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AUGUST 23, 2012
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Unique mass casualty drill prepares first responders for unexpected
It’s a typical Friday night at the annual NAS Oceana Air Show Twilight Show. Thousands of people have travelled from around the world to attend the night show, which kicks off a weekend of dynamic flying by civilian and military performers. As visitors settle into one of the dozens of sets of bleachers set up on the flightline with their families, Brings together Navy, cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk the unthinkable happens. A pyrotechnic display goes off target and heads toward the crowd. In their panic to get away, spectators overload a section of the bleachers. The STORY BY CATHY HEIMER | Jet Observer metal supports on one of the bleachers gives way and dozPHOTO BY MC3 ANTONIO P. TURRETTO RAMOS | NAS Oceana Public Affairs ens are thrown to the ground or worse yet, trapped underneath the heavy pieces of twisted metal. Screams can be heard all around the flightline as Navy first responders call for extra help from emergency personnel throughout Hampton Roads, while they begin the grim task of rescuing and treating the injured. Fortunately the scenario was all just a nighttime drill that took place at Oceana on Aug. 16. But it’s a very important part of planning for the 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show, being held Sept. 14, 15 and 16.A mass casualty drill is required annually prior to the show, and this training brought together dozens of emergency personnel from the Navy and the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. “This year we’re doing something a little different as we’re simulating the collapse of a stage or stands. We’re going to exercise, not only the opportunity to determine what caused it, but also extracting folks out of the mess,” explained NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis about the unique drill. ”In the past, we’ve focused almost exclusively on aircraft mishaps but if you look at the news in the last year or so, you’ll notice there’s been quite a few stage or stand collapses at concert venues or fairs. If the weather’s nice, we During a mass casualty exercise at NAS Oceana, Aug. 16, technical response teams from Virginia could have 250,000 people here at Oceana, so we want to Beach and Norfolk fire and emergency departments work with Oceana first responders to stabi- be ready for anything,” said Geis. — See Exercise, Page 9 lize a set of collapsed bleachers before any of the seven victims can be rescued.
New program aims to better help troops transition to civilian life BY TERRI MOON CRONK American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is conducting pilot classes of a new program designed to better prepare service members transitioning out of the military to civilian life. Transition Goals Plans Success, known simply as Transition GPS, replaces the 20-year-old Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. In a sweeping overhaul of the 20-year-old TAP, as part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act passed in 2011, Transition GPS takes military members through a week-long class, compared to the original TAP’s mandatory two to four hours
of separation counseling, said Susan Kelly, the Defense Department’s deputy director for the newly formed Transition to Veterans Program Office. “The Defense Department wants our service members to succeed when they become civilians,” Kelly said during an American Forces Press Service interview. “Separating from the military lifestyle is a major life change,” she said, pointing out that — See Transition GPS, Page 14
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tients, 21 years of age and younger, for school physicals on Saturday,Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to noon. Required items •Military ID •Physical forms •Immunization records •Patients 9 years of age and older are required to not eat or drink anything other than water after midnight.This is due to labs that may need to be drawn. Patients may con‘We Are Family Fest’ MWR will host the “We Are Family Fest,” today, Aug. 23, tinue to take current medications. — From Naval Medical Center Public Affairs 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Main Gate Park, across from the Oceana Navy Exchange. The festival is free and includes music by a DJ,entertainment by Bobby the Clown, a photo Flea market booth, inﬂatables, carnival games and hayrides. ConcesThe semi-annual ﬂea market will be held at the Oceana sions will be sold at a minimal cost.The event is open to Main Gate Park, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a all military and their families. For more information, call space, leave message at 433- 2193 or call 567-2020, from 9 492-7053 or 433-2561. a.m. to 9 p.m. only. The ﬂea market is open to the public. The event is sponsored by Navy Wives Clubs of America, School physicals Princess Anne Chapter 143. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and its branch clinics are offering school physicals for children who need them Feds Feed Families as a requirement to start school. Feds Feed Families continues through Aug. 31 at NAS TRICARE beneﬁciaries under age 21 are eligible. Parents Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. All DoD and active duty may call their child’s Medical Home Port team or 1-866- can help support the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia 645-4584 to set up an appointment for the physical. and many food pantries throughout Hampton Roads by The Branch Health Clinic at NAS Oceana will see all pa- collecting much-needed, non-perishable foods. Collection
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boxes are set up at the Oceana Navy Exchange, Jet Mart, Commissary,Thrift Shop, both Oceana and Dam Neck chapels, along with select commands. This year marks the fourth year for the program and the local goal is 26,000 pounds. Cash donations are also accepted and used to purchase the most-needed food items in bulk.Volunteers to help collect and weigh food and unit points of contact are also still needed. For more information, contact the Oceana and Dam Neck Coordinator RP2 Jacqueline Bellins at 433-2871.
