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Fleetwide Sexual Assault Awareness standdown scheduled this month


From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs




WASHINGTON (NNS) — All Navy commands will conduct a sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) standdown between June 10 and July 1,according to Navy messages released this week. Reserve component units and deployed perPhoto by MCSN Kayla King sonnel will also commence their standdown Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Fleet Forces, addresses the audience starting June 10, but will have until July 22 to at the 71st Anniversary Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony at the Monument to Naval Aviation at complete. the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in which U.S. Navy carrier “Our end state for this standdown will be forces prevented the Japanese from capturing control of Midway Island in the Pacific. The victory proved to that all of our service members and civilian be a pivotal point of World War II and is an important marker in naval heritage. personnel clearly understand SAPR principles and resources,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk.“All personnel will understand their accountability and role in reducing with a goal of eliminating sexual assault from the Navy, fostering a command climate of dignity and respect, and upholding our core values of honor, courage and commitment.” CATHY HEIMER June 4 - 7, 1942 near the small island of Midway, The command triad (commanding officer, only about 1,500 acres in the middle of the Pacific executive officer and command master chief) Jet Observer Ocean. of each command will lead Sailors and Navy The many unsung heroes from the Battle of Mid“The enemy had more planes, they had more civilian personnel in a minimum two hours of way and their legacy were remembered during an ships, they had better equipment, but when it focused, facilitated instruction on SAPR princiobservance at the Monument to Naval Aviation comes to defending America, when it comes to ples and the importance of fostering a climate Memorial at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront June 4. winning in battle,it’s not the shiny objects that we of dignity and respect in the workplace.AddiThe commemoration was hosted by Com- operate. It’s not the best planes or the most guns tionally, targeted professional ethics/standards mander, Naval Air Force Atlantic and included or the fastest ships, it’s the country that has the of conduct refresher training will be conductguest speaker Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, direc- best people who win,” said Guadagnini. ed for recruiters, sexual assault response coortor,Maritime Headquarters,U.S.Fleet Forces;Naval Guadagnini highlighted several Sailors and Ma- dinators (SARCs) and victim advocates (VAs), Air Station (NAS) Oceana Commanding Officer rines who “fought diligently and made a differ- which emphasizes how violations impact misCapt. Bob Geis and Virginia Beach Mayor William ence,” helping turn the tide for the United States sion readiness. Sessoms Jr.The ceremony, one of many across the against the Japanese forces. Navy, commemorated the 71st anniversary of one of the most decisive battles of World War II, fought — See SAPR standdown Page 10 — See Battle of Midway, Page 8

Battle of Midway observance honors unsung heroes and their legacy Summer means the start of youth camps on Oceana and all drivers are asked to be aware of increasing numbers of pedestrians, especially children. All drivers must stop at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to safely cross the street.

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DMV2GO The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will offer their mobile service,“DMV2GO” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the NEX parking lot on June 28 and July 31. The mobile unit provides regular DMV services.

Unclassified (CI) Awareness briefings NCIS is presenting Unclassified (CI) Awareness briefings today, June 13, 9 - 10 a.m., 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 1- 2 p.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the NAS Oceana theater in building 531. All Department of the Navy personnel, regardless of current security clearance level, are required to receive the brief every 12 months. For questions, suggestions, compliments or concerns about services provided on board NAS Oceana, email the COnnection Line e-mail 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.

VBCPS launches mobile site Virginia Beach City Public Schools’website has gone mobile. Now parents, students and community members can get the most in-demand information from right from their smart phone. Highlights of the new mobile site •A school directory which features a call button for easy one-button dialing of school numbers and a get directions button.The directions feature will utilize an enabled phone location system to provide directions to any VBCPS building.The directory feature also enables viewers to email the school listing or to print it on a wireless networked printer. •A school calendar and A/B calendar.The division is now using a Google calendar, which gives up-to-the-minute updates of any changes made to the calendar. The division will be converting to a Google format for all calendars on, effective July 1. •Easy access to emergency and cancellation information.

