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VOL. 53 NO. 14 APRIL 10, 2014






BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer More than a century of heritage and tradition came together as chief petty officers across Hampton Roads celebrated the 121st birthday of their paygrade during a luncheon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center April 4. The event included more than 620 retired and active duty CPOs, from the newest chiefs to fleet and force master chiefs, as well as former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) William H. Plackett. The luncheon was the culmination of a week of events that began with a golf tournament at NAS Oceana March 31, and included a 5K run, a day of community service and the CPOs serving Sailors at galleys throughout the region. Proceeds from the 5K held April 2 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. The luncheon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center was hosted by Oceana CPOs and Oceana Command Master Chief Eric Clark served as the master of ceremonies. “If we do not preserve our heritage, nobody will.This is something that all chief petty officers look forward to every year …We embrace what those chiefs before us have allowed us to do today,” said Clark about the importance of making time to celebrate the CPO birthday, in an interview before the luncheon. The luncheon began with reciting the Sailor’s Creed, and two bells were rung as the POW/MIA table to honor fallen shipmates

— See CPO birthday, Page 9

Photo by MCSN Kayla King Guest speaker retired MCPON William H. Plackett is projected on a big screen to an audience of more than 600 chief petty officers from across Hampton Roads who attended a luncheon to celebrate the 121st birthday of the CPO paygrade. Plackett, who served as the Navy’s 6th MCPON from 1985 - 1988 spoke at the birthday observance April 4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The paygrade of chief was established April 1, 1893.


Fleet Week New York scheduled to return; dates, ships announced From Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced dates for the 26th Fleet Week New York. Fleet Week New York, taking place May 21- 27, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabili-

ties of today’s maritime services.The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Three U.S. Navy ships and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2014 Fleet Week New York. U.S. Navy participating ships will include Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS

— See Fleet Week, Page 6

FREE MOVIE As part of Holy Week observances, the Oceana Religious Ministries Department, with assistance from MWR, will host a free showing of the movie, “Son of God,” April 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at the NAS Oceana Aerotheater. Doors open at 5 p.m. and concessions will be sold. For more information, contact the Oceana Chapel at 433-2871.

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FCPOA CAR WASH The First Class Petty Officers Association at NAS Oceana will hold a car wash April 18, 10 2 p.m.The car wash will be at Merchant’s Tire and Auto Center,Virginia Beach, 1772 General Booth Blvd., at the corner of Dam Neck Road and General Booth.Vehicles will be washed for a donation to the FCPOA fund.

NEXT FLEA MARKET SCHEDULED The next flea market at NAS Oceana will be April 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oceana Main Gate Park, across from the Navy Exchange. Spaces can be reserved by calling 433-2193 and leaving a message or at 567-2020, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. only. Breakfast and lunch will be sold during the flea market.The semiannual flea market is sponsored by the Navy Wives Club of America Princess Anne 143 and proceeds benefit military and community charities.

ELECTRONIC RECYLING EVENT NAS Oceana will sponsor a free electronic and appliance recycling event for government-owned items only. The event will be

April 24, 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot across the street from building 933, the recycling center. The rain date will be May 1, 8 a.m. to noon. Government items accepted are computers, monitors, printers, typewriters, telephones, washers, dryers, microwaves, space heaters and more. All items require four copies of DD1348 and all hard drives require a DLIS 1867 form. Turn-in guidance is available at or by calling 445-2412 or 445-2398. For more information about the event, contact NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic at 433-2131 or 341-0409.

FUNDANGO FESTIVAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS The Kids’ Fundango Festival needs volunteers. The festival will take place May 17 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning of the event. Fundango is a Stop Abuse program created to prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral. Through its

marionette program, “Simon Says: Just Tell,” children learn to recognize, prevent and disclose abuse in a safe environment. Contact JessicaTudor at 286-0663 or email to volunteer. She will need your name, phone number, e-mail and shirt size.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE ThanksUSA Scholarship Program will accept online scholarship applications from dependent children and spouses of U.S. military personnel through May 15. Scholarships will be awarded to children for full-time undergraduate studies at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Scholarships will be awarded to spouses for full-time or part-time undergraduate studies and for non-degree licensure/certification programs. Kaplan University will also offer one full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. For information about ThanksUSA’s Scholarship Program and to review the scholarship criteria, visit

Fort Story to hold 87th annual Easter Sunrise Service From JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Public Affairs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story will host its 87th annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m., Sunday, April 20 at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story. The guest speaker for this years’ service will be Capt. Tom Webber, command chap-

lain, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Also participating will be JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Commander Capt. Frank E. Hughlett and Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr. The service site is historically rich, dating back more than 400 years since the first settlers came ashore on April 26, 1607.The onsite memorial cross was erected in 1935 by

CHAPEL SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana „ Protestant Sunday School - 9 a.m. „ Protestant Worship (main chapel) - 10:40 a.m. „ Catholic Mass – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. „ Catholic Sunday Mass - 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

the Daughters of the American Colonists to commemorate the raising of a cross by the first settlers who came ashore in 1607. The Cape Henry Memorial Cross is a part of the Colonial National Historical Park administered by the National Park Service. The public is invited to participate in this annual event. For more information, call the JEBFS Chapel at 422-7665.

