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Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012: Navy wraps up week of training




PAGE 11 FFSC and Lincoln Housing is sponsoring a Teen Job Fair, at the community center at Wadsworth Housing, 1200 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach. The event takes place March 30, 2:30 -5 p.m. and there will be local employers and workshops. Call 433-2912 for information.

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As part of the Navywide Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) exercise that took place last week at naval installations worldwide, AMEAR Nicholas Reynolds, a student at CNATTU Oceana, is assisted by medical professionals at Sentara Princess Anne Emergency Room during a simulated anthrax attack March 21. SC-CS is an annual weeklong exercise held in coordination with U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command to maintain a high level of force protection readiness for Navy installations.


From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs NORFOLK (NNS) — The Navy wrapped up its largest annual security exercise March 23 after a week of training designed to test the service’s ability to respond to nationwide threats to its installations, units, personnel and families. The exercise, known as Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SCCS) 2012, was led by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and began March 19. “Our intent was to accurately simulate real-world conditions, and to assess how our forces operate in that environment,” said Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., commander of USFF. “Overall, it was a resounding success and a large part of that can be attributed to the lessons we’ve learned from previous years.” One of the takeaways from last year’s exercise was that sudden increases in security could have a major impact on traffic caused by personnel entering and exiting local bases under increased scrutiny. “Whenever you have Sailors and other citizens in a gridlocked situation outside of a Navy base, they’re in an environment where they’re vulnerable,” said Rear Adm. Phil Davidson, USFF’s director for operations and intelligence. “We opened up our lines of communication and worked with state and local officials to ensure everyone — both service members and local residents — understood how base access could be affected and the potential for delays on adjacent highways and roads near naval installations.We also took many important steps to reduce the likelihood of gridlock.” — See Drill Page 8

ERB affected Sailors can transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits BY MC3 CLASS ANDREA PEREZ Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Eligible Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) may qualify to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members, officials said March 21. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after

Sept. 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Sailors must receive an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. “If you are selected for separation by the ERB and have 10 years of qualifying service, before your separation date, you will be allowed to transfer your benefits to your eligible dependents,” said Paul Wilder, the Navy’s GI Bill program manager. Under the current Post 9/11 GI Bill policy,qual-

ified Sailors may elect to transfer all or a portion of their benefits to a spouse or child enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). For transferability, Sailors must have served at least six years in the armed forces and agree to serve an additional four years, in most cases. An exception to the additional four-year service obligation is outlined in NAVADMIN 203/09 — See Transition Benefits Page 14

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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.

NMCRS fundraising campaign The annual fund drive to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society continues through March 31. Money raised from donations supports,Sailors,Marines and their families in times of emergency with loans and grants.The goal for this year’s fund drive is 100 percent contact by command coordinators with active duty at their commands.The coordinator for Sub-Area 9,which includes Oceana and Dam Neck is ABECS Eric Jackson at 433-2980, eric.jackson4@ assistant coordinator is ABEC Kearsis Leonard at 433-2980,

NEXs accept manufacturers’ coupons orating an Easter basket, face painting, coloring pictures Navy Exchanges accept current valid manufacturer’s and collecting candy. coupons for the item featured on the coupon, subject to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Photos with the Easter bunny its terms and conditions. This includes on-line Internet coupons, except for those coupons offering free products, Hockey game to benefit NMCRS Support your Sailors and Marines during the “Admirals coupons for Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products or those Night Out,” a fundraiser for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief determined to be fraudulent. The NEX does not “double” Society.The event will be March 31, when the Norfolk Ad- or “triple” the face value of a manufacturer’s coupon. The NEX accepts scratch-off, percent and cents-off coumirals take on the St. John’s Icecaps at the Norfolk Scope, pons from the Army Air Force Exchange System (AAFES), beginning at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for red level tickthe Marine Corps Exchange System (MCX) and the Coast ets. Online tickets can be purchased through midnight on Guard Exchange System (CGX). These can be percent and March 28 at cents-off in-store coupons, coupons presented in a coupon For more information, contact Kathy Nelson at 322-1173 book, or printed from Facebook. All coupon terms and or or Charlie Colon at 640-1212, conditions apply. The NEX also accepts a manufacturer’s ext. 23 or coupon and NEX coupon,or coupon from another military exchange service, on the same item. The combination of Captain’s Cup Golf the two coupons cannot exceed the price of the product; There is still time for NAS Oceana commands to register money is not returned to a customer on the redemption their teams for the upcoming Captain’s Cup Golf League, of two coupons which exceeds the price of the product. which begins play April 3 and runs through Aug. 14. The In fiscal year 2011, over 1.6 million coupons were releague is open to active duty personnel assigned to Oceana. deemed by NEX customers worldwide with a value of $2.3 For more information, contact David Crowley at 433-2200 million. or — From the Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs Captain’s Cup Softball