JET Observer Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA 23460 Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach and NALF Fentress, Chesapeake Commanding Officer - Capt. Robert N. Geis Executive Officer - Capt. Kit Chope Public Affairs Officer - Kelley Stirling Editor - Cathy Heimer PHONE (757)433-3360

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Still time to register for summer camp It’s not too late to register your children and teens for summer camp at NAS Oceana. Several camps still have space available. Child and Youth Summer Camp: Runs from June 17 through Aug. 30.The children will be walking around base mainly from center to the ballfields,bowling alley,pool and fitness center. DEFY (Drug Education for Youth): Being held at both Oceana Youth Center, July 15 - 18, and 22 - 25, and Midway Manor, July 8 - 11 and 15 - 18.This camp is free and open to 9 - 12-year-olds. For more information, call Oceana Youth Center at 433-3976 or Midway Manor Youth Center at 4441007. Teen Summit: Takes place Aug.19 - 23 at the NAS Oceana Officers’ Club for ages 13 - 18. The time is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.The cost is $30 and covers snacks, lunch, transportation for field trips and last day beach blast and social. Registration is currently taking place at the Oceana Youth Center in building 531. For more information contact Oceana Youth Center at 433-3976.

Vacation Bible School Registration has begun for Vacation Bible School at the NAS Oceana Chapel of the Good Shepherd, taking place July 15 - 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bible school is open to 4-year-olds through rising 6th graders.Online registration is available at http://vbslifeway. com/vbs2013/yourVBS/myChurch/?id=22337. Volunteers are also needed to help with the many activities during the

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Sunday Sunday School - 9 a.m. Worship (main chapel) 10:40 a.m.

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Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers the opening address at the 2013 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., June 6. The symposium is the largest gathering of military women nationwide, drawing women from all ranks of all five services. This year’s event focused on personal and professional development with hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.


Can do or will do God? BY LT. CMDR. PAUL GREER NAS Oceana Chaplain One of the groups of specialized Sailors I have a deep affinity for are the Seabees. The reason I am so impressed with them is that they always have a “Can Do” spirit and will make things happen. When you ask a Seabee to do something, you know they will make it happen; they are truly faithful! I think the Seabees also provide a great illustration about faith. When I read the scriptures and look at God, he is certainly a “Can Do” God; but more than a Can Do God, he is a “Will Do” God! 2 Peter 3:9 teaches us that“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise” (KJV). We all get tired and even sometimes make promises with good intentions; but for God and the promises he has made towards us, he is faithful and will do them. His word teaches “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.That is why it is through him that we utter our amen to God for his glory” 2 Cor. 1:20 (ESV). So what are some of the promises of God? They are too many to list; so just like David Letterman, I will give you my top 10. 1. God’s presence is continually with you (Heb. 13:5). You have a companion who will never leave you nor forsake you. 2. You have the assurance of God’s strength (Isa. 41:10).When you’re weak, you can rely upon the sovereign ruler of the universe to strengthen you. 3. God himself will supply all your needs (Matt. 6:3132). He knows exactly what you need and has committed himself to provide it. 4. He answers your prayers (1 John 5:14-15). When you pray according to God’s will, he answers. 5. God is always ready to give you his best (Ps. 84:11). The Lord will never withhold any good from you. 6. He daily bears your burdens (Ps. 68:19). There is no reason to wake up each morning hindered by trials and heartaches.Instead,lay your concerns down before God. 7. He comforts you in times of trouble (2 Cor. 1:3-4). No matter what the difficulty is, God knows about it and will provide comfort and encouragement. — See Will Do, Page 5

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Vice chairman lauds women as teammates, decries sexual assault BY AMAANI LYLE American Forces Press Service NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Military women are an integral part of the armed forces, and efforts are underway to combat and eliminate sexual assault in the ranks, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said June 6 at the 2013 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. noted that through a decade of war, military women have demonstrated courage, skill and patriotism in combat — which predates the recent exclusion lifted on women for direct ground combat positions. “More than 150 women in uniform have perished serving our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Winnefeld said. “Today, a great many female service members have faced the reality of combat, and proven a willingness to fight and, yes, die in the defense of our nation.” The admiral said he and the joint chiefs are committed to opening every professional door possible to qualified people. “The fundamental question has shifted from ‘Why women?’ to ‘Why not women?’”Winnefeld said. The vice chairman also explained that one challenge in particular has proven most daunting. “What gives me the greatest concern is the No. 1 problem in my people portfolio — the threat we face from within our own ranks,”Winnefeld said regarding burgeoning incidents of sexual assault. Just as the ongoing stress and fear of lethal “insider attacks” in Afghanistan afflict many troops, so does the anguish of unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault that erodes cohesion, he stressed. “We’ve worked on this, but not hard enough,” Win-