Read the Chaplain’s Corner on page 4

Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 „ Contemporary Protestant Worship Sun.,9 a.m. „ Bible Study, following 9 a.m. worship „ Confession Sat., 4:15 p.m. „ Catholic Worship 5 p.m. „ Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Naval Station Norfolk „ Jewish Services - Friday - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 „ Islamic Services - Friday- 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (building C-7)

Call the Chaplains: „ NAS Oceana at 433-2871 „ CVW-1 at 433-3676 „ CVW-7 at 433-7712 „ CVW-8 at 433-2337 „ CVW-3 at 433-2096 „ FRC Oceana at 433-5933

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Photo by MCC Keith DeVinney Lt. Kenneth Savage, a naval aviator assigned to VP-16, performs preflight checks in the flight station of a P-8A Poseidon before a mission April 4, in support of the international effort to locate Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the IndoAsia-Pacific region.

Navy team detects signals in search for missing aircraft BY CLAUDETTE ROULO American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — U.S. Navy personnel continue their support of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman said April 7. The United States has two P-8 Orion aircraft searching in the Indian Ocean, Army Col. Steve Warren said. Navy aircraft supporting the search have flown 24 missions, with 220 hours of flight time covering 336,000 square nautical miles, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet news release. “Additionally, we have two pieces of highly sophisticated underwater detection equipment [engaged in the search] — the towed pinger locator and the Bluefin-21 [sidescan sonar],” Warren said. Both underwater devices are operating from the Australian defense vessel Ocean Shield, the news release said. The team operating the towed pinger locator detected signals on April 6

that are consistent with sounds that would come from a black box, the release said. The signals were detected on at least three separate occasions for extended periods of time and at several different depths. The locator also detected two signals at the same frequency, but in different locations, which would be consistent with signals transmitted by both a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, the release noted. The team is working to reacquire the signal and plans to use the Bluefin-21 to create a picture of any potential wreckage. The search is a round-the-clock operation, and is currently focused on an area about 950 nautical miles northwest of Perth,Australia. Determining the location and position of search assets is “a very collaborative effort between Americans, the Australians, the Malaysians and others,” Warren said. But, he added, “the Australians right now do have the lead.”

Photo by MC3 Andrew Schneider Capt. Robert Clark, commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, speaks during Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Mark Aaron Mayo’s memorial service held at the C-9 building on base April 7. Mayo, 24, was killed during a shooting incident aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) March 24. Mayo was assigned to NSN Naval Security Forces. A Hagerstown, Md. native, Mayo enlisted in the Navy in October 2007 and reported to Naval Station Norfolk in May 2011. Naval Station Norfolk color guard and police department parade the colors during MA2 Mark Aaron Mayo’s memorial service held at Naval Station Norfolk. Photo by MC3 Derek Paumen

A program honoring the life and achievements of MA2 Mark Aaron Mayo sits on a table during the memorial service at Naval Station Norfolk. The service drew hundreds of Sailors who remembered Mayo’s dedication to his job and his character. Photo by MC3 Andrew Schneider

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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

Seeing versus faith

BY LT. JOHN GIBSON Carrier Air Wing 1 Chaplain Last week, I had the opportunity and the privilege to attend the “Ready for Tasking” ceremony of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft for Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125. For those not familiar with either the aircraft or the squadron, this was ba-

sically an opportunity to commemorate the Navy’s latest and greatest capability in terms of command and control, as well as generating early warning and mission management during wartime. Several leaders from both the military and civilian community spoke throughout the ceremony. As I look back, one of the quotes that stands out most prominently came from Capt. Todd Watkins, commander of Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing. He said, “The E-2D serves as the eyes of the fleet. If it’s out there, we will see it.” Command and control is a key element of any war-

time context and an inability to see or perceive what’s going on around the perimeter of the battle space is a surefire way to guarantee mission failure. By contrast, gaining and maintaining control will guarantee success. Essentially, it all boils down to seeing what is taking place around us. Perhaps we can discern some parallels in a broader context here. What is it about “seeing” that is so important to humanity as a whole? Why do we constantly need to see what’s going on around us? Moreover, when one finds him or herself suddenly unable to see for any reason, why does this cause such anxiety and fear within them?

