CSFWL, CID GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY PAGE 3 VOLUME 51 NO. 51
DECEMBER 20, 2012
SERVING NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA
DAM NECK ANNEX
Home for Christmas
LUNCHEON THANKS EMPLOYEES, FAMILIES
VET CLINICS EXPANDING HOURS, SERVICES
Dressed as Santa Claus, Lt. Jamie Roman, ﬂight deck ofﬁcer, launches an F/A-18C Hornet from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during CVW-7’s ﬂy off Dec. 18. CVW-7 and its four squadrons, VFA-83, VFA-103, VFA131 and VFA-143, returned to NAS Oceana Tuesday morning. Eisenhower returned to her homeport of Norfolk Dec. 19 after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Photo by MC3 (SW/AW) Justin R. Wesley
PAGE 14 This is our 51st and ﬁnal edition of the Jet Observer for 2012. Following a holiday break, the paper will resume publica- BY CATHY HEIMER tion on Jan. 10, Jet Observer 2013. The deadWearing their service dress blues line is Jan. 4. To and carrying fresh green wreaths schedule cover- with large red bows,dozens of active duty Sailors from commands across age of events, Hampton Roads fanned out across call 433-3360 or the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial email jet@mili- Veterans Cemetery,Dec.15,to honor veterans and family members laid to tarynews.com. rest at the Suffolk cemetery.
— Homecoming story, photos, pages 12 -13
Wreaths Across America honors veterans at Suffolk cemetery
The Sailors joined with hundreds of other military members, community groups and individuals to ensure that the more than 4,000 headstones
each received a holicemetery, including day wreath on Satseveral graves, still Wreaths Across urday as part of the too new for a permaAmerica also national Wreaths nent headstone. Across America But even as he rechonored veterans tribute, which took ognized the record and families laid to place at veterans’ number of people rest at the Hampton in attendance and cemeteries across the country. the reason for the National Cemetery. ceremony, Williams Master of ceremo— Story and photos, page 17 nies, Kurt Williams, also paid tribute to the 26 victims of the NewsChannel 3 anchor, thanked the mass school shootaudience for helping raise nearly ing in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14. $40,000 to cover the cost of 4,075 As the ﬂags around the cemetery wreaths — one for each grave at the ﬂew at half-staff, guest speaker Capt.
David McDufﬁe, director of strategy and planning for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, also noted that it would be impossible to not mention the tragic events in Connecticut. Although he considered changing his speech following Friday’s tragedy, McDufﬁe choose not to because “What we’re here for today is about something more enduring than any one person could ever wipe from the face of the earth — no matter how horrible or how tragic. — See Wreaths, Page 21
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BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» Holiday chapel schedule Roman Catholic Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Mass, 4:30 p.m. NAS Oceana Chapel Dec. 25 — Christmas Day Mass, 9 a.m. NAS Oceana Chapel Dec. 31 — Monday Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Dam Neck Chapel Jan. 1 — Tuesday Mass, 9 a.m. NAS Oceana Chapel The COnnection Line has made a change! For questions, suggestions, compliments or concerns about services provided on board NAS Oceana, now e-mail OceanaPAO@navy.mil. However, the best and fastest way to resolve a problem is through your chain of command or with the organization directly involved. Please be brief and to the point when using the COnnection Line. Capt. Bob Geis will reply through this column, since topics may be of interest to other readers.
Protestant Dec. 24 — Protest Candlelight Service, 6 p.m. NAS Oceana Chapel For more information, contact the Oceana Chapel of the Good Shepherd at 433-2871 or the Dam Neck Chapel by the Sea at 492-6602.
Trees, free of tinsel, ornaments and lights may be dropped off at the NAS Oceana Natural Resources Center, building 78,across from the stables on Oceana Boulevard or at Dam Neck Annex, building 127 off of Regulus Avenue, at the southeast corner of the parking lot, until Jan. 21. Call the Natural Resources Center at 433-2151 for more information.