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How do you argue? BY LT. THOMAS COOK Carrier Air Wing 17 Chaplain How do you argue? We are in a political season, so no doubt you will be involved in discussions that revolve around things that you believe deeply. Also, chances are better than average that if you are in a relationship, you will have an argument.You can either choose to use the strategy of “louder makes right” or “right makes right.”And let’s be honest, there are times when even if you are right,you will be wrong. Let me explain what I mean. Many people don’t really know why they believe what they believe. Their opinions often sound like scripted responses and/or emotional responses to an idea.When probed with questions,the rhetoric in these instances will get louder audibly, emotionally or just devolve into name calling. Name calling or discrediting in particular, is what we call an “ad hominem attack” or argument. For instance,“That is just not very loving,” is an example of such an argument. The bottom line is that when you engage in a discussion, which is really all an argument is, and begin to use such rhetoric, you make it impossible to have a logical discussion where facts and reality can shape your opinion.When someone makes an emotional appeal like the ones listed above, the argument has taken a completely new course or you are forced into silence because any opinion that you might muster to the contrary will be labeled “unloving.” I hope you are seeing how this might apply to interpersonal communications by now. So how should you argue? I always recommend you take the time to reﬂect back on what you think you have heard the other person say, before you respond. This shows you have been listening, and if the person is governed more by emotion than reason, they will feel listened to. This will also allow you to determine what kind of reasoning they are using to come to their conclusion,and determine if you even have anything to disagree upon.“So I hear you saying that I am not being loving,”would be one way of voicing this. If you can deescalate the argument to a place where you can discuss things in a more rational frame of mind, do so by this reﬂective listening. A logical argument is based in facts, from which you draw a conclusion. Now it is not as simple as that, but — See Listening Page 11
VFA-131 ‘Wildcats’ hold airborne change of command BY LT. BRANDON COOK VFA-131 Public Affairs Ofﬁcer
tain an incredible level of motivation and sense of pride throughout.There is a true ‘One Team, One Fight’ mentality and I am so proud of this fantastic organization. I feel USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) — The lucky to have been a part of it.” “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 held an Following the airborne ceremony,Paparo presentedTayairborne change of command lor with the Meritorious Serceremony in the skies above vice Medal, recognizing him USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for his tremendous efforts (CVN 69) Aug. 16. while in command. Taylor’s Cmdr. Timothy Tippett renext assignment will be as lieved Cmdr. Jon Taylor. Capt. air boss aboard USS Abraham Samuel Paparo, commander, Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 scheduled to undergo a fourpresided over the ceremony year refueling complex overfrom the cockpit of another haul in Newport News. F/A-18 Hornet, while Wildcat The Wildcat’s new comSailors and fellow shipmates manding ofﬁcer, Tippett, is from Carrier Strike Group 8 from Tullahoma, Tenn. He observed the event from the graduated from the U.S. Naﬂight deck. val Academy in 1995 and was VFA-131, embarked on designated a naval aviator in Eisenhower, is currently on 1997.Tippett’s previous tours deployment supporting Opinclude an operational tour eration Enduring Freedom with VFA-37, ﬂight instructor (OEF). with VFA-106, assistant naviTaylor joined the Wildcats gator aboard USS Enterprise in February 2010 as execu(CVN 65), department head tive ofﬁcer during the squadin VFA-14, and a tour with the ron’s previous OEF deployNational Reconnaissance Ofment.Taylor took over as the ﬁce prior to reporting to the commanding ofﬁcer May 26, Wildcats as executive ofﬁcer 2011 and has since led the in May 2011. He has accumusquadron through a number lated more than 2,600 ﬂight of major training evolutions Cmdr. Jon M. Taylor, previous commanding ofﬁcer of the hours and 600 arrested landand inspections as part of the “Wildcats” of VFA-131, is carried across the ﬂight deck of ings. inter-deployment readiness USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) by fellow Sailors afCmdr. Matthew Barker is cycle. He oversaw nine sepa- ter a change of command ceremony. Taylor was relieved the Wildcats’ new executive rate squadron detachments of command in an airborne change of command in the ofﬁcer. and more than 200 days skies above USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). EisenTippett said he is thankful away from Naval Air Station hower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon- for the groundwork already sibility conducting maritime security operations, theater laid by Taylor and plans to Oceana. During his tenure, the security cooperation efforts and support missions as part continue the level of success Photo by MC2 Julia A. Casper squadron amassed more than of Operation Enduring Freedom. as the Wildcats continue to 3,200 sorties, 4,300 ﬂight ﬂy combat support OEF mishours, and exceeded a total of 24 years and 103,000 Class sions. “A” mishap-free ﬂight hours. “Cmdr. Taylor has done a remarkable job preparing us While Taylor is extremely proud of the operational ac- for combat operations. I am honored to be taking comcomplishments that the Wildcats have achieved over the mand of such a well-trained and professional group of last 15 months of his tenure, he is most proud of the co- Sailors and look forward to leading the Wildcats as we hesive and professionalism of those in the squadron that support U.S.and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanihelped bring about those accomplishments. stan,” said Tippett. “Like all squadrons, we have been faced with some setThe Wildcats and Eisenhower are deployed to the U.S. backs but at no other point in my career have I seen a 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime secumore impressive display of teamwork,” he said.“Despite a rity operation efforts and support missions for OEF. challenging schedule, the Wildcats have managed to main-
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Capt. Frank Hughlett (r) is awarded the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Michael P. Tillotson, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, during the MCAST change of command ceremony at Dam Neck Annex Aug. 17. Capt. Marc Gordnier relieved Hughlett as commander, MCAST Command during the ceremony.
