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SERVING NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA
DAM NECK ANNEX
X-47B catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush:
Annual luncheon honored 80 military spouse nominees; 10 ﬁnalists
HSC-2 INSTRUCTOR HONORED BY USO
A pivotal moment in naval aviation LT. DAN BAND PERFORMS FOR MILITARY
PAGE 13 Meet Luke Bryan at the Oceana NEX food court, May 17 at noon. First 30 in line will get free copy of “Spring Break...Here to Party” CD, which will also be sold. Arrive early, space is limited. Only open to DoD ID card holders.
2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year awarded
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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator ﬂies over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14. George H.W. Bush is the ﬁrst aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its ﬂight deck.
From Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) — The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its ﬁrst ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14. “Today we saw a small, but signiﬁcant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex warﬁghting environment that exists today: the ﬂight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,”said Vice Adm.David Buss,commander,Naval Air Forces, the Navy’s “air boss.” The unmanned aircraft launched from the deck of George H.W. Bush at 11:18 a.m. It executed several planned low approaches to the carrier and safely transited across the Chesapeake Bay to land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after a 65-minute ﬂight.
Buss called the launch a “watershed event” in naval aviation and said he expects that decades from now, a future air boss will have a picture of the X-47B launching from Bush behind his or her desk,just as he has a picture of aviation pioneer Eugene Ely’s ﬁrst-ever landing on the deck of a ship in 1911 behind his desk today. Completing another important ﬁrst for the UCAS-D program, the team demonstrated the ability to precisely navigate the X-47B within the controlled airspace around an aircraft carrier at sea and seamlessly pass control of the air vehicle from a“mission operator”aboard the carrier to one located in the Mission Test Control Center at NAS Patuxent River for landing. “The ﬂight today demonstrated that the X-47B is capable of operation from a carrier, hand-off from one mission control station to another, ﬂight — See Pivotal moment, Page 10
BY DAVID TODD The Flagship The Hampton Roads community and The Flagship, Inc. celebrated the annual Heroes at Home: Military Spouse Awards, May 9, at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach. “We are in our ninth year of highlighting the accomplishments of the hardest working member of the armed forces, the military spouse,” said Laura Baxter, publisher and general manager for The Flagship and Military Newspapers of Virginia, which also publishes the Jet Observer. “[More Than] 1,300 men and women have been nominated for this award. This event has received national recognition and it has even captured the attention of the White House. In fact, one of our winners from a previous year was given a President’s Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush, so it’s quite a testament to the quality of nominations that we receive,” said Baxter. In 2005, The Flagship military newspaper launched Heroes at Home: Military Spouse Award, which gave military and civilian communities in Hampton Roads an opportunity to say “thank you” and to — See Heroes at Home Page 8
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BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» HURREX/Citadel Gale 2013
For questions, suggestions, compliments or concerns about services provided on board NAS Oceana, email the COnnection Line e-mail OceanaPAO@navy.mil. However, the best and fastest way to resolve a problem is through your chain of command or with the organization directly involved. Please be brief and to the point when using the COnnection Line. Capt. Bob Geis will reply through this column, since topics may be of interest to other readers.
Oceana Family Fest
HURREX/Citadel Gale 2013 is taking place May 13-23. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare for the hurricane season from June 1 through Nov. 30. During the exercise, commands should ensure all recall bills are current. It would be wise to have a current paper copy on hand in the event internet servers are lost during a storm. Emergency managers/disaster preparedness personnel are responsible for reporting Tropical Cyclone 4 Conditions of Readiness (TC COR) attainment once the checklist is reviewed. TC COR checklists can be found in NASOCEANAINST 3440.3. Information for preparing for a disaster, such as destructive weather can be found at http//:www.readynavy.mil, Facebook and twitter. The NAS Oceana Emergency Management Department is available for information brieﬁngs and/or Power Point presentations. Contact the emergency management ofﬁcer to schedule at 433-3749 or email@example.com.
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Oceana Motorcycle Rodeo Get on your bikes and ride to the 2013 Motorcycle Safety Rodeo, May 31, 9 a.m. to noon at the parking lot of the Aviation Historical Park,Tomcat and G avenues. A“Wake the Base”ride from Shifting Sands at Dam Neck Annex to NAS Oceana will precede the rodeo. Riders should muster at 8 a.m. and the bikes will roll at 8:30. Rodeo events will include a Virginia State Police riding demonstration and safety brieﬁng,a bike show with recognition of the best in sports and cruisers and best in show, safety exhibits and more. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold by the NAS Oceana Chief Petty Ofﬁcers Association. At the conclusion,there will be a group ride with the Virginia Patriot Guard. Riders and passengers should muster at the rodeo with kickstands up at about 12:30 p.m.
Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant
The Oceana Family Fest is today, May 16, 3:30 -7:30 p.m. Sunday Mass – Tues-Fri, Ladies Welcome to Golf package at the Main Gate Park. Event is free and open to all military, Sunday School - 9 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Aeropines Golf Club is offering a program for women DoD civilians and families.Activities will include a DJ, hayWorship (main chapel) Sun. Mass - 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. ride, photo booth, magician, inﬂatables and more. Conces- interested in taking up the game of golf on May 18 - 19, 9 10:40 a.m. 10:30 a.m.The program offers something for beginners to sions will be sold. Call 433-3301 for more information. Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 novices and includes the full swing and short game. Cost is $175 and includes three hours of instruction, full set of Contemporary Protestant Clean the Bay Day Confession Saturday 4 p.m. Thousands of volunteers will participate to improve the clubs, putter, head covers and golf bag. For more informaWorship Sunday 9 a.m. Catholic Worship 5 p.m. Chesapeake Bay watershed area during the 25th Annual tion or registration, call the pro shop at 433-2866. Adult and children’s Bible Study, following 9 a.m. worship Clean the Bay Day June 1, 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed from all commands at NAS Flea market Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress to clean the Getting ready to move or doing a little spring cleaning Naval Station Norfolk waterways on Dam Neck.These efforts foster a cleaner en- and need to get rid of all your excess“stuff?”Bring it out to vironment for wildlife and provide information that helps the semi-annual ﬂea market at NAS Oceana June 1, 8 a.m. Jewish Services - Fri - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 ofﬁcials ﬁnd ways to prevent future pollution. All active to 2 p.m. Islamic Services - Fri - 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) duty and their families are encouraged to participate. The Navy Wives Club of America, Princess Anne Chapter Commands are asked to provide the names of command 143 will sponsor the event at the Oceana Main Gate Park, Contact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871, CVW-1 at 433-3676 coordinators to the NAS Oceana Installation Coordinator CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, across from the Navy Exchange. The public is welcome. To CTT2 Noah McHugh at 492-6315 or noah.mchugh@navy. FRC Oceana at 433-9286 reserve space,leave message at 433- 2193,or call 567-2020 mil by May 17.
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Farewell for CMC Smalts NAS Oceana Command Master Chief Bill Smalts (center) is presented a framed collage of photos taken of him and his wife Mary by the Oceana Public Affairs staff during his tour at Oceana. Presenting the photo are Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis (l) and Executive Ofﬁcer Capt. Kit Chope. Smalts’ farewell luncheon was held May 8 at the Shifting Sands Club. Smalts, who enlisted 27 years ago, was a boatswain’s mate prior to being selected for the command master chief program. Smalts served as Oceana’s CMC from May 2011 through May 2013 and earned a Meritorious Service Medal for his tour. His next assignment is as the command master chief on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Truth or ‘Oblivion’ BY LT. JOHN GIBSON Carrier Air Wing 1 Chaplain Recently, I saw the movie, “Oblivion,” starring Tom Cruise. For those that have not yet seen it (or perhaps even heard of it), this is a story about the fate of Earth which takes place around the year 2070. Without giving away any major plot points, Cruise plays Jack Harper, an agent employed to investigate the surface of the earth following a global catastrophe blamed on forces external to the planet.Long story short, as the story unfolds, he comes to realize that the causes of the catastrophe are not what he has been led to believe. While there were many intriguing subplots to be found throughout the ﬁlm, the main theme that kept resurfacing again and again in my mind was the main character’s search for the truth; about his life, about the circumstances by which he found himself surrounded, about his loved ones, and most importantly, about what it all meant for him.As I reﬂect on this, I am reminded about why these particular aspects of the ﬁlm resonate so strongly with me and also, I’m guessing, with many other people as well. Our lives, whether we realize it or not, are characterized by a search for truth.When a wrong is done or a crime committed, we want “the truth.”When someone sends out one of those annoying “chain e-mails,” many of us hit up snopes.com or another web site that exists almost solely for the purpose of determining if the email is“true”or not.We want our loved ones to be“true to us.”Truth, therefore, is an essential part of our lives and our search for it is an essential part of our being. Jesus was keenly aware of this fact when he said to His disciples, in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”God, in fact, created us to live in true fellowship with him, free from the burden of deception that, sadly, is a part of our sin-ﬁlled world and creates a constant hindrance in our search for truth. Making matters even more complex in our ongoing human quest for truth is the constant claim on the part of many that “absolute truth” cannot possibly exist.They claim that truth is “relative,” and based on the set of particular circumstances one may ﬁnd himself or herself in. Thus, for example, while it may be wrong — See Search for truth Page 7
Photo by MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos
HSC-2 pilot receives USO Woman of the Year Military Leadership Award BY MC2(AW/SW) ERNEST R. SCOTT Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs Lt. Janis Harrington, a helicopter instructor pilot with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2,has been selected as the Navy’s Woman of the Year honoree for the USO of Metropolitan New York. Harrington was one of ﬁve female service members, one from each branch of the armed forces, who received the award in commemoration of their dedication, achievements and service to the country. “It’s been very humbling,”said Harrington, who was surprised by her selection.“I was just doing my job and I am grateful for this opportunity I’ve been given.” Harrington, a self-proclaimed “Marine Brat,” believes her leadership ability developed early in her career with assistance from her father, a retired master sergeant in the Marine Corps. “I learned a lot from my Dad,” said Harrington.“He told me to rely on my chief and take care of my Sailors when in charge. I did what he said and I did what I felt was right; but I never thought I’d be honored like this.” On May 11, 2011, Harrington deployed with Carrier Air Wing 8 for the maiden voyage of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). During this time, Harrington provided vertical replenishment for Carrier Strike Group 2 in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Here Harrington applied the lessons learned from her father and
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Brian C. Whiting (l), president and CEO of USO of Metropolitan New York, retired Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, Navy Lt. Janis Harrington and Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, commander, Air Force Material Command pose for a photo at the USO Woman Of The Year Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on May 2 in New York City. Harrington, a helicopter instructor pilot with HSC-2, was selected as the Navy’s Woman of the Year honoree for the USO of Metropolitan New York. gained valuable new skill sets that would further shape her leadership ability. “My leadership through ﬂight school, my ﬁrst ﬂeet command and [HSC-2] has taught me how to carry myself as a lieutenant in the Navy,” said Harrington.“They taught me how to take care of my peers and my junior Sailors.” The USO held its 47th USOWoman of theYear Luncheon May 2 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.The USO also honored a senior female military ofﬁcer and presented ﬁve military leadership awards to female service members from each branch of the armed forces, highlighting their incredible stories of exceptional bravery and grace under the most extreme conditions.