NAS Oceana Captain’s Cup softball begins their season April 9 and runs through June 28. Commands at Oceana Easter Eggstravanza can still register for the season. For more information, conMWR will sponsor an Easter Eggstravaganza at the Oceana tact David Crowley at 433-2200 or david.crowley@navy. stables,March 31,10 2 p.m.There will be games, Eas- mil. ter egg hunt, petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides and pictures with the bunny. Easter egg hunts will be broken down by Oceana Thrift Shop offers monthly specials three age groups.The cost is $15 per child, which covers all The NAS Oceana Thrift Shop, located on Hornet events, including the photo and egg hunt or $5 for the egg Drive,next to bachelor housing in building 419,offers great hunt only or $5 for the child’s photo with the bunny. For deals and monthly specials on military uniforms, clothing more information, call 433-3255. for adults and children, household goods and much more. Active duty can take advantage of the special on uniEaster events at NEX forms; all pants, shirts and skirts are buy one, get one free. March 31, 9 - 10 a.m. — Breakfast with the Easter bunny. During the last week of every month, for just $7, shopThe Easter bunny will arrive on the fire truck with Sparky pers can fill a brown, commissary-size paper bag or $30 for the Fire Dog at 9 a.m. Enjoy breakfast and make an Easter- a shopping cart with anything and everything in the store themed picture frame to take home.Take a ride on the kid’s that will fit, excluding uniform items. fire engine train. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in The store also accepts donations.A drop box is located in advance at the NEX Flower Shop front of the building.Proceeds from items sold benefit mili10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Photos with the Easter bunny. tary families and the local community. Current hours are April 7, 10 a.m. to noon — Free Easter scavenger hunt Monday,Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;Wednesfor the kids. Go to four different stations, making and dec- day, 7 - 9 p.m.The store’s phone number is 433-2193.

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MCPON(SS/SW) Rick D. West testifies before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel on hazing in the military at the U.S. Capitol on March 22. Next to West is Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy, who also testified before the subcommittee.



I give you Jesus BY LT. CHRISTILENE WHALEN Carrier Air Wing 8 Chaplain Apple sold more than 3 million iPads, worldwide, in less than four days. Wow! In an economically stressed environment, people lined streets and waited to pay more than $600 for the moderately improved tablet. Why is this? Nick Shultz of the “National Review Online”said,“lots of ninnies can give customers products they want. Steve Jobs gave people products they didn’t know they wanted, and then made those products indispensable to their lives.” Shultz goes on to say,“I didn’t know I needed the ability to read the ‘Wall Street Journal’ and ‘The Corner’ on a handsome handheld device at my breakfast table, on the Metro, on the Acela or in any Starbucks I entered. But Steve Jobs did. I didn’t know I wanted to mix and match my music collection on a computer and take it with me wherever I went, but Steve Jobs did. Intuitively, Steve Jobs gave to the world something they did know they needed,instead of the thing they said they wanted; and now that they’ve got it, they can’t live without it.” The Bible says,“For God loved the world so much, that he gave His only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior.” (John 3:16-17) Looking back more than 2,000 years ago, although the world said they wanted a messiah; in reality, they wanted a king who would help to improve their quality of life. In the world of the first century, war was never far away, disease made for a short life expectancy, hunger stripped the dignity from good people with bad luck, homelessness established tent neighborhoods outside the margins of communities, divorce plagued the sacrament of marriage, illegal sex threatened traditional moral values and contemporary issues challenged stagnant religious practices. The world wanted something different and they asked God for a king. Instead of just another king, God says,“I give you Jesus.” It’s easy for God to give us what we want; however, God’s love for us is greater than just pleasing us for — See Chaplain’s Corner, Page 6

MCPON testifies before Congress on hazing STORY/PHOTO BY MC2 THOMAS L. ROSPRIM Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy WASHINGTON (NNS) — Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D.West testified before Congress March 22. MCPON appeared before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel on Hazing in the Military, along with top enlisted leaders from the Marines, Army,Air Force and Coast Guard to discuss hazing prevention in the Navy and respective military branches. “People are absolutely our most precious asset,” said West.“Their individual success and Navy’s collective mission accomplishment lie in our ability to provide an environment that promotes inclusiveness and a validated sense of value to the team.” Hazing is not tolerated in the Navy due to its demoralizing and destructive nature to an individual’s self-esteem and detrimental impact on unit cohesion. “The secretary of the Navy’s instruction on hazing is the cornerstone of our approach to education, prevention, enforcement and accountability,” said West.“Training

