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BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» NMCRS holiday closure All Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offices will be closed July 4 - 5. Normal business hours will resume July 8 at 8 a.m. Emergency assistance may be received by contacting the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337.

FAMS Fair The NAS Oceana Family and Military Support (FAMS) office will be holding a quarterly FAMS Fair July 10 at the Navy College office, room 110, 9 a.m. until noon. Pregnant service members, single parents, DoD families and supervisors will receive vital information on programs offered by the Navy. The Women, Infant and Children program,

Fleet and Family Support Center, Navy-Marine Corps Re- restal (CVA 59) lost their lives during one of the worst shiplief Society and Navy-Federal representatives will assist board fires in Navy history. with questions, concerns or potential benefits. There will The guest speaker will be the Forrestal Association hisalso be a free gift basket filled with baby items given away. torian Ken Killmeyer, who was on Forrestal during the fire. Event takes place rain or shine. The Farrier Facility is located in the Norfolk International Vacation Bible School Registration is taking place for Vacation Bible School Terminal off Hampton Boulevard. Enter at Northgate Road. at the NAS Oceana Chapel of the Good Shepherd, being Everyone is invited but to attend,call ABHC Charles Branch at 444-3994 or Joe Costello at 498-8188 to have your name held July 15 - 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Bible school is open to 4-year-olds through rising 6th placed on a required attendance list. graders. Online registration is available at http://vbslifeway.com/vbs2013/yourVBS/myChurch/?id=22337. VolUpgrade to Giant Voice System unteers are also needed to help with the many activities The Emergency Management Office is completing an during the week. Call the chapel at 433-2871 for more in- upgrade to the Giant Voice/Inside Voice system at NAS formation. Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. All speakers within the installation will be tested during normal working hours over the next two weeks.All messages will consist of a warning Forrestal Memorial Service The USS Forrestal Association is conducting the annual siren followed by“This is a test.”This upgrade will enhance memorial service at the Farrier Fire Fighting Facility, Nor- coverage of the installation’s wide area alert systems. Any folk, July 26,10:30 a.m. Forty-six years ago off the coast command requiring “quiet hours” for ceremonies should of Vietnam on Yankee Station, 134 Sailors aboard USS For- contact Connie Weichsler, emergency management officer, at 433-3749.

Make safety a priority during summer travel From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Summer is the perfect time to gather up your family or friends and take a road trip.With amusement parks, beaches and family reunions happening all over the country,more families are planning to buckle up and hit the road, Navy leaders said June 26. “Although the road trip is half the fun, making it to your destination safely should always be the first priority,” said Dorice Favorite, director of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office. In keeping with the Navy’s recently launched “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign, NADAP urges Sailors to drink responsibly throughout the year — you’ve earned it, don’t waste it. This summer, consider the following: •While on vacation, you may be traveling an unfamiliar route, hauling a boat or camper, along with the possible distraction of pets and children in the car.Adding alcohol to the mix puts the lives of the driver and everyone in the car, as well as other people on the road, at risk. •Whether you’re on the road or outdoors, summer temperatures plus alcohol can equal trouble.Hot summer days

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cause fluid loss through perspiration,while alcohol causes fluid loss through increased urination.Together, they can quickly lead to dehydration or heat stroke. •At parties, make at least every other drink a nonalcoholic one. If you’re the host, be sure to provide plenty of cold, refreshing nonalcoholic drinks to keep your guests well hydrated. If you know you’ll be driving, stay away from alcohol.And remember, there’s no shame in taking a cab or sleeping on a friend’s couch if you feel at all unsure if you should be driving. •Most importantly — do not drink and drive.The rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities increases significantly from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “The summer holidays are some of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Our Sailors have worked hard and deserve to enjoy their summer in a safe way,” said Favorite.“Have fun with family and friends, but be smart if you choose to drink.” For more information and to help promote responsible drinking this summer within your command, you can access materials and resources from NADAP’s recently launched campaign, Keep What You’ve Earned, available at www.nadap.navy.mil.

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Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant

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

Mass – Tues-Fri, 11:30 a.m. Sun. Mass - 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m.

Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 Contemporary Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m.

Confession Saturday 4 p.m. Catholic Worship 5 p.m. Adult and children’s Bible Study, following 9 a.m. worship Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Naval Station Norfolk Jewish Services - Fri - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 Islamic Services - Fri - 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Contact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871, CVW-1 at 433-3676 CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, FRC Oceana at 433-9286

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City leaders visit Fentress NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis and Executive Officer Capt. Kit Chope explain field carrier landing practice (FCLP) May 29 to City of Chesapeake leadership at NALF Fentress. Chope talks with Chesapeake City Manager James Baker and Mary Ann Saunders, assistant to the city manager, and Geis talks with City Councilwoman Debbie Ritter and Councilman Scott Matheson as a jet from VFA-105 performs FCLPs. Chesapeake city leadership, including city planners and attorneys, came to Fentress to work out details of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will give the Navy a voice at the planning table early in the city planning process, in an effort to support compatible development of property that may lay in the sound contours designated by the Air Installation Compatible Use Zones. The City of Chesapeake and the Navy are expected to sign the MOU later this month.

Hope for ‘Les Miserables’ BY LT. JOHN GIBSON Carrier Air Wing 1 Chaplain “Do you hear the people sing/lost in the valley of the night/it is the music of a people who are climbing to the light/ for the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies/ even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Les Miserables Though our daughter is not yet born, my wife and I still consider ourselves parents. Thus, June 16 marked my first “official” Father’s Day. And as a gift, my wife bought me the soundtrack to the 2012 film version of the musical,“Les Miserables,” based on the classic historical novel by Victor Hugo. The book is one of my all-time favorites, and after seeing the movie upon its release last year, I can honestly say that the music is by far some of the best I have ever heard. As I’ve listened to the soundtrack (over and over again) this past week, I’ve found myself questioning again and again what I consider to be the primary message to be of “Les Miserables.” I do this often after I’ve watched a movie or read a book, because I think trying to“get at”what the author or creator is trying to convey can help us take away important life lessons as well as make sense of the world as we know it as a whole. Truth be told, there’s a lot going on in “Les Mis” in terms of its overall message. Without giving a full synopsis, it’s the story of crime, punishment, class warfare, thievery, rebellion, revolution, courage, love and ultimately redemption.But perhaps even above all of those elements, it is, at its foundation, a story of…eternity; specifically, of the exact same eternal longing for hope that John saw fulfilled in Revelation 21:1-5… “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away,and there is no longer any sea.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,coming down out of heaven from God,made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and he will dwell among them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be among them, and he will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there — See Light, Page 19

Photo by Kevin J. Graves

Hagel: Defense Department welcomes Supreme Court decision From American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON (NNS) — Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The law had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages that they provide to other spouses. Here is the secretary’s statement: The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses —regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do. Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.

