betts.“We try to take advantage any time we can receive feedback directly from the fleet. We make these policies for their benefit, and, in turn, they are our source to tell us what is working,and what we can improve on to better their naval service.” Attendees were also able to participate in a speed mentoring session, aviation exhibits and educational sessions throughout the weekend on topics including,“Managing

Motherhood and a Flying Career,” “The iPad Revolutionized the Flight Deck,” and “Breaking the Last Glass Ceiling — Women Leaders In Aviation.” The most important part of the conference, however, was the opportunity for Navy attendees to network with others in their field. “It was such a privilege to see so many females of different genres, all out there doing so many different things,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Janille Leslie. Several World War II WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and one Navy WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) also attended the conference. U.S. Navy WAVES Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Maga was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame during the conference’s closing banquet and award ceremony March 10. Maga was one of the Navy’s first women aircraft mechanics, training and serving during World War II as an aviation machinist’s mate. New to the conference this year was the outreach event, “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day.”Women in Aviation International members and their daughters, ages 10 to 17, attended a host of one-day program events designed to spark girls’ interest in an aviation career including a junior job fair, arts and crafts, a meet-and-greet with female pilots and aviation mechanics, and a special tour through the exhibit hall.

Awards and honors Photo by Kelley Stirling

Photo by MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos

Photo by MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos

In the weeks leading up to his March 8 change of command, Capt. Jim Webb, as NAS Oceana commanding officer, presented awards to deserving personnel at Oceana. PHOTO LEFT: MC2 Terah Mollise was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on Feb. 23 for her work in the Oceana Public Affairs Office from March 2009 to February 2012. Mollise was a public affairs assistant, as well as assistant editor for the Jet Observer, which included writing stories, taking photos, editing and designing pages. CENTER: Webb presents the Ashore Logistics Excellence Award to Cmdr. Trent Kalp on March 6. Also known as the “Blue E,” this award is given to aviation support detachments demonstrating monthly sustained superior performance combined with a successful biannual Supply Management Inspection. RIGHT: Webb was surprised by a presentation to him of the Distinguished Service Award from Oceana Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Director Lolita Sheats on March 6. The award recognized his support of NMCRS programs during his time as executive and commanding officer of Oceana from February 2009 to March 2012. Webb supported the annual fund drive, attended volunteer appreciation luncheons and judged NMCRS’ holiday door decorating contest, among other things.

March 22, ,2012 • JET OBSERVER 9

VFA-131 Wildcat’s showbird causes double take

Photo by MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos

Capt. Steve Holmes, Navy Personnel Command director of military community management, talks with Sailors about the Enlisted Retention Board during a presentation at CNATTU Oceana March 7.

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AMAN Mathew Giles from VFA-131 works on Wildcat 400 in VFA-131’s hangar

ERB: briefing provided opportunity to ask questions, suggest improvements — Continued from page 1 Effected Sailors and spouses were able to get questions answered and suggest inquires about possible improvements to the Sailor’s separation process. “I think one of the benefits is that we’ve actually been able to take some of these questions or feedback and route them up the chain of command and actually change some of the policy that can be changed,” said Holmes. Participants were able to give feedback about the information they received previously from various sources about ERB and the notification process. “We’ve been able to clarify policy in other cases where there’s misunderstanding there,” said Holmes. Some of those misunderstandings are about leave benefits, separation pay and possible transition to Navy reserve components. Sailors effected by the ERB were also given access to a post-military employment aid service free of charge.The Navy Personnel Command’s fleet engagement team was accompanied by representatives from Challenger, Gray and Christmas (CGC),an employment outplacement firm contracted by the Navy. “Challenger,Gray and Christmas consid-

ers it our mission to support these Sailors through their job search process and to help them land a job,” said CGC representative, Mike McCalip, executive director, Herdt-CGC, in a press release by Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs prior to the briefs that took place in Hampton Roads. CGC representatives met one-on-one with ERB affected Sailors and their spouses to begin the process of developing an individually-tailored job search based on personal qualifications, experience and abilities. CGC also crafts resumes and provides personalized job search coaching and job leads to aid in the service member’s transition. For Sailors who were deployed or could not attend the briefing, CGC representatives said they would schedule telephone conferences or meet with them via Skype. Sailors can contact them at 1(800)971-4288 or email CGC representatives will explain the services and set Sailors up with a job search coach to start the process. For more information about ERB and a downloadable copy of Navy Transition Assistance Handbook, visit the Navy Personnel Command website at http://www.

