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Updated Navy selection board schedule released

Shutdown over, but effects on DOD continue, Hagel says BY JIM GARAMONE American Forces Press Service

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — Due to a lapse in federal funding, some Navy selection boards scheduled for October 2013 had to be rescheduled. A revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Selection Board schedule has been approved, Navy leaders announced Oct. 17. The following changes were made: 1st Quarter Spot Promotion will now convene Nov.4. 1st Quarter Special will now convene Nov. 4. Acquisition Corps will now convene Nov. 6. Human Resources Milestone Screen will now convene Nov. 6. Human Resources Major Command Screen will now convene Nov. 6. Active O-7 Staff (CHC) will now convene Nov. 6. Active O-7 Staff (SC) will now convene Nov. 7. Active O-7 Staff (MC) will now convene Nov. 7. Medical Service Corps Inservice Procurement will now convene Nov. 14. Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program will now convene Nov. 18. Transfer/Redesignation #1 will now convene Nov. 18. Foreign Area Officer Milestone Screen will now convene Nov. 20. Nurse Corps Duty Under Instruction will now convene Dec. 4. Reserve O-7 Line (URL) will now convene Dec. 9. Full Time Support (FTS) O-7 Line will now convene Dec. 9. FTS Transfer/Redesignation #1 will now convene Dec. 10. Reserve O-8 Staff (SC/JAGC) will now convene Dec.12. Reserve O-7 Staff (SC) will now convene Dec. 13. Reserve O-8 Line (URL) will now convene Dec. 13. FTS O-8 Line will now convene Dec. 13. Federal Executive Fellowship will now convene Jan. 27, 2014. Pol-Mil Master’s Degree Program will now convene Jan. 27. A. S. Moreau Post Master’s Program will now convene Jan. 27. Olmsted Scholarship Program will now convene Jan.27. Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program will now convene Jan. 27. Navy Doctoral Studies Program (PhD) will now convene Jan. 27. FTS Redesignation/Transfer #2 will now convene May 19. The full FY15 board schedule can be viewed at www. npc.navy.mil/boards/generalboardinfo.

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Washington D.C. Oct. 17. At the shutdown’s height, more than 400,000 Defense Department civilian employees were furloughed because of the lapse of appropriations for the new fiscal year,which began Oct. 1.The Pay Our Military Act allowed the department to bring most back to work Oct. 7.The rest — about 5,000 — came back to work Oct. 17. “While all of us across the department welcome the fact that the shutdown is now behind us,I know that its impact will continue to be felt by all of our people,”Hagel said at a Pentagon news conference.“All of them, in different ways, had their lives affected and disrupted during this period of tremendous uncertainty.” All DOD leaders will work to repair the damage from the shutdown, the secretary vowed. “I want all of our civilian personnel to know that the work they do is critically important to this department and this country,”Hagel said.“It matters to this department, and it matters for the country.The military simply cannot succeed without our civilian employees,and the president and I appreciate their professionalism and their patience throughout this very trying period.” While the department must refocus on critical work, Hagel noted, Congress did not remove the shadow of uncertainty cast over DOD. “DOD is now operating on a short-term continuing resolution, which limits our ability to start new programs, and the damaging cuts of sequestration remain the law of the land,” the secretary said. The continuing resolution passed Oct. 16 gives Congress the chance to craft a balanced long-term spending bill, Hagel said. “If this fiscal uncertainty continues, it will have an impact on our economy, our national security, and America’s standing in the world,”he added.“If the sequester level continues, there will also be consequences.”The cuts could be devastating to training and to maintaining and equipping the force, he said. “DOD has a responsibility to give America’s elected leaders and the American people a clear-eyed assessment of what our military can and cannot do after years of sequester-level cuts,” Hagel said. “In the months ahead, we will continue to provide our best and most honest assessment as Congress works to establish the nation’s long-term