Later, a Defense Department spokesman issued a statement detailing some of the steps the department is taking: • The Department will immediately begin to update the identification card issuance infrastructure and update the applicable implementing guidance. We estimate that this process will take about 6-12 weeks. For civilian employees, the Department will look to OPM for guidance. For civilian employees who are eligible for ID card-related benefits, the Department intends that ID cards will be made available to same-sex spouses of civilian employees at the same time as same-sex spouses of military members. • The Supreme Court’s ruling means that the Defense Department will extend all benefits to same-sex spouses of military personnel that are currently extended to opposite-sex spouses, including medical, dental, interment at Arlington National Cemetery, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing. The Department will implement these benefit changes as soon as possible for same-sex spouses. • The policies governing burial at Arlington National Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex spouses. • We are carefully reviewing command sponsorship for overseas tours, and all applicable Status of Forces agreements. • We will assess costs as we move forward with implementation.


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Rich relieves Lorge at Naval District Washington’s change of command STORY/PHOTO BY PATRICK GORDON Naval District Washington Public Affairs

worked with throughout his career, and reflected on his time at NDW. “NDW is a team of amazingly powerful success,” said Lorge.“They are the team that lends support WASHINGTON (NNS) — Naval District Washingto our warfighters and cares for their families back ton (NDW) held a change of command ceremony home.They are the team that buried NeilArmstrong. in Admiral Leutze Park at the Washington Navy Yard They hold the widows of our fallen shipmates at June 21. Dover.They are team 87.I will miss them,I will miss Rear Adm. Markham Rich relieved Rear Adm. Pattheir dedication, their belief in accomplishing the rick J. Lorge as commandant. impossible and the joy they show on a daily basis. I Lorge, a native of Turnersville, N.J., graduated could never have dreamed a better dream than befrom the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He became ing the commandant of Naval District Washington.” a naval aviator, earning his wings in 1983, and has Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Inflown F-14, F-16,A-4 and F-5 aircraft. His commands stallations Command, presented Lorge with the Leinclude tours with VF-43,VF-14,VF-101 and VFA-25, gion of Merit for his able and dedicated leadership as well as Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. Lorge has of NDW from July 2008 to June 2013. also served at a variety of installations, including Prior to coming to NDW, Rich commanded NAS the Joint Operations Directorate, Central Command Oceana and served in VF-101 both as an F-14 inBranch, Joint Staff, Washington; the Joint Chiefs of structor and as executive officer. He also served on Staff; and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge addresses the audience at the Naval District the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff Lorge became the 87th commandant of NDW, Washington (NDW) change of command ceremony in Leutze Park at the the oldest continuously operated Navy installation Washington Navy Yard June 21. Lorge was relieved by Rear Adm. Markham as deputy, Strike Aircraft Plans and Requirements and at U.S.Space Command,Policy and Plans Direcin the country, and the Joint Forces Headquarters Rich (l), who will assume command as the 88th commandant of NDW. torate. Rich was a 2004-2005 Secretary of Defense National Capital Region deputy commander in July Lorge was a driving force behind the region’s first inte- Corporate Fellow with Honeywell, International. 2008. In his time as commandant of NDW, Lorge lead a “I couldn’t be more impressed with what I’ve seen here workforce of more than 3,500 military and civilian per- grated cyber-secure infrastructure, the merger of Bolling sonnel at six Navy and joint installations. Additionally, he Air Force Base and Naval Support Facility Anacostia to cre- during the turnover of team 87,” said Rich.“It is a profeshosted the Naval Attache Corps and personally oversaw all ate Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the standup of Walter sional, capable and talented team. I’m excited by what I’ve ceremonies featuring foreign dignitaries at the Washington Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support seen, and I’m excited to get started. I look forward to harnessing those incredible abilities of the NDW team and to Navy Yard, known as the “quarterdeck of the Navy,” on be- Activity Bethesda. During the ceremony, Lorge thanked those he has take on new challenges of our broad and diverse missions.” half of the chief of naval operations.

Twins complete long-awaited reenlistment STORY/PHOTO BY SAMUEL KING JR. Eglin Air Force Base Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Air Force Master Sgt. Antone Scott always had wanted his identical twin brother to be a part of one of his reenlistment ceremonies, but for 10 years, timing and location kept them apart. But, when Scott raised his hand at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27 to take the oath for his fifth enlistment, his brother was there to administer it. “It’s a great honor knowing he could have selected any officer for his reenlistment, but he was willing to make the extra effort and coordinate to reenlist this way,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr.Anthony Scott, assigned to Amphibious Squadron 6 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.“I’m very thankful and blessed to share this moment with my brother and our family.” Master Sgt. Scott was all smiles during the ceremony.After years of separation, delays and other obstacles, he finally recited the oath to his brother. “The timing was finally perfect for him to administer the oath to me for both the first and most likely the last time, because this will take me to 24 years of service,” the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron member said.

The brothers grew up in Greenville,Ala.They spent their first 20 years confusing friends,relatives and teachers,who tried to figure out which one was Anthony and which one was Antone.They were always in different classes in school, although they did swap places occasionally without anyone discovering. “It was easy, because I knew how to act like Antone and he knew how to act like me,”Anthony said, laughing. “When we look back at old photos of ourselves, it’s sometimes difficult to tell who is who.” Antone remembers those days of having a doppelganger fondly. “Always having someone by your side growing up and sharing everything was fun,” said the master sergeant, who leads 18 members of Eglin’s deployment facility.“It’s one of the best experiences of my life.” In 1992, the brothers signed up for the Navy together in the delayed entry program, but Antone “jumped ship” before entering and instead stepped into the blue two months later in January 1993. “He was smarter,”Anthony joked. Throughout their linked life,Antone always has followed Anthony,his big brother by three minutes,especially when it came to education. Anthony completed his associate’s

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Scott, from Amphibious Squadron 6 at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, stands with his twin brother, Air Force Master Sgt. Antone Scott from the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, after administering the oath of enlistment to him June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. and bachelor’s degrees, followed a year later by Antone. In further education, Antone is only a few steps behind Anthony, who already has completed his master’s degree. “Anthony was always the overachiever,”Antone said with a smile. Since they joined the military, the brothers have seen each other only sporadically as their careers moved them — See Twins, Page 10