nefeld said.“We will not allow this to go on — the American people expect more of us ... all of us, anyone who shares the privilege of wearing the cloth of our nation.” Winnefeld said plans to combat and eliminate sexual assault include a greater investment in specially-trained sexual assault investigators and a push for more psychological, medical and legal assistance for victims. “We’re looking closely at implementing force-wide the Air Force’s Special Victims Counsel Pilot Program,” he said.“If it’s working, I think we should use it.” The vice chairman also said officials will examine the scientific roots of behavioral factors associated with potential predators, which will assist sexual assault prevention efforts. Collaborative efforts with lawmakers and military leaders will capitalize on good prevention ideas and bring greater accountability to commanders,Winnefeld added. “We have a sense of urgency for winning the battle against this insider threat, but results are what matters,” the admiral said. Ultimately,Winnefeld said,trust is the“coin of the realm” for a military force built on moral and physical courage, teamwork and mission success. Winnefeld said that the women with whom he has worked feel the task at hand is now about getting the right people with the right qualifications into the right jobs. “For them, these barriers have been little more than speed bumps that have slowed progress, but have never been able to truly stop determined people from advancing,” he said. “Like breaking through racial barriers, we know we will have this right when we don’t even find ourselves talking about it anymore.”

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Clean the Bay Day brings 285 volunteers to Dam Neck Annex STORY/PHOTOS BY MCSN KAYLA KING NAS Oceana Public Affairs

annually as part of its mission to ensure the bay has clear water, free of impacts from toxic contaminants, and with healthy oxygen levels. Military, civilians and family members from Naval Air “The total tally of volunteers was 285, according to our Station Oceana and Dam Neck Annex participated in the check-in sheets,” said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class 25th Annual Clean the Bay Day (CTBD) June 1.The Ches- (IDW/AW) Alicia Cleveland, from the Navy and Marine apeake Bay Foundation (CBF) hosts Clean the Bay Day Corps Intelligence Training Center, who volunteered. every year the first Saturday in June to clear debris from “The most unusual items look to be light bulbs, and urban, suburban and rural shorelines and waterways. an extension cord. Some of the most common items “I think we [military perwere cigarette butts, plassonnel] did a phenomenal tic wrappers and plastic job. With over 240 people, water/soda bottles,” said this is more than double McHugh. the amount last year,” said According to the CBF Cryptologic Technicianwebsite Cigarette butts, Technical 2nd Class (FW/ plastic bottles and bags, AW) Noah McHugh, attires, paper, furniture, bikes, tached to the office of the and construction materiDam Neck officer in chargals are just a sample of the es.“That is mostly because types of debris that pollute of the command coordinaVirginia’s shorelines and tors putting the word out waterways. This destructhere for people to get intion kills marine and other volved.” wildlife, and degrades the Clean the Bay provided communities and the waService members and their families pick up trash and debris an opportunity for many ter quality of the Bay. from three miles of beaches at Dam Neck Annex beach as commands at Dam Neck Also according to the part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual Clean the and NAS Oceana to volun- Bay Day. website, preliminary reteer as a group. CTBD prosults for 2013 tallied apvides localities with a costproximately 6,000 voluneffective way to remove litter from the waterways and teers removed more than 135,000 pounds of harmful shorelines and provide upkeep for the environment. debris from more than 200 sites along more than 500 The clean up began at Dam Neck’s Shifting Sands and miles of streams and shoreline, just three hours in the lasted for about three hours, with the volunteers scatter- areas of Hampton Roads to Northern Virginia and from ing over the three miles of Dam Neck’s beaches to col- the Eastern Shore to the Shenandoah Valley. lect all the trash and debris they could find. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged more than “My team and I usually help clean up the beach, but we 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately have a small amount of manpower, and we can’t clean 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of the bay nearly like we did today,” said McHugh. shoreline in Virginia alone. For more information, visit The Chesapeake Bay Foundation holds these events

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HM3 Ja’mel Withrow, from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, collects blood from AM1(AW) David Cowan from CNATTU Oceana, during the May 28 blood drive held at CNATTU. The blood drive, which collected 24 usable pints, was sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program at NMCP. ASBP collects blood on military installations to benefit service members and their families, both stateside and abroad.