Photo by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivers remarks concerning the government shutdown during a press conference at the Pentagon Oct. 17. The secretary vowed All DOD leaders will work to repair the damage from the shutdown. spending priorities.” The secretary said he is concerned about civilian morale. “I don’t think anyone questions that the uncertainty that shutting down the government and closing down people’s jobs has brought a great amount of not only disruption to our government, to our country, but to their lives, to the civilian personnel whose lives have been disrupted by this particular shutdown,” he said. Combined with no authorization, no appropriation, continuing sequestration and the uncertainty of planning, this creates a perfect stew for bad morale, Hagel said. “People have to have some confidence that they have a job that they can rely on,” he explained.“I know there are no guarantees in life, but we can’t continue to do this to our people — having them live under this cloud of uncertainty.” If this continues, he added, DOD will not be able to recruit good people. The government shutdown and the nation’s debt limit problem are making American allies nervous as well, the secretary said. “Our allies are asking questions: Can we rely on our partnership with America? Will America fulfill its commitments and its promises?” he said.“These are huge issues for all of us, and they do impact our national security and our relationships and our standing in the world.”


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Sager relieves Lopez as ‘Red Rippers’ commanding officer BY LT. J.G. ADAM FISEL VFA-11 Public Affairs

Redcocks.” Lopez was next assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as the EducaDuring a ceremony on Oct. 10, Cmdr. tion and Training Division chief, being the Marcus Lopez was relieved by Cmdr.Joshua first naval aviator to earn the NRO’s CertiSager as commanding officer of Strike Fight- fied Systems Instructor qualification. He er Squadron (VFA) 11.The guest speaker for was also selected as the NRO Director’s Cirthe ceremony was NAS Oceana Command- cle Award recipient and earned the Project ing Officer Capt. Kit Chope, a previous de- Management Professional (PMP) credential. partment head at VFA-11.As the 77th comIn April 2011, Lopez assumed the execumanding officer of the“Red Rippers,”Lopez tive officer position with the“World Famous takes his place in Red Rippers,” while the history of VFAdeployed. He took 11, dating back to command in August 1927. 2012 while supLopez began his porting Operation career flying the Enduring Freedom. F-14A Tomcat for As commanding Fighter Squadron officer of the Red (VF) 41, “Black Rippers, the squadAces,” deploying ron earned the twice with Carrier Commander, Naval Air Wing (CVW) Air Force Atlantic 8, and supporting Battle “E” and the operations Allied Commander, Strike Force and South- During the ceremony Sager’s command at sea Fighter Wing Atlanern Watch. Lopez pin is secured by his wife Jessica. tic “Mutha”Award. also participated Lopez has accuin the opening bombing campaign in Af- mulated more than 3,500 flight hours and ghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom 800 arrested landings. His personal decoraaboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). tions include the Defense Meritorious SerIn December 2001,he reported to VF-101 vice Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medals, Navy as an instructor pilot and landing signals Of- and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, ficer (LSO) phase head. Following instruc- two with Combat “V,” the Navy and Marine tor duty, he was assigned to CVW-7 as the Corps Achievement Medal and numerous LSO and deployed on USS George Washing- campaign, service and unit awards. ton (CVN 73) in support of Operation Iraqi Lopez next reports to the Office of Naval Freedom. He then transitioned to the F/A- Research. 18 Super Hornet in 2005 and completed his The incoming commanding officer, Sager, department head tour at VFA-22, “Fighting has been flying F/A-18s since he earned his

Photos by MC2(SW/AW) Ernest R. Scott

During VFA-11’s change of command ceremony, Oct. 10, Cmdr. Joshua Sager becomes the 77th commanding officer of the “Red Rippers” as he relieves Cmdr. Marcus Lopez. Watching the salute is Commander, CVW-1 Capt. Robert Boyer. wings of gold in August 1997. His squadron assignments have included the “World Famous Golden Dragons”of VFA-192, the VFA106 “Gladiators,” and the VFA-81 “Sunliners.” Following a tour as executive officer ofVFA106, Sager reported to VFA-11 as executive officer in August 2012. Sager has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and nearly 800 carrier arrested landings in support of operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His personal decorations include the strike/flight air medals, Navy and Marine

Corps Commendation medals, including one with Combat “V,” the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous campaign, service and unit awards. Personal accolades include the VFA-106 Instructor Pilot of the Year, the Naval Air Force Atlantic Landing Signals Officer of the Year, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Mike Longardt Award for Leadership and most recently,the 2012 Navy Marine CorpsAssociation Leadership Award. Cmdr. Craig Bangor reports as the Red Rippers’ new executive officer.

