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PAGE 9 We Are Family Fest is returning to the Oceana Main Gate Park, Aug. 22, 3:30 - 8 p.m. Event features live music by the Deloreans, DJ, hayrides, photo booth, inﬂatables and more. Concessions available at minimal cost. Fest is free and open to military and their families. Call 4333301 for info.
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70th anniversary celebrates history, heritage of Oceana BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer In 1943, Franklin Roosevelt was president, the Pentagon was completed, ﬁrst class stamps were 3 cents, the U.S. was in the middle of World War II, future rock star Mick Jagger was born, and on Aug. 17 of that year, Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Oceana was commissioned to support the ﬂight training of naval aviators heading off to war. No one could have imagined that 70 years later, local and national politicians, senior Navy leadership and others who have played an important role in the base’s history would gather at a hangar to share stories of Oceana’s past, present and future. During the anniversary celebration Aug. 2, sponsored by the Navy League of Hampton Roads, Capt. Bob Geis, the 41st Oceana commanding ofﬁcer, paid special recognition to a large contingent of the Potter family whose land became part of the original base.Oceana was originally carved out from 328.95 acres known as “Potter’s Farm,” and owned by John W. and Dean S. Potter, whose family remains in Virginia Beach today. As Geis thanked the family for their sacriﬁce, he noted they “became the ultimate patriots when they gave up their land, their family farm for the beneﬁt of their country.” The land was obtained for $35,000, most of which was deposited on Dec. 18,1940 with a“declaration of taking,”known today as eminent domain.With the U.S. on the edge of entering World War II and with just NAS Norfolk and two grassy airstrips for ﬂight training,Oceana was needed to serve as an auxiliary landing ﬁeld on which to train naval aviators. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker was among several guest speakers. “It’s hard to imagine this began with 328 acres of swamp land. I can only imagine how Lt. Jesse Fairley must have felt when he became the ﬁrst ofﬁcer in charge of NAAS Oceana. I’m sure Lt. Fairley thought he was in charge of the mightiest naval aviation force in the world,” said Shoemaker. The admiral noted that the original number of ofﬁcers and enlisted Sailors on Oceana when it was commissioned was half the number at of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 today,a squadron Shoemaker previously commanded. As Shoemaker discussed Oceana’s legacy of service, he noted that “as long as we have aircraft carriers, we will need bases like Oceana.” — See 70 years Page 8
Photo by Harry Gerwien
Seventy years of history was on display for Oceana’s history celebration, as NAS Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis addresses the audience of state and local politicians, senior Navy leadership, former commanding ofﬁcers and others who have played an important role in the base’s history. Among the many displays in hangar 145 was the A-6 Intruder (foreground). The 70th anniversary celebration, sponsored by the Navy League of Hampton Roads, was held Aug. 2.
Hagel announces reduction in civilian furlough days From American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON— Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6. Here is the complete text of the secretary’s announcement: When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to ﬁnd the money to reduce furlough days for our people.With the end of the ﬁscal year next month, managers across the DoD are — See Furloughs Page 2
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Furloughs: Number of days dropped to six for DoD civilians — Continued from page 1 making ﬁnal decisions necessary to ensure we make the $37 billion spending cuts mandated by sequestration, while also doing everything possible to limit damage to military readiness and our workforce. We are joined in this regard by managers in non-defense agencies who are also working to accommodate sequestration cuts while minimizing mission damage. As part of that effort at the Department of Defense, I am announcing today that, thanks to the DoD’s efforts to identify savings and help from Congress, we will reduce the total numbers of furlough days for DoD civilian employees from 11 to six. When sequestration took effect on March 1, DoD faced shortfalls of more than $30 billion in its budget for dayto-day operating costs because of sequestration and problems with wartime funding. At that point we faced the very real possibility of unpaid furloughs for civilian employees of up to 22 days. As early as January, DoD leaders began making painful and far reaching changes to close this shortfall: civilian hiring freezes, layoffs of temporary workers, signiﬁcant cuts in facilities maintenance, and more. We also sharply cut training and maintenance.The Air Force stopped ﬂying in many squadrons, the Navy kept ships in port, and the Army cancelled training events.These actions have seriously reduced military readiness. By early May, even after taking these steps, we still faced day-to-day budgetary shortfalls of $11 billion.At that point I decided that cutting any deeper into training and main-
tenance would jeopardize our core readiness mission and national security, which is why I announced furloughs of 11 days. Hoping to be able to reduce furloughs, we submitted a large reprogramming proposal to Congress in May, asking them to let us move funds from acquisition accounts into day-to-day operating accounts. Congress approved most of this request in late July, and we are working with them to meet remaining needs. We are also experiencing less than expected costs in some areas, such as transportation of equipment out of Afghanistan. Where necessary, we have taken aggressive action to transfer funds among services and agencies. And the furloughs have saved us money. As a result of these management initiatives, reduced costs, and reprogramming from Congress, we have determined that we can make some improvements in training and readiness and still meet the sequestration cuts. The Air Force has begun ﬂying again in key squadrons, the Army has increased funding for organizational training at selected units, and the Navy has restarted some maintenance and ordered deployments that otherwise would not have happened.While we are still depending on furlough savings, we will be able to make up our budgetary shortfall in this ﬁscal year with fewer furlough days than initially announced. This has been one of the most volatile and uncertain budget cycles the Department of Defense has ever experienced. Our ﬁscal planning has been conducted under a
Coast Guard rescues F-16 pilot after plane crash From U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs The Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot Aug. 2 after his plane went down approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague,Va. Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders received notiﬁcation via an automated Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking distress signal from an ejection seat registered to an Air National Guard plane at approximately 10:28 p.m.Thursday. The Navy’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FSCSFAC VACAPES) near NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach
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cloud of uncertainty with the imposition of sequestration and changing rules as Congress made adjustments to our spending authorities. As we look ahead to ﬁscal year 2014, less than two months away, the Department of Defense still faces major ﬁscal challenges. If Congress does not change the Budget Control Act, DoD will be forced to cut an additional $52 billion in FY 2014, starting on Oct. 1. This represents 40 percent more than this year’s sequester-mandated cuts of $37 billion. Facing this uncertainty, I cannot be sure what will happen next year, but I want to assure our civilian employees that we will do everything possible to avoid more furloughs. I want to thank our civilian workers for their patience and dedication during these extraordinarily tough times, and for their continued service and devotion to our department and our country. I know how difﬁcult this has been for all of you and your families.Your contribution to national security is invaluable, and I look forward to one day putting this difﬁcult period behind us.Thank you and God Bless you and your families.
Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant
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.
Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 Contemporary Protestant
Confession Saturday 4 p.m.
contacted Coast Guard watchstanders and conﬁrmed two Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Catholic Worship 5 p.m. 113th Wing D.C.Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets were Adult and children’s Bible Study, following 9 a.m. worship involved in a mid-air collision. One pilot ejected while the Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m. second Falcon ﬂew back to Joint Base Andrews, Md. District watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Naval Station Norfolk Station Elizabeth City aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist. Jewish Services - Fri - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 At approximately 12:30 a.m., Friday, the Jayhawk crew Islamic Services - Fri - 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) hoisted the pilot and transferred him to Joint Base AnContact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871, CVW-1 at 433-3676 drews. CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, The rescued Falcon pilot was in good condition, and the FRC Oceana at 433-9286 cause of the mishap is under investigation
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Vice chairman, service leaders Corner weigh in on sexual assault
Fear and courage BY LT. JOHN GIBSON Carrier Air Wing 1 Chaplain “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and very courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” — John Wayne “Go!”yelled“Sgt.Airborne.”But I stood frozen in place. “Go!” he yelled again. But my feet would not move. There I stood,at the foot of the C-130 door,about 1,200 feet above ground with nothing to keep me from plummeting to my death (should I jump, per Sgt.Airborne’s wishes) except a parachute assembly that I had no prior experience with whatsoever. I knew that I had one last chance; Sgt. Airborne would yell “Go!” one more time and if I didn’t jump out of the plane and put what little faith I had in that parachute, I would essentially fail Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, Ga. Is fear inevitable? Do the lengths we go to in order to convince ourselves that “it’s all going to be OK,”“you’re going to make it through this,” etc. really make a difference as to whether or not we’ll still experience fear? I would argue, yes and no, respectively. Simply put, fear is a reality and one that we are often unable to ignore. When we ﬁnd ourselves in situations that we feel are beyond our control and contain a little (or a lot) of risk, our natural response is fear. It all goes back, I believe, to the reality of our nature as fallen human beings. God originally created us to have no fear, to abide and remain in perfect fellowship with him, and to trust him completely and without hindrance. But of course, as anyone familiar with the early chapters of Genesis can attest to, sin intervened and, with it, a disinclination to trust in God wholeheartedly. Thus, we are confronted with fear on a regular basis. Our children get sick or go on a wayward path, and we fear losing them. Our ﬁnances become tight and we fear the potential inability to cover our bills for the month. The plans we make fall through, our goals become thwarted, and we fear that God has somehow abandoned us.Yes, we read our Bibles, but despite our minds’ best efforts to convince us that God is still in control and has our best interests at heart, the fear still persists. — See Fear, Page 7
BY AMAANI LYLE American Forces Press Service
only 14 to 18 percent of the sexual assault cases ... prosecuted in civilian jurisdictions,according to the only study we could ﬁnd on ... those statistics.” WASHINGTON (NNS) — In remarks kicking off a panel Winnefeld said while initiatives to expedite investigadiscussion featuring service leaders July 31, the vice chair- tions and make reporting easier for victims are yielding man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed efforts to elimi- results, another enduring myth is that sexual assault vicnate sexual assault in the military. tims can report an incident only through their chains of Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. spoke at a Navy Heri- command. tage Center Military Women Series event. “There are numerous resources available, ﬁrst and foreThough he faces many policy and investment challeng- most to provide help ... to a victim, and 10 different avees inherent to his job, the vice chairman said, his greatest nues for a victim to make a report conﬁdentially or openly, people concern is the insider threat of sexual assault with- both inside or outside the chain of command,”the admiral in the military’s ranks. The fallout, according to a recent said. If the victim agrees, he added, the case will be forRAND Corporation report, costs taxpayers some $3.6 bil- warded to military criminal investigators outside the chain lion in victims’medical,legal and mental health services,as of command. it shatters lives and erodes morale. Defense Department policy requires commanders in all “We’re all dedicated to conquering this challenge,”Win- services at all levels to forward all unrestricted sexual asnefeld said, reafﬁrming his conﬁdence that the Defense sault allegations to military criminal investigators, the vice Department will prechairman noted. vail.“We’re capable of “In the last two looking inward and years, Army comcandidly, addressing manders exercised where we have come jurisdiction in 49 up short, whether it’s sexual assault cases in a training exercise that independent loor ... in addressing a cal civilian authoricultural problem.” ties had declined to But getting the prosecute,” the admifacts right is critiral said, adding that cal to that success, there are 44 similar he said, noting that cases in the other sermedia reports asvices. serting that a survey “You ﬁnd a very of service members high military convicindicate that 26,000 tion rate, most often sexual assaults take with conﬁnement place each year in Rear Adm. Sean Buck, director of the 21st Century Sailor Ofﬁce, responds to and also punitive disquestions during a sexual assault prevention panel at the United States Navy charge,” he said. the U.S. military. “Spoken that way, I Memorial July 31. With Buck are Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands and Air Winnefeld said he think,‘26,000 rapes,’” Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward. The panel is part of the Year of Military believes the principal Winnefeld said. Women. way to combat sexual Photo by Cpl. Christofer Baines assault is through de“What we’re really saying is that we calterrence and the mesculate that there may sage that perpetrators have been 26,000 instances of, or attempts, at unwanted will be caught. sexual contact.” “Had these commanders not acted when an indepenBut the admiral added that though reports cross a broad dent authority chose not to,”he said,“there would be nearspectrum — from rape to some form of groping and other ly 100 victims out there who would not have had a chance transgressions against men and women — none of that for justice to be served.” behavior is acceptable in the military. As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to anHe also addressed the misconception that the military nounce a directive with six new executive actions to simply doesn’t prosecute sexual assault and related crimes. combat sexual assault,panelists from all of the services de“Of sexual assault reports last year that completed law scribed strides already being taken to stamp out the crime. enforcement investigation, 24 percent were referred to a — See Sexual assault, Page 10 military court-martial,” Winnefeld said.“That compares to