Enterprise CSG completes passing exercise BY MC1(SW) STEVE SMITH Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) — Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) completed a series of training evolutions with Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1 during a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Mediterranean Sea March 24-25. During the two-day exercise, nine ships from multiple navies were provided the opportunity to work together

on hazing, equal opportunity and core values begins with recruits at boot camp and is reinforced regularly in a variety of forums throughout a Sailor’s service.” Since 2009, 46 hazing incidents have been reported with 20 of these resulting in punitive, administrative or disciplinary action. “Navy policy requires commanders to formally report every suspected incident of hazing to the chain of command as soon as possible,” said West.“Every Sailor has the responsibility to make the appropriate authorities aware of hazing.Those who commit violations of the policy and those in leadership positions who may tolerate such acts are held accountable.” MCPON pointed to the deck plate leaders aboard the ships and on the ground throughout the Navy as the pinnacle of success or failure of the Navy’s hazing prevention policies and corrective measures. “We understand people are truly the singular measure of your Navy’s success,” added West.“We appreciate your passionate interest in protecting their welfare and stand committed to meeting your expectations.”

to promote communications, interoperability and partnership for the shared goal of maintaining the safety and security of the region’s sea lanes. “PASSEX allows the Enterprise CSG to train with our coalition partners, build on relationships and maintain our interoperability,”said Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley, surface operations officer for Carrier Strike Group 12. One of the evolutions conducted was a link exercise (LINKEX), which employed the Link-11 and Link-16 tactical data link systems to trade communications,intelligence and other data directly among all the ships in the exercise. The ships used these systems during an air-defense exercise to increase self defense and create better situational awareness. — See Enterprise Page 8

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The sense of community in his native country resembles that of most small towns in the U.S.,said Djibo,where everyone pitches in to help. Compared to other Ouagadougou residents, Djibo said Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa his family was very fortunate. His father, Sinaly Djibo, worked as an elementary school teacher before transitionPublic Affairs ing to diplomacy. He served as Burkina Faso’s ambassador People join the mili- to Saudi Arabia from 1978 to 1981. Djibo and his family lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for tary for various reasons, and remain in two years, where the embassies were located. He and his for various reasons. six siblings attended school with children of international For Personnel Special- diplomats. “It was kind of different because we really didn’t have ist 1st Class (SW/AW) Boubacar Djibo, enlist- a chance to play with a lot of kids like we used to back ing initially meant an home,â€?said Djibo.“We were able to go to some of the othopportunity for better er kids’ houses, but it deďŹ nitely wasn’t the same.â€? PS1(SW/AW) Boubacar Djibo, strength education, but it ultiAfter returning to Burkina Faso, Djibo completed his management leading petty ofďŹ cer at mately provided him secondary education and then attended the University of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, pauses dur- something more — a Ouagadougou,where he earned his University Diploma of ing a break at an in-brief for new per- sense of community. Technology in accounting.This degree is between a U.S. sonnel arriving at Camp Lemonnier on In his birthplace of associate and bachelor’s degree. March 1. To pursue his bachelor’s degree in accounting, Djibo Ouagadougou, Burkina Photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens Faso, community was traveled to America in 1998 with the U.S. State Departeverything,said Djibo,currently the strength management ment’s Diversity Visa Program, which allows up to 55,000 people from other countries to temporarily live in the U.S. leading petty ofďŹ cer Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Djibo enlisted in the Navy in April 1999 to travel and “People are very close-knit — there is a great sense of solidarity,â€? said Djibo.“Everybody’s problem is everybody help pay for his education. He then received his American citizenship in 2003. Before reporting to Camp Lemonnier, else’s problem.â€? for an individual augmentee (IA) tour, Djibo was stationed with the “Gladiatorsâ€? of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106. Reasons to visit BMB Top•Ten   •   One similarity Djibo no#7 GOURMET POPCORN ticed between his life in /0./,:; 790*,: 7(0+ $8 Military Pricing • • Burkina Faso and the Navy

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was the sense of community he experienced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the Navy, and I know it helps people,â&#x20AC;? said Djibo. One way Djibo likes to help is by participating in the various assistance programs and community service opportunities available on and off camp. Just in his ďŹ rst month, Djibo volunteered for English Discussion Group, Camp Lemonnierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mortuary affairs program and the U.S. Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. English Discussion Group visits several local schools and is a good venue for helping Djiboutia â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoy the English Discussion Group,â&#x20AC;?Djibo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like interacting with (the students) and helping them learn to speak English.â&#x20AC;? Djibo also recognizes the importance of the other programs available for people on camp. He devotes as much time as he can to helping others, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I basically try to get involved as much as I can to make sure people are taken care of,â&#x20AC;? said Djibo. For his job here, his responsibilities include welcoming new personnel to the camp and making sure their arrival, billeting and departure go smoothly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the attributes I really admire about Djibo is his desire to include everyone in the community weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve established here,â&#x20AC;? said Navy Senior Chief Petty OfďŹ cer Paul Matheny, administrative department leading chief petty ofďŹ cer and Djiboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor.â&#x20AC;&#x153;He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just get himself involved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he tries to get others involved.With him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really all about inclusion. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about what he can do, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about what we can do.â&#x20AC;? Djibo and his wife, Sita, also strive to instill their shared values in their three children, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do teach them everything we were taught â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sense of solidarity, selďŹ&#x201A;essness and pride in hard and honest work,â&#x20AC;? said Djibo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, we realize we are all here and have what we have because others gave.â&#x20AC;?