Deadlines for holiday mail delivery

Tuition Assistance payments resume

WASHINGTON — Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays. Officials at MPSA, an extension of the U.S. Postal Service, have published a chart at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/xmas.htm that shows deadlines for various mailing options, broken down by the APO/FPO/ DPO numbers of various destinations. USPS is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85.The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide, officials said. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available free at local post offices, or can be ordered from USPS online.Postage,labels and customs forms also are available online. — American Forces Press Service

BY CMDR. KELLY BRANNON Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Following passage of continuing resolution authority (CRA),the Navy is in the process of resuming funding of voluntary education programs, including tuition assistance. Effective immediately, all Military Tuition Assistance applications for courses starting on or after Oct. 17 may be submitted. All previously approved TA requests for courses which began on or after Oct. 17 will also be honored. CNP has received inquiries regarding classes that

began during the dates of the government shutdown, Oct. 1-16. Any authorization for such classes that came prior to Oct. 1 will still be honored. However, Navy will follow guidance from the DOD Instruction which states “All Military TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course.” Since funding cannot not be awarded retroactively, classes that started Oct. 1-16 which were not authorized prior to Oct. 1 will not be paid for. According to Navy officials,the service will resume close to normal pre-shutdown operations, with no changes to TA execution anticipated for 2014. The bottom line for Sailors is, if you have a TA voucher printed from the WebTA site, you may present this to your educational institution in lieu of payment.


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NMCP to participate in drug Take-Back Day Oct. 26

Coffee habit by VAW-120 Officers’ Mess nets donation for St. Judes

From Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs

From VAW-120 Public Affairs

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s main pharmacy will participate in “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 26. Active duty service members, retirees, family members and staff can drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the medical center’s main pharmacy in Portsmouth. Ridding the home of old medications also prevents drug abuse and theft. Patrons may bring their medications for disposal to the pharmacy’s counseling window, Building 2, 2nd floor, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked. This is the fourth time NMCP has participated in Drug Take-Back Day. In April, 66

pounds of prescription drugs were turned in to NMCP. Coordinators are hoping for a higher total this time. Unused and expired medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet. In addition,Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — are safety and health hazards. For up-to-date information on NMCP and its branch clinics, go to www.med. navy.mil/sites/NMCP or www.facebook. com/NMCPortsmouth.

Officers from Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 “Greyhawks” love the taste of coffee! So much so, that they decided to switch the brand of coffee from a major coffee brand to Norfolk Coffee and Tea, a local brewing company that brews premium fresh coffee and is located in the squadron’s hometown of Norfolk. VAW-120’s Wardroom Mess Officer and Instructor Pilot Joey Giordano found Norfolk Coffee and Tea Brewing Company via a radio commercial. After meeting with the owners of Norfolk Coffee and Tea, Giordano worked out

a deal with the brewing company that was donating a portion of coffee sales of their “Uncle Pete’s” coffee to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. The brewing company agreed to donate $6 per box of Uncle Pete’s coffee purchased from VAW-120. VAW-120 has well over 100 officers, most of whom enjoy coffee, and the squadron on average purchases 12 boxes of Uncle Pete’s coffee a month. The squadron has been ordering coffee from Norfolk Coffee and Tea since March 2013 and so far, has donated more than $400 to help the children at St. Jude’s. The squadron is on track to have a yearly donation of more than $950.


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Military parenting website assists with communication, building relationships BY AMAANI LYLE American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. Pam Murphy, the Defense Department’s lead psychologist for the website, said the launch of http://www.militaryparenting. org offers unprecedented, comprehensive and free computer-based training from a service member’s perspective on parenting and building strong relationships with their children. A clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in community and private practice, Murphy said the Integrated Mental Health Strategy Program is a collaborative initiative between the Veterans Affairs Department and DOD.