Holiday hours for gates, pass and decal ofﬁce The main gate at NAS Oceana (post 1) and the Dam Neck Gate (post 16) will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the holiday season. Oceana back gate (post 2) — Dec. 20 - 21, 26 & 28, Jan. 2 - 9, 5:30 - 8 a.m. only; Jan. 27, 5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; closed all other times.Will resume normal hours Jan. 10. Oceana Pass and Decal Ofﬁce — Dec. 21, 26 -28, normal hours; closed at all other times.Will resume normal schedule Jan. 2. Flightline gates through Jan. 9 — Hangar 145 (post 3A), closed; Hangar 122 (post 4), open; Hangar 111 (post 5), closed;Tower (post 6), open; Hangar 200 (post 7), closed; Hangar 404/500 (post 9), open;Fuels (post 11), closed; and Ordnance (post 12),closed.Return to normal hours Jan.10.
Recycle your Christmas tree Give your Christmas tree a new life after the holidays. NAS Oceana is collecting Christmas trees to be reused to help rehabilitate the dunes on Dam Neck Annex’s beaches.
Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana
Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH rates From Department of Defense Public Affairs The Department of Defense released the 2013 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, which take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Overall rates will increase an average of 3.8 percent this year. For members with dependents, average increases in BAH are approximately $60 per month. A typical E-6 with dependents, for example, will ﬁnd his/her BAH about $60 per month higher than last year, while an O-3 with dependents will receive about $55 more than last year. In areas where rates will decrease, the decrease will only apply to members newly reporting to those locations.Members are protected by individual rate protection which ensures that those already assigned to a given location will not see their BAH rate decrease, however, they
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CSFWL and CID show holiday spirit Chaplain’s by volunteering at the food bank Corner That crazy relative is coming for Christmas! BY LT. ANDREW BROD NAS Oceana Chaplain The holidays are a time to celebrate faith, joy, peace and family and friends. But all too often, it’s when we’re cooped up with our family over the holidays that things go haywire. So I felt it appropriate to offer some tips to get along with that crazy cousin/uncle/in-law/random relative that you still haven’t ﬁgured out how they’re related and are secretly hoping that they really aren’t related at all, in hopes of keeping peace this holiday season! 1. Kill them with kindness. The book of Proverbs says “If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.” The best way to diffuse a tense situation is to show love. Of course, when done in a sarcastic way, they’ll see right through you. It’s got to be genuine! Go the extra mile when they make demands on you, show them that their words and ways don’t affect you (at least on the outside). They may be stunned by such rare kindness and alter their behavior, at least temporarily. 2.Take the“High Road.”In the book of James,it says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.Perseverance must ﬁnish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” I relate this verse to an NFL player. No one just wakes up and decides to play in the NFL.There are years of conditioning, learning the game, buckets — See Challenging relatives Page 10
As we endure challenging people, we are developing perseverance; the more we persevere, the better prepared we’ll be for the next situation! View each difﬁcult interaction as a chance to mature and make yourself better.
STORY/PHOTOS BY MC2 ANTONIO P. TURRETTO RAMOS NAS Oceana Public Affairs
way it is, how nice we have it and we’re trying to give a little bit back,” said Brown. According to Caraballo, the food being sorted by the Sailors from Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL), at Sailors and all other volunteers is received from the local NAS Oceana, and the Center for Information Dominance community in the form of donations, such as food drives (CID) Learning Site Dam Neck gave time back to the and contributions from major retailers. After volunteers Hampton Roads community by volunteering at the Food- sort the food, it’s transported to partner agencies and then bank of Southeastern Virginia located in downtown Nor- distributed to those in need. The foodbank needs two folk Dec. 11. groups of 20 volunteers, twice a day, one in the morning Before the Sailors could dig in and begin volunteering and one in the afternoon to support activity ﬁve days a at the foodbank, the week. two groups watched According to Chief a short introductory Aviation Boatswain’s video illustrating polMate – Equipment icy, procedures and (AW/SW) David Whalsorting practices of ey, one of the 15 volunthe food bank. The teers from CSFWL and simple guidelines ina ﬁrst time volunteer cluded subjects like at the agency, the two checking for unbrogroups of Sailors arken safety seals, nutririved at the food bank tion and ingredient on the same day coinlabels being present cidently. The foodbank on items, and where was the ﬁrst to respond to check for expirato an offer, put out by tion dates on different Whaley to local volunproducts. teer organizations, for Angel Caraballo, 15 volunteers and two quality assurance suhours. pervisor at the Food- Navy volunteers from Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and the “It’s a good thing to bank of Southeastern Center for Information Dominance (CID) Learning Site Dam Neck are do,” said Whaley.