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Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility hosts annual memorial for USS Forrestal STORY/PHOTOS BY DAVID TODD Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs The Navy’s Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility at Surface Warfare Ofﬁcers School Command (SWOS) Engineering Learning Site in Norfolk held its annual USS Forrestal (CVA 59) memorial ceremony with the support of the USS Forrestal Association, July 26. For the ﬁrst time in 30 years, the annual ceremony was held indoors.The event is held each July in honor of the 134 service mem- Guest speaker Kenneth bers who died as a result of a ﬁre V. “Ken” Killmeyer, that broke out aboard Forrestal the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam conﬂict while Association historian the ship was on Yankee Station and crew survivor, took in the Tonkin Gulf. An additional on the difﬁcult task of observance was held at Arlington transporting the audience back to the ﬂight National Ceremony on July 29. In attendance was Cmdr. Blane deck during the ﬁre Shearon, director of Fleet Enlisted as he recounted the Engineering Training, SWOS who vivid details, July 26, introduced guest speaker Ken- during the memorial neth V. “Ken” Killmeyer, the USS ceremony. Forrestal Association historian and crew survivor, and retired Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Joe Costello, who serves as the memorial services coordinator.The audience included former Forrestal crew members, surviving family members, Sailors, instructors and guests. Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Charles Branch from the SWOS Engineering Learning Site served as master of ceremonies. The invocation and benediction was provided by Lt. Cmdr. Chris E. Hester, chaplain aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).The presentation of colors was executed by Naval Station Norfolk color guard and the national anthem was sung by Dean Englert. “I did the ﬁrst one [ceremony] in 1981 in Washington, D.C. and they merely had a prayer and nothing visual,”said Costello.“A young fellow that was in damage control on the ship suggested two-by-fours and the [American] ﬂags. So we stopped by Beach Ford and said we are looking for 134 ﬂags and they said ‘no problem.’ We made the name tags, and couple years later, we added the pictures. It has since been a feature with us every year.” The American ﬂags were prominently displayed in front of the main stage with the words “First In Defense — Forever In Dignity” painted on the display. Memorabilia from and about the ship was on display throughout the room, and a video was played during the ceremony that announced each service member’s name who died in the tragic ﬁre as their photo was displayed on the screen. A bell was tolled for each name while the solemn sound of bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” in the background. According to historical documentation, a massive ﬁre broke out on the ﬂight deck of Forrestal after a Zuni
rocket from an F-4 Phantom jet ﬁghter was accidentally launched on July 29, 1967.The rocket struck a parked A-4 Skyhawk jet, spilling fuel that caught ﬁre.The ﬁre spread to nearby planes on the ship’s deck and detonated a 1,000 pound bomb, spreading the ﬁre further, which set off a chain reaction of explosions that killed many of the initial ﬁrst responders. It took a full day before the ﬁres could be fully contained and the ﬁre is said to be one of the most devastating in naval history.The Navy has since changed the way it handles damage control aboard ships and all Sailors are now required to go through ﬁreﬁghting training to prevent future disasters. One of those who died in the initial explosion during an attempt to extinguish the ﬁre was Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Gerald W. Farrier.The Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility is dedicated in his honor. “The Navy is steeped in history,”said Shearon.“While we continue to modernize and develop techniques and procedures through the years, it’s the lessons that are learned by those that have gone before us that we take forward
AC1 Paul Anderson, an instructor at the Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility at Surface Warfare Ofﬁcers School Command Engineering Learning Site in Norfolk, stands in front a plaque in memory of the school’s namesake, ABHC Gerald W. Farrier, one of 134 service members who lost their life during a ﬁre aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA 59) on July 29, 1967, while the ship was on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam conﬂict.
and really create the foundation for the Navy we have today.” “[The ceremony] is highly important because all of these Sailors and Marines gave their lives for us today,”said Branch.“Because of what they went through, not only for this school, Navy Sailors are able to ﬁght ﬁres on the ships and ensure that damage control,or any type of ﬁreﬁghting, doesn’t become the end of their lives.” For Killmeyer, who was only 20 years old at the time of the incident, that frightful day in July will forever be remembered in his mind. During his presentation, he took on the difﬁcult task of transporting the audience back to the ﬂight deck during the ﬁre as he recounted the vivid details. “Different people are reminded by the event even though they are on their daily path, whatever it might be, at home,” he said.“It might be an odor, a ﬁre department call, a loud unexplained explosion or noise that takes them back to the time this occurred.” When describing the ﬁre,with tears in his eyes,Killmeyer said it’s still very difﬁcult to talk about the incident, but advised to not “take anything for granted because every day is precious.” “It’s an event that changed every one of us,” he said.“It makes us more appreciative of our daily life. Those 134 didn’t get to do what we did,” referencing that those who died in the ﬁre were unable to experience the many joys that life bestows. Another ﬁre survivor in attendance was retired Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 3rd Class Fred Stanley, an engineer at the time, recalled being in the ship’s galley for lunch when the ﬁre occurred.As he was traversing to his battle station, located in the generator room, the ﬁrst bomb went off. “It shook the ship and we almost fell … that’s how hard that bomb blast was,”he recalled.“It kept going on and on. We didn’t know what was going on ... at ﬁrst we thought maybe someone got a rocket or something in from the North [Vietnam] and started a chain reaction.We had no idea what started it and it was quite some time before we realized what had happened.” Stanley wore a black in memoriam T-shirt for the ceremony that featured the names of the 134 service members on the back. “Because of what we went through together as a crew, it’s dear to my heart,” he said.“So I usually keep up with it and go to the reunions, I’m a member of the association and I’m here every year for this memorial.” “When they read the names it brings me back to the day it happened,”he continued.“Every time I see a reading of the names or every time we do anything with the ship itself or watch a tape of the ﬁre, it puts you right back to that day. It’s something that never goes away.” The ceremony concluded with a moving rendition of “Taps” by Englert, followed by a gathering of those in attendance who partook in food, refreshments and a ceremonial cake. For more information on the USS Forrestal Association, visit www.uss-forrestal.com, or ﬁnd USS Forrestal Association on Facebook.