Will do: God gives us hope and a future — Continued from page 3 8.The Lord sets limits on your trials and temptations (1 Cor. 10:13). He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to endure. 9. God gives his peace (Phil. 4:6-7) and is a very present help in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1-3). Whenever you bring your anxieties to God in prayer,he provides his peace serving as your refuge and help in times of uncertainty, sheltering you from worry. And finally, 10. God gives you direction for life (Ps. 32:8). He knows the pitfalls and dangers that lie ahead and will teach you which way to go.When you hit a fork in the road, God is there. God truly cares for us and has great intentions towards us. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). But these plans are more than a“Can Do”idea, they come from a God who will see his promises through because he is a Will Do God! Trust God and try him and see what he will do for you. Note — The top 10 list is a compilation from public domain and the work “God’s Promises” by Dr. Charles Stanley at




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Shipboard organizational clothing update announced From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF) announced the recommendations from a working group’s review on the requirements and the flame-resistant qualities of fleet organizational clothing May 29. Adm. Bill Gortney, commander. USFF and Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, CPF ordered the working group in January after an impromptu test by the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility showed the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I burns. “We’re making some revisions to our policy that includes the introduction of new uniform items that will add an additional level of protection for every Sailor,” said Gortney.“Safety is integral to every duty our men and women perform and this is something we can do to help protect them in rare cases where a fire may breakout aboard a ship.” The fleet will take a three-phased approach that will result in changes to the organizational clothing available to all Sailors: • In the near-term, USFF and CPF will continue to educate afloat commands on the risks and limitations of organizational clothing in use today, such as the cotton repair locker coverall. Efforts to educate Sailors on the hazards of shipboard fires and effective methods to minimize the risk

of injuries will also continue. • Within the next nine months, the Navy will develop and deliver a hybrid coverall combining the designs of the existing nylon/cotton coverall currently sold in the Navy Exchange with the flame-resistant material of the current repair-locker coverall.The hybrid coverall will be available for all Sailors as organizational clothing. Current electrical coveralls will continue to be used where appropriate and the submarine force will continue to use the low-lint coverall sold at the exchange. • In the long-term, the Navy Exchange, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency, will develop an afloat coverall that is flame resistant, provides arc flash protection and contains low lint levels necessary to satisfy submarine requirements.The estimated time for introduction of this new coverall is 36 months. Historical data reviewed by the working group showed the likelihood of a major conflagration on a ship is low, though the consequences could be severe to fatal. The working uniforms currently in use, including the NWU Type I, are deemed safe when worn properly under normal steaming conditions. The working group also determined the Naval Air Systems Command flight deck ensemble and the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command fire retardant organizational — See Uniform changes, Page 11

Six more years

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Before reenlisting for six more years, NCC(SW/AW) Denequa Rosado (l) has a big smile about her official discharge papers she is holding up with Oceana Administrative Officer Ensign Shakilah Verner, Oceana’s career counselor reenlisted for six more years June 7 at the quarterdeck. Rosado enlisted in the Navy 14 years ago. Before reporting to NAS Oceana in October 2010, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native served on USS Peterson (DD 969), USS Wasp (LHD 1), NAS Kingsville, Texas, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and VFA-106. Rosado will transfer from Oceana July 9 and return to Wasp.

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Last Oceana flight for CAG-17 Commander, Carrier Air Wing 17 Capt. Rick LaBranche completed his last flight, June 5, with the VFA-81 “Sunliners” before visiting each of the air wing’s squadrons located at Jacksonville, Fla. and Lemoore Calif., prior to reporting to his next assignment at the Navy War College, Newport, R.I.

LaBranche climbs out of the cockpit after returning to NAS Oceana.

Members of the four-plane launch, (l-r) lieutenants Chad Theirault, Danielle Huber and Camille Wilson join LaBranche for a photo following the flight.