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Sailor of the Quarter
Junior Sailor of the Quarter
Blue Jacket of the Quarter
CS1(SW) Renita Monroe
ABE2(AW) Luis C. Linares
ET3 William W. Witherspoon III
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate – Equipment 2nd Class (AW) Luis C. Linares is the NAS Oceana Junior Sailor of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2013. Linares is the maintenance leading petty ofﬁcer at Oceana Air Operations,responsible for supervising 64 Sailors in the maintenance and operations of eight sets of E-28 arresting gear engines, six Fresnel Lens Optical Landing Systems and two Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing Systems units. His total quality approach and ability to work with others were the driving force behind the division completing more than 15,200 maintenance actions and 25 safe aircraft emergency arrestments and making sure the equipment is 100 percent ready for the 2013 airﬁeld certiﬁcation. He also serves as part of the NAS Oceana Color Guard and as a divisional and departmental ﬁtness leader, where he conducted 36 division PRT sessions and 60 command ﬁtness enhancement programs to help Sailors prepare for the spring 2013 PRT. In his off duty time, Linares has completed two courses at St. Leo University and volunteers with Military Ministries Photos by MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos • Information compiled by in Newport News.
Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Renita Monroe is the NAS Oceana Sailor of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2013. Monroe, who serves as the leading petty ofﬁcer at the Oceana galley, trained a team of 70 junior culinary specialists and civilian contract mess attendants in proper sanitation procedures, which resulted in a 98 percent score on a monthly inspection. Monroe also trained ﬁve watch captains on the correct use of a Naval Supply form, which resulted in improving efﬁciency and quality control.She ensured the safekeeping and 100 percent accountability of 495 food line items, worth more than $35,000, by monitoring the inventory on a weekly basis. Monroe played an important role in the Oceana galley earning the 2012 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for food service excellence. Her command involvement also includes serving as a ﬁnancial specialist and the Oceana First Class Association treasurer. In her off duty time, Monroe volunteered to mentor teenagers through the Seton House.
Electronics Technician 3rd Class William. W. Witherspoon III is the NAS Oceana Blue Jacket of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2013. Witherspoon, who is stationed at Oceana Air Operations Department,serves at the maintenance technician for the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR),Tactical Air Navigation System and Miniature/ MicroMiniature (2M) work centers, as well as the military liaison for the Electronics Maintenance Division Weight Handling Program. Using his extensive technical knowledge, Witherspoon corrected two critical faults on the tactical air navigation aid, three minor faults on the DASR and completed more than 75 preventative maintenance checks within the radar work group. Preparing for a NATOPs inspection, Witherspoon took the lead with several self help projects, including repairs and improving command safety. He organized all advancement materials for the March 2013 E-4 exam and conducted three trainings to prepare 20 Sailors and himself for advancement.
Navy accepting STA-21 applications By Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES,Ill.(NNS) —The Seaman-to-Admiral (STA) 21 commissioning program, which provides an opportunity for qualiﬁed Sailors to receive college educations and Navy commissions, is soliciting applications for ﬁscal year 2014, as announced in NAVADMIN 102/13 April 23. The deadline for submitting application packages is July 1. “We are proud of the STA-21 program and the amazing Sailors who receive their commissions through it,” said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC).“STA-21 ofﬁcer candidates and their families beneﬁt from the educational opportunity
afforded them at our nation’s premier universities. Completing their degree in 36 months, they remain on active duty with full pay and allowances and the Navy pays up to $10,000 per year in support of their tuition,fees and books. STA-21 is truly an investment in Sailors as it shapes our ofﬁcer corps of the future.” Application packages must be postmarked on or before the July 1 deadline date. Early submission is preferred, as this will allow feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible documents. The deadline for submission of additional documentation to an applicant’s package is Aug. 1. Before earning their degrees, STA-21 applicants must attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) course at Ofﬁcer Training Command (OTC), Naval Station Newport, R.I.,
prior to beginning college studies at an NROTC-afﬁliated college or university. STA-21/NSI is an eight-week course of intense ofﬁcer preparation and indoctrination. Course enrollment is timed to allow college entrance during summer or fall semesters/quarters after selection. “I assessed what I could do in my rate as a machinist’s mate compared to what I could do as an ofﬁcer and I felt I could contribute the most to the Navy by joining the ofﬁcer ranks,” said Ofﬁcer Candidate and former Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Joseph Page, 21, from Indianapolis.“I thought becoming an ofﬁcer would maximize my qualities and my potential and that’s how I could give the most to the Navy.” Page, who came from Nuclear Prototype School in Charleston, S. C., plans on attending the Citadel Military College in Charleston and then join the Navy’s submarine community. — See STA-21, Page 11
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Blacklion Bash 2013 coming May 31 The 2013 Blacklion Bash has been scheduled for May 31, 6 p.m. at the NAS Oceana Ofﬁcers’ Club. All personnel are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring friends and family. An annual charity event to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Blacklion Bash has become a tradition at the Oceana O’Club. Last year’s bash was a huge success, raising more than $8,000 for both charities. The goal for this year is to surpass that contribution and break the $10,000 mark. There will be a silent auction to beneﬁt
the charities, with donations including gift certiﬁcates, sports tickets and memorabilia, autographed books, electronics and more from local businesses. The bash will be host to a wide array of entertainment including games, prizes and live music by the VFA-15 band, Richie Storm and the Thunderheads. Tickets are available online for $10 or at the door for $15 with T-shirts for sale as well. Check out the website www.blacklionbash. com to get more information, Also, “like” the bash’s Facebook page for pictures from last year’s bash and updates on the upcoming event.