While there may be several potential explanations for this, perhaps most, if not all, of them could be boiled down to one key word: control. Simply put, we do not like to be out of control of our surroundings, and an inability to see is virtually guaranteed, at least in the short term, to reduce our control of our respective environments. However, what are people of faith to make of verses like Hebrews 11:1? If eyesight and control are so desperately intertwined, then how are we to reconcile this with being “certain of what we do not see”? What does that even mean, anyway? Essentially, in a spiritual

sense, it means being so sure of who God is that even when we cannot physically or mentally see or discern what he may be up to, we do not lose heart or faith when times become difficult. It means that even though our financial situation might not be in the best shape it’s ever been in, we know that God is going to provide for that unpaid bill, that child support obligation, or that hospital payment. It means that even though you or your loved one is sick, you know that God is still the healer who has raised people from the dead and cured ailments in the past and who is still in the business of providing

for the health needs of his people. It means that even though you are struggling to get out of bed in the morning or get to sleep at night or eat properly due to depression symptoms, you know that God is still with you and can bring you through the latest storm and into a time of peace and comfort once more. We may not have the “ifit’s-out-there-we-will-seeit” capability of the E-2D Hawkeye, but if you believe in and trust God, he will be the “eye in the sky” that gets you through whatever you may be going through. Put your trust in him today, and never hesitate to talk to a chaplain if you need to.


Local winners Two Sailors from NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex galleys earned awards at MCACTE. CSSN Tracie Hilderbrant from Dam Neck earned a bronze medal and CS3 Alejandra Rodriguez from Oceana earned a commendation.

NORFOLK,Va. (NNS) — Navy culinary specialists (CS) walked away with an assortment of medals after competing at the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (MCACTE) hosted at Ft. Lee,Va. March 9-14. MCACTE is one of the largest culinary competitions in North America. The competition is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) event to demonstrate their culinary and showcases the talents of military chops.The 21 competing Sailors made a significant impact, medaling in 20 events. chefs from around the world. More than 450 service members, primarily U.S. Army, gathered at the annual — See Top chefs, page 11

Photo by MC3 Class Brian Wilbur Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses participants from the 39th annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (MCACTE), March 17, at Naval Station Norfolk. As one of the largest culinary competitions in North America, the MCACTE has showcased the talents of military chefs from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces since 1973.

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Photo by MCSN Kayla King During his commissioning ceremony, Ensign Shane R. Prybylski’s new rank is pinned on his uniform by his daughters Delilah, Christina and Deborah. Also participating in the ceremony (not shown) is his wife Denisse. Prybylski, a former chief hospital corpsman stationed at CVW-8, was among 15 Sailors selected for the Medical Service Corps Inservice Procurement Program for Health Care Administration. Prybylski was commissioned April 2 at CNATTU Oceana. He reported to Officer Development School, in Newport, R.I, April 7 and is scheduled to report to Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center in Portsmouth in June.

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KEEP WHAT YOU’VE EARNED April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and “Keep What You’ve Earned,” is designed to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors. EMC (SW) Will Harrington,TSCHR Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, set up a table tent and handed out brochures near the intersection of Dam Neck Road and Regulus Avenue April 4. Harrington’s efforts to promote alcohol awareness did not go unnoticed as several commuters honked and waved as he donned a “That Guy” fluorescent T-shirt, mask and a hand puppet, waving at each passerby. “That Guy” is a multimedia campaign with the goal of reducing excessive binge drinking among young Sailors. The campaign is a reminder to everyone: Don’t be that Guy! Photo by RPSA Steven Caldwell

Fleet Week: Nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to participate this year — Continued from page 1 Oak Hill (LSD 51) and Arleigh Burke-class Aegisequipped guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) from Norfolk, Va., and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) from Mayport, Fla. USCG participating ships will include cutter Katherine Walker (WLM 552), the “Keeper of New York Harbor” from Bayonne, N.J. and cutter Campbell (WMEC 909) from Portsmouth, N.H. In addition to public visitation of participating ships and military band concerts, there will be numerous exhibits and military demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members. For up-to-date information on ship locations, hours and visitation information, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at or “Like”

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Rampagers host squadron tour for two groups STORY/PHOTO BY LT. BRENDAN BUHOLZER VFA-83 Public Affairs Officer The “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 hosted the 99 Lynx Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and members of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as both organizations visited Naval Air Station Oceana March 2.The Rams provided squadron tours, operational status briefs and answered numerous questions about the squadron’s activities. The 99 Lynx Squadron pulled up to hangar 111 at NAS Oceana and over 100 young faces poured out of their buses and filed into the VFA-83 spaces. Welcoming the cadets, Lt.Anthony Golemi briefed the future members of Canada’s air force on the elements of Carrier Air Wing 7 and the role of strike fighter aviation in modern conflicts around the world.They proceeded

into the hangar where Lt. Schuyler Onderdonk let the cadets get up close and personal with the cockpit of the F/A-18C and its functionality. “It was inspiring to have the opportunity to answer the cadets’ questions and to see each individual’s energetic reaction as we shared our world with them,” said Onderdonk. One young cadet of British descent even proudly asked a Rampager, “Do you know that [British] pilot well? … Because soon you will have another one to fly with, that’ll be me!” Sharing the spaces with the air cadets were approximately 15 members of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Lt. Michael Stock and Ensign Pierce MacConaghy provided members with a squadron tour and a discussion about intelligence assets and capabilities, and how they interface with the strike fighter community’s tactical training and employment. “Hosting the ONI professionals was great. Not only do I think they learned a lot from us, but the Rams were able to make great contacts,”MacConaghy, the Rampager intelligence officer said. The Rampagers of VFA-83 appreciated the opportunity to host the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the engaged staff from the Office of Naval Intelligence.The Rams look forward to more opportunities to interact with outside organizations and share their experiences.