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Photos of recent awards, change of commands, promotions and retirements
MILESTONES NAS Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis is more accustomed to presenting awards than receiving them but on Aug. 1, he was the recipient of the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented by Oceana NMCRS Director Lolita Sheats to Geis, in appreciation of his services as honorary chairman of the NMCRS Advisory Board from August 2010 through August 2013.
The shoulder boards of newly-commissioned Ensign Samuel Hughes are attached by his mother Remedios Hughes (r) and wife Rebecca Hughes, as his daughter Laila watches. Hughes, formerly a ﬁrst class air trafﬁc controller at Oceana Air Operations, was commissioned as a Limited Duty Ofﬁcer Aug. 1 by Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis during a ceremony at the Shifting Sands Club on Dam Neck. Stationed at Oceana since October 2007, Hughes has Photos by MCSN Kayla King most recently been serving as the radar branch chief. Following a year at Liberty University and Tidewater Community College, his Navy career began in September 2001, when his enlistment date was pushed up due to the terrorist attacks. Hughes was selected as the NAS Oceana Sailor of the Year, earning him an F/A-18 ride in 2012.
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NAS Oceana Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) graduation was held July 25 at Shifting Sands Club on Dam Neck Annex. A total of 39 children participated in a weeklong camp learning ways to say no to drugs, leadership, character development, volunteerism and more. Volunteers served as mentors and role models for DEFY.
NAS Oceana hosts DEFY program STORY/PHOTOS BY MCSN KAYLA KING NAS Oceana Public Affairs Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Child &Youth Programs (CYP) hosted the Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) program, July 15-25, for 39 children ages 9 - 12. “DEFY summer leadership programs provide children with leadership skills, character development and volunteerism, while learning the necessary tools to resist drugs, alcohol and any other substance abuse,”explained Cynthia Mackey, lead DEFY program coordinator. “We also teach subjects like conflict resolution, how to resist peer pressure, life skills training and social skills and etiquette.” DEFY began as one of several programs developed in 1993 by what was then the Secretary of the Navy’s Drug Demand Reduction Task Force. Over the years, DEFY has been offered at more than 50 sites worldwide. DEFY is sponsored by local commands and according to the Navy Personnel Command DEFY web page,the goal of DEFY is to empower youth to build positive, healthy lifestyles as drug-free, successful citizens.The programs’ mission is to improve combat readiness by providing a drug demand reduction and comprehensive life skills program designed to improve youth resiliency and strength. “This is a very good age [9-12] for children to attend
DEFY camp.This age is where most children start to differentiate who they are.They need to get information now so they don’t fall under peer pressure later.They need to be able to make good decisions for now and in the future,” said Mackey. “I learned what I should do if someone offers me to smoke or do drugs and ways to say no,” said DEFY veteran Kaitlin Duriga, age 10.“I like the awesome mentors helping us learn ways to say no to drugs.” “I hope to be a junior mentor next year even though I will only be 11,” said Duriga.“When you are 13 and you have shown a lot of dedication, you become a junior mentor.” During Phase I,youth learn important skills such as team building skills, general social skills, self-management skills and drug resistance skills.The first phase blends classroom time with outdoors activities. Phase II occurs during the school year,meeting monthly to cover additional curriculum topics such as study skills, conflict resolution, gang resistance, personal safety, internet safety, and bullying, continuing an emphasis on physical fitness, and providing important mentoring. “Military parents have enough to worry about with deployment, separation from their family, finances. The list goes on. DEFY camp provides the parents with one less
As part of DEFY’s outdoor and team building activities, participants enjoyed time at MWR facilities. Noel Paiso, 11, slides down a water slide at the Aeropalms Water Park July 25.
thing to worry about,” said Mackey. “No parent wants to wonder or come upon their kids doing drugs. DEFY camp is a fun way to teach children how to make good choices.” The 10-day DEFY camp ended with a morning full of fun at the Aeropalms Water Park July 25 and then proceeded to the graduation luncheon at Shifting Sands in Dam Neck Annex. Mackey, along with seven other mentors, presented each child with a DEFY certificate. “I just want to thank all the parents for letting us borrow their children for the week. We love and care about each and every one of them.Also, I would like to thank the commands for allowing their Sailors to volunteer to be mentors for the DEFY camp. Each volunteer is an active duty member of the military,” said Mackey.
Star-spangled salute by CYP In what has become a summer tradition at NAS Oceana, the Child & Youth Program (CYP) at Oceana and Midway Manor presented a free musical at the Oceana theater. “Tribute to America” was presented twice on July 30. Six staff members and 82 children and staff, complete with red, white and blue star-spangled costumes, sang and danced their way through the 90-minute performance. The show carried the audience from Columbus to George Washington crossing the Delaware set to “Proud Mary,” to the Civil Rights movement with “I know Where I’ve Been” and “Hair.” “My beautiful America,” was read by teens and teen summer hires. The patriotic program included the Pledge of Allegiance, passing of the ﬂag set to “There She Stands,” and more music such as “Navy Blue” and “Proud to be an American,” and included pictures of families, Navy ships and aircraft. PHOTO LEFT: Eric Buchanan, 9, dressed as Uncle Sam, and Kayla Lanthrop, 11, lead the children from CYP in one of the patriotic songs. Photo by MCSN Kayla King
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Volunteers needed for Hampton Bay Days CDSA hosts ﬂeet experimentation event Volunteers are needed Sept.6 - 8 to roam the grounds of the Hampton Bay Days in downtown Hampton, picking up litter, passing out litter-free event bags, and educating the public on the importance of keeping the community and Chesapeake Bay clean. In addition, volunteers will be cleaning debris from Hampton’s shoreline by foot or boat. The event is a partnership between Hampton Bay Days and the Hampton Clean City Commission and is part of the annual
International Coastal Cleanup, taking place September through October. Volunteers who commit to a four-hour shift will receive a free Hampton Bay DaysTshirt. Individuals interested in volunteering but unable to work four hours will receive small appreciation gifts for helping make Hampton, the bay, and the festival a clean, green event. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DABA923ABFE3baydays.
Fear: is a reality and one that can’t be ignored — Continued from page 3 What are we to do? Well, I certainly do not have all of the answers. But, like any decent chaplain, I can advise. So here’s my advice. Pray.Ask God to give you the strength to face your fears and to move forward. Just do it.It may sound clichéd (thanks to those Nike commercials), but once you’ve committed to overcoming your fear by way of action, the logical next step is to simply
put feet to your faith. Encourage. Find someone else who is struggling with fear and help them overcome whatever may be hindering them from doing what they’re supposed to be doing as well. Ultimately,trusting in God is the best way to overcome your fear. I overcame mine by jumping out of that C-130 ﬁve times (and I have the silver wings to prove it). I hope you will overcome yours today.
From Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck Public Affairs One of the Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers just completed support as the command and control hub for the recent ﬂeet experiment, Trident Warrior 2013 (TW13). Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck (CDSA) provided logistical and technical support to Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) throughout July to enable TW13 participants to employ new technologies which have potential solutions to ﬂeet-identiﬁed gaps. TW13 also examined the co-evolution of existing and emerging doctrine, such as tactics, techniques and procedures. TW13 included multiple aircraft, ships and shore locations, primarily in the Virginia Capes operating area. Overall, more than 35 organizations participated in the experiment. “TW13 was a large-scale ﬁeld experiment that examined the capabilities offered by advanced and emerging technologies,” said
Paul Schmitt, NWDC’s TW deputy director. “The CDSA test facility provided an exceptionally ﬂexible and capable environment from which to control an advanced warfighting experiment with this high level of integration and complexity.” CDSA was chosen due to the close proximity to the lead participating organizations which made the event cost effective. “Our beachfront location provided an optimal environment for the live communications links needed to conduct the various experiments”, said Capt. Eric Tapp, CDSA commanding ofﬁcer. “In addition, CDSA had the necessary network infrastructure and large, conﬁgurable spaces in its land base test site to accommodate easy set up and tear down for the event. “CDSA has a proud history of comprehensive support of ﬂeet experimentation,” said Tapp. “The result, updated technologies and doctrine, will provide critical insight related to operational environments and address current ﬂeet warﬁghting issues.” NWDC expects to publish a ﬁnal experiment report in October.
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70 years: Celebration brings together those who have played role in Oceana’s history — Continued from page 1 Shoemaker praised community leaders Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms and City Manager Jim Spore for their support of the base. That praise was echoed by Geis.“The city has been fully committed to a relationship built on trust and conﬁdence and I know if they have a question that could potentially affect the Navy, the dialogue that will enable a forward-looking decision will take place,” said Geis as he introduced the mayor. The mayor drew loud applause when he thanked the base for inviting him to be part of the celebration of the “greatest naval air station in the world — NAS Oceana.” Sessoms noted how in the early years of Oceana activities on base and off were very separate; something that he said has changed for the better. Unless someone is in uniform, it’s very hard to distinguish them from other citizens in Virginia Beach, said Sessoms. “In my mind, nothing illustrates this oneness than our combined actions during the Good Friday jet crash,” said the mayor, referring to the April 6, 2012 mishap in which an F/A-18 from VFA-106 crashed into the Mayfair Mews Apartment Complex, near Oceana. Navy and Virginia Beach emergency personnel worked together at the scene and long afterwards. “Our history and our daily lives are increasingly intertwined and interwoven,”said Sessoms, adding he was conﬁdent the city and the base together could meet the challenges that lay ahead in the next 70 years. Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Dixon Smith also praised the partnership between Oceana and surrounding cities.“I’m convinced that our success may lay in continuing those partnerships and relationships we enjoy,” said Smith. The admiral pointed out 70 years ago, “Issues such as encroachment were non-existent. Seventy years ago, we would have never even thought of training alongside our counterparts … Strong partnerships will continue to deﬁne the installation … We will continue to work together to build upon our partnerships.” U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell participated in the ceremony.“It’s a great joy and privilege to celebrate 70 years in the company of patriots,” said Rigell before providing the invocation. Although never stationed at Oceana, Navy League of Hampton Roads President Jon Gallinetti, a retired Marine Corps major general and aviator, shared his memories of Among the guest speaklanding at Oceana and visiting the Ofﬁcers’Club on Friday ers were Commander, Naval night. Gallinetti said the Navy League of Hampton Roads Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. was proud to be able to sponsor the anniversary celebra- Mike Shoemaker (above) and Commander, Navy Region tion. Among the guests was Melba Fairley Carter,just 10 years Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Dixon old when her father became the ﬁrst commanding ofﬁcer Smith (below) of NAAS Oceana. The family lived in the Norview section of Norfolk and she still remembers how her mother used to pack an emergency kit for the long drive to the base. At that time, Carter explained there wasn’t much along the two-lane road known as Virginia Beach Boulevard, so if the vehicle broke down, her mother knew she could be stranded. Carter was responsible for ironing all of her father’s white uniforms. “They had to be creased just so. It was all spit and polish back then,” she laughed. She said her father who retired as a commander in 1955, and died in 2006 at the age of 98, would have been amazed at what Oceana looks like today. Former NAS Oceana commanding ofﬁcer retired Capt.Dexter Rumsey was also recognized during the celebration. Rumsey, whose 96th birthday was Aug. 4, commanded the air station from July 1964 to November 1966.
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State and local politicians, senior Navy leadership, former commanding ofﬁcers and others who have played an important role in the base’s history were among those attending the 70th anniversary celebration. Sponsored by the Navy League of Hampton Roads, the Aug. 2 celebration in hangar 145 featured historical photos and light displays of vintage images. Rumsey recalled how his ﬁrst order of business was to get more money to run Oceana. Only having been allotted $300,000, Rumsey found out NAS Jacksonville had received $3 million.After a lot of work, he was successful in getting that $3 million and believes “that’s when the air station really took off.” Rumsey was also successful in keeping Bell House from being demolished. Located on Oceana Boulevard, the historic home served as the Oceana CO’s residence until several years ago; it currently serves as a residence for senior military ofﬁcers. Rumsey also opened the stables on Oceana Boulevard and is pleased to see the expanded facility is still in use today. Capt.JohnAllen,who was the base’s CO from 1986 -1988 not only represents Oceana’s past, but his family also represents the future of naval aviation. His son is currently a master chief at Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 56 on Oceana, his son-in-law is stationed at Naval Air Force Atlantic and one of his grandsons is learning to ﬂy the F/A18 Hornet at VFA-106, while another one is in ﬂight school for the Marine Corps. “Being in Virginia Beach and being the commanding ofﬁcer of Oceana, how much better can a ﬁghter pilot live? It’s the culmination of a career… It was a special time in my life,” said Allen, who also served a tour with the Blue Angels. Allen is happy to see the change in the relationship between Oceana and the City of Virginia Beach, describing it “as being better than it’s ever been.” Noting that “we had some issues,” when he was in charge, he believes that BRAC in 2005 “scared everybody involved — the Navy and the City of Virginia Beach and the state of Virginia, into being much better neighbors.” The formal program concluded with proclamations from the Commonwealth of Virginia honoring the installation. Delegate Barry Knight who represents the 81st District in the Virginia House of Delegates presented a commendation to the installation in honor of their anniversary. A certiﬁcate of recognition on behalf of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was also presented which declared Aug. 2, 2013 as NAS Oceana Day in the state.