BY LT. J.G. FRANK SACCO VFA-131 Public Affairs Officer Don’t be confused if you see a blue“Wildcat” aircraft take off and a red one land; you’re not going crazy. The Wildcats prepared for their next underway period by creating a completely new paint scheme for Wildcat 400, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131’s “CAG bird.” This new design was created to not only provide two contrasting views when observed from different angles, but also to combine the recent blue paint scheme with a more historical red version. “I have never seen a squadron paint a jet in this style. The precision and attention to detail required to do something like this is

just incredible. Putting this idea into reality seemed like the perfect opportunity to show off the skills of one of the best corrosion control work centers on the flight line. I could not be more proud of AM1 Rivera and his team,” said Cmdr. Jon Taylor, the Wildcat’s commanding officer. In conjunction with a routine 84-day inspection,AM1(AW) Jorge Rivera,AM3(AW) Joshua Wilborne, and AMAN Mathew Giles of VFA-131 devoted more than 100 hours on the project,from initial design to returning her from the paint hangar to the squadron ready to fly. The new design made its way onto the flightline in late February and has already made quite an impression both at NAS Oceana and at NAS Pensacola. LEFT TO RIGHT: AM1(AW) Jorge Rivera, AM3(AW) Joshua Wilborne and AMAN Mathew Giles from VFA-131 stand in front of Wildcat 400, with the historical red paint scheme on one side. The opposite side, as pictured on page 1, features a blue paint scheme. The three Sailors devoted more than 100 hours on the aircraft.

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TTGL hosts Fleet Synthetic Training Group Commanders exercise BY LT. CMDR. TIM KUNKEL Tactical Training Group Atlantic Public Affairs Officer The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, led by Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, along with the Spanish Navy ship ESPS Blas De Lezo, Royal Navy ship HMS Daring, elements of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 28 and USS Dwight D.Eisenhower (CVN 69) executed a Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) Group Commanders (GC) exercise, March 1 - 8. Primary focus areas for the FST exercise were integration of warfare commanders on board their respective ships and effective communications across multiple warfare disciplines:Anti-Surface Warfare,Anti-Submarine Warfare, Mine Warfare, Strike, Maritime Security Operations, Air Defense, Ballistic Missile Defense and Information Operations. This FST-GC was a conducted from distributed locations, including Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TTGL), Distributed Training Center Atlantic and several ships pier

side on the eastern seaboard. Based upon Commander Strike Force Training Group Atlantic’s (CSFTL) Treasure Coast scenario, FST-GC is centered on fictional Operation Brimstone that directs the enforcement of multiple fictional United Nations Security Council Resolutions and maritime freedom of access in the Treasure Coast region. “Exercises like the synthetic trainer [FST-GC] become very important training opportunities, particularly if you have a relatively junior crew. It provides hands-on experience and real-world context for the classroom instruction they’ve had so far,” said Chief Intelligence Specialist (SW/ AW) John P. Steel from CSG-8. Following FST-GC, CSFTL will direct execution of CSG8’s pre-deployment certification COMPTUEX, in support of their deployment later this year.“FST-GC provides strike groups the opportunity to practice operating in an exercise extremely realistic environment, from their actual ship’s consoles and battle stations, while incurring none of the costs or risks inherent in a kinetic environment,” explained Capt. Chuck Nygaard, commanding officer of

Tactical Training Group Atlantic.“FST-GC is a rigorous staff exercise, exercising a real battle rhythm and developing core competencies while pier side, in support of followon underway certification.” The ability to conduct Fleet Synthetic Training is made possible by the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE). The NCTE is managed from its central Atlantic Coast node at the Distributed Training Center Atlantic (DTCL) located at Dam Neck Annex.The DTCL, through the NCTE, provides participating units with a synthetic training environment and stimulates shipboard combat and weapons systems. Sailors standing watch operate their equipment and “fight the war” just as they would at sea.This allows assessors to observe participants executing tasks that are required for their upcoming forward deployments. Given 2012’s increasingly complex geopolitical environment into which the Eisenhower CSG will be deploying, there really is no warfare discipline that they can afford to leave on the “backburner.”

30th anniversary: Carl Vinson commissioned March 13, 1982; has completed 11 deployments — Continued from page 3 part of Operation Unified Response. From the flight deck,Vinson provided medical supplies, food, and fresh water to the victims. Vinson Sailors departed on her first combat deployment since RCOH November 2010 to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR, returning June 2011. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011, Carl Vinson hosted the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic NCAA basketball game on the ship’s flight deck between the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Carl Vinson Sailors departed San Diego for her current deployment 19 days later. Vinson was awarded her sixth Battle “E” in February 2012 for her performance the previous deployment. “You have done us plankowners proud. You’ve picked up the torch we passed back in the ‘80s and ran with it in ways I would have never believed,”Wheaton said.“Remember to stay modest and humble, and keep working hard to maintain the Vinson’s good name. You’re part of the best carrier in the best Navy in the world.” Vinson Sailors acknowledged the importance of main-