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Cmdr. Daniel Sullivan, outgoing commanding ofﬁcer of the “Red Rippers” of VFA-11, in a F/A18F Super Hornet, launches from catapult three for an aerial change of command above USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
VFA-11 ‘Red Rippers’ welcome new commanding officer BY MC3 SCOTT PITTMAN Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea — Cmdr. Marcus Lopez relieved Cmdr. Daniel Sullivan as commanding ofﬁcer of the “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 in an aerial change of command ceremony held the skies above aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Aug. 16. During the ceremony, Sullivan and Lopez ﬂew F/A-18F Super Hornets.After both aviators read their orders, Sullivan gave the formation lead to Lopez, symbolically turning over the squadron to his relief. “I would say I have not left my mark on the Rippers, the Rippers left their mark on me,” said Sullivan.“I was blessed to be the 76th commanding ofﬁcer of the Red Rippers (in) 85 years and, I would honestly say, I’ve taken away as much as I’ve given.” Sullivan has taken orders to the Pentagon to work on the Quadrennial Defense Review, a 20-year investigation into future Navy and military program expenditures.
His future may lie in Washington D.C., but his past remains with Enterprise. “When I was growing up, my dad told me stories about when he was a young boy learning and reading stories about the ‘Big E,’ and now, fast-forward 50 years and I’m serving on it as a commanding ofﬁcer of one of the ﬁghter squadrons onboard,” said Sullivan. Like Sullivan, the Red Rippers have early ties to Enterprise as well. The Rippers were the ﬁrst squadron to trap aircraft on the ﬂight deck of Big E. “It’s special to be back here 51 years after that ﬁrst trap,” said Sullivan.“Hopefully the Red Rippers will have the last trap on Enterprise.” The Rippers have been hard at work since that ﬁrst trap, completing many combat operations and deploying with different aircraft carriers, and, even as they prepare to make more history, they remember their forbearers. “The ship and the squadron are kind of paired up in that sense of long lineage and heritage,” said Lopez. “That’s a pretty cool aspect of this deployment. It’s particularly nice because I worked really hard and I wanted to come to this squadron from the get-go, so it’s very cool to get here and be with what I see as the best squadron out there.” Lopez has a large task at hand, being the ﬁnal Red Ripper commanding ofﬁcer to serve aboard Enterprise, but feels he is up to the task, thanks in part to Sullivan. “Cmdr. Sullivan really helped me out along the way and really gave me the opportunity to exercise being the executive — See VFA-11, Page 10
Gordnier relieves Hughlett as MCAST commanding officer STORY/PHOTO BY MC2(EXW) MATT DANIELS Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command Public Affairs Capt. Marc Gordnier relieved Capt. Frank Hughlett as commanding ofﬁcer of Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training (MCAST) command during a change of command ceremony at Dam Neck Annex Aug. 17. Hughlett served as the chief ofﬁcer for the Navy’s only civil affairs asset for nearly two years and was the second commanding ofﬁcer since the formation of MCAST. MCAST Command was formed in 2009 from the merger of the former Maritime Civil Affairs Group and Expeditionary Training Command, under the guidance of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. MCAST is homeported at Dam Neck Annex. Under Hughlett’s guidance, MCAST Command expanded missions into the Paciﬁc area of responsibility with several military to military training evolutions with partner nations such as the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. He also initiated the Fisher-
ies Civic Action Program, developing partner nations with economic growth and sustainability with ﬁsh farming techniques, ultimately supporting geographic commanders with food security and stability in speciﬁc regions. Hughlett also increased partnerships with non-governmental organizations and academic organizations to support MCAST missions overseas. MCAST Command mans, trains, equips and deploys Maritime Civil Affairs (MCA) and Security Force Assistance (SFA) teams to support international maritime security and stability and prepares regionally aligned planners, teams, specialists, and trainers to support Navy Component and Joint Task Force Commanders’ security cooperation plans. MCA has an enduring presence in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Joint Task Force – Bravo (Central America). MCA teams deploy in support of global ﬂeet stations; Africa Partnership Station, Continuing Promise, Paciﬁc Partnership Station, Southern Partnership Station and provide support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. SFA Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) deliver timely, focused and customized maritime expeditionary core capability training and instruction to partner nations’ military in support of U.S. Embassy country teams’ security assistance plans. Gordnier takes command of MCAST after recently completing a tour as the Deputy Chief of Staff for strategy, plans & policy for Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command in Norfolk. Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, was the keynote speaker for the event.