PS1(SW/AW) Boubacar Djibo assists Army Cpl. Nylan Ross, a Camp Lemonnier military policeman, with paperwork during an in-brief for new personnel arriving at Camp. Lemonnier, Djibouti March 1. Djibo, who is serving an IA tour, is stationed at NAS Oceana with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gladiatorsâ&#x20AC;? of VFA-106. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens

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Blue star dedication

To all those who serve, we thank you. Military personnel receive 15% off monthly qualified charges. Photos by Harry Gerwien

Following the dedication of the Blue Star Highway Memorial marker, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis talks with Dulcie Davis, who served in the Navy from 1954 - 1956 and is a member of the Tidewater WAVES 152. The dedication on March 15, hosted by the Tidewater District, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach, was held at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo to install the marker to honor past and present military members. The blue star on the memorial signs, located on highways across the U.S., honors the symbol on World War II service flags, that were hung in homes of military members. The blue star program was expanded in 1951 to honor all men and women who served or would serve in the armed forces. Geis spoke on behalf of active members, thanking the organizers for the recognition and support of the military. Hampton Roads veterans groups also attended the dedication and music was provided by the U.S. Fleet Forces Command band.

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Needs: God gives us Jesus — Continued from page 1 for the moment. God’s love is permanent. God’s love transforms lives from small possibilities to overwhelming probabilities, regardless of economic, social, mental, and physical difficulties. When God gave us Jesus, the world did not know they needed a savior; and now, more than 2,000 years later, those who got Jesus, well, we just can’t live without him. As I write this article, I am reminded of a time when I didn’t know I needed forgiveness for how I treated people. God did. I didn’t know I needed to forgive friends and co-workers who took me for granted. God did. I didn’t know I needed freedom from guilt for secret sins in my life. God did. I didn’t know I needed focus for the future and whatever comes with it. God did. I didn’t know I needed a new way of thinking about my worth and value in this world. God did. I didn’t know I needed unconditional love. God did. During those times of my life, when I didn’t know what I needed, God says, I give you Jesus; and now I can’t live without him.

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Dam Neck chief is CSCS 2011 Senior Instructor of the Year BY ETC STEVEN DAVIS AND KIMBERLY M. LANSDALE Center for Surface Combat Systems DAHLGREN,Va. (NNS) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) announced its 2011 Senior Instructor of the Year March 19. Capt. Bob Kerno, CSCS commanding ofďŹ cer, in a domain-wide email announced Chief Interior Communications Technician William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tommyâ&#x20AC;? Silcox as his 2011 Senior Instructor of the Year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoy instructor duty,â&#x20AC;? Silcox said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the fact that you get students from all over the ďŹ&#x201A;eet and every walk of life.â&#x20AC;? Silcox teaches the Inertial Navigation System Ring Laser Gyro Navigator (RLGN) supervisor and senior instructor courses at CSCS Unit (CSCSU) Dam Neck Annex. Capt. Kenneth Krogman, CSCSU Dam Neckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commanding ofďŹ cer, said Silcox is an RLGN subject matter expert who enthusiastically shares his knowledge with his students, stressing the importance of how

it provides mission critical shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position data to shipboard sensors,combat systems, and gun and missile systems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chief Silcox deďŹ nitely hit the ground running here at Dam Neck,â&#x20AC;? said Krogman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His instructional method is superb, but most importantly, his concern for the Sailors has helped make him an example for all to follow.We are extremely pleased that one of Dam Neckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructors has achieved this honor.â&#x20AC;? Silcox has been an instructor at CSCSU Dam Neck for more than a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have learned just as much from my students and fellow instructors as they have learned from me,â&#x20AC;? Silcox said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instructing is more than just lectures, labs and tests. It is about motivating the students as well as your fellow instructors.â&#x20AC;? Silcox joined the Navy from his hometown of Mobile, Ala., serving in the Navy since 1997, including tours aboard the Harpers Ferry Class cargo variant dock

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ICC William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tommyâ&#x20AC;? Silcox leads a course at the Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit Dam Neck March 27. Silcox was selected as the Center for Surface Combat System 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; See Top instructor Next page Senior Instructor of the Year.

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Drill: exercise included simulated threats across naval installations — Continued from page 1 country during this exercise,” said Harvey. “We began reaching out to state, local and tribal officials weeks ago to make sure everyone that might be affected by the exercise understood our intentions and make them aware of how we could work together to avoid problems.They really came through and did a superb job!” The two exercises, each with a distinct focus, occurred simultaneously and trained and tested security force personnel throughout a number of force-protection scenarios. These scenarios ranged from identifying surveillance to large-scale, multifaceted threats originating from the sea and air. Security forces were assessed on

their response to the emerging threats. Information was collected throughout this year’s exercises and will be assessed to identify tactics,techniques and procedures that can be improved going forward. Exercise SC/CS 2012 was not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. Training evolutions like SC/CS 2012 are important elements of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department.