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Battle of Midway: today’s Sailors continue legacy of those unsung heroes Many of those named by Guadagnini continued to fight the battle and help their fellow Sailors and Marines to safety, removing the dead and wounded, despite being severely injured themselves.Among the many heroes at Midway were Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class R. H. Lowell, Seaman 2nd Class J. B. Rodgers and Fireman 3rd Class V.J. Miastowski from the PBY Catalina crew; the radiomen of the USS Nautilus (SS 168) who intercepted the contact report; and Torpedoman’s Mate 2nd Class Orville R. Mott, on board PT-24, who manned two guns simultaneously, even though he suffered burns to his hands. “Those in front of you are representative of the 7,000 Sailors and Marines that participated in that battle,” said Guadagnini as he looked at the Sailors from NAS Oceana and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story standing in ranks. The admiral noted today’s Sailors and Marines are direct descendants of those Midway heroes, trained by the previous generation, who were trained by the generation who fought in World War II.“These are the maritime Sailors who will keep America safe today and they will train the next generation that will keep America safe tomorrow — all based on the legacy of those brave Sailors and Marines who fought and won at Midway,” Guadagnini said. Geis also honored the Sailors of today.“We honor those who served in that battle,along with the heroes that are being made right at NAS Oceana,” he said. Geis reminded those attending that naval aviation remains on the front lines around the world.“You don’t have to look very far to see what the Navy is doing in the current fight … Aviators from Carrier Air Wing 7, homebased right here at NAS Oceana, are currently flying combat sorties against terrorists half way around the world,” said Geis, as an F/A-18 from Oceana coincidently flew overhead. And like the heroes from Midway, Geis said “they are doing it with skill, tenacity and innovation,” continuing the legacy of aviators such as Capt. David McCampbell, Lt. Cmdr. C.Wade McClusky and Lt. Cmdr. John C.Waldron. Both Geis and Sessoms said the Monument to Naval Aviation,located at the oceanfront, was a fitting location for the observance.The bronze and granite statutes and inscribed storyboards tell the story of naval aviation from its beginnings more than 100 years ago through World War II and up through modern times.The monument,free and open to the public, was funded by donations and fund-raisers from members of the Hampton Roads Squadron,Association of Naval Aviation (HRNANA) and their supporters. “It’s fitting the ceremony is taking place here at the Naval Aviation Monument. The Hampton Roads Squad of the Association of Naval Aviation built this monument on the city land in 2006 to commemorate the immeasurable, and I repeat immeasurable, contributions of naval aviation in defense of our nation,” said Sessoms. “Here in Virginia Beach, we place great value in our long and proud connection to the armed forces and their members who are so much a part of our community and our lives, who are standing watch all around the world and we are proud of them,” said Sessoms. The mayor’s remarks were followed by a wreath laying at the monument and the playing of “Taps.” “It’s important to remember that people make a difference.The fighting spirit of Amer-

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Capt. Christopher Chope, executive officer of NAS Oceana (l), and Capt. Randy Stearns, deputy commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Association of Naval Aviation Memorial in Virginia Beach. ica carried the day. For our naval forces, the fact that this was such a key maritime victory, it’s as important today, if not more important that it was in 1942,” said Guadagnini following the ceremony. As a naval aviator himself,Guadagnini said,“all of us measure ourselves on those heroes who went before us and their heroic actions.We all want to make sure we can measure up.” One of several members of the HRANA attending the commemoration was retired Vice Adm. Ed Clexton, a former F-4 and F-14 pilot, who also commanded USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Even though the Battle of Midway was the turning point in the war, Clexton explained that in the last 10 years, the Navy has really focused on remembering the battle, with observances across the country. “It really was a good choice, because of the significance to American history. Like the admiral (Guadagnini) said, it wasn’t just the fliers. It was everybody out there… It was everybody involved and certainly everybody had to do their duty, everybody had their role,” said Clexton. He added that it’s much like today’s military who know the day might come when they also might have to step up in a time of war,much like those who fought at Midway did.

Frocking at Oceana Following the results of the spring advancement exams, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis frocked Sailors to their new paygrades June 6 at building 230. With Geis (front, 2nd r) and the Sailors are Oceana Executive Officer Capt. Kit Chope (front l) and Oceana Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Eric Clark (front r). The new third class petty officers are (not in order) MA3 Cheyenne M. Beauchamp, AC3 Cyrene Bixler, MA3 Tia Bray, CS3 Tara Ferguson, CS3 Patrick Green, AT3 Shaunna Halpin, AC3 Brittany Pearce, OS3 Alisha Roberts, MM3 Tameika Rogers, MA3 Tyler Rose, MA3 Wendell Sowers III, MA3 Linda Taylor, IT3 Marisa Young and AC3 Bridgette Zamora. The new second class petty officers are ABH2 Michael S. Alves, AC2 Anthony Baker II, AC2 Kyle Behrens, CS2 Candice Brown, MA2 Joana Hammonds, MA2 Joshua Hill, MA2 Tekita Hill, FC2 Sara Khan, GM2 Robin Lawrence, ABH2 Adrian Marin, ABH2 Eric Mattone, IT2 Laurie Moore, MA2 Robert Muccino II, SH2 April Purugganan, IC2 Antonio Shelton, MA2 Zavious Stewart, ABF2 Marquis Strand and ABH2 Andrew Wainscott. The new first class petty officers are EM1 Ruben J. Guzman, MA1 Anthony Hughes Photo by MCSN Kayla King II, AC1 Lamar Jones, GM1 James Keturakis, ABE1 Michael Washington and CS1 Anna Williams.