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New initiative helps veterans afford the ‘American dream’ STORY BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer PHOTOS BY HARRY GERWIEN Military Newspapers of Virginia Throughout the 25-year history in Hampton Roads,Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads has been supported by military members from all services. Veterans have donated countless hours of construction work in building and rehabbing almost 200 homes.Helping with everything from hammering nails to framing and rooﬁng, veterans have also assisted at the local Habitat thrift stores and generously donated funds to help support Habitat’s mission of helping low-income families realize the American dream of owning their own home. A new program run by Habitat SHR now recognizes the service and support of local veterans.“Habitat for Heroes Veterans Initiative Home” provides military veterans the opportunity to own their own home. Habitat and its supporters have committed to the construction of at least one home in Hampton Roads annually for a qualiﬁed veteran and their family. A commencement ceremony in Virginia Beach that included raising the ﬁrst wall of the new home was held July 29, at Kenley Commons, the site of what will be eventually be six homes, including some for those with disabilities. The ceremony kicked off with the color guard from Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve in Norfolk. With many reservists meeting the criteria, Habitat SHR has been working with the command to get the word out about their veterans’ initiative. “This has been about two years in the making. We had a little difﬁculty getting the word out and ﬁnding our ﬁrst family … But here we are.We’re fortunate to have our ﬁrst family and funding for our ﬁrst home,” said retired Rear Adm. Stanley Bryant, chairman of the Habitat for Heroes Committee and a director on Habitat for Humanity SHR board. He also announced Habitat for Heroes has also qualiﬁed
Lydia Mata (far r) and sons Lorenzo, 9, Lawrence, 5, are joined by Habitat for Heroes supporters in raising the ﬁrst wall to their new home. Volunteers wearing red ballcaps are construction team leaders at Habitat for Humanity projects.
Former Navy Sailor Lydia Mata, her three boys, Lorenzo Mata, 9, Lawrence Mata, 5 and Christopher Alexander 4 months, and boyfriend Antonio Alexander stand on the foundation for their new home at Kenley Commons in Virginia Beach July 29. Mata was the ﬁrst veteran selected for Habitat for Heroes, a program through Habitat for Humanity that provides veterans the opportunity to own their own home. their second and third families and planning is underway for the next homes.“I think we’ve convinced veterans in the community, this isn’t a handout, it isn’t charity, it’s a hand up,” said Bryant. “This is the American dream, owning your own home and these folks have gone out and defended that right, so we just want to help them achieve that dream,”said Bryant. Program qualiﬁcations are that veterans must have been honorably discharged and have a good credit rating, along with an annual income of $28,000 to $41,000 and be willing to help with construction of their home or volunteer with other Habitat SHR projects.They must also take a ﬁnancial management class that teaches them about budgeting for their mortgage and taking care of their home. Habitat provides an interest-free mortgage program to help qualiﬁed buyers purchase the townhomes, currently valued at $180,000. Former U.S. Navy Sailor Lydia Mata, a Hampton Roads resident for 10 years, was selected as the ﬁrst veteran for the program. During her ﬁve years of service in the storekeeper rating, Mata served on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and was deployed twice. While pregnant with her second son in 2007, Mata chose to return to civilian life and earned her associate’s degree fromTidewater Community College.But two years after leaving the Navy,her husband,also a former
Sailor died, leaving her a widow with two young boys. According to information provided by Habitat, 72,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans pay more than half of their annual income to rent a home. In Hampton Roads, Habitat data lists the average rent at $1,025 per month. Mata, who currently rents a two-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach, pays $1,000 per month. She currently works at Country Inn & Suites in Virginia Beach as she pursues a bachelor’s degree at Strayer University. Hoping to put that money to use toward purchasing her own home, Mata tried to obtain a mortgage but was unable to qualify. It was after that denial that Mata read an article inThe Flagship newspaper last summer about Habitat seeking veterans for the Habitat for Heroes program and decided to apply. “I was speechless when I found out I was chosen.We’re still celebrating,” laughed Mata. The monthly payment for the three-bedroom, two-bath townhome with separate kitchen, eat-in dining room and family room will be $750 per month. She was joined by her three boys, Lorenzo, 9, Lawrence, 5 and Christopher, 4 months, and boyfriend Antonio Alexander for the ceremony. As part of qualifying for her home, Mata must contribute 250 hours either onsite with construction or in one of three local Habitat thrift stores. — See Initiative, Page 10
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Initiative: Habitat helping veterans afford homeownership â€” Continued from previous page Mata has already volunteered at one construction site to help build a walkway and fence.Mata explained she also came up with a down payment of $1,000 plus $250 for a security deposit for utilities. Habitat for Heroes has received ďŹ nancial support from a military organization and a veteran and his wife. â€œFor years, the [Hampton Roads Chapter] Naval Academy Alumni Association has been supporting Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads,â€? said Bryant. Seven of the construction team leaders, known as â€œred hatsâ€? who work regularly on the sites, are from the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Class of 1969. â€œWe contacted the local chapter and they were kind enough to â€˜get on the trainâ€™ and raise almost $8,000 for this,â€? explained Bryant, who added there are currently three USNA graduates on the Habitat board. The USNA Class of 1977 was also well represented, having
come to support classmate Jerry Miller, who with his wife Laura, have contributed to Habitat for Heroes through their own philanthropic foundation. â€œIâ€™m very happy for the family.This is a great organization,â€? said Miller as he was recognized for his support. He explained his foundation is a way â€œwe can support worthy causes, my wife and I.â€? About the time he was selling his ship repair company, Earl Industries, last year, Miller was asked if he would support the new initiative.â€œHabitat for Heroes appealed to me and my wife, so we decided to support it,â€? he said, adding that he was among the many people who contributed to the project. Other project sponsors, TowneBank, the Leaman family and Frank and Juliette Ready, were also recognized with a plaque presentation.â€œWe couldnâ€™t have done without your support and continued generosity,â€? said Bryant. â€œBecause weâ€™re all veterans, this is very important to all of us,â€? said Bryant about Habitat for Heroes.