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BLACK MARINE VETERANS RECEIVE BELATED MEDALS BY KATIE MORITZ The Virginian-Pilot William A.L. Brown said his reason for joining the Marines in 1942 at age 17 was simple. “I was just thinking, ‘How can I get away from this farm?’ ” he said. He wanted a chance at a different life. Until that year, black men weren’t allowed to become Marines. Brown was one of the ﬁrst black Marines to enlist, one of about 20,000 men trained between 1942 and 1949 at Montford Point, a segregated facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C. On Friday, 70 years to the month the ﬁrst black Marine enlisted, four Montford Point Marines from Hampton Roads — Thomas Byrdsong of Newport News, John Johnson Jr. and Robert Kindred of Chesapeake and Nathaniel Harris of Portsmouth — were presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in Chesapeake. Brown and seven other local Montford Point Marines were presented their individual bronze-replica gold medals at a June ceremony in Washington, which was attended by about 300 of the 400 surviving veterans.The veterans were honored for their service and historical signiﬁcance as the ﬁrst black Marines. “These are pioneers of the Marine Corps,” said Master
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Robert Kindred is presented the Congressional Gold Medal by Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command during a ceremony Aug. 17 at the Reserve at Greenbrier retirement community. Kindred, from Chesapeake, is one of four Montford Point Marines from Hampton Roads who received their awards on Friday. Sgt. Curt Clarke, president of the Montford Point Marine Association Tidewater Chapter. “They are pioneers for equality, pioneers for service. … They have opened the doors for Marines like myself to join. I’m proud to say I
represent the legacy of the Montford Point Marines.” The four new recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal had been unable to attend the June ceremony. They were joined Friday by some colleagues who were honored previously. Brown grew up in North Carolina, where he worked in the ﬁelds every day after school. A teacher had prepared him for Marine Corps training in 1942. “This teacher told me to be everything I could be,” he said. Brown, who now lives in Chesapeake, served in Okinawa and the Philippines during World War II.He retired from the service in 1975. When Brown was presented with his gold medal at the June ceremony, he presented a donation to the Montford Point Marine Association. Although he didn’t have much money, he said, it was important to him to give back. “I said,‘I’m giving you what I can afford,’” said Brown, who now lives in Chesapeake. Another Montford Point Marine James R. Carter of Hampton said he was “determined to join” the Marines. “And the Marine Corps only,” he said.“I felt like I was entitled to it.”
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They are pioneers for equality, pioneers for service. … They have opened the doors for Marines like myself to join. I’m proud to say I represent the legacy of the Montford Point Marines.” — Master Sgt. Curt Clarke, president of the Montford Point Marine Association Tidewater Chapter
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After being presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, Montford Point Marine Thomas A. Byrdsong is congratulated by Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command. The Aug. 17 ceremony at the Reserve at Greenbrier retirement community recognized four Montford Point Marines from Hampton Roads, who were unable to travel to the June ceremony in Washington D.C., where eight local Montford Point Marines received their awards. it wasn’t for the Montford Point Marines. It brings a lot of pride in me,” she said. Harris, who received his medal at Friday’s ceremony, said he was happier to see the organization be recognized than being lauded for his 20 years as a Marine, spent mostly as a training officer.He worked several jobs after leaving the service, eventually teaching special education for 20 years before retiring again. “These men had to fight for the right to fight,” said Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart, Montford Point Marine Association national president. “This is not just black history, this is not just Marine Corps history, this is American history, and the world needs to know about the Montford Point Marines.”