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Preschool graduation holds special significance for military family STORY/PHOTOS BY MCSN KAYLA KING NAS Oceana Public Affairs This year’s graduation for the SharonA.Peterson Child Development Center preschool class included a special guest speaker for the ceremony, held for 48 children at the NAS Oceana Officers’ Club June 7. Lt. Cmdr. Scott Woods, spoke about the struggles his son, Aaron, 5, has had endured during his time of preschool. “Our son was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma Brain Cancer Aug. 15, 2012,” said Woods.“We were at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis,Tenn. for nine months, and during that time, Aaron went through five surgeries, four of which were on his brain. “Aaron was acting differently in school and at home,” said Woods. Elizabeth (Aaron’s mom )took him to get looked at and that was when the doctors realized something was wrong.” Medulloblastoma affects just under two people per million per year,and affects children 10 times more than adults. Medulloblastoma is the second most frequent brain tumor in children. Elizabeth and I were devastated,Woods continued.“We still haven’t told Aaron.We just told him that he was really sick.” “Aaron had his first brain surgery while I was flying back from Bahrain,” said Woods, who is now stationed on USS Enterprise (CVN 65).“To us this [graduating preschool] is huge because this may be the only one he gets to have.” Aaron was pronounced cancer-free at the beginning of April.He and his family returned home May 4,just a month before graduation. “I had a dream that I went back to school,” said Aaron. Because Aaron was able to graduate with his preschool class, he was given the privilege of receiving his diploma first. Throughout his hospitalizations and surgeries, Aaron’s preschool class supported him with letters, gifts, donations, etc. And because of Aaron’s achievement, the preschool graduation included songs that inspired the chil-

Kinder classes graduate at CYP The kinder classes at Oceana Child & Youth Programs (CYP) held their graduation ceremonies June 7 for the morning and afternoon classes of 5 and 6-year-olds. PHOTO RIGHT: CYP Director Cathy Mead presents DeShawn Washington, 6, with his diploma. Twenty children, ages 5 -6 graduated during the ceremonies at the youth center. The parents were also treated a slide show of all the activities the children participated in throughout the year and afterwards, graduates and families enjoyed lunch together at the center. Photo provided

LEFT: Elizabeth Lowney watches as Lt. Cmdr. Scott Woods holds their son Aaron Woods, as the officer speaks at the graduation of the class of 2013 at the Sharon A. Peterson Child Development Center at NAS Oceana. Aaron, 5, was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma Brain Cancer nearly a year ago and has endured five surgeries, including four on his brain, since that time. BELOW: The 48 preschoolers from the class of 2013 have some up big plans for their future as their signs show they want to be singers, detectives, CEOs and inventors, among other goals. The preschoolers, who graduated June 7 at the NAS Officers’ Club, supported classmate Aaron Woods during his hospitalization and surgeries.

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Carrier quals for VFA-106

An F/A-18C Hornet from the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) June 5. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo by MCSN Brian Stephens

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SAPR standdown: goal is to foster climate of dignity, respect — Continued from page 1 All training center and institutional instructors, as well as personnel who are the first to interact with sexual assault victims, to include health care providers, Fleet and Family Support Center counselors, chaplains, judge advocate general personnel,and NCIS investigators,will receive specialized refresher training, using the Navy’s successful SAPR-Leadership/SAPR-Fleet training programs and other Navy SAPR resources. As part of the standdown, the Navy will conduct an active review of credentials and qualifications of recruiters, SARCs,VAs, training center and institutional instructors, recruit training center division commanders, NCIS investigators, sexual assault nurse examiners and those qualified to conduct sexual assault forensic examinations. Following the standdown, a completion report will be submitted to the Secretary of Defense by July 17. A facilitator’s guide and Navy leadership video messages can be found at For more information on the upcoming sexual assault stand-down, see NAVADMIN 156/13 and NAVADMIN 158/13. For more information on the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, visit


AMERICAN HERITAGE ANNUAL PASS How can one day of fun last an entire year? Virginia residents can now visit Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center for one year for the price of one day — $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for ages 6-12 — available only online.