It’s time for summer fun in the sun at Aeropalms Water Park at NAS Oceana.The park opens for the season during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25 and remains operating through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Park hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Tuesdays.
Admission is $6 for active duty, retired military and eligible family members;$8 for DoD civilians and ages 5 and younger are free. Season passes and pool party packages are available. Call 433-2825 for more information.
Chesapeake city leaders visit Fentress Aeropalms Water Park opening May 25 Photo by Kevin Graves
During a tour of NALF Fentress, April 30, NAS Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis briefs new Chesapeake City Manager James E. Baker (center) and Mary Ann Saunders, assistant to the city manager, in the new LSO building, opened in October. With them is Kevin Allison, counsel for the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic(far l). Geis discussed the mission of Fentress, the 2005 Joint Land Use Study and its outcomes, restrictive easements at Fentress, the economic impact of the base and non-traditional readiness support that Fentress provides, among other topics. City leaders also visited the NAS Oceana Air Operations Tower later that day.
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Tactics lesson Retired Cmdr. Willie Driscoll describes the aerial combat maneuvering tactics against North Vietnamese pilots to Lt. j.g. Kyle Evanhoff of VFA106 at the Oceana OfďŹ cersâ€™ Club May 2. As a lieutenant, Driscoll was Lt. Randy â€œDukeâ€? Cunninghamâ€™s RIO, ďŹ‚ying F-4 Phantoms from the deck of USS Midway (CV 41) off the coast of North Vietnam during the early 1970s. They scored their ďŹ rst North Vietnamese MiG kill on Jan. 19, 1972, and scored the second on May 8, 1972. On May 10 of that year, they became the ďŹ rst American ďŹ‚iers to qualify as Aces in the Vietnam War when they shot down three MiGs in a single action. In addition to becoming the ďŹ rst Vietnam Aces, the two became the ďŹ rst Team of Aces, the ďŹ rst to score a triple kill over Vietnam and the ďŹ rst U.S. all-missile aces. Driscoll addressed VFA-106 students, instructors, families, and both active and retired members of Tailhookâ€™s Ready Room-6 and the Hampton Roads Association of Naval Aviation at the OfďŹ cerâ€™s Club on the critical elements required for survival and success in aerial combat and the added stress of extended carrier operations in a hostile environment. Photo by Marshall LeFavor
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â€˜Fashionable Little Onesâ€™ provides resources to military, DoD families STORY/PHOTO BY MCSN KAYLA KING NAS Oceana Public Affairs NAS Oceanaâ€™s Family and Military Support (FAMS) hosted its spring 2013 Fashionable Little Ones event at the Officersâ€™ Club May 6-10. Leading petty officer Aviation Boatswainâ€™s Mate 1st Class (AW) Jernelle Smith, Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Avery,Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Susannah Wilson, and Operations Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Samyasen Torres, all attached to NAS Oceana FAMS, hosted the event to support military families,pregnant active duty and DoD personnel by providing them with clothes,books,games,shoes, etc. FAMS is intended to assist potential parents, expectant military members or those who are new parents, and command leaders who supervise them. FAMS staff put Fashionable Little Ones together twice a year, spring and fall, by furnishingâ€œgently usedâ€?and new childrenâ€™s clothing that was provided strictly on a donation basis. FAMS collected clothes ranging in sizes to fit newborns to 5-year-old children. Everything donated to FAMS was given out at the Fashionable Little ones,
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AE3(AW) Victoria Miller, attached to NAS Oceana Administration Department, and AM2 Clarence Plum, attached to VFA 106, examine socks at the Fashionable Little Ones event hosted by Family and Military Support May 6.
â€œWe have done a lot of work to get this program up and running,â€? said Avery. â€œWe had to provide the space to host the event, flyers, and come up with a game plan.â€? In the past, FAMS has branched out its Fashionable Little Ones program to Naval Station Norfolk and will do so again if the opportunity arises to help more people. â€œFashionable Little Ones helps me by providing me with free clothes,â€? said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Laurie Moore, attached to NAS Oceana Administration Department.â€œIt helps me save money to use for other things like paying bills.â€? Fashionable Little Ones next event is scheduled to be in the fall of this year. For more information about Fashionable Little Ones and the FAMS program, contact FAMS advocate at 433-2031.