“We’re Virginia, said service briefed by Angel Caraballo, quality assurance supervisor at the Food- a shore command and members are a huge bank of Southeastern Virginia Dec. 11. Twenty-ﬁve volunteers from the have the ability to give supporter, volunteer- two commands spent the afternoon helping sort and package donations some time back to the ing on a nearly daily to help others during the holidays. community.” basis from various Although he doesn’t units and activities all around Hampton Roads. call himself a an avid volunteer, Yeoman 3rd Class (AW/ “Service members are big supporters, they come in al- SW) William Hugg, an administrative clerk at CSFWL, who most on a daily basis when time permits them,” said Cara- accompanied Whaley, said he feels a sense of accomplishballo.“I see at least about a good half-dozen faces that have ment when giving back to the community by volunteerbeen here in the past to help us accomplish our mission.” ing. According to Chief Information Systems Technician “I know that there are families out there who don’t have (SW/AW) Chris Brown, course supervisor for systems ad- what me and you have and I thought ‘why not help them ministration at CID and one of 10 veteran volunteers of- out if I can,’” said Hugg. fering their time from CID, many of the Sailor volunteers The holiday season is when the foodbank receives the were not strangers to the foodbank because both groups largest amount of donations and the demand for volunmake a point to make time for community outreach at a teers increases accordingly, said Caraballo. minimum every quarter. “Typically during the holiday season is when we peak Brown, now on his ﬁfth visit to the foodbank as a volun- for food donations so in order for us to get it back out to teer,said his involvement stemmed from the chief petty of- the community we need more volunteers,” said Caraballo. ﬁcer’s association quarterly volunteer efforts,but said they often volunteer more than once a quarter. “I think everyone here has been here at least once or •To ﬁnd out more about volunteering or dotwice.We usually come out here during chief’s initiation, nating to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginbut we make a point to come out once every couple months.We know, especially with the economy being the ia, visit www.foodbankonline.org.
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CDSA employees win NAVSEA excellence awards BY TAMMY VAN DAME Director, Corporate Communication, Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck WASHINGTON, D.C. — Naval Sea Systems Command Executive Director Brian Persons presented the 2012 NAVSEA excellence award to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) employees for their outstanding achievements at an award ceremony held at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Dec. 11. Two Combat Direction System Activity employees — members of two teams — were among individuals and teams from across the NAVSEA organization who received awards for their excellent contributions to the U.S. Navy and the employees’ commands. Jody Michaels and Dennis Askew were honored for achieving excellence, the Naval Warfare Systems Certiﬁcation Policy Team, and the Laser Weapon System Team respectively. “We are pleased and proud to have two recipients of this award, especially since it is a team honor,” said Capt. Stephen Kelley,
Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck commanding ofﬁcer. “Our success in teamwork projects like these demonstrates the command’s ability to positively contribute to a wide range of research, development, test and evaluation priorities for the Navy.” The NAVSEA excellence award program commends military and civilian individuals, teams, and activities across the NAVSEA community for their contributions in innovation and improvement in the areas of product quality, technical innovation, cost control, schedule acceleration, organizational efﬁciency and process improvement. The Naval Warfare System Certiﬁcation Policy (NWSCP) Team, made up of members from joint commands, were honored with the NAVSEA excellence team award. The team was cited, “for exhibiting outstanding teamwork across organizational boundaries while dealing with the challenge of a reduced budget and staff.” The nomination pointed out that the team’s efforts resulted in, “process improvements and technical innovations in organizational effectiveness, product quality, commonality, — See Awards, Page 15
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Children enjoy games, gifts during TR’s holiday party at Oceana BY MC3(SW) BRIAN G. REYNOLDS AND MCSA BOUNONE CHANPHOUANG USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) attended a children’s holiday party at NAS Oceana Dec. 9. Children and adults alike enjoyed a multitude of activities during the party, including movies, bowling, pony rides, hayrides, face-painting, arts and crafts, and rock climbing. The party offered a chance for military family members to be together.Too often, the holidays can be stressful for military