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Identifying marks Season Begins September 14 and Ends November 9

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AM3 Sandra Ortiz-Melo from the “Rampagers” of VFA-83 stencils an F/A-18C Hornet belonging to the squadron in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) May 22. Dwight D. Eisenhower and embarked CVW-7 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Prospective FRC, AIMD officers briefed at Norfolk conference BY LT. CARLOS R. MARCIA Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Norfolk Public Affairs The Prospective Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Officer conference for the class of 2013 was held at Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Norfolk from April 29 through May 3. The conference attendees will be assuming charge of various fleet readiness centers throughout the Naval Aviation Enterprise and AIMDs on board aircraft carriers. They will be responsible for thousands of

Sailors and Marines overhauling and repairing aircraft components. Those at the conference were briefed by Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Timothy S. Matthew, and Rear Adm. Cindy L. Jaynes, along with other senior Aviation Maintenance Duty Officers (AMDO) and senior civilians. The topics covered took the best of the AMDO community’s future leadership through a curriculum focusing on aviation warfare and leadership expectations. Following the three-day conference, the attendees acquired the basic knowledge to continue Commander, Fleet Readiness Center’s commitment to excellence.

Uniform changes: will add additional protection — Continued from page 6 gear meet current safety standards for their respective environments. The findings and recommendations are also being made available to a second working group to determine the suitability of wearing Type I NWUs at sea.The second group, led by the USFF Fleet Personnel De-

velopment and Allocation staff, began its work this month. The Navy removed the requirement for all hands to wear flame resistant uniforms at sea in 1996, but maintained the requirement for flame-resistant clothing for Sailors who work in engineering departments, on flight decks and in other high-risk areas.


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SPORTS & FITNESS Âť Âť  Âť  Naval Station Norfolk hosts Breezy Point Triathlon STORY/PHOTOS BY MCSN SCOTT BARNES Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East More than 500 triathletes participated in the 22nd annual Breezy Point Triathlon held at Naval Station Norfolk June 2. The race,open to active duty and retired service members and civilians from Hampton Roads,consisted of a 750-meter swim, 14-mile bike ride, and a 5-kilometer run, which tested the athleticism and endurance of the triathletes. “The military plays a big part in the triathlon,â€? said Brian Sagedy, Breezy Point Triathlon race director. “Naval Station Norfolk is the biggest naval base in the world and we are honored to be able to hold the Breezy Point Triathlon here.â€? In the past 22 years the triathlon has been held,more than $80,000 has been contributed to local and military charities including the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Participants in the Breezy Point Triathlon compete during the bike portion of the race on Naval Station Norfolk. The 22nd anPa r t i c i p a n t s nual Breezy Point Triathlon is a race consisting of a 750-meter swim, 14-mile bike ride and 5-kilometer run. were given an opportunity to compete against athletes with the Reasons to visit BMB same level of ap Top•Ten   •   BEVERAGES! Military Pricing titude in 18 dif• #8 ICE$8COLD • $8 Military Pricing • • ferent divisions, ★ based on age and skill level. PG13 3D 12:20 3:40 7:00 10:20 2D 11:20 2:40 6:05 9:30 “I love the ★ people and the Participants in the triathlon prepare to atmosphere,â€? said start the 750-meter swimming portion of R 11:30 2:15 5:00 7:40 10:15 Mathew Wright, the race. ★ PURGE R       •THE 12:40 3:00 5:20 [8:00] [10:30] • a triathlon par★THE INTERNSHIP PG13 ticipant.“It’s inspirational to see people coming together to 1:20 4:20 [7:20] [10:10] NOW YOU SEE ME PG13 support each other during events like these.â€? 12:10 3:20 [6:20] [9:10] During the race, volunteers handed out water, guided the FAST AND FURIOUS 6 PG13 12:30 3:30 [6:40] [9:45] participants through the challenging course and provided ADVANCED SHOWS THURS 6/20 the racers the moral support needed during the undertak★ PG13 2D 8:00 ing of such a challenging endeavor. 3D 8:30 “This event is fantastic for the community and the Navy,â€? ★ G 3D 8:00 said Vincent Ortiz, a retired lieutenant commander and race 2D 8:15 participant.“It gives people a chance to come out and prove Showtimes for 06/14 thru 06/20 ★=NO PASSES [NO THURS] themselves.â€?      $  !!"$% “There are many different reasons people run this event     and each one is important,â€? said Sagedy.“Whether it’s to lose weight or to stay in shape,we are glad to provide the particiTaking this pants with an outlet to do so.â€? Shortcut Can Shorten your Life! With the fastest overall time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 16 secStay Off! Stay onds, triathlete Scott Shumate won the event. A complete Away! Stay Alive! list of results is available on the Tidewater Striders website at Brought to you by

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» » »» » »»» NEW PARENT RESOURCE AWARENESS PROGRAM June 14, 8 a.m. to noon Topics discussed include the Navy’s policy on pregnant servicewomen, family care plans, housing information, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society child care resources, FFSC programs and services, the WIC program, and information on career planning.