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Tom Cruise answers fans’ questions at an exclusive advance IMAX screening, April 15 in Virginia Beach, of Universal Pictures “Oblivion” with the actor and director Joseph Kosinski. One of the themes of the movie is how Cruise’s character searches for the truth about his life, his circumstances, etc.
Search for truth: Our lives characterized by seeking out what is true — Continued from page 3 or sinful to steal, doing so could be justiﬁed if done for the purpose of feeding one’s family.While I won’t use this space to delve deeply into the different types of moral dilemmas that we face, I will say that navigating the often murky waters of our search for truth no doubt often leads us to such impasses. And in all fairness, putting ourselves in the shoes of, say, someone who would feel compelled to steal in order to save his or her starving family, does tend to bend us in the direction of moral relativity. I myself have felt this effect many times as I’ve considered moral dilemmas of different kinds. Still, to assert that absolute truth is non-existent is a mistake. After all, how can we be absolutely sure that absolute truth does not exist? That, in itself, is a self-defeating assertion; one that can only lead inexorably to an overall break-down of civil society as people pursue their own self-interest at the expense of others on the basis of“no absolute truth” and thus no guiding principle for interaction between people.No absolute truth means the creation of a moral “oblivion” (to borrow from the movie title) in which civil society cannot possibly exist. Our very survival then as a human race is predicated on the existence of an absolute standard on which truth must rest. God created the universe as well as mankind.As such, he is intimately aware of our need and desire for discovering truth. My hope and prayer is that you will turn to him for guidance, even in the midst of the moral dilemmas of our day.And never abandon your search for truth, uncertain as that task may seem at times.
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Heroes at home: award is in its ninth year honoring local military spouses — Continued from page 1 recognize military spouses for the challenges they overcome each and every day.The event is held in conjunction with the national Military Spouse Appreciation Month, celebrated each May, and is the only regional event in the country that honors military spouses from all branches of the armed services. A judges’ committee consisting of members of the Hampton Roads business community, as well as the armed services, reviewed 80 nomination packages and selected 10 ﬁnalists, of whom one was chosen as the overall winner.The winner and ﬁnalists were chosen based on the following criteria: exceptional volunteer work accomplishments, fortitude during lengthy deployments and separation, and support for our military spouses and their families. Christina Lara,the wife of Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Pablo Lara, USS New York (LPD 21), was named the 2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year. She accepted the award with her husband by her side. Lara ﬁrst began volunteering as an ombudsman after Sept. 11, 2001 because she wanted to bring a sense of calm during a very stressful time in America. She credits her personal support system with giving her the ability to be ﬂexible and available for families she serves. In addition to being a full-time student, a volunteer, wife and a mom,she is also the ombudsman for USS New York and the regional ombudsman for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Her areas of focus in 2013 include Navy Wives Clubs of America Portsmouth 221, and working with the military and civilian community to bring morale to wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. “The key is the support system … being out there meeting people and making new friendships that last forever,” she said to the military spouses in attendance. “I was honored to be in the delivery room with several of the spouses whose husbands were deployed last year, and to me, that’s being part of a family in the bigger picture. It’s so exciting being a Navy spouse, or a military spouse in general, because you get to meet new people, go to new places … it’s an adventure! And I always look for that next adventure when I walk out the door with my three boys, my husband and all my friends … and I call all of you my friends, because without
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Hampton Roads and The Flagship, Inc. honored military spouses with the 2013 Heroes at Home: Military Spouse of the Year award luncheon at the Founders Inn May 9. Ten ﬁnalists for the 9th annual award were selected by a panel of judges from 80 nomination packages. Nine of those 10 ﬁnalists who were able to attend the luncheon were recognized individually, including (not in order) Maribel Beckwith, April Golden, April Kumley, Christina Lara, Amber McKinney, Rosalyn Mendez, Misty Menken, Jill Ray and Beth Treon. Nominee Christina Gordon was not able to attend and her award was accepted on her behalf by Cmdr. Lloyd Mack, commanding ofﬁcer, TACRON 21. you guys, it couldn’t be possible.” Tom Schaad, news anchor for WAVY-TV 10 was the master of ceremonies for the event.The Joint Service Color Guard presented the colors and Musician 3rd Class Emily Charleton from U.S. Fleet Forces Band sang the national anthem.The invocation was provided by Navy Chaplain Lt. j.g. Michael D. Brown from Naval Station Norfolk. “We are honoring our local unsung heroes for their steadfast support of our active duty service members, families and communities,”said Schaad to the audience. “These spouses volunteer literally countless hours, assisting in schools, churches, family readiness groups [FRGs] … they’ve served as ombudsmen, key spouses and the list goes on … they’ve maintained the homefront and supported our military spouses and families, and have faced challenges every single day.These spouses have deﬁnitely made a long lasting difference in our community.” Force Master Chief Kenneth J. Daniels from Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic was the guest military speaker for the event. “Military spouses give so much of themselves … your leadership keeps this military running,” he said prior to asking for spouses of service members who are currently deployed to stand and be recognized. “Deployed forces are the tip of the
,2013 Heroes at Home: Military Spouse of the Year poses for a photo with her husband HM1(SW) Pablo Lara stationed on USS New York (LPD 21), following the awards luncheon in Virginia Beach. spear,and you are the tip of the spear here at home. “Thank you for supporting us.To all the spouses, thank you for what you do, making a difference every day,” he continued. “It’s a tough job you volunteered for, but it’s never been more important.” Suzie Schwartz,spouse of retired U.S.Air Force Gen. Norton A Schwartz and former chief of staff, was the keynote speaker.