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Summer blood donation campaign kicked off July 1 BY JESSICA PELLEGRINI Armed Services Blood Program FALLS CHURCH, Va. —The Armed Services Blood Program launched its summer donation drive on July 1. “Our summer campaign this year is a service-specific campaign,”said Julie Oliveri,ASBP’s communications and marketing director.“In this way,we hope to ensure our military family is ‘armed’ with the blood products needed for those who are ill or injured.” Now through Sept. 30, the campaign will be deployed at 23 donor centers on Army, Navy,Air Force and Marine Corps installations worldwide. “A single blood donation to the military blood program has the potential to save up to three lives,” said Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride,ASBP director. “That can make a huge difference, especially since donations tend to decrease during the summer.” McBride noted that donations sometimes slow down this time of year because the military blood program’s eligible donors are on vacation. Although donors get their well-deserved summer time off, he added, the need for blood donations is ongoing. “I know we are all busy preparing ourselves and our families for summer vacations, but I hope that we can all find time in our schedules to stop by and donate a few drops of lifesaving blood,” said Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jesse G.Porter,pay officer in charge of the command support branch of the

Personnel Administration Center for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Rose Lori Briggs, an avid blood donor at the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood,Texas, said that as a girl,she sometimes would go with her father when he donated blood.“I would watch as the blood filled the bag, amazed that it would go on to save a stranger’s life,” she said.“I donate to carry on my father’s dedication to the value of this selfless act.” Briggs is a year-round donor and like her father, she said she doesn’t let summer schedules get in the way of saving lives. “[My father] donated every eight weeks despite the busy summer season or vacations, and I try to do the same,” Briggs said.“Luckily, the ASBP makes it easy to fit donating into my schedule with walk-in appointments.” Blood collected by the ABSP is collected by the military, for the military. This means that all blood, platelet and plasma donations collected by the military blood program directly support ill or injured service members, veterans and their families worldwide. “While I was growing up, my father was a great example. He went out of his way to find blood donor centers and frequently donated,” Porter said. “Ultimately, whether donating blood is a civic duty — such as voting — or a nice thing to do, by simply enduring a minor needle stick, a life can potentially be saved.That fact is motivation.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program The ASBP supplies blood and blood products for 1.3 million service members and their families across the nation and around the globe every year. Blood must be available for routine military medical treatment facility operations, as well as contingency operations. Since the ASBP’s inception more than 60 years ago, more than 1.5 million units of blood have been provided to treat battlefield illnesses and injuries. In addition to providing blood in combat situations for those in critical need, the ASBP also supports the peacetime needs of military personnel and their families. Blood must be available to military hospitals for scheduled and emergency procedures. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages for many reasons — from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries, military members and their families depend on blood donors every day. Your donation can save: • A service member injured in action • A child with cancer • A family member in need of heart surgery This simple act means more than you will ever know to those who need it. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes and the entire process takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Donors can: • Save up to three lives with a single donation! • Give blood every eight weeks or give platelets up to 24 times per year. • Helps fellow service members when they need it most — From www.militaryblood.dod.mil

Photo by MCSN Kayla King

AT3 Shawn Torsitano from VAQ-137 donates blood during the Armed Services Blood Program drive at CNATTU Oceana May 28. ASBP, located at by Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, collects blood on military installations to benefit military hospitals, deployed service members and military families around the world.


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Ending a naval career During his retirement ceremony, YNC(SW/AW/PJ) Victor M. Rosado Jr. (r) accepts the Certificate of Appreciation signed by President Barack Obama from Cmdr. Jeffery P. Jacoby, Naval Ocean Processing Facility commanding officer. Rosado, who retired June 27, enlisted in 1989 from his hometown of Newark, N.J. His career has included tours on USS Preble (DDG 46), USS El Paso (LKA 117), Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and Carrier Air Wing 3, before reporting to NOPF in 2009 for his final assignment, where he served as the administration officer and administration department leading petty officer. While on active duty, Rosado also earned an Associate Degree in Administration and Management Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management. Photo by MCSN Kayla King

Commissary, NEX collecting donations for Feds Feed Families The Oceana Commissary and Navy Exchange are again serving as collection points at NAS Oceana for the annual Feds Feed Families food drive campaign underway now through Aug. 31. Marked collection boxes are located in both facilities for military customers and federal employees to donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign. Donations help charitable organizations such as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.This year, 180 commissaries in 46 states and Puerto Rico are collecting donations. The most needed items include canned vegetables with low sodium, no salt; canned fruits in light syrup or its own juices; canned proteins such as tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans;soups such as beef stew,chili,chicken noodle, turkey or rice; condiments including tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils; snacks such as individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers; multigrain cereal; 100 percent juice in all sizes; grains such as brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta and macaroni and cheese; paper products and household items such as paper towels, napkins and cleaning supplies; and hygiene items, including diapers, deodorants, feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo.


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— Continued from page 4 around the world.They came back together in 2000 while Antone was stationed at Langley Air Force Base, and Anthony attended ROTC at nearby Norfolk State University. “Just knowing your twin brother is only a few miles away is a great feeling,” said Anthony, who was a petty officer second class before receiving his commission through an enlisted commissioning program. “We could get together with each other’s families more often.” Antone said he and his brother would meet each week for lunch and talk about their lives and their services. AfterAnthony completed the school and earned his commission,Antone was on hand to be part of a time-honored military officer tradition: the first salute. “I was a bit nervous, but it was so good to have my twin brother give the first salute upon my commissioning, and I passed him the traditional silver dollar,”Anthony said.“Navy tradition states you have to buy your first salute and then earn every salute thereafter through your performance by gaining the respect of your subordinates.” Although he’s a little older and higher ranking in the military,Anthony said, his brother has always been his mentor. “Throughout our 20 years of service, we’ve discussed leadership, guidance and mentorship of leading airmen and Sailors in every situation,” said Anthony. “My brother has always given me the confidence and strength to grow, develop and advance as an enlisted Sailor and officer.” Both brothers have carried their love for the services to their families. Each brother has three sons of his own, and their eldest sons have chosen careers as soldiers in the Army. “The Air Force and Navy [have] done great things for me and my brother with traveling the planet, advanced education and supporting our families,” Anthony said. “Being able to reenlist him shows me he will continue to reap the benefits of being an airman while making the Air Force a better institution, because of his service and leadership. It is always a privilege to administer the oath, but it is extra special when it is your brother.”