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KEVIN COLEMAN WITH EXTRA 300HP MAKING FIRST APPEARANCE AT OCEANA AIR SHOW At just 21 years-old, Kevin Coleman is has already made a name for himself in the air show business.The 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show Sept. 14, 15 and 16 marks Coleman’s ﬁrst appearance at Oceana. Coleman, who is one of the youngest air show stars in the world, is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer. As a kid growing up in the air show business, he loved watching his father perform. And a few years later, he was watching his older brother perform. As soon as Coleman was able to walk, he was helping out around the hangar with the airplanes. When you watch Coleman performing in the sky, it is clear that ﬂying aerobatics is a part of his DNA. At the young age of 10, Coleman started taking aerobatic lessons in the family decathlon from air show legend Marion Cole. Coleman quickly became fascinated with aerobatic ﬂight and he started taking lessons as often as he could.Cole became Coleman’s friend and ﬂight instructor.As Cole’s student, Coleman ﬂew his ﬁrst solo on his 16th birthday, and he earned his private pilot’s license on his 17th birthday. In his early teens, Coleman was traveling the country crewing at air shows for his brother, Wyche T. Coleman, and the rest of the 2003 Stars Of Tomorrow team. Coleman took great pride in crewing at every show, helping
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out with cleaning the airplane and keeping it ready for every ﬂight.Through these experiences, Coleman gained the friendship and respect of many of today’s greatest air show performers, including Sean D.Tucker, Bill Stein and Michael Goulian. Coleman’s ﬁrst two seasons were wildly successful. Not only did Coleman literally ﬂy shows from coastto-coast in his ﬁrst year on the circuit, he was featured at many of the most prestigious venues in the country. The shows Coleman performed at include Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show, Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, Vectren Dayton Air Show and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. For 2012, Coleman will be ﬂying his Extra 300SHP. This extraordinary airplane has allowed him to “think outside the box” to come up with many new and inventive maneuvers. Coleman loves his new air show sequence and he is sure that you will, too. Coleman is a full time college student at Louisiana Tech University, where he is pursuing degree in business and aviation. He enjoys balancing his college studies with his air show career, and through hard work and determination, Coleman is successful at both. — For more information about the 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show, visit www.oceanaairshow.com.
Navy seeks CMC and CSC applicants From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
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Vice Adm. David Buss, deputy, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is presented the NAS Oceana history book “Mud Flats to Master Jet Base: Fifty Years at NAS Oceana” by retired Capt. Jim Joyner, commanding ofﬁcer, Hampton Roads Squadron, Association of Naval Aviation. Buss was the guest speaker during the monthly ANA meeting at the Oceana Hornet’s Nest Galley July 18. Buss provided an update on naval aviation programs.
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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy is accepting applications for the Command Master Chief (CMC) and Command Senior Chief (CSC) program, ofﬁcials said Aug. 15. A selection board is scheduled in January 2013. NAVADMIN 247/12 outlines eligibility and application procedures.Applications are due Dec. 1. “Hard-charging and highly motivated senior chiefs and master chiefs, including those in a frocked status, and who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.We want our top performing master chiefs and senior chiefs to be the command leaders and members of the command triads of the future,” said Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port. The CMC and CSC programs are intended to ensure Sailors are effectively led and developed. Senior enlisted leaders selected for these programs are responsible for leading the alignment efforts of the chief’s mess with the Navy ethos, Navy core values, and the MCPON’s mission, vision and guiding principles.
CMCs and CSCs are also charged with ensuring active communication throughout the chain of command and report directly to their respective commander or commanding ofﬁcer. They advise their respective commander or commanding ofﬁcer and provide input in the formulation, implementation, and execution of policies concerning morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization, family support, and training of enlisted Sailors, as well as providing input and advice in matters affecting mission and operations as required. CMC and CSC selection boards convene annually at NPC.The board reviews and selects the best-qualiﬁed applicants for assignment into the CMC and CSC program. Upon selection and receipt of orders for assignment as CMC, master chief petty ofﬁcers’ ratings will be changed to CMDCM. Senior chief petty ofﬁcers ﬁlling CSC billets will retain their source rating. Master chiefs and senior chiefs selected into the CMC/ CSC program will be assigned by the CMC detailer based on billet availability, experience, qualiﬁcations and desires. For more information, read NAVADMIN 247/12 and OPNAVINST 1306.2G available at www.npc.navy.mil.