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Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012 kicked off in Hampton Roads on March 19 with the scenario of an active shooter pursuit on the water of Little Creek Harbor. A Coast Guardsman assigned to JEBLCFS checks a security boat for signs of life during the training.

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A Sailor from Naval Station Norfolk exits through the commanding officer’s office with simulated wounds during Exercise Active Shooter on March 21. Active Shooter was in support of Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012, an anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental U.S. March 19-24.

AMEAA John Borrmann, a student at CNATTU Oceana, is taken into the Sentara Princess Anne Emergency Room by Virginia Beach Rescue Squad volunteers during a simulated anthrax attack March 21 at NAS Oceana. The simulated attack was one of several scenerios that tested emergency responders during Solid Curtain - Citidel Shield 2012.

Top instructor: Dam Neck chief goes on to compete for NETC award — Continued from previous page landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), and the decommissioned anchorage class dock landing ship USS Pensacola (LSD 38). Silcox says he joined the Navy ready to explore and grow personally and professionally. “I wanted a chance to travel and broaden my cul-

tural horizons,” Silcox said.“It’s my goal that when the students leave my course or one of the instructors transfers, they not only have the required technical knowledge, but also leave motivated and with a positive attitude towards the Navy.” Silcox will now go on to compete for Naval Education and Training Command’s Senior Instructor of the Year.

I have learned just as much from my students and fellow instructors as they have learned from me,” Silcox said. “Instructing is more than just lectures, labs and tests. It is about motivating the students as well as your fellow instructors.

— ICC(SW) William “Tommy” Silcox , CSCS Senior Instructor of the Year

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“Growing up in the changing his lifestyle; his military when I did, in father had a major heart the fighter squadrons, it attack at age 49, and a was just common — you second one killed him at worked hard, you played age 68. He shared other hard,” said Hawkins. similarities with his dad – While he was able to both were retired military stick to his “rule” of not and both had high blood drinking, Hawkins admits pressure. Although “we to struggling with the diet had the same lifestyle,” part of his new lifestyle.“It Hawkins admitted he took a long time,” he said. wasn’t concerned about BY CATHY HEIMER | JET OBSERVER Three months into it, he the family history until he Photo provided said he wasn’t exactly seeended up in the emergency room earlier that year, This photo of Hawkins was ing the change he expectwith a serious case of de- taken a year after his re- ed and he asked himself, hydration from a diuretic tirement from the Air Force. “Why am I doing this?” Photo by Harry Gerwien Although he wasn’t seehe was taking. He had ballooned up to 230 ing immediate change, he “It was one of those pounds with a 44 inch waist. chose to stick with his regwhere the ‘lights came iment. He also joked how on’ and I said, ‘You know, his wife Carol told him he if you don’t change your way, you won’t see 60,”explained Hawkins. would succeed because of his stubbornAlthough he fought the idea of medica- ness. Carol had been concerned about his tion, it was during his tour at the Pentagon, the flight surgeon told him “it was time to health and was glad to see the transforbite the bullet and do it.” He began taking mation, said Hawkins. She also made sure blood pressure medication in December there were healthy meals with fresh fruit 2001 and over time, his daily dosage of and vegetables and “she never nagged me Lisinoprol had slowly crept from 5 to 40 when I started to slip,” he said. After three months of hard work, milligrams by July 2009. At the same time, he was also taking 40 milligrams of Lipitor Hawkins said “it just started to click,” and for his high cholesterol, which still aver- what he first noticed was how much “bulk” he was losing from his body.At the aged over 200. After his retirement, Hawkins put his in- same time his waist and neck sizes were telligence background to good use, work- decreasing, so was his blood pressure and ing with Distributed Common Ground/ cholesterol.Another benefit to the lifestyle Retired Air Force Lt. Col. David P. Hawkins has his blood pressure checked by Dr. Melvin S. Surface Systems, an enterprise to interlink change was less visits to Farland to moniHawkins at the Oceana Branch Medical Clinic on March 6. Because of his lifestyle chang- intelligence information to the widest tor blood pressure and cholesterol levels, es, including diet and exercise, Hawkins has lost weight and reduced his cholesterol and number of people possible. He works for going from monthly to quarterly visits and Spectrum Comm Inc., assigned to the Joint then to every six months. blood pressure to the point where he no longer needs medication to control either. He added daily bike riding to his rouChiefs of Staff J2 (Intelligence), located at tine, which still averages up to 40 miles Naval Support Activity Norfolk. Farland wasn’t the first doctor to strong- on weekends. Hawkins also keeps busy Dr. Melvin S. Farland has a highly effec- said Farland. ly recommend Hawkins make some chang- with Waggin Tails Labrador Retrievers, a The physician himself has been inspired tive motivational tool that he keeps in his es in his lifestyle “I was always being told dog breeding business. The dogs, which office at the NAS Oceana Branch Health by his patient’s transformation.“He keeps ‘you’re borderline — exercise and diet,’” are part of their family, also require a lot of Clinic.The physician maintains a “You Can me in check. I was overweight myself and said Hawkins. While he made some at- time, attention and exercise — something Do It” board, with before and after photos have lost weight because of David,” said tempts at change, the retired officer admits else that keeps him active. of at least 10 patients, who have been suc- Farland. By October 2010, he was off his Lisinopit wasn’t wholehearted — until that sumHawkins’ transformation began in July cessful in their quest to lose weight, lower rol and was able to monitor his blood presmer. cholesterol or blood pressure and even de- 2009, nearly a year after his retirement. So with Farland’s guidance, Hawkins sure at home and it now averages 112/78. While active duty, Hawkins served as the crease medications. “went back to the basics” by increasing his By December 2011, he could stop taking One of his biggest success stories has executive director to the Air Force’s direcphysical activity and watching his diet. He his Lipitor and his fasting glucose level also been retired Air Force Lt. Col. David P. tor of intelligence and as he was preparing knew he had to severely cut back on alco- returned to normal. Hawkins, 54, who with diet and exercise, to attend the general’s retirement at the Hawkins has plenty of motivation for hol consumption.”I did not want to believe has gone from a 44 to a 32 inch waist, as Pentagon that summer, he explained how, how bad it messed with your blood work sticking to his new lifestyle — his two well as lowering his blood pressure and “I felt somewhat embarrassed about what sons and daughter. “My daughter wants numbers,” he said. cholesterol to the point of not needing I had let myself become.” While Hawkins admits “It sounds corny me to walk her to the alter when the time In just a year, his weight had ballooned medications or monthly monitoring. but every day I would get up and say,‘I’m comes,” he said. “David continues to inspire me as a phy- to 230 pounds and his blood pressure avWhile he admits the transformation not drinking today.’” sician to motivate other patients in doing eraged 130/80. Farland had been warning He’s often been asked how much did he wasn’t easy, the results have been worth it. the same or at least controlling their cur- his patient for nearly a year that he needed drink and answers by “a couple of beers a “You’ve got to make time to take care of rent chronic medical problems. By show- to take better care of himself and Hawkins day,some wine with dinner.And then there yourself. By making time now, you’re probing his pictures and sharing his story, other decided it was time to follow that advice. are some times on the weekend, you go ably making more time for yourself in the And Hawkins had another reason for patients are slowly changing their life also,” future,” said Hawkins. over that amount.”