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oping their idea of vocations, Greer said the tour provided a potential recruiting tool. He explained that one of the students Students from Ignite Academy, a school is interested in aviation and could potenof Biblical higher education in Christian- tially become a naval aviator. “In addition burg, Va., visited Hampton Roads for a to that,he may eventually become interesttwo-day tour on board Naval Air Station ed in looking into vocation in becoming a (NAS) Oceana and Naval Station Norfolk, Navy chaplain,” said Greer. to showcase ministries and give them an Isaiah Hampton,from Norristown,Penn., idea of what life is like as a Navy chaplain, was among the four students who was on March 31 and April 1. the tour. Just a few years ago, Hampton During their first day,at NAS Oceana,they never would have believed he would be were provided a guided tour from Com- considering ministry as a career choice. mand Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Paul Greer and “Ignite Academy was kind of a surprise Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 Chaplain Lt. John thing for me. At the time, I was homeless. Gibson, of the Chapel of the Good Shep- I’m 19 and I’ve been homeless half of my herd, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11,Air life. The life that I had had nothing to do Operations and given the experience of pi- with ministry,” explained Hampton.“I was loting a simulated aircraft at NAS Oceana. abandoned by my father at birth and didn’t “It is an opportunity for us to showcase really have an active mother. I kind of had what the Navy does in the naval aviation to raise myself and live life. I took opportucommunity as a whole, and the important nities when they came.” role that we play in our national defense,” “I went to Bible summer camp and the said Greer. president of the college just happened to “What we do is allow them to do job be at the camp. He talked to me and he shadowing,” which can help in ways other said ‘If you come, we’ll help you with tuthan recruiting potential chaplains, said ition’ and I said OK. So, I contemplated Greer. about it and prayed about it and then low “They can be more effective in the and behold, here I am,” said Hampton. ministry to the military.We have a limited Greer said that there are more job shadnumber of Navy chaplains and so quite of- owing opportunities such as the Navy’s ten we have to rely on lay leaders within chaplain candidate program.As part of that the Navy and also our community partners program, they receive on-the-job training who want to be more effective in minister- with seminary-level divinity students who ing the military members.This is a way we are commissioned. The Chaplain Corps can kind of connect those communities also allows people who are interested in together between civilian and the military the chaplain candidate program to job ministry communities to be more effective shadow. and caring for our service members.” According to Greer, there are several difBecause the students are early in devel- ferent sites across the U.S., where based

Sailors’ opinions sought in sub survey From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has opened a voluntary online survey to all female enlisted Sailors to understand the level of interest among women to serve aboard submarines. A Navy task force was formed last summer to develop options for integrat-

ing enlisted women into the submarine force. The survey results will be used to help guide ongoing planning efforts. “We seek input from professional women Sailors throughout our Navy, even if they aren’t interested in serving aboard submarines,” said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, a career submariner who leads the task force.“Responses to the survey questions

Photo by MC3 Timothy Daughton Lt. Jeff Mayer, from VFA-11 at NAS Oceana, shows his flight gear to Isaiah Hampton, Ada Marquez and Sarah Ruggerio, all students from Ignite Academy March 31.

on the geographic location, chaplain candidates can do job shadowing. “Last summer we had a chaplain candidate from Duke Divinity School who was here. He spent about a week with us and did some job shadowing, saw our ministry, and saw what we did. [He] invited us to come back to his commissioning and now he’s an active duty chaplain in the Navy,” said Greer. In order to become an active duty Navy or Reserve chaplain, a person must have 72 hours of college coursework in theology, philosophy or other related fields,explained Greer. In addition, a person has to have at least two years of ministry experience. During the second day, the students had

the opportunity to tour Naval Station Norfolk, guided by Lt.Autumn Butler-Saeger, a Navy chaplain. During the tour, Butler-Saeger led the students onto some of the piers, familiarizing them with life as a Sailor, the roles and missions of the different types of ships, and the benefits of Navy chaplaincy “I’ve always been drawn toward the military,” said Sarah Ruggerio, a resident life ministry coordinator at the academy. “I’d looked at it previously right out of college, but then I decided to get a master’s. I put it on pause in my mind and it hasn’t come up since.This [visit] has struck some thought again that maybe it is something I’d want to pursue.”

will help shape future Navy policy and are key to getting the integration right.” Perry emphasized that all survey responses will remain anonymous. Female Sailors can access the online survey by logging on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System, commonly known as NSIPS. Once logged on, personnel can follow these steps: • Locate the “Employee Self Service” link in the column on the left side of the page titled “Menu.”

• Expand the “Employee Self Service” link options. • Then expand the options under the “Electronic Service Record” link. • Click the “Tasks” link. • Then click the “Survey Requests” link. The survey will be visible under the “Pending Surveys” window if these steps are followed. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is scheduled to remain open through the spring.

