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NEW MCPON SELECTED PAGE 3 VOLUME 52 NO. 27

JULY 5, 2012

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COMNAVAIRLANT releases investigation results of F/A-18D crash

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PAGE 17 The next Menu Review Board will be July 11, 9 a.m. at the Oceana galley. Department representatives are highly encouraged to attend and all personnel are encouraged to provide input to their command rep. The point of contact is Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wayne Cummings at 433-2386.

Rear Adm. Ted Branch, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, explains the F/A-18 engine to the media following a briefing at NAS Oceana, July 2, about the results of the JAGMAN investigation of the F/A-18D Hornet that crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach on April 6. The aircraft, assigned to VFA-106 and based at Oceana, was conducting a scheduled training exercise when it suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure shortly after takeoff and crashed into the Mayfair Mews Apartment Complex.

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STORY/PHOTO BY MC2(SW/AW) ERNEST R. SCOTT Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic released the results, July 2, of its Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation of the F/A-18D that crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach on April 6. The F/A-18D, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 and based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, was conducting a scheduled training exercise when it suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure shortly after takeoff and crashed into the Mayfair Mews Apartment Complex in Virginia Beach. “I know the process has been challenging for some,especially those who lost their homes and personal belongings,” said Rear Adm.Ted Branch, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. “But we are all incredibly fortunate that the crash, which occurred on Good Friday,resulted in zero loss of life.” The recovery process was a team effort between Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and the Virginia Beach first responders who quickly began helping the affected residents.The emergency response cooperation between the city of Virginia Beach and the Navy is a testament to the close working relationship that has developed over the years. “I would like to add my thanks to everyone who acted so quickly to assist our air crew, treat the injured citizens, and help ensure that all residents of the Mayfair Mews complex were safely evacuated,” said Branch.“This exceptional response almost certainly prevented further injury and perhaps death to affected citizens and air crew,and more widespread property damage.” The Navy has spent the past several weeks doing a detailed investigation into the crash to learn what went wrong and how to minimize the chance of such an event — See Investigation Page 14

Fentress firefighters recognized for assistance at festival BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer For more than 10 years, the Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach and the NALF Fentress firefighters have gone hand-in-hand. During the family-oriented festival that takes place each year during Memorial Day weekend, DoD and active duty firefighters at Fentress have

not only set up a static display and a water demonstration for visitors to enjoy but have also provided a much-needed service by wetting down the field to prevent dust, dirt and hay from being kicked up as the emergency helicopter lands and takes off. Festival organizers showed their appreciation for the Navy’s community service efforts with a plaque and certificate presentation to the six vol-

unteers at Fentress June 21. Fentress personnel were among the nine military units and approximately 126 military members participating in the 2012 festival, which is now in its 24th year.“The entire festival is run on volunteers,” said Barbara Rockwell, military display chairman for the festival. She included the — See Strawberry Festival Page 8


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Street, building 301. Free food, drinks, giveaways, drawings, disc jockey and face painting will be available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event sponsors are the Navy College Office JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Saint Leo University, American Military University, Coastline Community College, ECPI University, Empire State College, Tidewater Community College, Troy University, Old Dominion University, Thomas Edison State College, University of Maryland University College and Vincennes University.This event is open to anyone with base access. Blood Donors urgently needed Naval Medical Center Portsmouth needs blood donations, For more information, call 462-8279/4145. particularly type O positive, type O negative, whole blood Jet Observer photos and platelets. Looking to find high resolution images of photos that In the summer,many people are on vacation and there are fewer donors. However, the need for blood does not dimin- were taken of events at Oceana, Dam Neck or Fentress? ish and donations of all blood types are greatly appreciated. The Jet Observer now has a Flickr account at www.oceanFor more information or to schedule an appointment, call ajetobserver.com. In addition to the photos featured in the 953-1717 or 953-1730. Donors must have a valid military or print version of the Jet Observer, additional photos taken by Oceana PAO staff only are uploaded to the website.The DoD ID card, or a sponsor to get on base. — From Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Af- additional images can be found on the right side of the homepage. Images of the June 15 frocking ceremony are fairs available through Flickr. Kings Dominion Trip Images will remain on the website for approximately The Liberty Program is sponsoring a trip to Kings Do- three months and then be permanently removed.The conminion July 7. Round trip transportation, at a cost of $5, venience of Flickr eliminates the need to make CDs followleaves from the Great Escape Club at NAS Oceana and the ing most command events. For more information, contact Oasis Club at Dam Neck Annex. Park admission tickets are the Jet Observer office at 433-3360. available from the ITT offices. For more information,call 433-2981.

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The COnnection Line has made a change! For questions, suggestions, compliments or concerns about services provided on board NAS Oceana, now e-mail OceanaPAO@navy.mil. However, the best and fastest way to resolve a problem is through your chain of command or with the organization directly involved. Please be brief and to the point when using the COnnection Line. Capt. Bob Geis will reply through this column, since topics may be of interest to other readers.

Traffic enforcement at NAS Oceana Did you know that you enter government property as soon as you drive onto Tomcat Boulevard from Oceana Boulevard? This includes areas outside the NAS Oceana fence line — Tomcat Boulevard, Main Gate Park, the Pass and ID parking lot and NEX parking lot. All NAS Oceana traffic laws apply in these areas. Drivers who are caught speeding, talking on a cell phone while driving, driving while intoxicated or failing to wear prescribed motorcycle PPE, will be cited and must appear at NAS Oceana Traffic Court for administrative violations and/or federal district court for criminal violations. Remember to be safe while driving in these areas and obey all NAS Oceana traffic laws, regulations and instructions. Drivers are also reminded to not cut through the parking lots on base as a way to traffic and stop signs. Security has increased their patrols in these areas and drivers who are caught breaking the law are being cited.

JET Observer Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA 23460 Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach and Chambers Field, Norfolk Commanding Officer - Capt. Robert N. Geis Executive Officer - Capt. Kit Chope Public Affairs Officer - Kelley Stirling Editor - Cathy Heimer Jet@militarynews.com www.oceanajetobserver.com https://cnic.navy.mil/oceana PHONE (757)433-3360

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Chapel Schedule of Services

Vacation Bible School There’s still time to register for Vacation Bible School at the Oceana Chapel of the Good Shepherd.“Amazing Wonders” will take place July 9 -13, 6 - 8:30 p.m.Volunteers are also needed. For more information and registration, call 433-2871.

Pistol qualifications The Liberty Program is sponsoring a trip to a local range for pistol qualifications July 10.Transportation leaves at 4 p.m. from the Great Escape Club at NAS Oceana and the Oasis Club at Dam Neck Annex.The cost is $37 per person and must be paid at the time of registration. For more information, call 433-2981 or 492-6806.

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 – Mon-Thurs, 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.

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)

Military Education Appreciation Day The Navy College Office at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will host Military Education Appreciation Day, July 13, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, 1481 D.