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PHOTOS, LEFT: Volunteers gather in a hangar on the NAS Oceana flightline, Aug. 16, to wait for the beginning of the mass casualty drill. Nearly 300 volunteers from 10 Boy Scout Troops, Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps, active duty and family members participated in the nighttime drill, which simulated the collapse of bleachers during the NAS Oceana Air Show. CENTER: Firefighters and EMS personnel from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services bring out a gurney to load one of the injured for transportation to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. RIGHT: Firefighters from Norfolk’s Technical Response Team use blocks of wood, as well as air bags, chains and rope, to stabilize the bleachers before they can begin rescuing the seven victims trapped underneath.
Exercise: part of preparations for annual NAS Oceana Air Show next month — Continued from page 1 Immediately responding to the “catastrophe” were the Oceana security and firefighters from Navy, Mid-Atlantic Region Fire & Emergency Services at Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. According to Jack Ritz, safety specialist at Oceana, Navy assets outside of the base, which would routinely be on scene during the air show were also involved in the exercise. They included emergency personnel from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Before the first victim could be removed from under the rubble, firefighters from Norfolk and Virginia Beach’s technical response teams needed to stabilize the bleachers. Working under portable lights and the red, flashing glow from the fire trucks, teams carefully placed blocks of wood at each corner and used chains and air pumps to slowly raise the twisted wreckage. “It’s so good that we’re doing all these drills together. It’s also great to have a CO [commanding officer] and XO [executive officer] who are so supportive. We’ve never had this great of a coordination and working relationship between the city and Oceana as we do now,” said Erin Sutton, emergency planner for the City of Virginia Beach Emergency Management Office. Virginia Beach assets participating in the drill included the police with their helicopter, firefighters including the technical
response team, EMS and the emergency management office. Playing the role of a victim put one of the volunteers on the other side of emergency treatment. Lo Lumsden, a nurse practitioner, is also a member of the Vir-
family members. “It’s amazing what you will volunteer for. I told my patients today that this would be fun,” joked Lumsden, whose white polo was covered in “blood.” Lumsden was playing the part of one of
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Firefighters and EMS personnel from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services and the City of Virginia Beach move victim Lo Lumsden to a backboard for transportation to the hospital. Lumsden, a volunteer from the Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps, is a nurse practitioner in Virginia Beach. ginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps, who provided some of the volunteers for the drill. Nearly 300 volunteers participated in the exercise, including members of 10 local Boy Scout troops, active duty and their
seven victims trapped beneath the bleachers. For obvious safety reasons, mannequins were used in the rubble. Each mannequin extracted had an identical injury tag to a volunteer. Once extracted, all but
two of mannequins became live patients for emergency personnel to triage and transport to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital; the remainder were determined to have died on impact. Another victim below the collapsed bleachers was Electronics Technician Seaman Brian Lowe, a volunteer from Oceana Air Operations. Lowe was impaled by a piece of the metal from the stands, leaving him with a life-threatening chest injury. Those types of critical injuries would require a helicopter medevac on Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, which was on standby during the drill. The possible helicopter ride was what motivated Lowe to volunteer for his first drill. “I have no idea what to expect during this,” said Lowe, as emergency personnel triaged him. At the same time the injured were being treated, other bystanders were being kept away from the scene as emergency workers helped them locate lost children. Once it was determined the tragedy was an accident and not a terrorist attack, Ritz explained the normal procedure would be for security to “flush the base,” getting everyone off Oceana. “If it was an attack, you would want it the other way around, keep everyone here and interview them,” said Ritz. While the exercise is the last major drill before the air show, Geis said Oceana will continue to prepare for any type of emergency.“We are prepared for an aircraft mishap, any day, any time, so we will, in fact make sure we go over those procedures again. We do that frequently and we will do that again before the air show.”
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Cmdr. Daniel Sullivan (r), outgoing commanding ofďŹ cer of the â€œRed Rippersâ€? of VFA-11, gives Cmdr. Marcus Lopez, incoming commanding ofďŹ cer of VFA-11, a high ďŹ ve following an aerial change of command above aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). 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.