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CPO birthday: Former MPCON shares thoughts on professionalism during Hampton Roads celebration — Continued from page 1 was presented by retired Force Master Chief Jess Elliott. A cake cutting also brought together the oldest CPO present, retired MCPON Plackett with the most junior chief,ISC (EXW/IDW/SW/AW) Michael Taub, with less than eight years in the Navy. Plackett, who served as the Navy’s highest ranking enlisted Sailor from 1985-1988, was the guest speaker. Clark, who introduced the Navy’s 6th MCPON, noted it was also Plackett’s 77th birthday and he chose to spend it with Hampton Roads CPOs. Plackett was serenaded by a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” from the audience near the end of the luncheon. Plackett began with asking the CPOs for a rousing“Hooyah,”and received a spirited response. “We’ve heard this business about ‘chiefs being the backbone of our Navy.’ I don’t think that’s much of a stretch; as a matter of fact, chiefs are the backbone of the Navy because they were raised by other chiefs.They were raised to have an appreciation of what it meant when you entered the doors of the chief’s quarters and took your place at the table and started becoming a chief,” said Plackett. “One day you were wearing a white hat, the next day you were wearing khakis.You really didn’t know what the hell was going

... I have a deep, abiding faith in the chiefs’ community. If anything can be accomplished, it can be accomplished by a group of chief petty officers who sit down and put their heads together,” — Retired MCPON William Plackett

on. You knew what was supposed to be done, you had seen it done but you didn’t know how to do it, didn’t know how to tell people how to do it,” he continued. For the former MCPON, the ultimate goal within the CPO community has always been, and continues to be, “professionalism.” Plackett explained professionalism as “a defined educational chain for certification or rising through a profession and also a common jargon that pertains only to that profession.” He jokingly added, “And boy, have we got that jargon!” Plackett said a great deal of time and effort has been put into the educational piece, including the training continuum currently in place.That education includes the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, as well as quotas at the Naval War College, the Marine Corps’ Sergeant Major Academy and the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. “They are things that have lent themselves very nicely to professional people who know how to conduct themselves, that know how to actually put a budget together, who know how to identify a directive,” said Plackett. “I’m very, very proud to have been able to serve as your MCPON but there were a lot of professional guys who put me there, many of which have deep roots in this community. It was all based on professionalism,” said Plackett. “We have made ourselves into a fighting force. We’ve become the surface enlisted warriors, submarine warriors, air warriors that we were destined to be, that we have to be … I have a deep, abiding faith in the chiefs’ community. If anything can be accomplished, it can be accomplished by a group of chief petty officers who sit down and put their heads together,”said Plackett. As he concluded his formal remarks, Plackett called on the CPOs to “genuinely put yourself on the line and open your mind up so you can help develop the future for those who are going to be coming behind us.” While commemorating their history and heritage, the event included some fun with drawings for door prizes, such as

ABOVE: Camaraderie was an important part of the 121st birthday luncheon and chiefs took advantage of the time together to pose for photos and reconnect with shipmates.

RIGHT: Retired MCPON William Placket applauds after the chiefs sing him “Happy Birthday” for his 77th birthday at the 121st birthday luncheon of the Chief Petty Officer rating.

BELOW: Current and retired chief petty officers stand at attention and recite the Sailor’s Creed kicking off the CPO birthday luncheon.

Photos by MC2 Alysia Hernandez

blue and gold golf bags, gift cards, a TV and tickets to Richmond International Raceway. The final drawing for $679 from the 50-50 raffle was won by Command Master Chief (SW) Ollan Burruss, individual augmentee command master chief for U.S. Fleet Forces. Although excited about the money, which he was going to use for previouslyplanned weekend trip to Dover, Del., Burruss echoed Clark’s thoughts about the luncheon’s significance in commemorating the CPO’s heritage and tradition. “It gives us an opportunity to bring

chief petty officers together, not only from your command but from the region and I think that’s critical if chief petty officers want to move forward,” Burruss explained. Following the luncheon, Plackett stressed to military reporters why the chiefs should remember and celebrate their heritage. “If you don’t know where you’ve been,you don’t know where you’re going.And our heritage gives you a feeling of solidarity that helps you develop as the years go by. It makes you a better person, makes you a better chief, makes you a better leader.”