Contact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871 FRC Oceana at 4339286, CVW-1 at 433-3676 CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, CVW-17 at 433-2481/2313

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Liberty and duty: Balancing freedom with action BY LT. PAUL GREER NAS Oceana Chaplain I’m sure most reading this article have seen the movie, “Saving Private Ryan.” In the final battle scene from the World War II film, mortally wounded Capt. John H. Miller whispers his last words into Private James Ryan’s ears:“Earn this,” he says between agonal breaths before he slumps his head, his task complete. His task was to find Private Ryan and bring him home, a mission of mercy planned to give his mother some solace after she hears that three of her four sons died on the battlefield. Miller and his specially-picked squad end up completing their task, at the cost of most of their own lives; yet they successfully complete their mission to bring Private Ryan home alive. In the final minutes of the movie, after Miller’s passionate imperative, “Earn this,” the camera cuts to an elderly James Ryan standing over Miller’s grave. Tears in his eyes, Ryan speaks to the departed Miller at his grave saying, “Everyday I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge; I’ve tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope, that at least in your eyes,I earned what [you] have done for me.” This scene reminds me about the high cost of freedom we have as Americans, but even more so as people of faith. Over the last month, I have been studying Christian Ethics from a theological perspective. Wyndy Corbin Reuschling in her book, “Reviving Evangelical Ethics,” speaks about the dangers associated with the freedom and security faith provides and the pitfalls of failing to act on that faith. In her estimation (and mine), the security found by many in the Christian faith can become self-centered and miss the aspects of social justice, caring for the needy and — See Liberty, Page 15

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy BY MC2(SW) KYLE P. MALLOY Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

ny Sept. 28 at the Washington Navy Yard. “Throughout my career, and every Sailor’s career, we’ve had chief petty ofWASHINGTON (NNS) ficers take care of and — The Chief of Naval Opshape us,” said Greenert. erations (CNO), Jonathan “Master Chief Stevens Greenert, announced his has the leadership and selection of FLTCM (AW/ experience to keep us NAC) Michael D. Stevens on course and on speed. as the 13th Master Chief I look forward to working Petty Officer of the Navy closely with him.” (MCPON) at a Pentagon Greenert also praised press conference June 27. West, who took the helm “I was extremely proud in December 2008, citing to have such a highly and his outstanding leaderU.S. Navy photo fully qualified group of ship and lifetime of dedicandidates,” said Greenert. In this undated photo, U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief (AW/ cated service. “After a thorough and de- NAC) Michael D. Stevens speaks to Sailors aboard the aircraft “I’m proud of MCPON liberate process I selected carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Chief of Naval Op- West and what he has FLTCM Stevens to be our erations Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced his selection of accomplished during his Navy’s senior enlisted Stevens as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy at a watch. His extraordinary Pentagon press conference June 27. leader and my advisor for leadership and terrific dealing in matters with connection to the fleet enlisted personnel and their families.” has contributed greatly to our warfighting readiness and “I’m honored to have been selected as the 13th Mas- the readiness of our families,” said Greenert.“His example ter Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Stevens.“MCPON has been a daily reminder to Sailors to live our ethos and Rick West has certainly made a lasting and positive impact to remember the important role families play in our sucon our Navy. I look forward to continuing to provide the cesses.” leadership and commitment that our Navy and our Sailors The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy serves as an both deserve and expect.” advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief Stevens has served as the fleet master chief at U.S. Fleet of Naval Personnel in matters of importance to enlisted Forces Command in Norfolk since August 2010. His prior personnel and their families.The MCPON is also an advicommand master chief tours include U.S. 2nd Fleet, Heli- sor to the many boards focused on enlisted personnel iscopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Coun- sues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of termeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. the Navy at special events;may be called upon to testify on A native of Montana, Stevens joined the Navy in 1983. He enlisted personnel issues before Congress;and,maintains a will relieve MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D.West during a ceremo- liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

Recognizing MCPON West CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert invites MCPON (SS/SW) Rick West on stage to thank him for his service during a press conference, June 27, after announcing West will retire this year. During the press conference Greenert announced the next MCPON will be Fleet Master Chief Michael D. Stevens, who will relieve West as the 13th MCPON later this year. Photo by MC1 Peter D. Lawlor


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Navy’s High Year Tenure policy updated July 1 NAVADMIN 198/12 applies to all active-duty, Full-Time Support (FTS) and Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors. BY MC2 ANDREA PEREZ Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — As a reminder of the implementation date of July 1, a summary of policy changes to the Navy’s High Year Tenure (HYT) program were reiterated in NAVADMIN 198/12, released June 28. The new HYT policy is outlined in MILPERSMAN 1160-120 and took effect July 1, 2012. It applies to all active-duty, Full-Time Support (FTS) and Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors. HYT sets the maximum number of years an enlisted Sailor may serve based on rank before he or she must advance, separate or if eligible, retire. NAVADMIN 198/12 highlights other important changes under the new policy, including a reduction in HYT limits for active-duty and FTS Sailors in paygrades E-1 to E-3; elimination of passed not advanced

(PNA) for E-3 Sailors to stay on active duty for eight years; a clause allowing approved HYT waivers to be cancelled when not fulďŹ lled as approved; and clariďŹ cation of reduction-in-rate procedures. The new HYT limit for E-1 and E-2 activeduty and FTS Sailors is four years, and the new HYT limit for E-3 active-duty and FTS Sailors is ďŹ ve years. E-1, E-2 and E-3 active-duty and FTS Sailors who are already past the modiďŹ ed HYT limit as of July 1 will be separated by March 31, 2013 unless they receive a HYT waiver or are advanced to a paygrade with a higher HYT limit. Starting with this March’s Navywide Advancement Exam, E-3 Sailors who passed, but did not advance, may not continue service beyond the revised HYT limit for their paygrade. Also under NAVADMIN 198/12, previously approved HYT waiver requests can be cancelled when not fulďŹ lled by the Sailor. If an active-duty or FTS Sailor’s waiver is cancelled, separation will occur within 120 days of the cancellation, unless they have time to transfer to the Fleet Reserve or retire.Members of the SELRES will be removed from a SELRES status by the end of

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A master-of-arms stationed at NAS Oceana put her medical background to good use following an off base accident June 21. Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Bridgette Iiams, who just reported to Oceana Security on June 1, was driving on Interstate 264 on the way to work at Oceana Security for her noon to 9 p.m.shift.As she came up on the exit for Laskin Road, she came to a fast stop due to the accident that had just happened in front of her. “I didn’t see the entire thing but I saw somewhat of a wrecked SUV that appeared to hit another vehicle, a sedantype.That car spun and ipped over,â€? she explained. Iiams explained how she and others immediately stopped to help, including two civilian women and a male, whom she later learned worked for the Norfolk Sheriff’s OfďŹ ce. The Sailor, who is four months pregnant, didn’t hesitate in assisting others with removing the accident victim

from her car and getting her to a safe spot off the freeway. “She had injuries. Her nose was bleeding and she had glass in her feet and in her arms,â€? explained Iiams. After they wiped the blood away, Iiams said the injured woman“started breathing really crazy and informed us that she had asthma.â€? Iiams was able to locate the victim’s inhaler in the wrecked vehicle. By this time, the four rescuers had been joined by another man, who assisted by holding the victim’s neck.The trafďŹ c safety vest Iiams normally carries in her car’s trunk was put to good use as she immediately put it on, and she and the man from the sheriff’s ofďŹ ce began directing trafďŹ c away from the scene and toward the Laskin Road exit. By this time, Iiams knew she was going to be late for her shift at security, so she called her watch commander to let him know what happened and that “I was going to stay with her [the victim] until EMS is on scene and make sure she’s okay.â€? — See Accident Page 9