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Culinary specialists add finishing touches to meals STORY BY MCSN KAYLA KING PHOTOS BY MC2 ANTONIO P. TURRETTO RAMOS NAS Oceana Public Affairs NAS Oceana galley held a garnish training class for culinary specialists throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region June 26. More than 20 culinary specialists from Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek and Naval Station Norfolk galleys came to learn more techniques on garnishing fruits and vegetables. Garnishing fruits and vegetables is an embellishing technique that many culinary specialists use to enhance their galleys in a more decorative way and show other Sailors the many arts they can create. “Since our budget is low, we have people volunteer to come out, who love teaching and doing their job, to train our culinary specialists,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aleithia Castro, NAS Oceana’s food service officer. Retired Master Chief Culinary Specialist (CS) David Miranda and CSC (SW) Doug Grimley, attached to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth but currently TAD to NAS Oceana Branch Health Clinic, volunteered to train ambitious culinary specialists to improve the presentation of their work by decorating plates, service lines, events and more. “They [Miranda and Grimley] like to give back to the CSes,” said Castro.“They really enjoy their jobs and we appreciate everything that they do.” “This is their [culinary specialists] chance to shine, to do something out of the ordinary that maybe somebody else can’t do,” said Grimley. “When they go back to their commands, they can take this [garnishing] back and show their commands what they can do. These are the things that help with evaluations and promotions, to put them in the limelight.”

“They are not just cooks, they are culinary specialists, and they should live up to their name and show what they can do for the Navy,”Grimley continued. During the training, Miranda and Grimley showed the CSes how to make flowers, birds, trees and other decorative objects out of fruits and vegetables. They used fresh produce, including green and yellow peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe, green apples, pineapples, radish, carrots, watermelons, honeydew, and green onions. They also had numerous cutting materials that Miranda and Grimley taught how to safely use in their preparations. Miranda even demonstrated on how to make a palm tree on an island with a swan using apples, carrots, cabbage, grapes and cantaloupe. “I did eight dinners on the [USS] Carl Vinson for some very high-ranking people, and it showed me how upscale you can get with garnishing,” said CSSN Andrew Meadows, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81. “It really opened my eyes, and garnishing fruits and vegetables has been on my to-do list for a long time. They [instructors] taught us the bare minimum at ‘A’ school, so this is the first hands-on training that I have received for garnishing. I’m hoping to put on a good show and learn how to be a good culinary specialist,” said Meadows “Since I have gotten here, I have tried to hold some kind of training once a month for all the culinary specialists in our region and the CSes that work at the barracks to help improve their skills and have as much knowledge as they can when advancement exams come around,” said Castro. Previous trainings have included cake cutting and making different kinds of soup.The training at the Oceana galley is open to any culinary specialist who wants to improve their skills. For more information, contact Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aleithia Castro at 433-2386. Using a variety of garnishing tools, Miranda demonstrates how to cut a yellow pepper into a flower to CS3 Corinthia Parker of Naval Station and CSSR Noah Steenbock from the NAS Oceana galley.

ABOVE: Using fresh fruit and vegetables, retired CSCM David Miranda creates a fun garnish of palm tree on an island with a swan. ABOVE LEFT: Two of the finished products are ready to decorate a table or serving line.

CS3 (SW) Anthony Cox and CS2 (SW) Darwin Rollins, both from the Oceana galley observe CSC(SW) Doug Grimley slice a watermelon into an edible garnish June 26. Oceana’s galley hosted a garnishing class for culinary specialists from the Mid-Atlantic Region to learn techniques to create fun and interesting garnishes using fruits and vegetables.


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Friends, family pay final respects to Adm. Frank Kelso From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (NNS — Friends, family and colleagues gathered June 29 in the small town of Fayetteville,Tenn. to celebrate the life of and pay final respects to the 24th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Frank B. Kelso II. The full military honors funeral took place in Kelso’s hometown at the First United Methodist Church where Kelso attended services and was integrated as a pillar of faith and devotion among the congregation. Less than a mile from the church, Kelso was laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in his family plot in the company of his beloved relatives. Long time friend of Kelso and former naval officer of 27 years, Chaplain Bill Perry helped preside over Kelso’s service. Perry had a close spiritual relationship and friendship with Kelso who he said committed his life to decency, respect and integrity. Perry said that in life after the Navy, Kelso was devoted to helping spread the word of God. “The last time I felt like this is when I buried and did this service for my mother,” Perry said as he gripped the pulpit to maintain his composure, suffering from the loss of his friend. “Today is a day we celebrate a life well lived and then we mourn heavily for ourselves,” Perry said. “For the Kelso family, you have to know not only is there a pain within this church and over in the overflow room, but there is pain throughout the naval community because folks who knew him and worked with him— every person here — knows that if you knew Ad-

miral Kelso, then you respected him, and you liked him, and if you were around him enough, you grew to love him.” More than 300 people who loved and respected Kelso were in attendance for the funeral service. Current CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert was among them. “Admiral Frank Kelso’s bold leadership and innovative thinking guided the Navy through times of war and significant drawdown at the end of the Cold War,” said Greenert of the late Kelso. “It was his strength of character and sure-fire integrity that ensured his success as a former CNO and to a higher degree solidified the formidable legacy of a great life that Admiral Frank Kelso leaves behind.” Kelso, 79, had a long and successful career in the U.S. Navy and was known for his intelligence, strong character and innovative thinking. He was the third of three submariners in a row who served as CNO in the 1980s and 1990s.As CNO, he led the Navy in a period of significant drawdown of U.S. naval forces following the Cold War. He also oversaw the introduction of new platforms and systems that improved capabilities, including precision strike operations.The nation persistently called on the naval capabilities throughout his tour, starting with Operation Desert Storm. As CNO, he also oversaw revolutionary changes within the OPNAV staff and profoundly changed the means by which the Navy processed and made decisions. In keeping with joint staff practices, he changed “OP” codes to “N” codes, and the staff was reorganized to align with a “Napoleonic” arrangement used by both the Army and the joint staff. In a period of Sailors carry the casket of the 24th Chief of Naval Operations into the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Tenn. A full honors funeral service is held for retired Adm. Frank Kelso.

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The eldest son of retired Adm. Frank Kelso, the 24th Chief of Naval Operations, recites a thank you letter he wrote to his father in 1977 during his father’s funeral at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Tenn. Following the service, Kelso was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery. He served as CNO from 1990-1994. Kelso was 79 years old. dramatic change, he helped to transform not merely the organization, but also the processes by which information could be shared and considered. He is credited with dramatically changing the means by which more informed decisions could be made by the Navy. “The ability to cut against the grain and find new and creative solutions for the Navy are what setAdmiral Kelso apart from his peers,” said Greenert.“It was an honor to have served with him and we are a better Navy due to his leadership and faithful commitment to our Sailors, civilians and their families.” As CNO at the time of the now infamous Tailhook Convention in 1991 during which numerous incidents of sexual assault and harassment were found to have occurred, Kelso found himself at the forefront of a new horizon for the treatment of women in the military. Tailhook was a turbulent event for the entire naval department, and precipitated support in widening of opportunities for women in the service. Kelso, a proponent of allowing women to serve in expanded roles, embraced the integration. Upon selection for flag rank,Adm. Kelso served as director, Strategic Submarine

Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and then was assigned as director, Office of Program Appraisal, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. On Feb. 8, 1985, Kelso became commander, 6th Fleet and NATO commander, Naval Striking Force and Support Forces Southern Europe. On June 30, 1986, Kelso was promoted to admiral and assumed the duties of commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Kelso became Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command on Nov. 22, 1988. He became the Navy’s 24th Chief of Naval Operations on June 29, 1990. Kelso has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals. Kelso eventually returned to live in Fayetteville,Tenn.,in 2003,a decade after retiring from the Navy. He remained there until his death on June 23, 2013. Kelso is survived by his second wife, Georgeanna, his four children and numerous grandchildren. Landess McCown, his first wife of 56 years, passed away in 2012.