taining the legacy they carry on. “It is a testament to our naval superiority that with teamwork and a lot of maintenance, this ship is ready for anything,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class (AW) Logan Judd, assigned to Air Department’s V-1 Division. “I’m proud of everything this ship has been through and achieved. It has definitely had a name in the past and has carried that name with honor throughout the years,” added Seaman Jessica Hamilton of Deck Department’s 3rd Division, temporarily assigned to Supply Department’s S-2 Division. PHOTOS, ABOVE LEFT: Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, talks with officers assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 before a flight in an E-2C Hawkeye aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on March 8. RIGHT: Shannon prepares to board an E-2C Hawkeye for his flight with VAW-125. Carl Vinson celebrated her 30th anniversary March 13, while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, with embarked CVW-17.

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TEEN JOB FAIR March 30, 2:30 - 5 p.m.

FOREIGN-BORN SPOUSES SUPPORT GROUP March 23, 10 a.m. to noon Join other foreign-born military spouses, network and share resources, discuss the American way of life, develop friendships, receive monthly newsletters and learn about the many resources available to make your new life experience positive.

ART OF MONEY MANAGEMENT March 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop provides in-depth instruction and information on developing successful money management skills.Topics include understanding and using credit, Navy pay and allowances, spending strategies and how to save and invest.

Fleet and Family Support Center at NAS Oceana and Lincoln Military Housing are co-sponsoring their annual Teen Job Fair, at the Lincoln Military Housing Community Center, 1200 South Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach.There will be local employers in attendance and workshops will be offered. For more information,call 433-2912.

TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Weekly TAP is for separating military and pre-retirees.It covers resume writing,interviewing skills,salary negotiations,military 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 Monday through Thursday 7:30 am - 4 p.m. in building U-93 at Naval Station Norfolk.See your command career counselor for a quota to attend TAP.

FFSC offers evening programs at Dam Neck The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers financial counseling, clinical counseling and programs on Tuesday evenings at the FFSC Dam Neck office, 2073 Tartar Ave, past the fire station. Counseling is available by appointment and service members and family members can make an appointment by calling the FFSC at 433-2912. FFSC provides the opportunity for evening counseling in response to the need of many in the military community, especially the military students stationed at Dam Neck. FFSC also offers evening programs, open to all with a military ID, at the Dam Neck FFSC. •Smooth Move — April 10, 5 - 8 p.m. •Developing Your Spending Plan — April 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m. FFSC is also available to bring programs to your command or family readiness group, tailoring the information to meet your needs. Call FFSC at 433-2912 for information and to register for programs.

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STA-21: Officer candidates shared experiences, offered advice — Continued from page 7 all the pay, allowances, beneďŹ ts, and privileges they a supervisory position. I did everything from DAPA currently enjoy and will still be eligible for enlisted to SAVY, SAPR. I was a CDI, I worked in QA, I was a advancement while in the program.Time spent in work center sup,I was just a workaholic,â€?said Neal. school will not count towards retirement; howev“I found that,in my experience,that to get where er, it will count towards pay purposes. Sailors will you want to go, you have to put your own effort in receive up to $10,000 per year to cover tuition, because it’s your package.You can’t really depend books and fees. on anyone else‌I think opportunities like this The Sailor will be responsible for any costs above deďŹ nitely would have helped me out in previous $10,000 per year.Participants attending less expenyears‌Even though they only selected 75 people, sive universities that do not require use of the enthe options are still there,â€? he said. tire $10,000 for any year will not be able to keep Sailors were also given the opportunity to ask the difference. questions about the application process,get advice Although the applicant’s history of eet perforon how to put their package together and what to mance will be considered during the selection proexpect from the review board, of which, approval cess, emphasis will be placed on the identiďŹ cation is required to be considered for STA-21. of applicants who possess the academic and lead“It’s a lot of the general leadership questions. ership potential necessary to become outstanding There’s no real right answer or wrong answer; it’s naval ofďŹ cers. Photo by MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos the way you answer and carry yourself,â€?said OfďŹ cer STA-21 was created by the 25th Chief of NaCandidate Victor Habgood, comparing the review Following the STA-21 brieďŹ ng on March 1, OfďŹ cer Candidate Thomas Buck val Operations (CNO), Adm. Mike Boorda, and is board process to that of the Sailor of Year review answers questions and offers his advice about the program. Buck, who was designed to provide an opportunity for enlisted a chief nuclear electrician’s mate, will be commissioned as a surface warfare personnel who possessed outstanding qualiďŹ caboard. ofďŹ cer following his graduation from Old Dominion University. Habgood, previously an electrician’s mate ďŹ rst tions and motivation for a naval career to obtain a class, is a student at ODU and currently the training commission. Boorda, who was the ďŹ rst CNO to rise ofďŹ cer at the Hampton Roads NROTC. He is pursuing a 21 program so different from most of the other com- from the enlisted ranks, believed “people should have the commission as an engineering duty ofďŹ cer. missioning programs is its fairness to the Sailor. Some of opportunity to excel, and be all they can be, even if they Above all else, commanding ofďŹ cer endorsement is the the previous enlisted commissioning programs required don’t get a perfect or traditional start.â€? most important factor, but the whole person is evaluated, Sailors to pay their college tuition by themselves. Others The STA-21 program is managed and administered by Boisselle explained. In the previous ďŹ scal year, STA-21 re- removed the student from active duty status, thus taking the Commander,Naval ServiceTraining Command (NSTC), ceived 710 applicants, 613 qualiďŹ ed and 75 (12 percent) away any source of income. OfďŹ cer Development. For more information about the were selected. STA-21 will keep all participants on active duty at their STA-21 program visit or call (850) According to the STA-21 website, what makes the STA- current enlisted pay grade. This means they will receive 452-9563.