“We initially did an environmental scan of everything within the DOD as well as commercially available, and one of the areas that seemed to be at a deficit was a comprehensive parenting program that looks at the basics,” Murphy said. She noted that while a plethora of parenting information exists online, it was difficult to identify a free, private “militarycentric” program. “This is one of the first of its kind,” Murphy said.The interactive site,she explained, develops and reinforces parenting skills to help families reconnect through in-depth technology solutions that appeal to younger parents. “Many of the parents in the service member population are generally younger,” she said. “Prominent age groups of their children are typically 5 or below.” Murphy added that the site goes beyond the job and hits home in terms of affecting family relationships, building resilience

and helping service members to be happy with their lives within the military. She also noted that service members’ personalized accounts interwoven into the site make the situations and solutions relatable. “We included videos of real service personnel ... to talk about their real-life experiences with parenting, reintegrating and making those everyday decisions,” Murphy said. The website consolidates and simplifies information that was previously accessible across multiple resources, said Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Siegele, a protocol specialist, and his wife, Air Force Staff Sgt. Sabrina Siegele, noncommissioned officer in charge of knowledge operations,both of whom work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. “We’ve been through so many parenting classes, counseling and therapy, and a lot of the resources and advice is mirrored

on this site,” Sabrina said.“This website is excellent — it’s a one-stop shop instead of jumping around to multiple appointments.” During family separations, Murphy said, applications such as Skype and Facetime can help in keeping families connected, but the military parenting website provides ideas for technology-based activities that can help in reuniting parents and children after a deployment.“A lot of times, kids don’t know what to talk about with their parents when they are on the phone or on the computer with them,” she said. Murphy said the website can help military parents to reconnect with their children. “Parents can benefit from this site, and I believe they want their kids to grow up to be happy, healthy, fully functioning adults,” she said. “Here, they’ll find strategies and ideas to [get] even better in terms of helping kids to grow, mature and blossom.”

Lights on Afterschool Oceana Youth Programs was among participants in the 14th annual Lights on Afterschool, Oct. 18, a rally to bring attention to the importance of afterschool activities for children. Military installations worldwide and civilian communities conducted nearly 8,000 events to call attention to the need for all children to have access to afterschool programs. Oceana CYP offered fun activities in their gym for the kids who attend their afterschool program and also offered information booths for parents, who were invited to attend. Lights on Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org PHOTOS, ABOVE, LEFT: Children wait for their turn in the bounce house. ABOVE, RIGHT: Oceana Youth Programs Director Cathy Mead (r) and CYP Assistant Janet Santos explain the activities they have planned for the nearly 100 children who have gathered in the youth center’s gym after school. LEFT: Olivia Allen (l) and Patricia Gonzalez finish decorating the display of the various vegetables being grown by children at CYP. Photos by MC2 (SW) Alysia Hernandez