families,since many military members may be deployed and are unable to spend the holidays with their children. “This was a great way to get our Sailors and their families to enjoy a good time and to relax,” said Holly Scheidt, the “fun boss” of TR’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department.“We have all types of festivities for the entire family to enjoy.” Along with all of the games and activities, a special guest highlighted the day for many of the children. “My favorite part was seeing Santa Claus,” said four-year-old Emma Hewitt, daughter of Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Chris Hewitt. “I asked him for a pogo stick and an Ariel
with a skirt. I had a really fun time with my mommy, daddy and my sister.” “It’s something great for my girls to do,” said Hewitt.“Now that they are older, they are starting to get the feeling of Christmas. It gave me the opportunity to spend more quality time with my children.” Not only did the children enjoy games and festivities at the event, but the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also provided gifts for all children 12 and younger. “What OPM did for us was great,” said Scheidt. “They collected donated gifts, wrapped them and then organized them by gender and age. This was done to ensure that all of the children could have
gifts when they came to the party.” With the large amount of festivities required in this undertaking, the hard work of the personnel involved in the execution of the event did not go unnoticed.ManyTR Sailors who brought their children to the party expressed their appreciation for all of the activities and gifts available to their children. “There were definitely a lot of options for the kids,” said Hewitt.“It was very family friendly and organized very well. They did a great job setting everything up. Hats off.Good job.This was very well executed.”
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GALLEY BY THE DUNES hosts appreciation day for CSS staff, families BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer
plained the event began with a simple presentation by Tom Swanston, CEO of CSS to the active duty personnel at the galley in 2007 and has continued to grow over the years. “We put out about 1,500 meals a day and all of you are part of that,” said Ruhling as he thanked CSS employees and their families. “They work the serving line, they do the scullery, they bus the tables, they do all the cleaning. They’ll change out the drink dispensers — just about every function in the galley except the cooking and food,” explained Swanston, about CSS employees. CSS’ contract with the Navy dates back to 1991 and the agency also place employees at galleys on NAS Oceana and Naval
The Galley by the Dunes at Dam Neck Annex showed their appreciation to a special group of contract employees with the annual Family Appreciation Day Luncheon Dec. 4. Through the AbilityOne contract with the federal government, Chesapeake Service Systems (CSS) places 45 employees with impairments at the Dam Neck Galley. This is the sixth year Dam Neck has recognized their CSS staff and families with a luncheon, which included a tour of the facility and a chance to see the work the employees do each day. Food Service Ofﬁcer Ed Ruhling ex-
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During the annual Family Day Appreciation luncheon, Dec. 4, Tom Swanston, CEO of Chesapeake Service Systems, thanks NAS Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis and the staff of the Dam Neck Annex Galley by the Dunes for providing meaningful jobs for 45 employees with impairments. The luncheon provides an opportunity for families of CSS employees to see what their loved ones do every day. Support Activity Northwest Annex. CSS is a private, non-proﬁt agency, headquartered in Chesapeake, which provides job placement and training, sheltered employment and transition services from school to
work, for those with a wide range of handicaps. “The Navy is the largest employer of — See Luncheon, Page 19
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U.S. Fleet Forces explores protective clothing solutions From Defense Media Activity, Navy WASHINGTON (NNS) — Commander of U.S.Fleet Forces Command reached out to ﬂeet leaders in a Navy message Dec. 12 to ensure Sailors understand the minimal ﬂame resistant qualities of the Navy Working Uniform Type I. Adm. Bill Gortney explained the current requirement for working uniforms and organizational clothing and discussed recent uniform testing results. “In coordination with the uniform board, Adm. Haney (Commander, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet) and I will continue to review the requirements for, and ﬂame-resistant qualities of, working uniforms including the Type I NWUs,”Gortney explained in his message. The latest push for awareness stems from an impromptu test the Navy Clothing Textile Research Facility conducted Oct.15,in Natick,Mass.The test reinforced the fact that the NWU Type I is not ﬂame-resistant. “We will explore long-term solutions that afford our Sailors the right protective clothing, aligned with the tasks they are required to perform in various operating environments,” said Gortney. In 2012, ﬁre-retardant NWU Type II/III and coveralls became part of the Navy’s organizational clothing inventory.The Navy began issuing ﬂame resistant organizational gear (FROG) I and II, in the NWU Type II and III pattern, to Navy ground force personnel deploying to Afghanistan and those conducting operations in environments where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are a common threat. Navy leadership removed the ﬂame-resistant requirements from NWUs in 1996,and commands since then have been required to purchase ﬂame-resistant organizational clothing for Sailors.