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LEED certification: demonstrates commitment to environmental stewardship — Continued from page 1 Miranda in an email after the ceremony. “Essentially, this helps us in the long run to save money on maintenance and total cost over the lifespan of the facility.” “Most people, when they think of LEED Silver, the first that pops into their head isn’t a maintenance hangar … It’s a little bit of an opportunity or a challenge when we take a project like a hangar and try to make sure it fits the mold of a LEED Silver building,which is a pretty high standard,” said Damian Seitz, Clark Nexsen architect. Seitz explained the LEED rating system was originally designed for office buildings. One of the biggest challenges was making the large hangar bay that accommodates the C-40s flown by the “Globemasters”an energy-efficient area. “We had to focus a lot on the administrative portion of the hangar, making it extra tight, extra energy-efficient to almost overcome some of the other portions of the building,” said Seitz. Some of the “green” technology used on the administrative side of the building included a continuous insulation layer that performs two to three times better than the standard and helps with improved heat transfer in and out of the building and high-efficiency gas boilers and a new lighting system — all of which has contributed to achieving a nearly 30 percent energy reduction and saving money for the Navy, according to Seitz.

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Oceana Public Works Officer Cmdr. Rafael Miranda and Executive Vice President of Hourigan Construction Chris Brandt display the LEED Silver certification for VR-56’s hangar at NAS Oceana June 21. The certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. “Every penny we save here, that’s money that can buy fuel for the mission,” said Brandt. The 30 percent cost savings is based on the average life

of the building and Hangar 56 is expected to last about 50 years. Seitz also explained how 30 percent of the construction materials used came from recycled materials and “95 percent of what left the site here,while the building was being constructed, was diverted from a landfill and is going onto be refurbished.” Like Brandt, Seitz also emphasized the savings to the natural resources. With the building located on the flightline, a unique construction challenge to earning the certification was preventing any standing water around the building.“We want to keep our pilots safe, our equipment safe and not attract birds,” explained Katie Shannon, a civil engineer with Clark Nexsen. Because of the soil quality at the building site, Shannon explained they over-excavated the soil and brought in clean fill, resulted in a 39 percent reduction in storm water that exceeded the LEED requirement of 25 percent. Although Hangar 56 was officially opened in May 2012, it took several months afterwards to compile all the necessary documentation for the certification, according to Seitz. For each project being submitted, there are two focuses, a design and a construction submittal, with the construction piece actually the bulk of the submittal,he explained.Once the project is submitted to the USGBC for review, there are normally follow-up questions and requests for additional documentation.

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MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters from the “Wolf Packâ€? of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 y past the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) June 21. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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» » »» » »»»»»» BEAMS July 8 - 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Building Effective Anger Management Skills (BEAMS) is a six-session, skill-building program for active duty service members on Monday and Wednesday.The BEAMS course is designed to prevent anger from escalating to violence.Participants learn to develop new and effective coping strategies.

COMMAND FINANCIAL SPECIALIST REFRESHER TRAINING July 9, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Review and sharpen skills learned in Command Financial Specialist (CFS) training which include the financial planning worksheet, solution-focused financial counseling, and developing your CFS program.Learn new presentation skills and techniques, as well as discuss current financial hot topics.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING July 2, 11 or 16, 9 a.m. to noon Learn how to market your skills,knowledge,accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume. This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM July 10, 9 a.m. to noon In this workshop, gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to find vacancies and job listings, complete the application process, and how to understand standard qualifications and testing requirements.

TRANSITION GPS Weekly, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

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 www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifema.

From Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center lies in managing their health by providing information Public Affairs and resources to make informed decisions.We believe this The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center’s (NMCPHC) at Portsmouth announced a targeted outreach initiative for myasthenia gravis patients and providers to raise awareness about a class of drugs that can exacerbate the chronic condition June 26. The goals of NMCPHC’s direct outreach to patients and providers is three-fold: to raise awareness of the medical complications for myasthenia gravis patients; to encourage patients to take control of their health as part of Navy Medicine’s Medical Home Port initiative; and to ultimately improve clinical outcomes for patients and indirectly reduce spending costs. Myasthenia gravis is a rare autoimmune disorder with no known cure that causes muscle weakness and fatigue. An estimated 400 Sailors,Marines and other beneficiaries were diagnosed with the condition between 2006 and 2012. “We want to empower Sailors, Marines and their fami-

Light: What do you reach for when starting to fall? — Continued from page 3 will no longer be any mourning,or crying,or pain; the first things have passed away. And he who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And he said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” If you’re like me, you get discouraged.You want to give up at times. You wonder if your life is making even the slightest difference where you are or where you have been. Or maybe, for you, it’s not merely discouragement. Maybe it’s illness (yours or a loved one’s), maybe it’s financial struggle, maybe it’s a marital or relational issue of some kind. Regardless of what it may be, chances are, you can find yourself relating closely to the “wretched of the earth” described in the quote above and on most days are simply trying to “climb to the light”…wherever that may be. And there’s the rub; what “light” are you climbing to? What do you reach for when you begin to fall? When your marriage is troubled? When your relationship with your children is falling apart? When your finances are in peril? To be sure, God often does put people, activities, and even items in our lives to help us cope when times get tough. But ultimately, the reality of Revelation 21:1-5 is what he wants us to look to; to that day when God will wipe away every tear and will create a new home (new heaven and earth) for us to live in free from pain. That is the “sun will rise” promise that he gives us and wants us to cling to as we deal with the difficulty we face from day to day.