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Full time support, retention/release boards announced From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy announced the cancellation of the full-time support (FTS) commander selective early release from active duty (SERAD) board for fiscal year 2013 (FY-13) and the convening of the FY-13 FTS captain selective retention (SELRET) board via NAVADMIN 191/12 June 25. FTS commander inventory projections eliminated the need for an O-5 SERAD board,according to Lt.Cmdr.Kanan Ott, FTS officer community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel. The annual FTS captain SELRET board, scheduled to convene Sept. 11, 2012, complies with the Navy policy requiring all FTS captains be continued by a board for service beyond three years time-in-grade. The board is a force management measure designed to align FTS O-6 inventory with Navy end strength requirements, allow for reasonable promotion opportunities, and allow for the junior officer accessions needed to meet operational requirements. FTS captains who were promoted during FY-11 will be considered for continuation beyond three years time-ingrade (first-gate).Also considered for continuation are captains who were promoted in FY-08 (second-gate). First-gate captains not continued must retire at three years time-in-grade, while those not continued at the second gate must retire not later than the Sept. 1, 2013. Captains selected for continuation beyond their secondgate can continue to serve until they reach 30 years of commissioned service or the statutory age limit, whichever is earlier. Communication or correspondence with the captain SELRET board shall follow the same guidelines as with a standard promotion board.Captains needing additional reference information can visit the general information page on the Navy Personnel Command website at http://www. public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/generalboardinfo/. The Navy will formally notify captains not selected for retention once board proceedings are approved. Developing information concerning the board will be posted on the Reserve personnel management and FTS community manager websites when available at http:// www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/reservepersonnelmgmt or http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/communitymanagers/reserve/fts.

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New Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training announced From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) — As part of the Navy’s continuing efforts to eliminate sexual assaults and promote positive culture changes within the fleet, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced June 28 the creation of new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training. For the first time, targeted and comprehensive sexual assault prevention training will be delivered to every active and reserve uniformed member in the Navy. The training follows the Navy’s all-hands efforts for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, during which all Sailors from commands around the world took part in focused stand-down sessions highlighting varying aspects of sexual assault and each Sailors’ role in eliminating this crime. The training will also complement the Navy’s multi-faceted approach to education and awareness; prevention and intervention; victim advocacy and resiliency; and investigation and accountability.

Training programs have been developed for command leadership (SAPR-Leadership) and for the fleet as a whole (SAPRFleet).The wide-sweeping reach of this initiative ensures that all Sailors are motivated and able to intervene to stop sexual assault, according to Rear Adm. Martha Herb, director of Personnel Readiness and Community Support. Embedded in the response portion of SAPR-L, representatives of the Office of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps will provide facilitated training on the Secretary of Defense’s new initiatives regarding Summary Court-Martial Convening Authority and the new changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice as they pertain to SAPR.

“In the last fiscal year alone, the Navy received 582 reports of sexual assault, affecting Sailors across all ranks. This crime is corrosive to both our morale and to our operational readiness,”said Herb.“Just as all Sailors are affected, all hands must work together to reduce and ultimately eliminate these crimes.” “Both SAPRL and SAPR-F training will provide our team the critical tools to eliminate sexual assault and promote the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment that define our culture of respect and professionalism,” continued Herb. NAVADMIN 199/12 details the process for fleet-wide training. Starting July 16, master mobile training teams (MMTTs) qualified by the Center for Personal and Professional Development will deploy globally to provide SAPR-L preparation training to command leadership triads (commanding officer/officer in charge, executive officer/ assistant officer in charge and command master chief/chief of the boat/senior enlisted advisor) in fleet concentration areas and locations with significant Navy presence. After receiving the MTT training, command triads will return to their units and provide SAPR-L training to their khaki leadership (E7 and above) through interactive video and facilitated face-to-face discussions. This two-hour training course is designed to raise leaders’ awareness about the reality of sexual assault in the Navy and emphasize their key prevention and response roles, provide leaders with tools and techniques to prevent assaults.

To ensure all hands are trained,command leadership will then deliver SAPR-F training to all Sailors E6 and below.This training will focus on the importance of bystander intervention and will equip Sailors with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage, address and positively impact behavior at the deckplate level. Additional guidance on SAPR-F training will be presented to the fleet in a future message. “Not only are SAPR-L and SAPR-F part of the Secretary of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, but support for this initiative from the top down to the deckplate will enable our Navy to create command climates and environments based on mutual respect, trust and professional relationships,” added Herb. “This training is a lynchpin in eliminating sexual assault crimes within out ranks.” Completion of all SAPR training will be reported using the Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS). Commands are required to complete SAPR-L training by Sept. 30 and SAPR-F training no later than Dec. 31. Commands may access Navy SAPR-L and SAPR-F training information, policy information, training schedules and locations, FAQs and FLTMPS reporting instructions at www.sapr.navy.mil. The site is also where command leadership triads register for SAPR-L preparation training. Sexual assault prevention is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy (DoN). DoN is working aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable.

Oceana Thrift Shop offers monthly specials The NAS Oceana Thrift Shop, located on Hornet Drive next to bachelor housing in building 419, offers monthly specials on store items.Active duty can take advantage of the special on uniforms; all pants, shirts and skirts are buy one, get one free. During the last week of every month, for just $7, shoppers can fill a brown, commissary-size paper bag or $30 for a shopping cart with anything and everything in the store that will fit, excluding uniform items and furniture. The store also accepts donations. A drop box is located in front of the building. Proceeds from items sold benefit military families and the local community. Current hours are Monday,Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m.The store’s number is 433-2193.


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Dam Neck OIC ends career NEXCOM gives $42.8 million to MWR Lt. Cmdr. Mark Freitag (l) is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis, June 27 at the Oceana Officers’ Club. Freitag served as the Dam Neck officer in charge from April 2011 through May 2012, when he retired from the Navy following a 25-year career. Photo by Kelley Stirling

BY KRISTINE STURKIE Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) released its FY11 audited financials report which showed a $42.8 million contribution to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). “This contribution is in keeping with NEXCOM’S mission to provide customers with quality goods and services at a savings and to provide quality of life support to Navy MWR,”said NEXCOM Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Bianchi. “NEXCOM gives 70 percent of its profits to MWR each year to support Navy quality of life programs. So, customers can save money and support MWR when they shop at a NEX. It’s a winwin for everyone.” Navy MWR uses the dividends from the NEX in a variety of ways. Installations receive part of the funds for specific installation level MWR efforts. The remaining

funds are used for MWR capital projects to improve facilities. “The NEX dividend returns some of the local NEX profits to MWR to improve local recreation programs,” said Larry Warnken, Deputy Program Director of Fleet Readiness, Commander, Naval Installations Command. “Additionally, the dividend provides the MWR central fund with a source of funding that can be applied to non-appropriated fund projects for youth centers, clubs, golf courses and bowling lanes which cannot receive military construction (MILCON) support. By investing in capitalization of our MWR business-based operations and community support facilities, we provide a tangible demonstration of Navy’s commitment to improving quality of life for our Sailors and their family members.” NEXCOM operates on the retail fiscal year calendar, which in 2011 was Jan. 29, 2011 through Jan. 28, 2012.


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Personnel at NALF Fentress pose for a photo with Barbara Rockwell, military display chairman for the Pungo Strawberry Festival following an awards presentation June 21. DoD and active ďŹ reďŹ ghters have volunteered for more than 10 years at the festival in Virginia Beach.