Challenging relatives: helps develop perseverance — Continued from page 3 of sweat spent and bones broken. It’s hard work to play at a high level. Life is the same.As we endure challenging people, we are developing perseverance; the more we persevere, the better prepared we’ll be for the next situation! View each difﬁcult interaction as a chance to mature and make yourself better. 3.Keep perspective.According to Poke’s Global Rich List, an E-1 making with base pay is still in the top 12 percent of wage earners in the world. Most likely you have a roof over your head, a warm place to sleep and a meal of some sort to share with that relative. There are billions of people in the world that would give everything they have to trade places with you. Be thankful for how you’ve been blessed and look for ways to bless others.When we compare most of our family issues with the issues that the majority of humanity deals with, they just pale in comparison!
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MWR hosted the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a free, special family program on Dec. 7 at building 531. Staff and children from Child and Youth Programs at Oceana entertained the crowd with carols, skits and a special reading of favorite holiday stories. PHOTO ABOVE: Santa makes a special appearance at the theater. BELOW: Dressed in their festive best, children from CYP entertain the crowd with a holiday song. The evening concluded with a free showing of “Elf.”
Holiday hours at NMCRS, FFSC NMCRS The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at NAS Oceana will be closed on the following dates: Dec. 24 and 31 — Closing at noon Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 — Closed For more information, call the NMCRS ofﬁce at Oceana at 433-3383.
FFSC Fleet & Family Support Center at NAS Oceana will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. FFSC Dam Neck will be by appointment only on Dec. 24. FFSC Oceana will retain full operations and availability for appointments and walk-ins.
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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVW-7, USS Hue City return home From USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs More than 4,300 Sailors serving in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) returned to their homeports in Norfolk and Mayport, Fla. Dec. 19, following six months of operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Four of the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 returned to NAS Oceana and two squadrons returned to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 18. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and CVW-7 squadrons, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66),are returning early from a previously scheduled nine-month deployment in order to make preparations to redeploy in late February for additional operations in U.S. 5th Fleet. Other IKECSG ships, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), remain on station in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and will return as scheduled in March 2013. “From the beginning and throughout this deployment, this strike group has proven to be ﬂexible, agile and ready in executing the full spectrum of operations,” said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG-8 commander.“We are entering a phase where that ﬂexibility is crucial.We look forward to our return home for the holidays and then readying ourselves for continued support of combatant commander priorities.” While deployed, Eisenhower CSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the six months away from their homeports, Eisenhower and
Hue City safely steamed more than 55,000 miles and CVW-7 ﬂew more than 8,200 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, exercises, and unit level training. “I believe this team excelled at every mission they were assigned. These are the most inspiring men and women I’ve ever served with,” said Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, commanding ofﬁcer of Eisenhower.“Looking back on the past six months, we know we’ve made a difference and we will be ready to redeploy soon to support our nation.We also know that our families helped make this excellence possible — we can’t thank them enough for their sacriﬁces and support.It’ll be great to be together with them again.” Capt. Dan Uhls, commanding ofﬁcer of Hue City, echoed Hitchcock’s comments about the magniﬁcent work his crew has done during the deployment. “It has been an absolute pleasure watching the wonderful men and women who sailed with me over the last six months.They have met every challenge put in front of them and have performed remarkably.They are truly the ﬁnest that our nation has to offer,” said Uhls.“As brilliant as their performance has been over the last six months,I think that the best is yet to come as we redeploy.” Eisenhower CSG is made up of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hue City, Farragut Winston S. Churchill, Jason Dunham, the seven squadrons of CVW-7, and Destroyer Squadron 28. CVW-7 includes Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121“Bluetails;”Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103“Jolly Rogers;” VFA-131 “Wildcats;”VFA-143“Pukin’ Dogs;”VFA-83“Rampagers;”Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140“Patriots;”Helicopter Anti-submarine (HS) 5,“Nightdippers; and Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRC) 40“Rawhides.”