raises more than $7,000 VFA-11: Airborne change of command over Enterprise for two charities BY LT. J.G. MATT MANSHIP VFA-213 Public Affairs OfďŹ cer The â€œBlack Lions â€œof Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 once again show their devotion to military charities and a good time. VFA-213 hosted the annual â€œBlack Lion Bashâ€? at the NAS Oceana OfďŹ cers Club July 27. Alongside ďŹ ve ofďŹ cial sponsors, they surpassed previous events in attendance and fundraising. More than $7,000 was raised for both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Special Operations Warrior Fund.The support for the two organizations from the local community was evident with more than 300 attendees. More than 250 man hours were contributed by VFA-213 staff to ensure the eventâ€™s success. Two live bands, including an appearance by DJ, entertained attendees on the outside deck, while a silent auction provided goods and services donated from 40 local businesses. The Wounded Warriors Project was created to provide direct support and meet the needs of injured service members, in addition to helping these heroes aid and assist one another.The Special Operations Warrior Fund provides full scholarships, ďŹ nancial assistance and counseling to the families of severely wounded and fallen special operations personnel. For those who couldnâ€™t attend this yearâ€™s Black Lion Bash but would like more information about the two charities, and next yearâ€™s event, visit www.blacklionbash.com.
â€” Continued from page 4 ofďŹ cer,â€? said Lopez.â€œI think weâ€™ve been able to accomplish a lot together here and I enjoyed working with him.â€? As for Sullivan, his parting thoughts are simple, yet heartfelt. â€œThe only thing I would leave with the Rippers is to continue to take care of each other and remember and be proud of our heritage and what has made us great, which is the people of this squadron,â€? said Sullivan. This change of command ceremony comes a day after the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 change of command ceremony held above Enterprise.
Volunteers needed The Autism Society,Tidewater Virginia needs volunteers for theirâ€œTween Social,â€? a bi-monthly event for individuals with autism, ages 11-14. Join us for a little social networking, games, and some wholesome fun on Sept. 8, 4 -6 p.m. There will be a parallel parent group in another room who will share their ideas. Volunteers ages 11 and up needed; those 18 years of age and older will be subject to a criminal background check. Volunteers are asked to show up by 3:15 p.m. for a brieďŹ ng and stay until 6:30 p.m. to break down. Volunteers will be responsible for one thing: having fun with the teens and adults by developing conversations and just being a great friend. For more information or to register, visit www.volunteerhr.org.
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PHOTOS, LEFT: CTRC (SW/AW) Jill Violini from CDSA Dam Neck and FCC (SW) Chris Hutter from CSCSU Dam Neck compete in the two-mile run, part of the Splash & Dash Duathlon Aug. 15. Violini ﬁnished ﬁrst overall in the women’s division, running the two miles in 13:33. Hutter ﬁnished the run in 14:26. RIGHT: During the 500 meter swim at Oceana’s Feet Wet Pool, Marine 2nd Lt. Jerrod Anderson swims his way to an eventual overall ﬁrst place ﬁnish for the event. His time for the swim was 5:59 and his two-mile run time was 16:54. Anderson is attending the Ground Intelligence Ofﬁcer Course at NMITC on Dam Neck Annex.
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SAN DIEGO (NNS) — More than 900 runners and volunteers converged on San Diego State University (SDSU) July 29, for the inaugural Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K run, a memorial event honoring 31 American warriors who gave their lives in a helicopter crash Aug. 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. Twenty-two men associated with Naval Special Warfare (NSW) forces, including 17 SEALs, were among those killed. NSW men were part of a joint and combined team of U.S.Army air crew, U.S.Air Force para-rescue and combat controllers and an Afghan security element. The event kicked off at 7 a.m., just over a week shy of the one year anniversary of the highest number of U.S. forces killed during a single event in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. Guest speakers included Army Ranger Sean Parnell, John Kelsall, father of fallen SEAL Jonas T. Kelsall and ultra marathon runner Mike Rouse,who all offered memories and motivation. Rouse ran for 24 hours non-stop prior to the start of event in honor of his close friend Jonas. “Those men made the ultimate sacriﬁce so we could enjoy ourselves today,” said Rouse.“We didn’t do this for ourselves or for our own proﬁt, but to those who we want to thank and support.” “We raised a lot of money for our foundations and that was our main goal,” said Trisha Snelgrove, Joggin’ for Frogmen creator and race director.“This year we ran in honor of the 31 heroes and next year we’ll run for another group of warriors.”
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LEFT-RIGHT: Navy Petty OfďŹ cer 2nd Class Dusty Thibodaux, Navy Petty OfďŹ cer 2nd Class Kasey Schmidt and Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua Johnston attend a Transition GPS pilot program resume class at Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 15.