Tour: admiral visits CPPD, other Hampton Roads learning centers — Continued from page 5 the Navy College Program for Aoat College Education (NCPACE), and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership. During his stop at the VEC, which is colocated with CPPD headquarters, Quinn was briefed on the state-of-the-art call center that offers Sailors help with establishing education plans, authenticating transcripts and posting of degrees in Sailors’ service records, Sailor and Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) processing, and answering general inquiries. It also processes Tuition Assistance requests and offers video counseling services.

“There’s already been a lot of great work done,� Quinn said near the end of his tour. “We need to leverage what’s already been done, and I think we’ll be very happy with the results,� he said. Part of the discussion during the tour was the difference between training and education for Navy personnel. Having previously commanded Naval Air Training Command; Strike Force Training, Atlantic; and most recently Navy Personnel Command, Quinn shared a quote on the topic he said he’d recently heard. “‘Training prepares you for the known; education prepares you for the unknown.’ I like that,� he said.

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BRIDAL SHOW March 25, noon to 4 p.m.

T Rose International is offering free admission to members of the military and their spouses for the bridal event. Free tickets for the event are available by using the code “rosebride” at Bridal showcase owners,Erika Grasse, Stephanie Gibson-Wilson and Tanya Waltrick, were all military brides who met in Virginia Beach, when their husbands were serving with the Navy and Coast Guard.The Chesapeake Marriott Hotel is located at 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake.

MILITARY PRAYER BREAKFAST April 5, 7:30 - 9 a.m. Regent University will honor those who have served the nation with a breakfast and time of fellowship with the Regent military community. The guest speaker, Winsome Sears, is an alumna of the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, as well as a Marine Corps veteran and former Virginia state legislator. Everyone is welcome to attend.An RSVP is requested by March 30.The event will be in the Regent University Library,Virginia Beach. Contact David Boisselle, director of military affairs, at or call 352-4757.

T Rose International Bridal will showcase the newest bridal trends at the Chesapeake Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake. The bridal show will include a fashion show that displays the best silhouettes for brides of all sizes, their grooms and the entire wedding party.There will be giveaways, such as free trips and free services from vendors.

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Although whale sightings are not guaranteed on the Winter Wildlife Boat Trips, during last week’s record-breaking temperatures, whales were sighted on 60 percent of the trips, which are offered by the Virginia Aquarium through April 1.

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Most years the Virginia Aquarium Winter Wildlife Boat Trips end mid-March. But this exceptional year of whale sightings deserves a longer season, so trips have been extended through April 1. Last week’s record-breaking high temperatures didn’t seem to bother the boat passengers or whales, as whales were sighted on 60 percent of the trips. Recently, some guests are getting the added bonus of seeing dolphins.The aquarium has completed 104 Winter Wildlife Boat Trips with nearly 7,500 guests so far this season. The Virginia Aquarium offers two-hour Winter Wildlife Boat Trips. Cabin are heated and outdoor seating is available on both the upper and lower decks of the 65-foot catamaran Rudee Whaler or Rudee Flipper. Knowledgeable Virginia Aquarium educators narrate the trips, while guests scan the horizon looking for birds, harbor seals, harbor porpoises and whales.Trips typically run onThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.The two-hour adventure costs $28 per adult, ages 12 and up; $24 per child, ages 4 - 11. Tickets may be purchased at Aquarium Guest Services or at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Call 385-FISH for reservations or visit for a complete boat schedule. Boat trips may be cancelled due to weather which may affect safe boating conditions. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The Virginia Aquarium Dolphin Watching Boat Trip season begins April 7. Check for more information.


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Jet March 22, 2012  
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