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The Training Support Center Hampton Roads (TSCHR) Multi-Cultural Awareness Committee (MCAC) sponsored a Women’s History Month program for military and civilian personnel March 28 at Dam Neck Annex. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Yeoman 3rd Class Stefanie Carter,TSCHR MCAC, invited members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES),Tidewater Unit 152, to speak at the ceremony. Dassa Carvey, Libby Morrison, and Judith Perry spoke to TSCHR personnel about their Navy careers. While they knew they wanted to serve their country, they also encountered obstacles and restrictions as early female members of the Navy. The WAVES shared their challenges, adventures and their funny stories with the audience. They also mentioned how far women have progressed in today’s military, and applauded their advancements and successes. Additionally, they brought along with them WAVES memorabilia, including old uniforms, publications and photos. “Women serving in the military have come a long way. You can serve on board ships, fly in combat missions and are even assigned to submarines. You couldn’t do this when I served,” said Carvey. The WAVES were established July 30, 1942 as a reserve unit of the Navy.They were used primarily at shore billets in the continental U.S., allowing the Navy to release more officers and enlisted men for duty at sea. During that time, women had to be 21 to enlist in the Navy or have their

Women in the Navy Today more than 59,000 active duty women and more than 9,000 Reserve women serve in the Navy,making up 18 percent of the Total Force. Additionally, more than 54,000 women serve in a wide range of specialties as Navy civilians. Women leading in the Navy Total Force include 32 active and Reserve flag officers, 69 Senior Executive Service members, 48 command master chiefs and three command senior chiefs. parent’s authorization and signature. “I feel it’s important that we recognize the victories, struggles and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today,” said Carter. “It was an honor to meet these ladies and I consider them lifelong friends.” Women throughout the Navy, past and present, will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of WAVES July 30. “I am very grateful for the WAVES service, for the struggles they endured and overcame, for they paved the way and made it much easier for me when I joined the Navy in 1984,” said retired Master Chief Petty Legalman Connie Cox. Cox is currently the director forTSCHR Legal. During the ceremony, Cox was presented the TSCHR MCAC“Person of the Month”Award. “It has been an honor to meet such great women patriots, who laid the foundation for all the opportunities the women in our Navy today enjoy,” said Capt. Brent Kyler, TSCHR commanding officer.“It is important to remember, and recognize, their sacrifices, contributions and influence — they epitomized courage and commitment.”

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members is one of largest in North America — Continued from page 4 According to CSC Chad Shifflet, Submarine ForcesAtlantic and chef advisor, the bulk of Sailors came from Hampton Roads and had very little time to prepare for competitive cooking. “We only had about three weeks to put together a team and train for the event. It really says a lot about these young Sailors.We spent the first week just working on the menus and planning,” said Shifflet. CSCS Catherine Kallberg from U.S. Fleet Forces said that getting more Sailors involved in events like this is important to the Navy culinary community. “I think that we’ve gotten away from scratch cookery and the basics of cooking, like sauces and stocks,” said Kallberg.“A lot of what we do in the Navy is heat and serve, so we’re trying to get back to scratch cookery,not that everything we do has to made from scratch, but we need to teach our young Sailors the basics and show them how they can be creative and make a dish they can take pride in.” For CSSN Tracy Renee Hildebrandt from the Dam Neck Annex Galley, it was an eye-opening experience. “I didn’t realize how huge the event is, and it has so many possibilities.You could go as a team or individually, do hot or cold plates, appetizers, desserts or four-course dinners,” said Hildebrandt. With a little advice from her team mates, Hildebrandt decided to make a dessert. “I entered the Student-Plated Dessert category. I created a play on spaghetti and meatballs. It was chocolate fettuccine pasta with a raspberry collie for the sauce and a chocolate grate for the meatballs with a vanilla bean ice cream. I participated in a competition in the civilian world and saw a woman make a chocolate ravioli, so I thought why not try spaghetti and meatballs.” The judges must have agreed. She won a bronze medal for her efforts. CS1 Gary Askins from Carrier Strike Group 8 was also a first time participant at the event. “We were the only all-Navy team.We

I didn’t realize how huge the event is and it has so many possibilities. You could go as a team or individually, do hot or cold plates, appetizers, desserts or four-course dinners.” — CSSN Tracy Renee Hildebrandt

About the competition MCACTE is one of the largest culinary competitions in North America. More than 450 service members, primarily U.S. Army, gather at the annual event to demonstrate their culinary chops. The 21 competing Sailors made a significant impact, medaling in 20 events.

walked away with the most gold medals of any other team, with three gold medals. It surpassed my expectations. We only had three weeks to prep for the event and we only had a week and a half of training with food,so I thought we’d do all right, but 12 medals total was huge,” said Askins. Kallberg was also impressed with Askins’ achievement. “CS1 Askins actually broke down a whole pig. He made head cheese, and used the intestines to make sausage and used every portion of the pig to create a cold platter. He won a bronze medal for that category,” said Kallberg. Askins also entered the hot plate category and made a shard wrapped duck breast with pureed potatoes and roasted root vegetables,Brussels slaw,a duck crepe with a blood orange reduction and a duck skin crackling. In addition to the medal and accolades from his teammates and the judg-

es,Askins was given an opportunity to compete at a higher level. “CS1 Atkins got accepted into the U.S.Army Culinary Arts Team and he’s only the fourth Sailor to make the team. They have the possibility to go on to the 2016 Culinary World Olympics in Germany for Team USA in the Military Division.That’s a huge feat and it’s awesome to have another Navy member chosen for that team,” said Shifflet. Kallberg said that the more Sailors they can get to the competition next year the better. “It is so motivating for me to see the look on these young Sailors faces when they win a medal or get their certificates. They really learned a lot, like how to get organized in the kitchen, to have everything you need to prepare a dish sitting in front of you before you begin and the chance to network with people who share the same passion for food that they do. So now they’re hungry;they want to do it again and do more next year.” Shifflet said that if it weren’t for the support they received from senior leadership they wouldn’t have been able to attend. “This was my fourth year going up and it’s really great to see senior leadership getting involved,” he said.“The support we’re getting from Fleet Forces to Navy Supply Systems Command is making a big impact and I think they’re seeing the impact that Navy culinary can have on the Navy as a whole. Because if you have good chefs putting out good food, that’s going to have a big impact on morale out in the fleet.” For a complete list of awardees, visit