empowerment can positively affect the quality of life and improve care delivered in our military treatment facilities,” said Capt. Paul Rockswold, NMCPHC Health Analysis department head and Family and Preventive Medicine physician. A little over two years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning label indicating that fluoroquinolone medications, a class of commonly prescribed antibiotics, may exacerbate myasthenia gravis symptoms. In response, NMCPHC’s Health Analysis (HA) department leveraged clinical health data analysis to design and launch a targeted outreach initiative notifying myasthenia gravis patients and their providers of the FDA safety warning. HA identified patients and providers through their direct access to the most comprehensive clinical databases in the Military Health System (MHS). HA’s team of expert epidemiologists analyzed clinical health data and discovered that patients with myasthenia gravis were still taking fluoroquinolone medications despite the black box warning, spurring the outreach initiative. Outreach included a letter to patients detailing the risks associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics and a wallet card for patients to take to appointments to help support direct communication with their health care provider. Letters were also sent to health care providers caring for myasthenia gravis patients, alerting them to the black box warning and the wave of patient outreach being conducted. This two-pronged approach ensured that myasthenia gravis patients and their providers within the MHS received the message to avoid fluoroquinolone medications, improving clinical outcomes and reducing medical complications. Copies of the letters and the wallet card are available at http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-analysis/.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR LASER FIREWORKS July 4 Raining outside? Can’t stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? No worries! Come enjoy the 4th of July laser displays in the nice cool theater at the Virginia Living Museum. “Spirit of America” mixes patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll with songs from John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and many more, combined with dazzling laser displays. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Shows are at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Cost is $6 per person, museum members $3. The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. Call 5951900 or visit thevlm.org.

PAWS FOR INDEPENDENCE ADOPTION EVENT July 5 -7 This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Virginia Beach SPCA will be having an adoption event in celebration of Independence Day. “Paws for Independence,” will feature cats ages 1 and up, as well as select shelter favorite dogs for only $17.76 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. However, freedom being all too important during this holiday, cats ages 1 and up with stripes will be free. Potential adopters can come and find their forever friend anytime during the adoption event and give them the gift of freedom with a new family this Fourth of July holiday weekend.The VBSPCA will be closed July 4th, but the promotion will run from July 5 - 7. For more information, visit www.vbspca.com.

OLDE TOWNE FARMER’S MARKET Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market is open through Dec. 21, offering locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisanal breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. The outdoor market is located just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High streets. Visit www.portsmoutholdetownefarmers-

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The Union occupation of Portsmouth during the Civil War is the focus of this walking tour lead by Pvt. James Cook. All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth and the cost is $10 or two for $15,with the fee paid at the tour. The length of the tour is 60 75 minutes, depending of the size of the group. Groups of five or more may book a tour any day or time throughout the year with advance reservations. Advance ticket sales and credit cards available at the Coffee Shoppe, 300 High St. or Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery, 1 High Street on the waterfront. For more information, visit www.portsvaevents.com.

PASSPORT TO WATER SAFETY PROGRAM Begins July 9 Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is offering a program to help youth stay safe in, on and near the water. The Passport to Water Safety program introduces nonswimmers and beginner swimmers, ages 5 - 12, to water safety concepts through safety lessons, in-water swimming instruction, and fun time to put the knowledge and skills together. While there is no cost for the program, a Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership or day pass is required for each of the eight classes. The Joseph V.Grimstead Sr.Seatack Community Recreation Center, located at 141 S. Birdneck Road, is offering two sessions this summer: •July 9 through Aug. 1, 10 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday • Aug. 6 - 29, 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday To register, visit Seatack Community Recreation Center or call 437-4858. For more information about the Passport to Water Safety, contact an aquatic unit supervisor at 437-4858 or fun@VBgov.com.

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The newest summer attraction, Cirquesa Dreamquest, is now open at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The two-hour extravaganza features a childhood magical journey told through high-level aerial acts, acrobatics and theatrics. The audience will experience the magic of Cirquesa as they see how a young boy learns the life lessons of balance, strength, courage and agility during the production of Dreamquest. Cirquesa Dreamquest is held in three large tents on Atlantic Avenue and 3rd Street with seating for up to 1,000 people. Shows throughout the summer run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. A matinee is held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and a 2 p.m. show is on Thursdays and Sundays. Prices range from $37.95 to $64.95 for adults and $12.95 to $29.95 for children. Virginia Beach residents will receive $3 off a ticket and military personnel are offered a $4 discount. To purchase tickets or for additional information, go to www.cirquesavb.com.

July 12 and 13 Designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories at up to 85 percent off retail price will be sold to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nationwide sale of charity wedding gowns. Proceeds from gown sales provide education, information and outreach to people impacted by cancer. The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza, 4453 Bonney Road,Virginia Beach. Hundreds of designer, couture and gently-used gowns will be available, ranging from $99 to $4,000, all styles, sizes 0 - 30. Attend the VIP event, July 12 6 – 9 p.m., for brides and their guests and enjoy entertainment and giveaways and have the opportunity to browse through, try on and purchase selections from a large inventory

of gowns, before general admission begins. The cost is $20 per person and is a tax deductible donation. General admission will be July 13,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Admission will be $5 per person. A ticket is required for both events. Active duty and reservists can receive a 20 percent discount with proof of service. Layaway is available with up to 12 month payment terms. Cash, personal check,Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and debit cards will be accepted. Volunteers are needed. Gown donations will also be accepted at the show. For more information and admission costs, visit www.bridesabc.org.To register or to order tickets, call 877-721-HOPE (4673).


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STUDIO ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE July 12, 4 - 8 p.m. The Studio Artists at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens will hold their annual Hermitage Studio Artists’ Open House. Guests can meet the artists, tour the studios and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and treats. The event is free and open to the public. Unique works of art are available for purchase. The open house takes place in the Studio Artists’ Cottage on the Hermitage grounds, adjacent to the Visual Arts Studio and to the public playground (which is visible from North Shore Road). Featured artists are Jocelyn Coles,Patricia Isenhour,Helen Jones, Amanda Page Stephens, and Virginia Van Horn. Works of affordable, original art available to purchase include photographic prints, textiles, acrylic and oil paintings, jewelry, and mixed media works. For more information on the Hermitage Studio Artists’ Open House contact Melissa Ball, education programs manager, at 423-2052 extension 207 or mball@thehermitagemuseum.org. For more information on the Hermitage Museum, visit www.thehermitagemuseum.org.

BOOK SIGNING AT FARMERS MARKET July 13, 9 a.m. to noon Food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton will make a special appearance at the Smithfield Farmers Market to sign his latest book “Dishing Up Virginia.” The three-year project features Smithfield Farmers Market vendor Darden’s Country Store,along with 145 recipes celebrating the authentic flavors of Virginia, from oysters and blue crabs to wine, peanuts, heirloom tomatoes and sweet potatoes, Smithfield ham, and much more. It con-

tains full-color photography and profiles of 29 of the best Trips may be cancelled due to boating conditions. For chefs, farmers, innkeepers, winemakers, and artisanal food more information on exhibits, movies, boat rides and producers who contribute to Virginia’s rich food culture. special events, call 385-FISH (3474) or visit www.VirginiaAquarium.com.