Strawberry Festival: Fentress has volunteered for more than 10 years — Continued from page 1 farmers who allow visitors to park on their land, city of Virginia Beach personnel, and community members who help organize the event, as well as the military who set up interactive displays for the nearly 150,000 visitors. “The festival counts on you because you have a ďŹ re truck.You do a combined job, not only with the static display but you are also helping our community,â€? said Rockwell. “What they do is explain to the community, their mission, where they’ve been and certainly what makes what they do so important. It gives the military the chance to tell their story to the community‌They also get a sense of the training they get,â€? said Rockwell. “Especially this year with the ďŹ re trucks,I think a lot of people ask a lot of questions after the [jet] crash at Mayfair Mews.We all know the military is a very big part of our community.â€? Rockwell explained that because the Strawberry Festival is able to depend on its many volunteers, such as Fentress ďŹ reďŹ ghters, they have been able to raise more than $600,000 in its 29-year history; the proceeds go back to community charities and service organizations. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handing) 2nd Class (AW) Harry Beck and ABH2(AW) Donald Thomas were among the six Fentress volunteers. Beck, who worked on Saturday at the festival also volunteered to drive the ďŹ re truck in the parade that kicked off the weekend.“I wasn’t expecting that kind of crowd. It was along the whole street,â€? he said about the parade. It was the ďŹ rst time for both Sailors to volunteer at the festival and both were surprised by the amount of inter-

est in their display.“There was a line the whole day. It was nonstop‌I didn’t know it would be like that,â€? explained Beck. Interest was so great, the three ďŹ reďŹ ghters each day rotated breaks so the display would always be manned. For Beck, showing visitors the Navy’s side of ďŹ reďŹ ghting was the most enjoyable part of volunteering. “Our ďŹ re trucks are different from everybody else’s and I like letting everyone see them, letting the kids inside, letting them play around inside and seeing people stop and take pictures. It’s not something you see every day,â€? he said. He said the most popular part of their display was the water demonstration.“They all wanted to shoot the water and the kids played in the water‌they all ran in and got soaked,â€? said Beck. Thomas spent his day giving tours inside the truck, showing visitors how each piece of equipment is operated and helping hundreds of kids sit in the driver’s seat and test the siren and lights. What Thomas liked about being at the festival was “it was a new experience. Seeing all the people and the military organizations was interesting to me.â€? In fact,Thomas enjoyed the festival so much that he went back the next day to just look around at all the other displays and entertainment. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native said his favorite part was seeing all the classic cars and “getting one of those turkey legs,â€? a favorite food at local festivals. “It’s good eating too.You can deďŹ nitely get full walking up and down the streets,â€? added Beck, who also returned the second day, with his son to see the 4-H displays of farm animals, livestock races and musical entertainment and contests. Volunteering at the Strawberry Festival is just one of the community service events Fentress personnel have made time for during the past several months, according to Fentress OfďŹ cer in Charge Lt. Jimmy Navarro. “For these guys to participate in one of these events is a chance to brief people on what they do.They have a sense of pride on what they do, on a day-in, day-out basis,â€? explained Navarro.


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Another first for JSF

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flies for the first time with external weapons on June 28. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flew CF-1 with inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on port and starboard pylons to measure flying qualities and aircraft vibrations. The F-35C is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear for greater control when operating in the demanding carrier take-off and landing environment.

Accident: MA3 stops to aid injured driver — Continued from page 4 Even after EMS arrived, Iiams remained with the victim, providing comfort and water as the ambulance crew checked the woman’s vitals and prepared to transport her to the hospital. Iiams explained the two female civilians also remained at the scene as they were actual witnesses to the accident, which the Sailor described as a hit and run. Although she hasn’t talked to the victim since the accident, EMS personnel told Iiams the victim would be okay. Iiams is very modest about what she did that day,saying,“I don’t want it to seem like I’m taking all the credit because there were other people there helping.” It’s second nature for the Sailor to help others. Before enlisting in the Navy three years ago,the Virginia Beach native was a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She decided to join the military the year after her father died as a way to honor him. Although she

wanted to become a hospital corpsman, the rating was closed at the time, so Iiams selected MA, a job she’s very enthusiastic about.“I love being an MA. I still get to help people, too. It’s an exciting job at times,” she said with a big smile.Although she has worked harbor security as a coxswain, at Oceana, Iiams works a desk sergeant. It’s ironic that she’s now stationed at Oceana as her father,as aviation electronics technician, was stationed here for 12 years. Her first tour was at Yorktown, followed by Souda Bay,Greece.When she found out she was pregnant, her boyfriend had just left for an IA tour in Afghanistan, so she was given a choice to return to Hampton Roads to be near her family, which includes her mom and brother. She’s also planning on putting her time back in Hampton Roads to good use by returning to school in the fall at Old Dominion University to complete her bachelor’s degree in health and science.


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CPPD Voluntary Education At work with the reaching out to Wounded Warriors ‘Knighthawks’ BY SUSAN HENSON Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs OfďŹ cer Leaders from the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) visited the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) leadership team June 15 to discuss expanding voluntary education opportunities to wounded warriors currently there. The CPPD commanding ofďŹ cer, command master chief, and director of the Navy’s Voluntary Education (VOLED) program spoke with NMCP’s commanding ofďŹ cer, executive director and command master chief and toured Wounded Warrior Patriots’ Inn. Patriots’ Inn, opened Feb. 12, 2010.The inn is designed to aid wounded warriors as they transition to outpatient care after release from the hospital by providing easy access to medical appointments, disability counselors,Veterans Affairs representatives and other programs.

“Our wounded warriors have paid a great price, and it is our honor and privilege to serve them by offering voluntary education opportunities that meet the needs of these service members,â€?said CPPD Commanding OfďŹ cer Capt. J.P. Newcomer.“Our motto at CPPD is ‘Where mind meets mission.’This is our way of bringing mission and mind to a speciďŹ c, highly deserving population.â€? CPPD’s Wounded Warrior Program Manager Lt. Cmdr. Leroy Smith began the process of working with the medical center in the fall of 2011 to identify speciďŹ c needs of Sailors living at Patriots’ Inn. “We recognized two years ago that wounded warriors have a lot of free time,â€? said Dr. Mary Redd-Clary, director of the Navy’s VOLED program. “We wanted to provide opportunities to help them with the next phase of their lives, regardless of whether they continue with their service or transition to civilian life.â€? — See Wounded Warriors, Page 15

AM1 Travis J. Williams, from the “Knighthawksâ€? of VFA136, ties down an air refueling pod, used for in-ight refueling, aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) June 25. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Navy closes ranks on Sailors who use designer drugs From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy’s implementation of synthetic drug testing for synthetic chemical compounds like “Spice” and “Bath Salts” is helping the service close ranks on Sailors who use these prohibited and dangerous substances, officials said July 2. “Navy has zero tolerance for drug abuse. Drug abuse, including use of designer drugs and synthetic compounds, by members of the Navy is incompatible with high standards of performance, military discipline, and readiness as embodied by of 21st Century Sailors and Marines,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. The Navy reviews its testing of synthetic compounds continuously, and also continually responds to production of new controlled and synthetic compounds, changing testing procedures and pacing the changes being made by producers. The Navy has analyzed more than 3,300 urine samples for synthetic chemical compounds since testing began in March, with 101 samples testing positive. Authorized testing under the synthetic drug testing program is conducted under member consent, command directed, unit and/or subunit sweep. NCIS will be notified of every positive sample for possible further investigation with a view towards potential