Transition GPS: Pilot program to eventually replace TAP offered at Norfolk bringing all those lessons learned together and helping us develop a very comprehensive curriculum for our service members.â€? She said representatives of the agencies contributed in multiple ways to develop Transition GPS, which, she addedâ€œwe hope will eventually evolve into the military lifecycle transition assistance program.â€? Transition GPS will be mandatory for service members, Kelly said, including reservists and national guardsmen, with some exceptions. A key part of the weeklong program is a three-day Labor Department Employment Workshop, which is mandated by the VOW to Hire Heroes Act to be in place by Nov. 21. â€œBetween the mandatory DOL employment workshop, plus the core curriculum for Transition GPS, there is a holistic view that starts with looking at the challenges of transition, and preparing military members to meet those challenges, including family considerations. It also helps plan for the ďŹ nancial changes theyâ€™ll face as they become civilians,â€? she said. Kelly said the DOL employment workshop introduces challenges a service member might confront, and how to deal with such stressors. Staff members help them determine whatâ€™s most important to them in a job â€” salary, advancement, stability and other considerations.
â€” Continued from page 1 there are some things that veterans canâ€™t control during the transition process, but there are others that they can.â€œAnd thatâ€™s exactly what the Transition GPS helps you do. Itâ€™s going to walk you through a set of modules, help you build your skills, and takes you through what you need to consider â€Ś [through] deliberate planning that makes you more open to the success you want to be in the civilian work force.â€? Naval Station Norfolk is one of seven installations now conducting pilot classes of the new ďŹ ve-day Transition GPS workshop. Full use of the program is expected to be in place by the end of 2013, according to a White House release. Kelly said senior leaders from the Defense Department, the military services, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, the Education Department and the OfďŹ ce of Personnel Management met regularly for a year as the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force to develop the new program. â€œIt was President Obamaâ€™s mandate to DOD and VA to establish the joint Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force,â€? Kelly explained, â€œthat brought all the partners together in a very structured and very goaloriented way. It was the major impetus for
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The workshop takes service members through job searches using up-to-date technology, and has them look at whether their skills are in demand in the civilian sector, where the best opportunities exist, and whether moving is a consideration. The DOL wants military members to develop a second plan if the ďŹ rst one doesnâ€™t pan out. â€œThey might look at what skills are in demand and how they can ďŹ ll that gap,â€? Kelly said. â€œThere are some very serious questions to look at.â€? â€œThere are speciďŹ c pieces of the new curriculum that give them the information they need to make very well-thought out decisions as well as skills building to help them succeed in whatever pathway they chose,â€? Kelly added. In the course of ďŹ ve days, about 50 students develop an individual transition plan that maps out ďŹ nancial planning and a budget to follow the ďŹ rst 12 months after separating from the military. It also covers how to write a resume and how to interview for a job, along with exploring how military skills can be carried over into the civilian work force. In addition to the DOL workshop, a Veterans Affairs representative goes over beneďŹ ts. If certain skills are not transferrable, service membersâ€™personal goals are identiďŹ ed for the type of employment they want to pursue, the education they want to gain from college or technical training schools, or to start their own business, she said. Optional two-day tracks, to be piloted in the coming months, will include help for those who want to pursue a college degree, or technical training. â€œWe found that military members werenâ€™t making the best of their post-911 GI Bill,â€? Kelly said.â€œSo we are getting them the information to help them choose wisely.â€? The new GI Bill, she said, is a generous beneďŹ t.â€œMake it work for you, and choose
wisely,â€? Kelly suggested. The Small Business Administration will also offer an optional two-day curriculum to put new veterans on the path to start up small businesses, Kelly said.â€œThe SBA is very passionate about our military members being very innovative, [being] creative, and self-initiating â€Ś and theyâ€™re going to help them build [business] skills.â€? The SBA also developed an eight-week online course to help new veterans build a solid business plan, she added. It also assigns a mentor to each military member, who will see them through their smallbusiness startup, sustaining the business, and remain a long-term mentor. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Peter Adams is one such small business candidate. He wants to go into ďŹ lm and video production and start his own company. He said Transition GPS has allowed him to look at reinventing himself. â€œThe class has given me ways to take my leadership and organization skills and [others] I never would have thought of and how to market them for myself,â€? he said.â€œIt gives me the conďŹ dence on my resume and in an interview to say, â€˜This is what I can do for you,â€™â€?Adams said. Navy Machinistâ€™s Mate 1st Class Jason Christian has worked in cryogenics throughout his military career, and his goal is to stay in his ďŹ eld in the civilian sector. He had previously attended the original TAP, and he says the new pilot program is more interactive. â€œThe technology made everything change signiďŹ cantly,â€? Christian said. Aside from the major companies in his ďŹ eld, he said he found others he didnâ€™t know existed.â€œI plan on coming back and bringing my spouse so she can be involved in this. [We need] to look at housing, the cost of living, what trafďŹ c is like, the crime rate and what the schools are like for my children â€” things I never took into account.â€?
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