SEASONAL BOAT TRIPS The Virginia Aquarium, located at 717 General Booth Blvd.,Virginia Beach offers seasonal boat trips during the summer.

Ocean Collections, Fridays only through Aug. 30 Virginia Aquarium educators trawl the ocean floor for a sample of sea life to bring on board. Guests have an opportunity to have an up-close and personal encounter with what is collected from Owls Creek and the Atlantic Ocean.This 75-minute boat trip is offered on Fridays at 3 p.m. out of Rudee Inlet’s Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Guests should arrive at 2:30 p.m.Visit www.virginiaaquarium.com for more information.The fee is $19 per adult,12 years and over; $14 for children, 4-11 years old.

Elizabeth City, N.C. — With the nation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this week, the Museum of the Albemarle has something for those unable to attend the ceremonies in Pennsylvania. The museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit on the Civil War, “Under Both Flags:The Civil War in the Albemarle,”has several artifacts connected to the biggest battle ever fought in North America. Although the battle occurred far from the “Old North State,” local men played a key role in Gettysburg, probably none more famous than James Johnston Pettigrew. Pettigrew, who grew up at Bonarva Plantation on the shores of Lake Phelps in Tyrrell County, led the North Carolina troops that participated in Robert E. Lee’s last great attempt to break the Union lines on July 3, 1863 — Pickett’s Charge. Visitors to the museum can see a pistol case that belonged to Pettigrew. Many local soldiers participated in Pickett’s Charge alongside Pettigrew. Isaac Byrum of Ryland was one such person. During the attack, Byrum suffered a serious leg

The Butterfly Society of Virginia will host its summer meeting and potluck at the Norfolk Botanical Garden,Rose Garden Hall.This event is free to members and their invited guests. For more information, contact Danae Rodriguez, publicity chairman at 748-7036 or email at publicity@butterflysocietyofva.org.

Dolphin Watching, daily until Sept. 2 Observe bottlenose dolphins and their dynamic behaviors during a 90-minute ocean excursion. Experienced Virginia Aquarium educators introduce guests to Virginia’s favorite summer visitors.Trips typically run daily at 11 a.m., 2, 4 and 7 p.m. out of Rudee Inlet’s Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed. The fee is $21 per adult, 12 years and over; $15 for children, 4 - 11 years old.

Cruise the Creek, daily until Sept. 2 Off the dock of the Virginia Aquarium, explore Owls Creek during a gentle 30-minute pontoon cruise focused on salt marsh ecology. Scan the mudflats for fiddler crabs and animal tracks, listen for the calls of osprey and kingfishers, and look for signs of muskrat and otter activities. Trips typically run daily in the afternoon from noon until 4:30 p.m. The fee is $7 per person; $5 for members or combo tickets.

Museum exhibits artifacts from Battle of Gettysburg BY LEONARD LANIER Assistant Curator, Museum of the Albemarle

MEETING AND POTLUCK July 21, 2 -5 p.m.

wound. Left for dead on the battlefield by his Confederate compatriots, Union soldiers took him to a hospital where a surgeon removed his left leg below the knee. Despite his disability, Byrum returned to Chowan County and operated a successful lumber business for more than 50 years. The Museum of the Albemarle displays the wooden leg that Byrum wore the rest of his life. While Pettigrew and Byrum endured the withering fire of federal guns, the cavalry of both armies clashed to the east of Gettysburg. After the battle, a Union trooper of the 5th Michigan Cavalry, Lancaster Gorton, scoured the field in search of souvenirs. On the body of a dead Confederate officer, he found a watch inscribed “M. I.Tobias & Co., Liverpool.”Gorton took the watch back home to Michigan thinking he now owned a fine English pocket watch. In actuality, the treasured souvenir was a fake, made by Swiss watchmakers to look like an English timepiece. Gorton’s grandson donated the item to the museum in 1967. Visitors can view these and many other Civil War artifacts at the Museum of the Albemarle, a regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History. The museum is located at 501 S. Water St., Elizabeth City, N.C. For more information, call (252)335-1453 or visit www.museumofthealbemarle.com

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Sailors assigned to Honor Company Housing come together to show their team spirit at Naval Station Norfolk’s third annual T.G.I. Fitness Challenge. The competition consisted of nine teams of 15 Sailors who competed in events, such as sand bell stacking where teams stacked bags of sand with escalating weights, an obstacle course and tug of war.

SPORTS & FITNESS » » »» » »»»»»»» Upcoming events Charity golf tournament The Hampton Roads Squadron Association of Naval Aviation, Tailhook Association and Association of Aviation Boatswain’s Mates are sponsoring a golf tournament July 12, at the NAS Oceana Aeropines Golf Course.The tournament will benefit educational scholarships and several charities. The format will be Florida Best Ball and begins at 6:30 a.m. with check-in and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $70 and includes green fees, golf cart and practice balls, and lunch.A no-host beverage cart will also be available.All fees must be paid in advance. Hole sponsorship is also still available at $100 per hole, with an advertisement provided. For more information, contact Jim Flaherty at 6312179, email jflaherty7@cox.net; Jim Joyner at 4706049, e-mail jsjoyner@cox.net; Rich Johnson at 6884006, e-mail richard.w.johnson@hii-nns.com or Tim Smith at 560-6681, e-mail timsmith8212@gmail.com.

Military Challenge The Flagship newpaper and Military Newspapers of Virginia, publisher of the Jet Observer will present the 3rd annual Military Challenge July 27, 8 a.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. This military-style course will feature a 5K run/obstacle course designed to challenge even the most fit athlete.Civilians will be able to compete alongside the military and take on obstacles used in military training. The command with the most participants will receive a $500 donation to their MWR fund. The command must have a minimum of 20 individuals or four teams to qualify for the donation. There will also be a kids’ mini challenge where children will conquer an inflatable obstacle course and some of the obstacles used in the adult race. This family event will include food, family entertainment and a post race party. Individuals and teams will compete for the top prizes and all finishers will receive a medal. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Active duty military can receive $5 off registration and other discounts available for early registration. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the USO of Hampton Roads/Central VA. Online registration is available at http://themilitarychallenge.com.For more information, contact Mettle Events at team@mettleevents.com or Adair Wells at adair.wells@militarynewspapers.com.