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— Continued from page 3 “During the exercise we’re tracking the other NATO ships, merchant vessels in the area and several contacts playing the role of hostiles all at the same time,”said Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Sarah Fowler, an assistant surface watchstander.“The training was definitely intense because you have to be on point all the time.” U.S. and NATO Sailors from each ship also had the opportunity to cross-deck to the other ships. Sailors toured spaces and met with their counterparts to get a feel for how Sailors on the other ships live and work. “The visits allow the Sailors to build a mutual understanding of one another,” said Brawley.“This way the Sailors get a face with the name. When we do an exercise with NATO, we now have a personal relationship to build upon and spread esprit de corps with the rest of the crew around the ship.” According to Brawley, the exchange was also beneficial to visiting staff, who were able to see first-hand the related procedures and protocol used by the different navies.This better prepares Enterprise officers to be able to provide


products NATO units may request. “The exercise was very beneficial to our watchstanders because it prepares you to work with other nations,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Milandy Rodriguez, assistant surface watch officer.“This will help us as we begin our deployment and enter the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.” This PASSEX involved aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Nitze, USS Porter, USS James E. Williams and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg, all part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. SNMG 1 is comprised of the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS De Ruyter (F 804), the Spanish Navy frigate Alvaro de Bazan (F 101), the German Navy frigate FGS Rheinland-Pfalz (F 209), and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339). Enterprise and the rest of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group are deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

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Volunteers needed to help with special events Blackbeard Pirate Festival The Blackbeard Pirate Festival is currently seeking volunteers for its 13th annual event, taking place June 1-3, in downtown Hampton. Areas needing assistance • registration • parking • set up • children’s area • trash • pirate assistance For more information on how to volunteer for the festival, call 728-5318 or email Interested parties may also go online to and click the Volunteer for events link, located on the homepage.All volunteers will receive a free festival T-shirt. The festival schedule is 7 - 11 p.m. June 1 (Blackbeard Ball — ticketed event);10 a.m.- 11 p.m.,June 2; and noon- 6 p.m. June 3.