Sexual assault: DoD dedicated to conquering problem â€” Continued from page 3 The Armyâ€™s â€œmulti-imperativeâ€? approach includes facets of prevention, investigation, command and climate, and accountability, said Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, the Armyâ€™s director of military personnel management. â€œItâ€™s imperative that we hold every individual, every unit, every organization and every commander accountable for their actions, their behavior and their inactions,â€? Seamands said. Resourcing, he added, will be key.â€œWe are in the process of hiring over 900 victim advocates, sexual assault response coordinators and trainers at brigade and equivalent units,â€? the general said. The Army also has hired sexual assault investigaTop Ten Reasons to visit BMB â€˘ tors and lab examiners to #3 NOT â€˘HUNGRY? NO PROBLEM! $8 Military Pricing â€˘ â€˘ increase capabilities and â˜… strengthen prosecution. The serviceâ€™s sexual asR 4K 12:30 4:15 7:00 9:50 sault response coordinator â˜… and victim advocate certiďŹ cation course programs, R 11:30 4:50 7:40 10:20 he noted, were recognized â˜… as DOD best practices. â€˘ â€˘ The Navy has taken an PG 2D 1:25 6:40 9:30 3D 11:20 3:45 operational and regional â˜… approach in its prevention efforts, said Rear Adm. PG 2D 11:00 4:00 9:00 3D 1:00 6:20 Sean S. Buck, director of â˜…2 GUNS R 1:50 4:30 7:20 10:10 the Navyâ€™s 21st Century â˜…SMURFS 2 PG Sailor program. 2D 11:10 6:05 8:45 3D 3:25 THE WOLVERINE PG13 Awareness, Buck said, is 11:05 2:00 5:00 8:00 a key component of sexual THE CONJURING R 2:10 10:40 assault prevention efforts. Showtimes for 08/09 thru 08/15 â˜…=NO PASSES 4K = 4K DIGITAL Two recent pilot programs $ !!"$% have focused on ďŹ‚eet con
centration areas such as San Diego and the Navyâ€™s Great Lakes training center in Illinois, where roving barracks patrols increase the visible presence, and community and civic leader engagement efforts are ongoing. â€œWe must continue to be good neighbors and partners in our community and reduce incidents of destructive, and sometimes embarrassing, behavior by encouraging our civilian community partners to help us with situational awareness,â€? the admiral explained. The Navy also has deployed resilience counselors who will provide continuity of care even when a Sailor goes to sea. In tackling one of the more reported instances of military sexual assault, Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward submitted a command-directed investigation of incidents at Lackland Air Force Base,Texas, in August 2012.Woodwardâ€™s recommendations became a roadmap to changing basic and technical training instructor vetting processes. But despite what she learned there,Woodward said in the discussion, that her recent experience leading the Air Forceâ€™s sexual assault prevention and response ofďŹ ce has given her far greater insight on the complex issue. She now works alongside survivors, and law enforcement and mental health professionals, legal experts and data analysts who help her to better understand the issues and analyze input from airmen. That input, she said, has originated in large part from the Air Forceâ€™s sexual assault prevention and response blog. Airmen also have responded favorably to the Air Forceâ€™s special victims counsel program, an independent initiative that ensures no one in a victimâ€™s or alleged perpetratorâ€™s chain of command will inďŹ‚uence their representation. â€œAs of [July 12], 369 victims have requested special victim counsel representation,â€?Woodward said.â€œWeâ€™ve had a three-fold successful conversion rate, meaning that 36 percent of restricted victims with SVCs convert to un-
Lydia Mata and sons Lorenzo, 9, Lawrence, 5 are joined by Habitat for Heroes supporters in signing the ďŹ rst wall on their new home July 29 at Kenley Commons in Virginia Beach. Habitat for Heroes is a veterans initiative to provide affordable home ownership through the Habitat for Humanity organization.
restricted report status [and] we can take their case to investigation and prosecution, compared to just 13 percent before the SVC program.â€? Similarly, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Russell A. Sanborn, service member and family program director for his service, said he expects to see an uptick in reporting to about 65 percent, based in part on the Marine Corpsâ€™ overhaul of its legal response in prosecuting complex sexual assault cases. â€œWe respond to the victim and the alleged crime,â€? said Sanborn, adding that trial teams are composed of a highly qualiďŹ ed civilian expert, two experienced military prosecutors, a military criminal investigator and a school-trained paralegal administrative ofďŹ cer. The complex trial team, Sanborn explained, gives the Marine Corps the ability to prosecute cases more effectively. â€œ[We] recognize the need to sustain and intensify these efforts if the improvements are to be made permanent and the historically high standards of the Corps are to be upheld,â€? he said. Rear Adm. Daniel A. Neptun, the Coast Guardâ€™s assistant commandant for human resources, touted his organizationâ€™s victim advocate training program, which he said uses interactive, scenario-based training. Despite its small size, the Coast Guard has received overwhelming response from victim advocate trainees, the admiral said. â€œA thousand of anything in our service is a pretty big number,â€? he added.â€œWeâ€™re at about 800 right now.Weâ€™ve had phenomenal response from each of those participants on how it equips them to be more responsive to the [victims]. Neptun noted that 90 percent of reported sexual assaults in the Coast Guard involved alcohol use by the accused, the victim or both. Coast Guard ofďŹ cials want to develop initiatives to combat alcohol abuse as another tool to help prevent sexual assaults, he added. â€œWe see it almost as a co-dependency. ...Weâ€™re reviewing our policy for ships at sea or units that deploy, ... all with the focus on reducing sexual assault,â€? Neptun said.