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

FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM APRIL 11, 9 A.M. TO NOON Gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to find vacancies and job listings, complete the application process, and how to understand standard qualifications and testing requirements.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING APRIL 14, 9 A.M. TO NOON Learn how to market your skills,knowledge, accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume. This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

This training is specifically for second class petty officers in supervisory positions. It provides information on Navy and community resources available to military personnel. Through solution-focused exercises, participants learn techniques that effectively address personnel concerns brought to their attention.

OVERSEAS TRANSFER WORKSHOP APRIL 16, 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M. Information will be provided on household goods and auto shipment, financial planning, travel arrangements and passports, personal security, and culture shock. Open to active duty and family members, 12 years and older.




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

Transferring to a new duty station? This workshop offers tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Topics include hints on shipping household goods, travel and financial planning, entitlements, family preparation and ways to cope with relocation. Open to all active duty, retiring and separating military personnel, and their families.

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CALENDAR Visit for more events in and around NAS Oceana!

Home & Garden Show visits Virginia Beach The Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show invites amateur designers,home improvement enthusiasts, garden gurus and everyone in between to “get inspired, get started” this spring. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 11 - 12 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,April 13.Tickets are $10 for the general public, 12 and younger get in free. Active duty and retired military and senior citizens (62 and older) receive a $2 discount. The show is at the Virginia Beach Convention Center with free parking. B&T Kitchens & Baths is the presenting sponsor for the show.

7 p.m. - Need for Speed (PG-13, 124 min.)

Saturday, April 12 1 p.m. - Muppets Most Wanted (PG, 113 min.) 4 p.m. - Non-Stop (PG-13, 107 min.) 7 p.m. - 300: Rise of an Empire (R, 102 min.)

Sunday, April 13 1 p.m. - Muppets Most Wanted (PG, 113 min.) 4 p.m. - Pompeii (PG-13, 102 min.) 7 p.m. - 3 Days to Kill (PG-13, 117 min.)

Guest lineup As the first female host of the popular Crashers series on DIY Network and HGTV, Alison Victoria surprises homeowners throughout the country with extravagant kitchen redesigns completed in three days on “Kitchen Crashers.” Victoria hunts in stores across America for weekend warriors who could use some help bringing style, beauty and simplicity together to create harmony in their kitchens. She is on the Main Stage at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. You’ve seen him on HGTV’s “Dig In,” Discovery Channel’s “Rally Round the House,” and Town Hall and CNN’s “Weekend to Live.” Now, master gardener and TV star William Moss wants your kids to get dirty — or at least their hands. Moss recently teamed up with the makers of Miracle-Gro to discuss the company’s new potting mix “Expand’n Gro.” Moss believes that as spring turns into summer, surrounding your home with beauty can be a job for the whole family — and a chance to introduce children to nature. See Moss on the Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Friday, April 11

Photo provided See exhibits like this and many more at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Garden Show in Virginia Beach April 11 - 13 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella is a DC-based restaurateur and owner. His restaurants include the Italian-inspired Graffiato, northern Greek concept Kapnos, and Italian sandwich shops, G and G Grab and Go. While traveling through Greece and parts of the Middle East, Chef Isabella learned the nuances of these cuisines. In 2012, he was named the People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic by Food & Wine Magazine. See him at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the Main Stage, where he’ll give a 45-minute presentation and sign his first cookbook,“Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian.” Chef Isabella will also host the Great Meatball Challenge, where he will taste meatballs submitted by top local chefs to determine who makes the best meatballs in town. Those interested in joining Chef Isabella for a

private tasting of these treats can buy a ticket for $30; $20 of the purchase goes to the Culinary Institute of Virginia Scholarship Fund. The Xpogo Stunt Team is the most talented and experienced extreme pogo performance team in the world. Jumping more than nine feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks, while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, these athletes thrill crowds and keep them enthralled until the final bounce. See their antics on the Family Stage at noon and 3 p.m. on Friday, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. Check out for information about all show activities. “Like” us on Facebook for free tickets and other unique gifts.

875 D Ave., Bldg. 531 | (757) 433-2391 | Schedule is subject to change, call ahead for details. Cash or credit accepted for concessions and admission. Doors open approximately one hour before showtimes. Children ages two and younger are admitted free. Patrons 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult to attend all R-rated movies.