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Education: Seven CNATTU staff completed degree programs in past year — Continued from page 1 classes, Ammons finished his Master’s Iadonisi completed his Bachelor’s in in Aviation Education through Trident Technical Management from EmbryUniversity in 17 months. Ammons said Riddle Aeronautical University earlier one of his goals has been to finish the this year. He began his degree through educational programs he had begun the Navy College Program for Afloat before enlisting 17 years ago. Before College Education (NCPACE) in 2002 completing his master’s, Ammons also — one class a semester. He continued earned both his associate and bachethroughout two sea duty tours and his lor’s degrees through Embry-Riddle. shore time. All but one of his courses “I believe that earning my degrees were completed in a classroom setting. have helped tremendously. Personal “Originally I wanted to become a piprofessional development is key in the lot but then my overall goal was to bedevelopment of senior leaders as we come an officer, an easier life for myself endeavor into our mid-level and upperin the military and for my family,” said level management,” said Ammons. Iadonisi. Because of age restrictions, Senior Chief Aviation Maintenance he has switched his goal to becomAdministrationman William Spittle ing an aeronautical maintenance duty completed his Bachelor’s in Business officer, applying to earn his commisAdministration from Saint Leo Universion through Officer Candidate School sity and Logistics Specialist 1st Class (OCS). Kamisha Huffin earned her Bachelor’s Photo by MC2(SW) Alysia Hernandez Grant was motivated by a little in Business Administration from the Five of the seven staff and instructors at CNATTU pose for a photo Oct. 21 in building 340. LEFT: RIGHT: friendly competition with his wife, University of La Verne but were unGunnery Sgt. Shoji Harris earned a Master’s in Business Administration from National University; who had her bachelor’s degree.While it available for the interview. AT1(AW) Daniel Iadonisi earned a Bachelor’s in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle; Lt. David Crochet took him nine years, a sea tour and four Motivated by personal and profesearned a Master’s in Science and Management from Thomas Edison State College; AD1(AW/SW) schools, Grant completed a four-year Gregory Grant earned a Bachelor’s in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle; and ATC(AW/SW) sional goals, Lt. David Crochet exdegree in technical management from Gary Ammons earned a Master’s in Aviation Education from Trident University. Not present for the plained he “always wanted his masEmbry-Riddle. But by then, his wife had photo are AZCS William Spittle who completed a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo ter’s,” so in October 2010, began his earned her master’s, so Grant joked “I University and LS1 Kamisha Huffin who earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the advanced degree through online classguess I’m not done yet!” es in science and management through University of La Verne. But beyond the competition with his Thomas Edison State College, finishing wife, Grant saw earning his degree as a way to “better his completed his education “before, during and after deploy- up this past spring. Crochet admits he could have finished faster“but I wantfamily and himself and a desire to be an officer.” Like Iad- ments.” onisi, he’s applying to OCS. With 15 years in the Marine Corps, Harris said his mo- ed to enjoy shore duty.” Crochet, who has been CNATTU’s administrative officer Gunnery Sgt. Shoji Harris, lead instructor at CNATTU, tivation to earn his master’s was to be competitive for used a combination of online and traditional classroom advancement as well as employment options following since December 2011,prefers online classes because“I can control how fast I get things done.” setting to earn a Master of Business Administration in two military service. Enlisting in the Navy more than 10 years ago, Crochet years. Harris had also earned a Bachelor’s in Management Also completing his master’s degree was Chief Air Traffrom National University in the spring of 2011, following fic Controller (AW/SW) Gary Ammons, who has been at has taken advantage of the educational opportunities to three and one-half years of coursework. Harris said he CNATTU for more than two years. By doubling up on not only earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees but also advance through the ranks, commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer. Grant explained that earning the degrees provides more credibility with the students going through the schoolhouse at CNATTU.“They already see you as a professional, someone they should be learning from and they also hear you’ve already obtained a degree or done something else to better yourself,I think it makes them listen to you a little — Continued from page 1 appearances, port visits, service weeks, and nonprofit more,” he said, as the others agreed. power,demonstrate readiness to defend the nation,and and corporate leader outreach.” “It also shows them that it is possible to get a degree help to preserve the all-volunteer force,” Hagel wrote. The connections between U.S. service members and “It is unfortunate that sequestration restrictions have the civilians they defend are important to active and reeven while you’re at sea and also while at shore duty, like kept us from connecting with nearly a half-billion peo- serve service members, their families and veterans, the we are,” added Crochet. ple worldwide over the last six months, and required secretary said in his memo. When students at CNATTU express interest in off duty us to withdraw support from more than 2,800 events “Community and public outreach is a crucial Departeducation, Iadonisi said instructors direct the students to throughout the country,” the secretary wrote. mental activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the Education Services Center at Oceana.“Everyone’s afraid A senior defense official noted that this plan rein- the United States Military and in its most important asto actually start.They’re afraid it’s going to interfere with states at a 45 percent reduced capacity:the jet and para- set — people,” Hagel asserted. “It is our obligation to their family or take away from their free time or they’re gochute demonstration teams, band and ceremonial unit sustain that trust well into the future.” ing on deployment. Hopefully, we can show them it’s not as difficult as they thought,” he said.

Community outreach: Blue Angels to resume air show schedule for fiscal year 2014


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Naval Helicopter Association kicks off Aircrew Challenge STORY/PHOTOS BY MC2 INDRA BOSKO HSC-22 Public Affairs