“We’re the military community.We don’t need easy, we just need each other,” she said, reciting a quote she found by fellow Air Force spouse. “I thought that said it all … people ask me all the time,‘Are you frustrated about what young spouses do or don’t do?’‘Don’t you feel like the traditions are dying away?’‘Are you afraid they aren’t involved?’ I say the exact opposite — they are fabulous! What young spouses do today is just amazing to me, every single day.” Although she came into the military life not knowing what to expect, over time she became an advocate for military spouses across the services. Schwartz is currently a board member for the Fisher House Foundation and was recently named the vice president of military spouse programs for Victory Media, a media company focused on improving lives of military families and veterans. This year’s sponsors included (Presenting Sponsor) USA Discounters;(Silver Sponsor) Your Local Chevy Dealers; (Bronze Sponsors) Long & Foster Realtors and Navy Mutual; (Media Partners) WAVY-TV 10, Fox 43 and Max Media (97.3 The Eagle, 92.9 The Wave and Hot 100.5); (Table Sponsors) Grand Furniture, Great Wolf Lodge, GEICO, Navy League of Hampton Roads, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Old Dominion University’s Military Career Transition Program, Raytheon, Regent University, Saint Leo University, Unilever, USAA and the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia.
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In May 1966,Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 established Detachment “O” (Det “O”) at NAS Oceana for training pilots, radar intercept ofﬁcers (RIOs) and enlisted Sailors in the F-4 Phantom. A little more than a year later in August 1967, the F-4J, an advanced version of the combat-proven F-4B, was introduced to VF-101. According to a story in the Oct. 16, 1969 Jet Observer,the pilots and RIOs reported to Det“O”following their training at KeyWest,“where they learned the basics of formation ﬂying,tactics and air-to-air-ground use of conventional weapons, day and night in-ﬂight refueling and day and night carrier qualiﬁcations.” VF-101 had been commissioned May 1, 1952 at Cecil Field, Fla. and in April 1958, had merged with the Fleet All-WeatherTraining Unit Atlantic,which trained all-weather ﬁghter pilots in the F4D-1 Skyray and F3H-2 Demon. It was at that time when the “Grim Reapers” became a component of Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing 4. Det “A” had been established in June 1960 but following both the Skyray and Demon being phased out in 1962, the detachment was disestablished and the F-4 training moved to Key West, Fla.Training at Key West emphasized the radar weapons intercept techniques, air-toair combat tactics and missile ﬁrings. The decision to establish Det “O” was made because of geography,economics and morale,according to Cmdr. F.G.Bouwman,VF-101’s commanding ofﬁcer at that time. According to the story, the Tidewater location provided convenient access to ground training facilities, a landing ﬁeld with simulated carrier deck lighting (Fentress),
NAS Oceana Public Affairs
An undated photo of an F-4 Phantom from VF-101 in ﬂight. In the late 1960s, VF-101 had Det “O” at NAS Oceana, which trained pilots, RIOs and enlisted Sailors. many of the Atlantic Fleet attack carriers, low level navigation training routes and an array of excellent targets. Also because Oceana was home to all the Atlantic Fleet’s F-4 squadrons, the pilots, RIOs and enlisted Sailors could establish residency in their ultimate destination. Instructors trained groups ranging from 6–16 men and in 1968, 1,147 conventional ordnance sorties were conducted at various targets in the Oceana operating area. As pilots prepared for carrier qualiﬁcations, they were required to ﬂy a minimum of six day and 14 night ﬂeet mirror landing practices (FMLPs) at Fentress,which was known as Fentress Auxiliary Landing Field. In 1968,
Training pays off for F-4 crew Training provided at VF-101 proved invaluable as VF-11 pilot Lt. William G. Pfeiffer grinds his damaged F-4 Phantom to a halt, May 2, 1971 on USS Forrestal (CV 59). Trailing barricade webs like torn bandages, the damaged Phantom is brought to safe halt as Pfeiffer and Lt. j.g. Jake T. Walters Jr. ﬁght to keep the aircraft on centerline after the plane lost its right main landing gear after bolstering. NAS Oceana Public Affairs archive
11,235 practice landings were made at Fentress during 467 day and 1,406 night FMLP periods. Lt.j.g. Mark Ryan, an F-4 RIO was interviewed about the training he received at Det“O”and said he feels this phase of the training is most important. “This is where all the previous training is put to the test,” said Ryan, from Beverly, Mass. He added that he was glad to be getting the “ﬁnishing touch” from the Grim Reapers. Along with training the naval aviators, Det “O” also provided ﬂeet replacement aviation training (FRAMP) for enlisted personnel going to the F-4 community.The enlisted men were trained at Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment at Oceana and proceeded to VF101 for on-the-job training in the F-4 systems, before heading out to the ﬂeet for their permanent assignment. . When Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing 4 was disestablished on June 1, 1970, VF-101 was placed under Commander, Fleet Air Key West’s chain of command until the following February, when the Grim Reapers were assigned to the operational control of Commander Fleet Air Norfolk. On April 1, 1971, the squadron ofﬁcially completed its move from Key West, leaving a permanent detachment for tactics training of the ﬂeet replacement aircrew and two months later, operational control of VF101 was assigned to Commander, Fighter Wing 1. — Compiled by Cathy Heimer with information from the Jet Observer and NAS Oceana Public Affairs archives
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Pivotal moment: unmanned aircraft integrated into carrier aviation â€” Continued from page 1 through the national airspace, and recovery at another location without degradation in safety or precision,â€? said Matt Funk, lead test engineer for the Navy UCAS program. Prior to the catapult launch on Tuesday, the UCAS test team also conducted deckhandling and ship-integration testing to demonstrate the capability to safely operate the X-47B in the dynamic, unforgiving environment of an aircraft carrier ďŹ‚ight deck. â€œThis event is a testament to the teamwork, professionalism and expertise of everyone involved with X-47B program,â€? said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, program executive ofďŹ cer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. â€œTheir work will positively impact future unmanned aviation development for years to come.â€?