High Year Tenure: Important changes in new policy — Continued from page 4 the month in which the waiver was cancelled and must transfer to a non-pay status or the retired Reserve (with or without pay), if retirement eligible. Regarding reduction in rate (RIR), active-duty and FTS Sailors who have been RIR and exceeded the HYT limit for the lower paygrade must separate by their End of Active Obligated Service as extended or Dec. 31, 2012, whichever is sooner, unless they are granted a HYT waiver, reinstated or advanced. Members of the SELRES who have been RIR and have exceeded the HYT limit for the lower paygrade will be transferred to a non-pay status by Dec. 31, unless they are granted a HYT waiver, reinstated or advanced. Other separation timelines for RIR are also discussed in the NAVADMIN. For more information, read NAVADMIN 198/12 and MILPERSMAN 1160-120, visit the HYT Web Page on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil/CAREER/RESERVEPERSONNELMGMT/ENLISTED/Pages/HYT.aspx or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or 1-866827-5672.

disciplinary or adverse administrative action by the service member’s command. Spice is a synthetic chemical compound that is sold as herbal incense and mimics the effects of the drug marijuana. A ban was placed on five synthetic cannabis com-

pounds commonly found in the designer drug Spice, but also sold under different names. Some of the short-term effects include auditory and visual hallucinations, painless head pressure, panic attacks, time distortion and delirium. Long-term effects from the designer drug can include permanent physical impairment, mental illness or death.

Another synthetic chemical compound, bath salts are sold under the common names: Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Charge+, Ocean Burst and Sextacy. Bath salts are a potentially addictive, powdered substance that is snorted, smoked or injected.They can have an adverse effect on the heart,circulation,nervous system, similar to ecstasy or cocaine, and result in lethal overdose. The unlawful possession or use by Department of the Navy personnel of controlled substance analogues (designer drugs), natural substances, chemicals wrongfully used as inhalants, propellants, prescribed or over-thecounter medication or pharmaceutical compound with the intent to induce intoxication, excitement or stupefaction of the central nervous system is prohibited via SECNAVINST 5300.28D. Violators are subject to punitive action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,Article 92. Navy’s Synthetic Drug Testing Operating Guide is posted on the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP) website and contains procedures for commands to request synthetic drug testing and synthetic drug testing information. PHOTO ABOVE: The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii displays examples, March 29, of seized evidences of synthetic drugs, commonly known as “Spice,” as part of an awareness campaign and training against its usage. Photo by MC2 Mark Logico

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IKE CVW-7 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) departed Naval Station Norfolk, June 20, on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security

Photo by MC3 Douglas Revell

AM3 Dustin Burgess from the “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 prepares to paint an F/A-18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay aboard Eisenhower June 23.

Operations and Theater Security Cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. IKE deployed as part of Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which includes CSG 8, IKE, guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), guided missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and Destroyer Squadron 28. AD2(AW) Joshua Hall from the “Wildcats” of VFA-131 performs maintenance on an F/A18C Hornet in the IKE’s hangar bay June 23.

Photo by SN Luis Fiallos

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the”Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143 lands on IKE June 22.

Photo by MC3 Douglas Revell

Photo by MC3 Douglas Revell

AN Richard Comandao from the “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103 studies while on hangar bay watch aboard the aircraft carrier June 23.

Photo by MC3 Ridge Leoni

AM2(AW/SW) Robyn Smith replaces a panel on a C-2 Greyhound from the “Rawhides” of VRC-40 aboard the aircraft carrier June 24.


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STORY/PHOTO BY MC3 RANDY J. SAVARESE Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) — Aviation ordnancemen assigned to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 came together June 22 for a photo on the flight deck spelling out the name of a young boy diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dyrk Burcie was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer, and despite nine rounds of chemotherapy and a liver transplant, his prognosis is still grim. The photo is part of what has become a spontaneous campaign intended to bring some happiness and comfort to his family during their time of need. This unique campaign began with one act of kindness from the Dallas Fire Department, where Dameon Burcie, Dyrk’s father, works. To show support for their fellow firefighter, Dameon’s coworkers got together and took a photo with personnel and fire trucks forming the shape of the boy’s name. This thoughtful gesture spread to other fire departments, which began creating their own photos. Enterprise became involved when Aviation Ordnanceman (AO) Airman Julian Medina, a forklift technician assigned to weapons department’s G-1 division, received an e-mail from his brother, a Dallas firefighter who works with Dameon Burcie.The letter described the boy’s story and asked if something similar could be done aboard the aircraft carrier. “When my brother e-mailed me the story, I wanted to get involved,” said Medina. “That’s when I (brought the idea to) Chief Warrant Officer James Yager, and he took it from there.” “Medina approached me with a story of a young boy from Dallas who was dying from cancer, and asked me if we could do something,”said Yager, air gunner with weapons department’s G-1 division. “So I contacted aviation ordnancemen from the ship’s company and the air wing and got them together to do this photo on the flight deck so we could send it back to the family.” With a helicopter already in the air on a routine flight, the group of AOs had just 45 minutes to form the letters that would spell out Dyrk’s name using only a drawing from Yager. In total, approximately 300 AOs showed up to help. The outpouring of participation in this touching tribute was felt by everyone involved in the spelling of his name. “It’s an awesome feeling to know you’re helping someone,” said Medina. “Even though it was just a 45-minute [photo] shoot for us on the flight deck, everyone knew what it was for and knew it was going to make a big impact on this one child’s life.”

A photo, which was born out of a basic desire to bring some sense of happiness to a child’s life, spread quickly through the ranks of fire departments in Texas and has now touched down on the flight deck of Enterprise. Though one of Enterprise’s own Sailors is connected to Dyrk’s Aviation ordnancemen from both ship’s company and air wing stood together for a photo, June father, Yager believes 23, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to spell out “Dyrk,” the name this shared experi- of a young boy from Texas diagnosed with terminal pediatric cancer. Enterprise is deployed to ence also highlights the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security the brotherhood of cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. those who serve and protect every American. difference in someone’s life.” “Ever since 9/11 I just feel like the military, the fire de“Anything like this, if he was my child and I got this kind partment and police have become more of a tight-knit of support from people,I know I would appreciate it,”said group,” said Yager. “We all support each other and we’re Yager. “I have a soft spot in my heart for children and I all out to accomplish the same goals. This was definitely thought this would be a good thing to do for him and his an instance where we could all come together to make a family.”

Team effort at Oceana honors child with cancer

A team effort at NAS Oceana honored Dyrk Burcie, 4, who has pediatric liver cancer. The Tidewater Federal Firefighters Union, TFF Local 25, coordinated with the Navy Exchange at NAS Oceana and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 to fly a teddy bear, dressed in a flight suit to honor the terminally-ill child. TFF Local 25 wanted to be involved, as Dyrk’s father, Dameon, is a fellow firefighter in Dallas. PHOTOS, RIGHT: Before the June 26 flight, “Gladiator” Executive Officer Cmdr. Joshua Sager holds the handmade sign, spelling out the boy’s name and Lt. Daniel Krause holds the American flag as they pose for a photo with four members of TFF Local 25, Mark Amour, Kyle Hockensmith, John Miller and Mike Dimas, who coordinated event, at the Oceana flightline. LEFT: The Oceana NEX donated the well-dressed bear, which went flying with Sager June 26.