showcased creative team shirts and headgear. Judges were stationed at each course to In celebration of 70 years of Naval Ro- tally up the time and encourage each team tary Wing Aviation, the Norfolk region of during the challenge. The competithe Naval Helicoption consisted of ter Association a 10-mile, five(NHA) hosted its obstacle course, annual Aircrew beginning with Challenge at Joint sprint runs and Expeditionary relays. Base Fort Story In addition Oct. 10. to the stormy Close to 100 piweather, a numlots and naval air ber of courses crewmen from six increased in diffisquadrons from culty as teams ran Naval Station Norfrom one course folk participated to the next, perin the Aircrew forming exercises Challenge, a comlike bear crawls, petitive sportwheel barrows ing event that and buddy carries includes various obstacle courses Lt. j.g. John O’Brien from HSC-22 “Sea Knights” on the beach of and emergency wears his command kilt as he competes in the golf Fort Story. tournament and fundraiser Oct. 11. Some found rescue skills. the sand mounThere were 20, four-person teams from the helicopter tain course “the most challenging” as parcommunity,. Each team sported names ticipants took the Cardiopulmonary Resuch as “Pluto” and “Tripod,” and each team suscitation (CPR) challenge and walked

Naval aircrewmen from HM-14 compete in the CPR challenge in which Sailors have to carry a live body on a stretcher at the four-story Sand Mountain obstacle course, part of the annual Aircrew Challenge. The challenge was hosted by the National Helicopter Association Norfolk region at JEB Fort Story Oct. 10. Close to a 100 pilots and naval aircrewmen from six squadrons at Naval Station Norfolk participated in the challenge, a competitive sporting event that includes various obstacle courses and emergency rescue skills.

up and down four-stories of sand while carrying a live body on red stretchers with speed and efficiency. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2’s “Instructor Pilots” won this year’s Aircrew Challenge with “bragging rights,” followed by HSC-26 in second place and HSC2’s “Air Crew Instructors” in third place. HSC-2’s “Instructor Pilot” Lt. Patrick Murphy said the Aircrew Challenge included

“great team-building exercises” and promoted camaraderie throughout the event. “Some of us are faster than others, but at the end of the day we have to finish together,” said Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Brice Mora from HSC-84. NHA events also included a golf tournament on Oct.11 with fundraisers to benefit the NHA Scholarship Fund and a memorial fund for HSC-6.

COMMUNITY RUNNING CALENDAR Race for Breath The Race for Breath 5K Run/Walk,1 Mile Walk,and Kid’s Fun Run will be held at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 24th Street at Atlantic Avenue Nov. 2. On site registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5K starts at 9 a.m., and the 1 mile walk and Kids Fun Run both start at 9:45 a.m. Online preregistration for the 5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile Walk is $35. Cost for 12 and under for 5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile Fun Run is $20. Event day registration is $35. Proceeds benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance’s programs to provide support, information and hope to patients and families; raise national awareness; and secure millions more in public health research dollars. For more information or registration, visit http://www. lungcanceralliance.org.

Virginia Running Festival The Virginia Running Festival Half-Marathon and 5K from Flat-Out Events is back. Run 13.1 miles through historical neighborhoods of Newport News,on Mariners’Museum property, and back through the campus of Christopher Newport University at the Virginia Running Festival. The festival will also feature the Alumni 5K on the campus of CNU — with an all new course — and the Little Captains Half-Miler for kids of all ages. Cost for the half marathon is $85 through Nov. 2 and $90 from Nov. 3 10; 5K is $38 through Nov. 10 and fun run is $10.All race packets must be picked up prior to the event and those who are 16 or older, must have an ID to pick up a race number. For complete information and registration, visit http:// www.virginiarunningfestival.com.

Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8K The Carter Gunn Memorial Stressbuster 8K has been scheduled for Nov. 16 at First Landing State Park,Virginia Beach. The run is an 8K cross country race along the rolling trails of the park and starts at 9 a.m.The cost is $30 by Nov. 1 or $35 through race day. Awards to top three male and female overall, top three male and female masters,top three male and female walkers and top three males and females in each age group. All proceeds benefit the Carter T. Gunn Fund, part of the Vandeventer Black Foundation, dedicated to fighting depression and educating the public about mental health. For more information or to register online, visit http:// www.cartergunnstressbuster8k.mettleevents.com.