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After six months of being away on deployment, the daugh- The ﬂyover at NAS Oceana on Dec. 18 was a sight the “Pukin Dogs” families have waitter of Lt. Cmdr. Pat Hart from VFA-143 couldn’t wait to greet ed six months to see. VFA-143, part of CVW-7, has been deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for six months, operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of reher dad at the Oceana ﬂightline. sponsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater of security cooperation efforts.
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VFA-131 Executive Ofﬁcer Cmdr. Matt Barker has big hugs for son Dax, 6, and daughter Kady, 8, as his wife Amy and daughter Holland, 3, wait their turn to greet him following the six-month deployment. Photo by MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos
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Lt. Nate Scott from VFA-103 and wife Caitlin eexchange kisses at the NAS Oceana ﬂightline Dec. 18. VFA-103, part of Carrier Air Wing (C CVW) 7, returned to Oceana after six months of operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areeas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operatioons and theater of security cooperation efforts.
Lt. Cmdr. Nate Lyon from VFA-83 can’t believe how much his daughter Molly, 15 months, has grown in the six months the “Rampagers” have been gone. Holding Molly is wife and mom Susanne and also pictured are sons Mitch, 5, and Cameron, 2. VFA-131 Commanding Ofﬁcer Cmdr. Tim Tippett has his arms full as he reaches down to scoop up children Logan, 3, and Grace, 5. Also greeting Tippet (but not shown) were son Jacob and wife Michelle.
Lt. Taylor Rives of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 is reunited with his wife April Dec. 18. Photo by MC2 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos
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Aviators from “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143 look for their families in the crowd at the Oceana ﬂightline Dec. 18.
The family of “Rampager” Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Beaty wanted to make sure he could ﬁnd them when VFA-83 returned to NAS Oceana Dec. 18, after a six-month deployment as part of CVW-7, on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
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Parker, a military working dog, has his blood is drawn during a routine check-up at the Veterinary Treatment Facility on Naval Station Norfolk. Both the Norfolk and Fort Story VTF have expanded hours and services for military owners and their pets.
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Here’s some big news for military animal owners and their pets: Naval Station Norfolk is building a new veterinary facility. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly and should be completed in 2014. In anticipation of this larger facility and in order to better serve owners and their pets, the staffs of the Naval Station Norfolk and JEB Little Creek-Fort Story veterinary treatment facilities (VTF) have expanded services and hours effective immediately. Although the primary mission is to provide veterinary services for the military working dogs in Hampton Roads, the clinics are also open to pets by appointment only. Both clinics offer annual physical exams and vaccinations, sick call appointments, and health certiﬁcates for continental and international travel. The Norfolk VTF has expanded services to include inhouse bloodwork, routine surgeries such as neuters, spays, dental cleanings, tooth extractions, and mass removals and X-rays.
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Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both facilities are closed on the last day of the month for inventory. In addition to Army Capt. Dan Christensen and Dr. Elad Stotland, the VTF also welcomes two new doctors to our staff. Army Capt.Tricia Fiebrandt comes from Florida. After veterinary school, she completed an internship at the military working dog center in San Antonio and now looks forward to meeting everyone as the new ofﬁcer in charge. Fiebrandt enjoys surgery and is looking to expand the surgical caseload during her time at Naval Station Norfolk.Away from the clinic,Fiebrandt enjoys outdoor activities with her dog Ginny, and cheering for her Florida Gators. Dr. Julie Bell joined the VTF as the new NAF veterinarian earlier this summer. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2001,she has spent the more than 10 years focusing on small animal and exotic animal medicine throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Bell has been married for seven years to her husband, Mike. While not at work, Bell loves spending time relaxing at home with her four rabbits. Stop by the clinics and welcome both Bell and Fiebrandt to Hampton Roads. For appointment, call Naval Station Norfolk VTF at 445-0922 or Fort Story VTF at 4227734.
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The â€œTomcattersâ€? of VFA-31 volunteered at the Snowball Express at Norfolk International Airport Nov. 30 and Dec. 4. Snowball Express volunteers welcomed families of fallen service members as they traveled to Dallas for an annual getaway. â€œTeam Felixâ€? paired up and helped some of the children participate in various arts and crafts during their planeâ€™s layover, such as Lt. William Kelly helping to build a toolbox with a child at the Snowball Express.