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Two distinguished Navy women appointed to Defense Advisory Committee BY OSC JESSICA MYERS Navy’s Office of Women’s Policy ARLINGTON,Va. (NNS) — For first time in more than 15 years, Navy representatives were selected June 26, to serve on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) which represents all the military branches to the Secretary of Defense. DACOWITS was established in 1951 and is composed of civilian women and men who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense. The committee provides advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of highly qualified professional women in the armed forces. Rear Adm. Elizabeth M. Morris and Fleet Master Chief Jacqueline L. K. DiRosa were among four new Secretary of Defense military appointments sworn into DACOWITS this week during a special swearing-in ceremony conducted during the DACOWITS

quarterly meeting. Also sworn in were retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frances C.Wilson, and retired Army Major Gen. Gale S. Pollock, Morris served 33 years in the Navy’s active and Reserve components. She held various clinical, staff and headquarters positions for Navy Medicine including associate chief, Human Resources; deputy chief of Reserve Affairs; and deputy director, Navy Nurse Corps, Reserve Component. “The educational, clinical and operational experiences I was afforded during my Navy career provide me the opportunity to continue to make great strides in expanding opportunities for our servicewomen,” noted Morris. Fleet Master Chief Jacqueline L. K. DiRosa served 30 years in the Navy, retiring from active duty in August, 2011. She is recognized as a trailblazer in the Navy for achieving many organizational “firsts” reaching pinnacle positions never before — See DACOWITS Page 19

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Investigation: Finds failure of both engines resulted in crash — Continued from page 1 “The air crew followed their procedures, but given the cascading series of problems and lack of thrust and altitude, continued controlled flight was not possible,” said Branch. “It is our view that the air crew’s assessments were reasonable given the initial indications, and their actions were in accordance with training and procedure.” The JAGMAN investigation found that the crash occurred as a result of two significant, unrelated engine malfunctions, the first at takeoff and the second shortly after takeoff.The right engine failed due to ingestion of fuel into the right intake.The left engine afterburner failed to light when selected by the pilot after the right engine malfunction. Post-mishap analysis indicates the likely cause was failure of an electrical component, but several of the suspected components were damaged beyond the point of conclusive analysis in the crash and subsequent fire. “While I recognize that these gaps are less than satisfying, we have a high degree

of confidence in the F/A-18 Airframe, and in the F404-GE-400 engine in the legacy Hornet,” said Branch. “The US Navy has been flying the F/A-18 Hornet for more than 30 years, and we have found it to be an extremely safe and reliable aircraft.” According to the Naval Safety Center, there has been a steady decline in the overall mishap rate for naval aircraft, and the Hornet mishap rate has followed this trend. The Naval Safety Center’s data indicate that the reliability of F404-GE-400 engine has been exceptionally good over the life of the F/A-18 program. “We are confident that we can continue to conduct safe operations with the F/A-18, both here in Virginia Beach,and around the world,” said Branch. “Our concern is not just for our pilots and air crew, but for our community.We operate every day with this in mind, and we are focused every day on ensuring that we have the best aircraft, operated by the best air crew,conducting safe operations — we can accept nothing less.”


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Liberty: comes at cost Wounded Warriors: CPPD focusing on for those of faith expanding educational opportunities — Continued from page 3 other ministry principles lived out and taught by Jesus. This is further illustrated in the wisdom of James’ epistle in chapter 2 as he wrote, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? ‌ If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and ďŹ lled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead...I will show you my faith by my works.â€? The liberty we experience as people of faith comes at a cost, just as the freedoms experienced this Independence Day came and are maintained at a high cost. As such, we should not live in the shallowness that freedom offers; but rather use our liberty in a manner that honors the sacriďŹ ces that accompany it to assist others who lack, to live life more fully. May we each aspire to balance our liberty with duty, as well as our freedom with action.

— Continued from page 10 Navy College OfďŹ ce Norfolk provides routine outreach support to the NMCP staff each Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Courses offered through Tidewater Community College at the complex have been more focused on hospital staff needs, Redd-Clary said. But wounded warriors have different needs. “Some of these service members have never taken a college class, or they are interested in something outside the medical care arena.We’re assessing exactly what the needs of this population are to better serve them,â€? she said.“Our Wounded Warrior Outreach Counselor conducts outreach services most Monday afternoons and schedules additional time as needed.â€? Since the beginning of VOLED outreach at Patriots’ Inn, approximately 45 service members wounded in a theater of combat have been provided some form of counseling or advice, according to Maria Rowe, director of the Navy College OfďŹ ce (NCO) at Naval Station Norfolk. She said

that 25 wounded warriors have taken academic placement tests, and 17 of those have started academic skills courses to prepare them for success in college classes. The wounded warrior outreach discussions included possible types and levels of classes, as well as classroom accommodations for special needs such as wheelchairs. “Our outreach is all about focusing on the wounded warriors and their needs,â€? Redd-Clary said. “These service members have reached a point in their lives where they may have to make some tough choices due to injuries.We want to help them see the possibilities of what they can still do, regardless of the injury.â€? The NCO Norfolk representative is located in NMCP’s Building 272, Room 112, according to Rowe.“NMCP staff members are also welcome to contact the NCO Norfolk ofďŹ ce whenever they need assistance,â€? she said. NCO Norfolk customer service numbers are 444-7453/7454 and the email address is nco.norfolk@navy.mil.The NMCP ofďŹ ce phone number is 953-7866.

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“It just takes a group of people to get together and start playing,” said Parker.“It’s a lot easier to find and play a rugby match overseas than it is to find and play a football or USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER,At Sea (NNS) — A team a softball game.” of rugby enthusiasts aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower By playing so many different teams across the world, the (CVN 69) (Ike) are preparing for a new season of competi- Ike Maulers have seen ports from a different perspective tion while on deployment. than many other Sailors. The “Ike Maulers,” “It’s a good way composed of Sailto see a different ors from all over the part of the country ship and air wing, that you wouldn’t have started the first normally see,” said set of practices. The Aviation Boatswain’s group is motivated Mate (Equipment) by the love of the 2nd Class (AW) Migame and camarachael Glockner, who derie. has been part of the “There are about team since the last 30 players, from the time Ike deployed. air wing to the ship’s “This puts us out company,that are on into their country. the team,” said Chief It puts us out into Aviation Boatswain’s their actual culture. Mate (AW) Dennis We get to see how Parker, head coordi- The Ike Maulers, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s (CVN 69) rugby team train on it is from the home nator. “We have all the flight deck, June 25, for an upcoming game. The team was originally team’s perspective, ranks, from E-1 to formed during the 2010 deployment and the Sailors play matches against and we get to have O-5. It’s open to all teams while in foreign ports. conversations with hands.” locals.” Rugby is a game similar to soccer, in which the whole The Maulers practice either on the flight deck or in the team is both defense and offense,depending on where the hanger bay. Everyone is working hard and preparing themball is. It has an aggressiveness and similarity to football selves for their first game when the ship makes its first and requires total dedication from its players. port of call. “Rugby came from a guy who loved playing soccer, but Though it has only been a few days since the team startwanted to pick up the ball and run,” said Parker.“Rugby is ed practicing and preparing to play competitively, team closely related to football. A lot of the positions have the leadership said the team has talent. names of the old school football positions,along with how “We have a lot more experience than we did last deployyou score.” ment,”said Damage Controlman 3rd Class (SW) Jorge GonThe Ike Maulers began playing rugby during the ship’s zalez, co-captain and assistant coach.“I’m looking forward 2010 deployment, with their first game played against to seeing how the new guys do in their first game and Dubai. The team has since played twice more in Dubai, seeing how they like it.” once in Bahrain and once in Italy.