WOMEN IN DEFENSE LUNCHEON APRIL 17, 11 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. Join the Women In Defense Greater Hampton Roads (WIDGHR) monthly luncheon at the Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk. The guest speaker will be U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer Capt. Jane E. Campbell. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for military members E-6 and below. For more information and advance registration, visit

CELEBRATION OF THE MILITARY CHILD APRIL 26, 11 A.M. - 2 P.M. In celebration of “The Month of the Military Child,” the Peninsula Town Center (PTC) and the Hampton Military Affairs Committee will host an event at PTC’s Town Square.The festivities include a bounce house, carnival and activities from each organization present. Each vendor will also have community information for military families. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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Spring Fever 5K!



NAS Oceana will be hosting the Spring Fever 5K April 24. The race will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Flightline Fitness Center (building 545). Preregistraiton ends April 22 and race-day registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 433-3928.



Tuesday 6 a.m. A.M. Stretch 11:35 a.m. Spin Cycle 6:15 p.m. Tai Chi/Yoga

Wednesday 6 a.m. Max Intensity 10:45 a.m. EFT Circuit 11:35 a.m. Real Ryder 5 p.m. Spin Cycle

Thursday 10:45 a.m. EFT Circuit 11:35 a.m. Spin Cycle


Monday 9 a.m. core Fitness Plus 10 a.m. EFT Group Ex 10 a.m. Stroller Aerobics 11:30 a.m. Cardio Kickboxing 4:30 p.m. Boot Camp 6 p.m. Yoga Restore

9 a.m. Spin 10 a.m. EFT Group Ex 11:30 a.m. Chisel 4:30 p.m. Cardio Strength



9 a.m. Core Fitness Plus 10 a.m. EFT Group Ex 10 a.m. Stroller Aerobics 11:30 a.m. Boot Camp 4:30 p.m. Triple Threat 6 p.m. Yoga Restore


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9 a.m. Vinyasa Yoga 10 a.m. EFT Group Ex 10 a.m. Stroller Aerobics 11:30 a.m. Zumba

For more information, call 492-7483.

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Hours of operation Mon. - Thurs. 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri. 5:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SPRING INTO SUMMER The NAS Oceana fitness centers are hosting the Spring Into Summer nineweek incentive program. Baseline measurements will be taken and there will be weekly discussions, field trips to the commissary and other health promoting activities. For more information, call 433-3928.


All classes are held at the Dam Neck Fitness Center (building 524).

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads will be hosting the Teal Ribbon 5K April 23 at SC-4000 Marianas Hall. Pre-registration ends April 16 at 4 p.m. Race-day registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or call 836-1810.


6 a.m. Max Intensity 10:45 a.m. EFT Circuit 11:35 a.m. Real Ryder 5 p.m. Family Fitness Open Rec


APRIL 23, 11:30 - 1 P.M.

9 a.m. Spin 10 a.m. EFT Group Ex 11:30 a.m. HIIT 4:30 p.m. CRT

WHERE All classes are held at the Hornet’s Nest Fitness Center (building 529). Hours of operation Mon. - Thurs. 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri. 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 433-3928.


Photos by Harry Gerwien Participants run in the annual Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Annual 5K raises funds for Wounded Warrior Project From The Flagship In honor of the daily sacrifices made by the men and women in all branches of the U.S. military, Spartyka hosted its sixth annual Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K – Virginia Beach at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront March 29. The event is held each year to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit organization supporting injured veterans, and welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and anyone with a patriotic spirit who wants to show support for the troops and veterans. Immediately following the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K – Virginia Beach, all event participants were invited to the official CP Shuckers After Party for a celebration of the event with refreshments and live entertain-

ment, including the Hark, Brian Grilli Band and the Deloreans. As part of the annual event, races were held at Qatar Air Base and aboard USS Stout (DDG 55), which is currently forward-deployed. With 55 Stout participants, the ship raised $1,700 toward the Wounded Warrior Project. During the Virginia Beach event, the Warrior of the Day award was presented to former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor and a personalized Honor and Remember Flag was presented to the family of fallen Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tech Timothy Johns. The first ever Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K was hosted in Virginia Beach in March 2009. The vision for Spartyka is fueled by founder and owner Jimi Partyka, who currently serves on active duty in the U.S. Navy.

MAY 11, 7 A.M. CHECK-IN The 11th Annual 5K Cross Country Run will feature the 1-Mile Run with the Hounds and 1/2 Mile Pony Run for the kids. Run or walk one of the only 5K cross country courses in Hampton Roads that winds through the wooded trails and around the property of Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program’s 92-acre facility. Awards will be given to the top three overall and top three by age category. To register, and for more information, visit events/12th-annual-5k-cross-countryrun.

BENCH PRESS COMPETITION MAY 14, 10 A.M. NAS Oceana will host this competition at the Flightline Fitness Center. Weigh-in and warm up will be at 10 a.m. with the competition briefing at 11, immediately followed by the competition. Pre-registration ends May 12. Same day registration begins at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place winners from each weight class and one overall winner. For more information, call 433-2695.

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