Over the next few weeks, the X-47B aircraft will ďŹ‚y approaches to the ship multiple times and eventually land on the pitching ďŹ‚ight deck, said Navy UCAS Program Manager Capt. Jaime Engdahl. The UCAS team will conduct additional shore-based testing with the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River in the coming months before its ďŹ nal carrier-based arrested landing demonstration later this summer.
PHOTO: An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the ďŹ‚ight deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 14. George H.W. Bush is the ďŹ rst aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its ďŹ‚ight deck. Photo by MC2 Michael Smevog
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STA-21: application deadline is July 1 — Continued from page 4 “This has been a great learning experience for me,” said Page.I haven’t been out in the ﬂeet yet but STA-21 and NSI has been a great place to gather information from those in my class that came from the ﬂeet. I received a lot of valuable input from my classmates and received a feel for what I’ll need to do once I get to the ﬂeet as an ofﬁcer.” Both Page and Electronics Technician 3rd Class and Ofﬁcer Candidate Brianna Smith, 22, from Erie, Pa., were put in charge of their class of 50 ofﬁcer candidates. “It was an amazing opportunity and has been a great experience and will help prepare us for what’s to come,” said Smith.“You get your college education while learning about leadership roles.” Smith plans on attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and then looks to be a nuclear warfare ofﬁcer on a ship or submarine out of Naval Station Norfolk. Smith also attended Nuclear Prototype School but in Ballston Spa, N. Y., before attending STA-21/NSI in Newport. The STA-21 program beneﬁts Sailors as well as the Navy. The average candidate has at least two years and in most cases more than four years of observed performance which assists in the process of selecting the most quali-
ﬁed Sailors to receive a commission. Additionally, STA-21 candidates are on average older than most midshipmen, bringing a maturity directly reﬂected in the more than 90 percent completion rate STA21 program candidates boast. Many Sailors involved in the STA-21 program already have some college credit, and some candidates ﬁnish ahead of the three years allotted to earn a degree. “Students reporting for NSI should expect an intense academic program,” said Lt. Jason Gilmore, assistant operations ofﬁcer and head of this year’s STA-21/NSI class. “In eight short weeks, they will complete six curriculum modules. It would be real easy for a student to fall behind if they don’t arrive ready to hit the books. Our intent at NSI is not only to provide these students with a solid basis in naval science, but to also establish a foundation of good study habits in an intense academic environment as these students adjust from life in the ﬂeet to life at a University. In the STA-21 program, as it is in many competitive selection processes, it is often a candidate’s extra efforts which can result in selection.” Lt. Justin Neff, a division ofﬁcer and NSI instructor at OTC,called the STA-21 program“an awesome opportunity for motivated Sailors that are looking to get an education, and advance their career.”
Neff was in one of the ﬁrst STA-21 classes at OTC Newport in March 2003 and commissioned after graduating from Old Dominion University in May 2006. “One of the best things about STA-21 is that it is your job to go to school.You don’t have to worry about pay or housing or standing watches on a ship or sub.You go to school and in three years (or less) you can earn your degree and a commission,” said Neff, who was a gas turbine systems technician (electrical) ﬁrst class when he applied for STA-21. “I wanted to get the most out of my Navy career and for me, Seaman-to-Admiral was the best way to go,” said Neff. “STA-21 has opened the door for a wealth of opportunities for me.” Reporting seniors who feel they have a Sailor with the potential to be selected by STA-21 should comment on their leadership skills and potential in their performance evaluations early in their career.These comments are highly regarded by the boards, even in junior Sailors whose time on board, time in grade or peer ranking will not allow their evaluations to be fully consistent with the comments. Selectees will be announced by a NAVADMIN in October 2013. Questions concerning this program should be directed to command career counselors or to the NSTC Ofﬁcer Development directorate at (850) 452-9563. For more information about the STA-21 program, visit https://www.sta-21.navy.mil.
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Transition GPS (Goals, Plan, Succeed) is for separating military and pre-retirees. It covers military to civilian crosswalk, ﬁnancial planning, job search and career validation, federal hiring, resumes and programs, 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. Transition GPS is held in building C-9 at Naval Station Norfolk. Registration is each Monday at 6:30 a.m.See your command career counselor for a quota and workshop requirements to attend Transition GPS.