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be honored with throwing out the first pitch. Other events include a fly-over by HSC-26. Register online at www.wingsoveramerica. us.Vouchers must be redeemed at the Tides box office any time between now and July 14. Vouchers are only good for the July 14 game.


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cheer their teams, including Capt. Larry Vasquez, NBVC’s commanding ofďŹ cer.Vasquez said he believes it is important for the Navy to host these sorts of events, both to NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) — Ser- spotlight facilities like Point Mugu,and to show the Navy’s vice members from the U.S.Air Force,Army, Marines and commitment to physical ďŹ tness and healthy lifestyles. Navy competed in the Armed Forces Triathlon Champi“The Navy is really beginning to understand a culture onships June 23 at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), of ďŹ tness,â€? Vasquez said. “Seeing active duty Navy folks Point Mugu, Calif. for a spot in the World Military Triathlon who have a day job and the dedication it takes to make Championships in Switzerland in August. this team, it’s important that we recognize not only their U.S. competitors were joined by the Canadian military’s service but the hard work it takes to participate on this team and several triathlon team.â€? open competitors, For most comswelling the ďŹ eld to petitors, this year’s more than 90 triathArmed Forces Triletes. athlon was a repeat “Racing against performance and military on a military their goal was simbase is really great,â€? ple: ďŹ nish stronger said Navy Lt. Nichothan last year. las Brown of Navy “I’m recoverFacilities Engineering from a broken ing Command Headwrist,â€? said Marine quarters in WashingCapt. Leonie Campton, D.C., one of 64 bell of the U.S. NaU.S. service memval Academy in Anbers who competed. napolis, Md., “but “This is my third CS2 Samuel Dannenbring, from NOSC Denver, leads other runners during the I’m going to ďŹ nish.â€? time running this 10-kilometer run at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships June 23 at Campbell did ďŹ nrace, and it’s always Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. Behind him are Marine Corps ish, in eighth place Maj. Michael McFerron, Canadian military Pvt. Alexandre Boule and AST2 for the women, just challenging.â€? Bradley Pigage from the Coast Guard. The Armed Forces missing the world Triathlon kicked off team cut-off. with a 1,500-meter swim in the 57-degree water of the In the end, the ďŹ rst man out of the water, Army 1st Lt. PaciďŹ c Ocean off Point Mugu, followed by a 40-kilometer, Nicholas Vandam of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade at Fort draft-legal bike race and a 10-kilometer run. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., was the ďŹ rst to cross The Canadian team, already selected for the World Mili- the ďŹ nish line as well with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes taryTriathlon,used the event to practice drafting as a team and 31 seconds. — and to measure the competition, said Leading Seaman “I came in third last year,â€? he said.Vandam has been runEllen Klein. ning in triathlons for 10 years, and began competing for “If we win today, we don’t knock any of the U.S. military the Army since he was at West Point in 2006. out of the running,â€? Klein said.“ The next competitor was a full minute and 41 seconds Although highly competitive, the various military teams behind Vandam. worked together, helping one another through rough “I had a good swim, but really got ahead on the bike,â€? spots and cheering teams across the ďŹ nish line. Vandam said. “The wind was rough out there, but I did “It’s a very strong ďŹ eld,â€?said Army Lt. Col. Mark Orwat of pretty well.â€? the National Reconnaissance OfďŹ ce in Chantilly,Va.“We’re The ďŹ rst place women’s competitor was Air Force Capt. all in the same boat, in and out of theater, trying to stay Kathy Rakel of Luke Air Force Base,Ariz., who ďŹ nished in in top form. You see the athlete that really has the com- 1 hour, 59 minutes and 54 seconds. This is Rakel’s third mitment and drive to overcome the challenges of being back-to-back win at the Armed Forces Triathlon. Quite a military.â€? — See Championships, Page 19 Crowds of spectators ďŹ lled the beach at Point Mugu to

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JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES July 9, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn more about the crucial steps in the job search process.This workshop covers everything from assessing the hidden job market to finding a job long-distance, including job searching on the Internet and major employers in the Hampton Roads area and the Virginia Employment Commission.

CFS REFRESHER TRAINING July 10, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CAREER PLANNING July 9, 9 a.m. to noon Whether you are looking for a job or information on career planning, learning through self-assessment will enhance your chances in finding satisfying employment. In this workshop, you will be guided through career choices based on life goals, personal skills, abilities, preferences and work values.

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.Open to all trained command financial specialists.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING July 10, 9 a.m. to noon

These days, only a top-notch resume will get you an interview. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

JOB NETWORK July 10, noon to 1 p.m. This is a monthly employer panel comprised of three human resource personnel.Ask local and national employers what they like to see on resumes and how to prepare for interviews. Find out about open positions, their application process and what benefits are available.Transitioners, separatees and military family members are invited to attend.

SMOOTH MOVE WORKSHOP July 10, 5 - 8 p.m. Transferring to a new duty station? This workshop offers tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Topics include hints on shipping household goods,

travel and financial planning, entitlements, family preparation, and ways to cope with relocation. Open to all active duty, retiring, and separating military personnel and their families.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES July 11, 9 a.m. to noon Want to feel more confident at your next job interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions,dressing for success and the importance of body language and positive attitude. Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.

FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM July 12, 9 a.m. to noon Gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to find vacancies and job listings, complete the application process and how to understand standard qualifications and testing requirements.

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The 40-kilometer, draft-legal bike race during the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships June 23 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif.

Championships: Top athletes compete at Armed Forces Triathlon — Continued from page 17 feat considering less than a month ago,she passed out 150 meters shy of the finish at another triathlon. “It feels great,” Rakel said.“Now I’ve got to let my body rest and recover a bit.” Rakel pulled out of the water in second place,just behind a Marine competitor,but managed to get on her bike first, thanks to a quick change in the first transition. “I just got on the bike and rode,” Rakel said. The Air Force dominated the women’s rankings this year,taking the top three slots — half of the available positions for

the women’s world championship team. Although the Army took the top two slots for the men, it was the Navy team that snagged an equal three slots on the men’s team. For a complete list of winners and times, visit www.eternaltiming.com and click on “event results.” The U.S. military team will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland to compete Aug. 26 in the World 17th CISM Military Triathlon Championship where they will compete with military teams from around the globe.

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Under 4 (Coed) • Under 6 (Boys/Girls) • Under 8 (Boys/Girls) • Under 10 (Boys/Girls) The Virginia Rush offers playing experiences for U4-U10 players in the greater Hampton Roads Community. Players are placed on neighborhood teams within the area they live. Fall registration has begun and will run through August. The season will begin September 15th and end November 10th. We do accept late registrations on a space available basis.