Homeless outreach project Volunteers are needed, April 15-18, to assist with an initiative that is part of a national campaign to find and house the most medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.Volunteers are needed to help interview homeless individuals living on the streets of Hampton Roads and identify those with medical risk factors to prioritize them for housing and engage the community to help end homelessness.Training will be provided. • April 15,2 -5 p.m.— Volunteer outreach training, Norfolk Academy • April 16 - 17, 3:30 - 9 a.m. —Volunteer in the city of your choice •Norfolk: Norfolk Police 3rd Precinct •Chesapeake: Oak Grove United Methodist Church •Portsmouth:TCC Portsmouth campus, building A •Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach United Methodist Church April 18, 3:30 - 9 a.m. — Assist in Project Homeless Connect at Norfolk’s Scope Register online at: http://housingsouthhamptonroads.eventbrite.comorvisitFacebookathttp://www. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kim Thomas from the Norfolk Office to End Homelessness at, call 664-4425 or contact Lyanne Gornto from the SHRTask Force to End Homelessness at lgornto@theplanningcouncil. org, call 622-9268, ext. 3005.

PHOTOS LEFT: Dr. Wanda Barnard-Baily PhD, a licensed clinical social worker, was the guest speaker for the annual NAS Oceana Women’s History Month observance on March 15. Barnard-Baily spoke about her role models, including her mother and grandmother, who did so little with so much to make sure she had an education. RIGHT: MC3 Indra Bosko performs a traditional Indian dance during the observance. Following the program, a special meal and cake cutting was held at the Dam Neck galley.

Oceana celebrates Women’s History Month STORY/PHOTOS BY MC3 ANTONIO P. TURRETTO RAMOS NAS Oceana Public Affairs NAS Oceana observed Women’s History Month March 15 with a special presentation highlighting the importance of women pioneers and trailblazers at the Dam Neck Annex Chapel by the Sea. The theme of this year’s national observance is “Women’s Education — Women’s Empowerment.” Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class (AW) Jihadah Murray, assistant command security manager at NAS Oceana, sang the national anthem during the parading of the colors. “Thank you for those women who fought against time honored traditions so that now, United States military academies graduate both male and female officers,” said Lt. Christilene Whalen, Carrier Air Wing 8 chaplain, during the invocation.“And lastly thank you to the woman among us whose determination and everyday opportunities of learning continues to break glass ceilings for others to climb through…” A short slide show was presented, showing breakthroughs and achievements of woman both in the military and society at large. Guest speaker Dr. Wanda Barnard-Baily PhD, a licensed clinical social worker, talked about the empowerment and education of women. Barnard-Baily, a self-proclaimed ”traditionalist,” spoke of her greatest inspiration being her

mother and grandmother who did so much with so little and made sure she received an education. “The role models of women’s history are not just those that we saw (in the presentation)…they are my mother, who is a retired teacher, they are my father who raised a family of four girls,my grandmothers…,”said Barnard-Baily. “These where woman who… made sure that their children received the power of education and moved forward in their lives.” Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis thanked BarnardBaily for taking the time to speak. “When I joined the Navy in 1987, there were no women in combat roles, now we are encouraged to know that women can hold just about any position in the Navy… The only thing that matters is the quality of work,” said Geis. “What’s so important about these bimonthly events is we take just a few minutes out of our busy schedules just to think about things that you don’t necessarily have time to recognize.” According to NAS Oceana Heritage Committee President, Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Carlos Eldridge from the Dam Neck galley,the event was sponsored by the heritage committee to promote the diversity of the U.S. Navy. “You can be any diverse race and you can excel and go to the highest level,” said Eldridge. “Young Sailors come in from different backgrounds and they see that you can excel and they can be something major and have an impact on this Navy.”

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ROCK, RIDE, DUEL FOR FREEDOM April 1, 3 p.m. Rock for freedom, ride for freedom or enjoy dueling for freedom during a fund raiser for Operation Homefront of Hampton Roads,taking place at the Power Plant in Hampton. The event will feature a dueling piano show with Joe Wooten from the Steve Miller Band and John Toomey, who played with Maynard Ferguson, and a special guest, classical guitarist Sam Dorsey. A variety of bands will perform throughout the afternoon at locations on the Power Plant, including PBR, Luckies Dueling Piano, NASCAR Sports Grille and the Big Deck. Motorcyclists can ride for freedom, beginning at Hoss’ Deli in Newport News to the Power Plant.To register for the motorcycle ride, call the deli at 596-9104. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. For more information about the event, contact Pro Music and Sound at 867-7115.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of spring at Sandy Bottom Nature Park during the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The event will include the Easter Bunny, a children’s craft area, storytelling,prizes,food vendors,and more. More than 20 Easter egg hunts will be held throughout the day, with two beginning every half-hour and will be broken down by age group. There will also be pictures with the Easter Bunny; cost is $5. Other activities include a real bunny rabbit display and a $2 hayride.