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Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band take to the stage May 10 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion to perform a concert for military members and their families. The concert celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Flagship newspaper and proceeds from the concert support the Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps to build homes for disabled American veterans. Photos by Harry Gerwien
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votes much of his personal time, energy and talent to Armed Forces members by touring with the Lt. Dan Band and through GSF, which honors the nation’s active duty Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed a free “Trib- military, as well as veterans, ﬁrst responders and families ute to the Troops” concert for active duty service mem- by creating programs designed to inspire, entertain, edubers, Department of Defense personnel and their families cate and support. at nTelos Wireless Pavilion The organization rein Portsmouth May 11. cently partnered with the The concert was hosted Stephen Siller Tunnel to by The Gary Sinise FounTowers Foundation to credation (GSF) in celebraate “Building for America’s tion ofThe Flagship’s 20th Bravest,” a program that anniversary.The band covbuilds modiﬁed homes for ered songs from a wide severely injured warriors. variety of noted artists, “We build these homes such as The Police, Zac so that their lives can be Brown Band and more. more manageable and “I want this to be a more independent,” said show that families can enSinise. “We want these joy,”said Sinise.“From little warriors to come home kids to older veterans, and and have an opportunity everybody in between.It’s in life to at least be indea cover band — we play pendent within their liva lot of songs that everying space.” body is going to enjoy.” The shows for the Lt. Rear Adm. Tim AlexanDan Band in 2013 are all der, commander, Navy focused around raising To the delight of his excited fans, in the middle of the concert Sinise Region Mid-Atlantic, who funds to build smart techleft the stage and walked into the audience, greeting fans and posattended the concert, exnology homes for severely ing for photos. pressed his joy of seeing wounded service memservice members and their families having a great time. bers. Sinise also hopes to raise awareness concerning the “It’s wonderful,” said Alexander.“You can see the smiles struggles of our wounded and retired service members to on their faces.They’re up and dancing and they’re hope- receive help from agencies such as the Department of Vetfully with their families too, so the families are getting to eran Affairs. enjoy it. He puts on a great show — very family-friendly “All around the country people are trying to get some and that’s what this is all about.” of the things and get some of the help they deserve,” said Since it’s inception in 2003, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Sinise.“They have to ﬁght for it too much, and that’s not have played between 30 to 40 shows per year, both in the right.We need to ﬁght for them.” United States and at military installations overseas, raising To learn more about the GSF, visit www.garysinisefounhundreds of thousands of dollars for the support of the dation.org,or to ﬁnd Lt.Dan Band tour dates and locations, troops.The band is named after a character, Lt. Dan Taylor, visit www.ltd that Sinise portrayed in the 1994 ﬁlm “Forrest Gump.” — To see more of Harry Gerwien’s concert photos, visSinise is known for his support to the military and de- it www.oceanajetobserver.com
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Team Navy begins competition at 2013 Warrior Games BY MC1 ERICA R. GARDNER Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NNS) — The ﬁrst day of the 2013 Warrior Games competitions kicked off with cycling events, wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball games at the Olympic Training Center at the Air Force Academy Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 12. Team Navy member retired Builder Constructionman Roy “Daniel” Peters, from Chicago, Ill., and Karl Erickson, his cycling pilot, netted the bronze medal in the men’s mixed tandem cycling event. Peters, who was blinded as a result of complications with brain tumor surgery in 2007, was excited to place in the event. The Marine Corps and Army each claimed gold in two cycling events, while Special Operations Command and Air Force teams took gold in one cycling event each. The cycling competition was followed by wheelchair basketball games that had the audience out of their seats and on their feet.Though Team Navy lost to the Marines, the game was fast-paced and exciting to watch. “We played really well tonight.The members of the Marine team practice together every week — I play with a few of them.We knew it would be a really tough game,and I prepared the team for that,” said Team Navy Wheelchair Basketball Coach Dan Cashen. “Team Navy looked really good tonight, and they should do well the rest of the week,” he added.
The day of intense, but friendly competition, concluded with two seated volleyball matches. In the ﬁrst volleyball match against Air Force,Team Navy defeated Air Force after two games; 25-13 and 25-10. Throughout the match, family and friends of Team Navy were cheering enthusiastically in the stands. “I want them to know that we’re supporting them and that we love them,” said Teresa Pennington, whose husband works for the Navy’s wounded warrior support program.“When you get personal with some of these guys, it’s Photo by MC2(AW) Andrew Johnson almost like they are family and you just want to see them MN1 Linda Simpson performs a seated discus throw during a succeed.” team Navy Coast Guard track and ﬁeld practice, May 12, at the The win against the Air Force created the adrenaline 2013 Warrior Games. needed for an exciting match against the Marines.The Marines won the match in two closely-contested games, 2826 and 25-19. “It was a great game, really fun,” said retired Aviation Electrician’s Mate Steven Davis, from Turlock, Calif.“I think we are going to see the Marines in the ﬁnals.” Team Navy is sponsored by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard’s wounded warrior support program. The team members have upper-body and/or lower-body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress. For the latest news about the 2013 Warrior Games, visit the NWW Facebook page (facebook.com/navysafehabor). 7 p.m. - Oblivion (PG-13) For more information about NWW and adaptive athletics, call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9995), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil.
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Marine Cpl. Michael Politowicx leads a pack of racers during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 12. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, as well as an international team representing the United Kingdom, are competing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman’s Cup. Photo by EJ Hersom
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