DACOWITS: Morris, DiRosa join committee representing all military branches — Continued from page 14 held by a woman. Specifically, she was the first female force and fleet master chief, serving as the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) force master chief director, Navy Hospital Corps in 2002 and as the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) fleet master chief in 2006. “It is a great honor for me to continue to serve our military women in this capacity and to be their voice and advocate on matters related to their successful service. Together we can make a difference!” said DiRosa. Highly qualified candidates are selected to serve as DACOWITS committee members on the basis of their experience with the military or with women’s workforce issues. The committee provides an annual

report to the Secretary of Defense with recommendations based on information gathered through installation visits, business meetings, relevant reports and survey data, and input from individual Service members. Historically, DACOWITS has been providing recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on women’s issues since 1951. DACOWITS recommendations have been very instrumental in effecting changes to laws and policies pertaining to military women. For more information about the Navy’s Office of Women’s Policy, visit http://www. public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/organization/ bupers/womenspolicy/Pages/default.aspx. For more information about DACOWITS, visit http://dacowits.defense.gov/.

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STORYTELLING IN THE PARK Fridays, 11 a.m. Experience the art of storytelling through magic, music, puppetry and prose. Come early and bring your picnic basket or stay after to greet the animals and enjoy the playground. Show takes place at Bluebird Gap Farms in the amphitheater by the playground. â&#x20AC;˘July 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robert RedHawk Eldridge â&#x20AC;˘July 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Hysterically Correct Pirate Show â&#x20AC;˘July 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kim Norman â&#x20AC;˘July 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rob Westcott The farm is located at 60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton. For more information, call 727-8311, ďŹ nd Bluebird Gap Farm on Facebook or visit www.hampton.gov/parks.

SUMMER STREET FEST July 7, 6 -11 p.m. Chalk the Walk takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 5 A prize winning entry from last year. p.m. July 7, as hundreds of artists and â&#x20AC;&#x153;wanna-be artistsâ&#x20AC;? gather to turn the temporary Art. Judges will score the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas drawings according to criteria such as of color.At Chalk the Walk, participants composition, use of color, adherence draw four by four foot chalk drawings to theme and creativity. There will be for three blocks along the boardwalk. three competitive divisions: amateur, This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking with professional and youth. The youth diviWarhol.â&#x20AC;? Coinciding with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy sion will be for ages 12-16. Children 11 Warhol: Portraitsâ&#x20AC;? exhibit at the Virginia and under will be invited to draw for Museum of Contemporary Art in Vir- fun in a separate area.Trophies and cash ginia Beach, prizes will be Chalk the awarded for Walk particieach division. pants should Winners prepare a Warwill be anh o l - i n s p i re d nounced at composition. 4:30 p.m. at All particithe registrapants are ention tent. All couraged to par ticipants incorporate must registhe theme in ter by 1 p.m. their work. and all drawKnown for ings must be his brilliantcompleted by Photos provided ly-colored 3:30 to be eliArtists turn the boardwalk into their own personal paintings of gible for prizcanvases during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chalk the Walk. politicians, es. Advance entertainers, registration is sports ďŹ gures, writers, debutantes and not required. There is no fee to particiheads of state,Warhol was a proponent pate, but it is recommended that artists of pop art. bring their own chalk. The 200 competitors will complete For more information about Chalk chalk drawings to be evaluated by judg- the Walk, visit www.BeachStreetUSA. es from the Virginia Museum of Con- com or call 491-SUNN (7866).

Saturday Summer Street Fest celebrates the 4th of July holiday week on the streets of Hampton, with musical entertainment provided by local favorite Slapwater. Slapwater provides a musical variety from a soft dinner set to lively rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n roll, Motown, beach, disco, oldies and favorite dance music.

There is plenty of fun for children, too.A giant inďŹ&#x201A;atable, face painting and activities are provided from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. by Buttar Cups Fancy Face Painting & More. Events take place at Queensway in downtown Hampton.Admission is free. Children can enjoy the inďŹ&#x201A;atable ride, face painting and other special activities for $4 a ticket. For more information, contact 727-0900 or visit www.vasc.org.

SPECIAL SERVICE, CONCERT AND FLUTE WORKSHOP July 8 International recording artists Armand & Angelina return to Unity Renaissance in Chesapeake for a Sunday service, concert and a ďŹ&#x201A;ute workshop.The Sunday Service, at 10:30 a.m. will feature both the message and music by Armand & Angelina, with their talk entitled,â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Now Pronounce Youâ&#x20AC;Ś Not Guilty.â&#x20AC;? The concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Never Ending Story,â&#x20AC;? will be at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Native American ďŹ&#x201A;ute workshop at 1:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; See Calendar, Page 22

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Calendar: Upcoming events in Hampton Roads — Continued from previous page The Sunday service is open to all. Both the concert and the workshop are also open to the public, with a suggested love offering of $20 per person for either of those events. Unity Renaissance is located at 1120 Eden Way North in Chesapeake. For further information, call Renaissance at 420-5280.

GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM July 12 Global Issues Forum 2012“Leadership Delegation:The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” will feature guest speaker Maria Zammit. The forum will be at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion University, 4509 Monarch Way, Norfolk. Reception at 6 p.m.; followed by the program at 6:30. Zammit has been with the World Affairs as president of her local council, the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, as well as secretary and vice chairman of the national organization,World Affairs Councils of America. In her capacity, she has led and participated in tours and leadership missions throughout the Middle East,. The cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-Members; student and educators are free.To register: visit www.hrwac. org or call the office at 363-3090

nounced via email July 11. Auditions consist of a timed multiple choice test and for those who pass, an interview with one of the show’s producers. The first audition session will start at 7 a.m. with tests being given through 10 a.m. Call-back interviews for the morning auditions will take place between noon and 3 p.m.The second session will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Call-back interviews for evening auditions be immediately after each test.The last session of the day will begin at 7 p.m. and will test contestants exclusively for “Movie Week,” a series featuring film buffs answering movie-themed trivia. Producers will also audition college students throughout the day to be considered for “College Week.” Auditioners will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and producers will audition as many people as they can throughout the day. To audition in Norfolk, participants must be at least 18 years old,a U.S.resident and pass all other eligibility rules, which can be found at www.millionairetv.com. Auditioners must bring photo identification with them as proof of age and residency.

WARRIOR EXPO EAST July 12, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Warrior Expo offers the opportunity for warfighters to preview the latest in operational equipment from industry-leading manufacturers. 2012 Warrior Expo East at the Virginia Beach Convention Center will feature keynote Rudy Giuliani Throughout the expo, manufacturers will answer questions, along with product demonstrations.Attendees may also take advantage of industry seminars and breakout sessions addressing strategy, survivability and much more. Warrior Expo is free to attend and open to ADS. Inc. customers, partners and suppliers, as well as military, federal, state and/or local government agencies, law enforcement and first responders. Military or agency ID will be required to gain entry. Preregistration at https://warriorexpo.com is encouraged.

‘WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE’ AUDITIONS July 13 “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will hold contestant auditions at MacArthur Center in Norfolk for the upcoming 11th season“Millionaire,” will premiere an all-new season Sept. 3, and can be seen locally on FOX43 (WVBT) weekdays at 10 a.m. Enter at FOX43TV.com for the chance to go to the head of the audition line.Twenty-five winners will be an-

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