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Hospice Awareness 5K During the Hospice Heroes: Hospice Awareness 5K Run/Walk, runners will have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite superhero for a great cause. The event will be held Aug. 17, at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach from 9 a.m. to noon. One hundred percent of the funds raised during this event will beneﬁt the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund. Post-race activities and entertainment include an awards ceremony for participants and activities for children. Prizes will include a free night’s stay at the Crowne Plaza, a pair of Brooks running shoes to the top male and female ﬁnishers, and movie passes to the top male and female sidekick ﬁnishers and bestdressed participants. For more information and to register, visit www.HeartlandHospiceFund.org.
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Wounded warriors enjoy recreational sports camp BY PATTY BABB Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor Public Affairs Twelve seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen took part in a recreational adaptive sports camp Aug. 1 - 3 at the Waterfront Athletic Complex at Naval Station Norfolk. It was the second event of its kind to take place at the naval station. In addition to wheelchair basketball and swimming, the three-day camp featured several new sports — adaptive lacrosse, racquetball and tennis — taught by worldclass instructors. “My doctors told me I would never walk or talk again. I had to relearn everything during more than three years of therapy,” said retired Navy Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class (AW/SW) Marlon A. Bevans who was seriously injured in motorcycle accident April 1, 2010. “Sports keep my mind off my injury and focused on a goal. I feel some pain, but the pain is a sign that I am alive.You just have to keep moving forward,” he added. The camp was hosted by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor, the Navy’s wounded warrior support program. NWW makes adaptive athletics available to nearly all of the more than 1,130 enrollees in the program. Adaptive athletics have proven positive effects on wounded warriors, such as lower stress levels and fewer secondary medical conditions. “The wounded warrior athletes really seemed to enjoy the new sports we offered at this camp, and they had a great time together” said Lt. Megan Haydel, NWW’s adaptive athletics coordinator.“Once again,
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Retired Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Marlon A. Bevans plays basketball during the wounded warrior sports camp Aug. 1. It was the second event of its kind to take place at the naval station. Bevans was seriously injured in motorcycle accident April 1, 2010.
Camp participants play lacrosse during the wounded warrior sports camp at the Waterfront Athletic Complex at Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 2. The camp is hosted by Navy Wounded - Safe Harbor, the Department of the Navy’s wounded warrior support program. Photos by MCSN Andrew Schneider
our colleagues at Naval Station Norfolk were incredibly welcoming. We hope to continue hosting camps like this and offering our athletes on the East Coast opportunities to stay active.” On the afternoon of Aug. 1, members of the Virginia Sun Wheelers — a competitive wheelchair basketball team based in Hampton Roads — took part in a friendly scrimmage with the wounded warrior athletes. The game was open to the public free of charge and drew spectators and supporters from the area. “I’m having a great time,” said retired Coast Guard Machinery Technician 1st Class Ramon A.Moore,who is recovering from cancer. “At this camp, I played racquetball for the ﬁrst time in three-and-a-half years. I used to play regularly, but I haven’t played since my surgery. It was a little different, but I did pretty well.” NWW provides Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families, with non-medical care while they are recovering from serious illness or injury. Staff members throughout the country tailor support to each enrolled service member’s recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration needs. The program allows service members and their families to focus on recovery without distractions. To learn more about NWW,including its adaptive athletics program,visit www.safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil, call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997), or email email@example.com.
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Gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to ďŹ nd vacancies and job listings, complete the application process and how to understand standard qualiďŹ cations and testing requirements.
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FAMILY READINESS GROUP LEADERSHIP TRAINING Aug. 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m. & 6 - 8:30 p.m. Family readiness groups play an integral part in keeping families together in various situations, especially during deployment. Contact the NAS Oceana FFSC for more information.
SAPR REFRESHER TRAINING Aug. 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m. This workshop is an advanced training that provides SAPR program updates. Any individual previously trained as a SAPR point of contact, data collection coordina-
The way we handle stress can affect our personal and professional lives.Learn more about managing stress with techniques such as goal-setting, time management and progressive relaxation in this group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday.
SMOOTH MOVE WORKSHOP Aug. 13, 1 - 4 p.m. Topics include hints on shipping household goods, travel and ďŹ nancial planning, entitlements, family preparation and ways to cope with relocation. Open to all active duty, retiring and separating military personnel, and their families.
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OVERSEAS TRANSFER WORKSHOP Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is a great way to prepare yourself and your family for this challenging adventure. Information will be provided on household goods and auto shipment, ďŹ nancial planning, travel arrangements and passports, personal security and culture shock. Open to active duty and family members, 12 years and older.
EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING Aug. 15 or 21, 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.
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.
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ginia Beach.Bring the whole family out and get ready to dance the night away at Mount Trashmore Park as Tropical Storm plays a mixture of music featuring salsa,merengue, bomba and more. Latin Fiesta is the ﬁnal event in the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Party in the Parks series.This event has free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from onsite vendors. Visit www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation for more information about the ﬁesta and other upcoming events.
The 10th Annual Duck Tape Regatta is a family-friendly event which provides participants with plywood, fasteners and duct tape to create a seaworthy boat. After a judging for creativity, the race takes place. Spectators have a good view to see which boats ﬂoat, sink or complete the race. The Duck Tape Regatta brings the Hampton Roads community together to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). The event is hosted by Willoughby Harbor and is coordinated by The King’s Daughters’ Southern Vines Circle. The event attracts family, business and professional teams, most of whom dress in costumes and elaborately decorate their boats. Food, beverages and entertainment, including children’s activities, are available throughout the day. Construction is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; inspection 7 p.m. - This is the End (R) ** Free for begins at 1 p.m., Race at 2. Military Spouses** Teams receive materials, have four hours to construct their vessel onsite and undergo inspection be7 p.m. - Grownups 2 (PG-13) fore being allowed to race The event is open to all. Boat registration fee is $65 through Aug. 9, and $85 at 1 p.m. - Despicable Me 2 3D (PG) the event. Admission for 4 p.m. - World War Z (PG-13) spectators is free. The ma7 p.m. - Pacific Rim 3D (PG-13) rina is located at 1525 Bayville Street, Norfolk To register online, visit www.ducktaperegatta.com. 1 p.m. - Monsters University (PG) **Free For more information, contact chkd.ducktape@gmail. kids popcorn* com. Photos from previous 4 p.m. - White House Down (PG-13) events and sponsorship op7 p.m. -The Lone Ranger (PG-13) portunities are available at the website.
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