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NAS Oceana Commanding OfďŹ cer Capt. Kit Chope (l) uses the horn to start NAS Oceana’s annual Pumpkin Patch 5K race on 5th Street outside of the Photos by MC2(SW) Alysia Hernandez Flightline Fitness Center Oct. 16.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR » » »» » »»»»»»» VIRGINIA BEACH SCHOOLS ACADEMY NIGHT Oct. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Virginia Beach City Public Schools will host its annual Academy and Advanced Academic Programs Night, tonight at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The event will showcase the division’s high school academy and advanced academic programs. Current eighthgrade students and their parents are invited to attend. A general session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by half-hour breakout sessions featuring each academy and advanced academic program. Program coordinators, students and teachers will be on hand to answer questions. The academy and advanced academic programs to be featured include Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School; Health Sciences Academy at Bayside High School; International Baccalaureate Program at Princess Anne High School; Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School; Mathematics and Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School; Governor’s

STEM & Technology Academy at Landstown High School; and Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School. For more information,contact James Pohl, executive director, Office of Secondary Teaching and Learning at 2631446.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY Oct. 24, 5 - 7 p.m. The Chesapeake campus of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance is hosting a military appreciation event tonight. The event will include a “How to Apply for VA Benefits” workshop, VIP campus tours, refreshments and a flight simulator. The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and financial aid is available if qualified. Job placement assistance is available to all students and graduates. The campus is located at 2211 S. Military Highway in Chesapeake. For more information contact the school at 363-2121.

TMFSC MILITARY FAMILY FESTIVAL Oct. 27, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Tidewater Military Family Services Council (TMFSC) will present the 4th annual Military Family Festival at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Its

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There’s a double dose of fun coming to the Town Center of Virginia Beach. Town and Treat will be at the Fountain Plaza and among the neighboring stores.The younger set will enjoy games, activities, trick or treating and pumpkin decorating

The Dam Neck Annex Child Development Center will hold their annual costume parade. All parents are invited to participate while staff and children show off their costumes.

TRUNK OR TREAT Oct. 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy some fun in a safe environment with your family. Enjoy hay rides, games, trick or treating and a costume contest at the NAS Oceana Youth Center.

Oct. 31, 5 - 7 p.m. Children 12 and under are welcome to trick or treat in costume at participating stores. Look for the pumpkin decal on the store front.

Oct. 25 , 6 - 9 p.m. Come to the Bay & Ocean Pavilion at the Virginia Aquarium dressed for Halloween fun. The annual Monster Madness event will feature naturethemed crafts, storytelling and a chance to meet some“creepy”creatures. Cost is $7 for members; $10 for non-members. For more information, call 385-0300.

— all free and provided by the merchants of Town Center. Between 5 - 8:30 p.m. the bigger ghouls (and boys) will enjoy a roiling cauldron of music, costumes and fun.

BOOBIRD SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN TOWN AND TREAT Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT Oct. 29, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Students and their parents are invited to attend Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ annual College Information Night at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with nearly 170 college/university representatives, as well as representatives from proprietary schools and the armed forces. In addition, two financial aid seminars are scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m. The event is targeted to middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing their education after high school. For more information, call the Office of Guidance Services and Student Records at 263-1980.

Military Appreciation Day at the Virginia Zoo

This event at Bluebird Gap Farm will feature trick or treating for ages 2 - 13, hay rides, food vendors, children’s activities and games, environmental exhibitors and more. Boobird Spooktacular admission is $1 per person for ages 2 and older; contributions support the Friends of Farm, Inc., the support for Bluebird Gap Farm. Patrons are highly encouraged to dress up their children and themselves and bring goodie bags for trick or treating among the animals.

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TRICK OR TREAT TIMES It’s the night kids love, but they can not trick or treat unless they are 12 or younger. Also, while start times vary, they all end at 8 p.m. Virginia Beach: Dusk to 8 p.m. Chesapeake: 5 - 8 p.m. Norfolk/Suffolk: Ends at 8 p.m. Portsmouth: 6 - 8 p.m.

File photo by MC3 Jared Walker

A young boy gets his face painted like a tiger during Norfolk Zoo’s Military Appreciation Day in 2012. This year’s Military Appreciation Day has been rescheduled for Nov. 9. The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia and Dominion Power will honor military heroes and their families by rescheduling the “Military Appreciation Day at the Zoo” to Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The day will include children’s games, entertainment, give-aways and more. The event, originally scheduled on Oct. 13, was postponed due to inclement weather. Admission to the zoo on Nov. 9 is free with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD civilians, reserve/guard members and their eligible family members.


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