COMMAND FINANCIAL SPECIALIST TRAINING June 17 -21, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Command Financial Specialist (CFS) Training covers topics such as spending plans, budgets, managing credit, savings and investments and retirement planning and the techniques of short-term, solutionfocused financial counseling.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING June 17 or 27, 9 a.m. to noon Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments and experience. This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

STRESS MANAGEMENT June 17 - 26, 2 - 4 p.m. Learn more about managing stress with techniques such as goal-setting, time management and progressive relaxation in this workshop that meets on Monday and Wednesday.

SMOOTH MOVE WORKSHOP June 18, 9 a.m. to noon Topics include hints on shipping household goods, travel and financial planning, entitlements, family preparation and ways to cope with relocation.


Participants will learn successful coping skills and how to adjust to the changing demands of the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan.

CHILDREN AND DIVORCE June 18, 3 -7 p.m. Topics of discussion include typical reactions of children of different ages, things children need to hear, and what parents can do to help them through the pain. Suggestions for the non-custodial parent are also provided.

PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS June 18, 5 -7 p.m. Participants learn about different communication styles, conflict resolution and ways to develop more effective speaking and listening skills.

DECKPLATE RESOURCE AWARENESS TRAINING June 19 - 20 ,8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training provides information on Navy and community resources available. Participants learn techniques to effectively address personnel concerns brought to their attention.

OVERSEAS TRANSFER WORKSHOP June 19, 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.

OMBUDSMEN ADVANCED TRAINING June 20, 9 - 11 a.m. & 6:30- 8:30 p.m. This training provides guidance, additional resources and training by subject matter experts on various topics to assist with the varied challenges of commands and family members.

SPONSOR TRAINING June 20 2 -4 p.m. Topics include ways to be an effective sponsor, duties and responsibilities, military and community sources of help, and FFSC relocation assistance.

PARENTING IN A MILITARY June 19 - 20, 5 -7:30 p.m. This workshop includes strategies for encouraging children to behave appropriately, communicating in ways that really work, and increasing cooperation.

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


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The Boardwalk Art Show, sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the Eastern seaboard and this year will mark its 58th year. The show runs along the Virginia Beach boardwalk from 19th Street to 33rd Street, overlooking the beach andAtlantic Ocean.

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June 13 noon to 8 p.m. June 14 - 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 16 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Boardwalk Art Show is MOCA’s largest fundraising event, featuring 270 artists’ booths, live performing arts entertainment, gourmet food and beverage concessions, and art activities for the entire family. Proceeds directly support MOCA and help fulfill the mission to provide thoughtprovoking,contemporary art exhibitions and children’s art education programs Admission is free and free parking is available at MOCA,six blocks from the boardwalk at 23rd Street. Call 425-0000, extension 20 for visit or visit www. for more information.

PFAC COMMUNITY DAY June 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s time to celebrate summer at PFAC with Community Day, offering free admission to the galleries and activities for patrons of all ages. For $2, young artists can participate in art activities, including watercolor experiments, making rainsticks and painting a mural inspired by the exhibit, “Working South.”

Other events include a dance demonstration by Milica Decker at 11 a.m.,performances by acoustic musician Adele de Wysocki, winner of Christopher Newport University’s “CNU Idol,” yoga demonstrations byTribalYoga of Hampton and Pelican’s Snowballs of Newport News, from noon to 1 p.m. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Dr., Mariners’ Museum Park, Newport News. For more information, visit or call 5968175.

Thursday June 13 7 p.m. - Oblivion (PG-13) **During June, free admission for active duty on Thursdays**

FRIDAY June 14 7 p.m. - Star Trek: Into Darkness 3D (PG-13)

SATURDAY June 15 1 p.m. - The Incredibles (PG) 4 p.m. - Peeples (PG-13) 7 p.m. - Great Gatsby 3D (PG-13)

SUNDAY June 16 1 p.m. - Despicable Me 3D (PG) 4 p.m. - Iron Man 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. - Pain and Gain (R) * Patrons 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult to attend all `R’ rated movies. * Credit cards are accepted as payment for admission and concessions.

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