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Naval Station Norfolk hosts T.G.I. Fitness Challenge BY MCSN SCOTT BARNES Navy Public Affairs Support Element East The 3rd annual T.G.I. Fitness Challenge was held on Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk parade grounds, in partnership with Morale,Welfare and Recreation (MWR) June 21. The goal of the event was to raise physical fitness awareness and to provide an outlet for organized team building in an event geared toward Sailors and commands. “Part of the Navy’s vision is focused on physical fitness,” said Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Marcus C. Blackwell, who represented USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).“That’s why we decided to get a team together and come out to this event to help build camaraderie and a good team environment.” The competition consisted of eight teams of 15 Sailors who competed in various events,including aT-drill race,relay race, obstacle course, tug-of-war and sandbell stacking, where teams stacked bags of sand with escalating weights. “It’s all about having a good time and getting out here to meet new people,” said Anthony Benning, Naval Station Norfolk fitness coordinator for MWR.“It provides fun ways to make physical training a little more interactive.” Throughout the event, commands competed for first, second and third place trophies, as well as a spirit award that was given to the most spirited team. “Events like these remind Sailors that fitness can be fun,” said Benning.“It doesn’t have to be just push-ups and situps.” When the competition was over, Lincoln’s team placed first, USS Iwo Jima’s (LHD 7) team took second and Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s team came in third. OSC Charles Hill from Afloat Training Group Atlantic sprints to The Fleet Weather Center Strike Group Oceanographer the finish line during the sandbell stacking relay at Naval Stateam won the spirit award. tion Norfolk’s third annual T.G.I. Fitness Challenge.


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PRIORITY TOYOTA GREENBRIER 1800 Greenbrier Parkway • Chesapeake 757-366-5000 • prioritytoyota.com

RK TOYOTA

2301 W. Mercury Blvd. • Hampton 757-838-5000 • rktoyota.com

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*HOW TO QUALIFY: 1.BE IN CURRENT ACTIVE DUTY STATUS IN THE U.S. MILITARY (NAVY, ARMY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, NATIONAL GUARD, COAST GUARD AND ACTIVE RESERVE) OR A U.S. MILITARY INACTIVE RESERVE (I.E., READY RESERVE) THAT IS PART OF THE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE, SELECTED RESERVE AND INACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD. RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. 2.PROVIDE VERIFIABLE PROOF OF MILITARY STATUS OR ACTIVE SERVICE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE: LEAVE AND EARNING STATEMENT OR MILITARY IDENTIFICATION CARD. 3.RECEIVE A SALARY SUFFICIENT TO COVER ORDINARY LIVING EXPENSES AND PAYMENTS FOR YOUR TOYOTA. 4.RECEIVE CREDIT APPROVAL THROUGH A TOYOTA DEALER AND TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. INCENTIVE OFFERED BY TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A., INC. ON LEASE CONTRACTS INCENTIVE MUST BE APPLIED TOWARD THE AMOUNT DUE AT LEASE SIGNING OR TOWARD THE CAPITALIZED COST REDUCTION. ON FINANCE CONTRACTS, INCENTIVE MUST BE APPLIED TOWARD THE DOWN PAYMENT. ONE INCENTIVE PER FINANCE OR LEASE TRANSACTION. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE TOYOTA COLLEGE GRADUATE INCENTIVE PROGRAM. FINANCE OR LEASE CONTRACT MUST BE DATED BY JULY 8, 2013 FOR INCENTIVE OFFER. THE MILITARY INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR TERMINATION AT ANY TIME. OFFERS ON APPROVED CREDIT TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS THROUGH A PARTICIPATING TOYOTA DEALERSHIP AND TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY, INCLUDING A MAXIMUM TERM OF 60 MONTHS ON FINANCE CONTRACTS. PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE AT PARTICIPATING DEALERS IN MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA, AND DELAWARE; AND MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES. NOT ALL APPLICANTS WILL QUALIFY. SEE PARTICIPATING DEALER FOR DETAILS.**0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX AND LICENSE FEES. 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY. †INCLUDES $500 CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA PLUS $500 FINANCE INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA IN ADDITION TO 0% APR FINANCING IF VEHICLE IS PURCHASED AND FINANCED THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. ON FINANCE CONTRACTS, INCENTIVE WILL BE APPLIED TO THE DOWN PAYMENT. ONE INCENTIVE PER FINANCE TRANSACTION. FINANCE INCENTIVE IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. ††PURCHASERS CAN RECEIVE $2,000 CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA ON SIENNA OR $1,000 CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA ON CAMRY OR CAN APPLY CASH BACK TO DOWN PAYMENT. †††DUE AT SIGNING INCLUDES $2,790 DOWN FIRST $209 PAYMENT, AND NO SECURITY DEPOSIT. NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. TAX, REGISTRATION, INSURANCE, AND DEALER FEES ARE EXTRA. CUSTOMER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EXCESSIVE WEAR AND EXCESS MILEAGE CHARGES OF $.15 PER MILE IN EXCESS OF 36,000 MILES. YOUR PAYMENT MAY VARY BASED ON DEALER PARTICIPATION AND FINAL NEGOTIATED PRICE. 2013 RAV4 2WD 4 CYLINDER AUTOMATIC MODEL 4430, MSRP $24,295. xINCLUDES $500 CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA IN ADDITION TO SPECIAL LEASE OFFER. CUSTOMER CAN TAKE CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA OR APPLY CASH BACK TO LEASE TRANSACTION. xxPLUS $500 LOYALTY CASH INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA ON NEW 2013 RAV4 LEASE WITH TOYOTA TRADE IN. CUSTOMERS CAN RECEIVE A $500 INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA UPON LEASING A NEW 2013 RAV4 AND TRADING IN A TOYOTA VEHICLE. INCENTIVE CAN BE TAKEN AS CASH BACK FROM TOYOTA OR CAN BE APPLIED TOWARD AMOUNT DUE AT LEASE SIGNING. ONE INCENTIVE PER TRANSACTION. INCENTIVE IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. NOT ALL CUSTOMERS WILL QUALIFY. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. xxxFINANCE INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA ON CAMRY AND TUNDRA IN ADDITION TO 0% APR FINANCING WHEN VEHICLE IS PURCHASED AND FINANCED THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. ON FINANCE CONTRACTS, INCENTIVE WILL FIRST BE APPLIED TO THE DOWN PAYMENT. ONE INCENTIVE PER FINANCE TRANSACTION. FINANCE INCENTIVE IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS.***TOYOTACARE COVERS NORMAL FACTORY SCHEDULED SERVICE FOR 2 YEARS OR 25K MILES, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. THE NEW TOYOTA VEHICLE CANNOT BE PART OF A RENTAL OR COMMERCIAL FLEET OR A LIVERY OR TAXI VEHICLE. SEE PARTICIPATING DEALER FOR COMPLETE PLAN DETAILS. VALID ONLY IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND ALASKA. OFFERS DO NOT INCLUDE DEALER FEES. OFFERS END 7/8/13.

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