PLANE PULL April 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teams of six will compete to see who can pull “Chuckie,” a World War II B-17 bomber weighing 35,00 pounds, a distance of 12 feet in the fastest time at the Hampton Roads Competition Plane Pull.The pull will be at the Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Tickets at the gate are $15; children 10 and under, $5. Price includes food and non-alcoholic beverages, activities for the kids, classic car show, museum tours, free parking and live music by the Jesse Chong Band. Teams are still forming so create a team, join an existing team or come as spectators and bring the kids. Complete information is available at

DISCOUNTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Through June 10 Colonial Williamsburg salutes first responders and their families with a very special offer: pay for a day and come back all year. Members of law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS technicians, 911 dispatchers, emergency management employees, as well as active duty military, guard and reserve personnel and their families can purchase a single day ticket at $39.95 for an adult and $20.95 for youth ages six to 12 and visit the rest of the year through Dec. 31 for free. Children under six are free. This special discounted pass for first responders is part of Colonial Williamsburg’s Salute to First Responders program.

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JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES April 2, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn more about the crucial steps in the job search process.This workshop covers everything from assessing the hidden job market to ďŹ nding a job long-distance, including job searching on the Internet. Many of the resources and services available to job seekers are also discussed, including major employers in the Hampton Roads area and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

PARENTING TEENS April 5, 2- 4:30 p.m. This workshop presents the physical,cog-

nitive, social and emotional developmental characteristics of teens, and parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reactions to the way adolescents handle these changes. Discussion topics include building healthy relationships, avoiding power struggles and providing guidelines.This is an overview of the in-depth STEP/Teen multisession program.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING April 3 or 9, 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.

TODDLERTIME April 3 through May 8 9:30 -11:30 a.m. This program on Tuesdays, provides parents the opportunity to grow and learn with their child, ages one to two-and-a-half years.Topics include stages of toddler potty training, separation anxiety, fears, sharing, language and physical development, discipline tips and much more. Developmental activities are available for your child while support and information are available for you.

JOB NETWORK April 3, noon to 1 p.m. Ask local and national employers what they like to see on resumes and how to prepare for interviews. Find out about open positions, their application process and what beneďŹ ts are available.Transitioners, separatees, and military family members are invited to attend.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES April 4, 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include positive answers to difďŹ cult questions,dressing for success and the importance of body language and positive attitude.Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.

FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP April 5, 9 a.m. to noon Gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to ďŹ nd vacancies and job listings, complete the application process and how to understand standard qualiďŹ cations and testing requirements.

TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Weekly TAP is for separating military and pre-retirees. It covers resume writing, interviewing skills, salary negotiations, military beneďŹ ts 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. Transition assistance services available at all FFSCs â&#x20AC;˘Workshops and counseling on all ďŹ nancial aspects of transition â&#x20AC;˘Survivor BeneďŹ t Program (SBP) â&#x20AC;˘Individual transition counseling

FFSC programs at Dam Neck CFS Forum The Command Financial Special Forum, April 6, 8:30 a.m., will feature a speaker from Virginia Beach Child Protective Service, talking on the topic of child support.The forum will be held at the Dam Neck FFSC ofďŹ ce. Call 433-2912 to register.

Counseling appointments The Fleet and Family Support Center offers ďŹ nancial counseling, clinical counseling and programs on Tuesday evenings at the FFSC Dam Neck ofďŹ ce, 2073 Tartar Ave, past the ďŹ re station. Counseling is available by appointment and service members and family members can make an appointment by calling the FFSC at 433-2912.

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Transition benefits: part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative — Continued from page 1 and states that Sailors who elect to transfer benefits must have served at least 10 years in the armed forces and if either Navy, DoD policy or federal statute restricts the member from committing to four additional years, members must agree to serve the maximum amount of time allowed by that policy or statute. “ERB Sailors without 10 years of qualifying service must affiliate with the Reserves and commit to serving four years as a drilling Reservist to transfer their benefits,” said Wilder. “There are no waivers for those who do not meet the 10 year requirement or for those with less than 10 years who choose not to become a Reservist.” Additional Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for all eligible Sailors or dependent family members under transferability include: •All public school in-state tuition and fees •Up to $17,500 a year for private or out-of-state school annual tuition •Entrance exam fee reimbursement •Monthly housing stipend for non active-duty students enrolled at least part-time • Annual book and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment “Approximately 100 ERB-affected Sailors have already been approved for a transfer of their benefits,” said Wilder. “Sailors who wish to transfer their benefits must do so before their separation date, so it’s very important that they do not wait to apply.” More information on transferability can be viewed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill website at benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html and Sailors can apply for transferability of benefits at https:// To read NAVADMIN 203/09 or for more information on benefits and eligibility requirements, read BUPERSNOTE 1780 on the NPC website at, or call the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC. Transition benefits are elements of the continuum of service area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.

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Jet March 29, 2012  

Serving Hampton Roads, VA

Jet March 29, 2012  

Serving Hampton Roads, VA