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VA DISABILITY BENEFITS REVIEW Jan. 3, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop teaches participants how to review service medical records and identify medical conditions that may lead to a compensable disability rating with the VA; request vocational rehabilitation beneﬁts and training; and complete their VA application for submission. Participants should bring their medical records, copies of their medical records and if applicable, copies of marriage certiﬁcate, children’s birth certiﬁcates, family members’ social security numbers,and divorce decree or death certiﬁcate.
CHILDREN AND DIVORCE Jan. 3, 1 - 5 p.m. This workshop addresses the pain and loss of a family breakup from the child’s perspective. Topics of discussion include typical reactions of children of different ages, things children need to hear,and what parents can do to help them through the pain. Suggestions for the non-custodial parent are also provided.
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This basic training prepares command SAPR personnel to coordinate training for the crew,fulﬁll reporting requirements, assist victims,and manage the advocate program. Command-appointed SAPR points of contact and SAPR advocates, approved by the command and want to assist victims of sexual assault, should plan to attend.
MILLION DOLLAR SAILOR Jan. 7 - 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A interactive program for active duty service members, reservists, retirees and family members who are ﬁnancially stable and are looking for more in-depth information on topics such as ﬁnancial goal setting and implementation, debt reduction, savings, investing, and long-term wealth building.
CAREER PLANNING Jan. 7, 9 a.m. to noon Whether you are looking for a job or information on career planning, learning through self-assessment will enhance your chances in ﬁnding satisfying employment.In this workshop you will be guided through career choices based on life goals, personal skills, abilities, preferences and work values.
DECKPLATE RESOURCE AWARENESS TRAINING Jan. 8 - 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training is speciﬁcally for second class petty ofﬁcers in supervisory positions. It provides information on Navy and community resources available to military personnel. Through solution-focused exercises,participants learn techniques that effectively address personnel concerns brought to their attention.
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to noon This workshop covers everything from assessing the hidden job market to ﬁnding a job long-distance, including job searching on the Internet. Many of the resources and services
available to job seekers are also discussed, including major employers in the Hampton Roads area and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
CAR BUYING STRATEGIES Jan. 8, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Learn all the important do’s and don’ts before you step onto the car lot in this program.Topics include negotiating, trade-ins, discounts, ﬁnancing, high-pressure sales tactics and tricks to watch out for.
EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING Jan. 9, 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.
JOB NETWORK Jan. 9, noon to 1 p.m. This is a monthly employer panel comprised of three human resource personnel.Ask local and national employers what they like to see on resumes and how to prepare for interviews. Find out about open positions, their application process, and what beneﬁts are available. Transitioners, separatees and military family members are invited to attend
PARENTING TEENS Jan. 10, 2 - 4:30 p.m. This workshop presents the physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental characteristics of teens, and parents’ reactions to the way adolescents handle these changes. Discussion topics include building healthy relationships, avoiding power struggles, and providing guidelines. This is an overview of the in-depth STEP/Teen multi-session program.
INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to noon Topics include positive answers to difﬁcult questions, dressing for success, and the importance of body language and positive attitude. Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.
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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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS HONOR, COMMITMENT, SACRIFICE STORY/PHOTOS BY DAVID TODD The Flagship
tion of “Taps,” performed by Staff Sgt. David Newman, staff bugler at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The Service members, Junior Reserve Ofﬁ- Hampton High School JROTC color guard cers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets, fami- presented colors and the national anthem lies and friends gathered at the Hampton was performed by Heather Sreves of the National Cemetery on the campus of St.Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newport Hampton University to honor veterans News. during the holiday season as part of the na“The freedom we enjoy today has not tional Wreaths Across America Day Dec. 15. come without a price,” U.S. Army Staff Sgt. The ceremony, Ryan Gandolfo which was consaid to the audiducted across ence.“Lying here the country in before us in cemmore than 500 eteries across cemeteries, inthis nation are cluding Arlingmen and women ton National who gave their Cemetery, belives so that we gan promptly at can live in freenoon locally, as a dom without way to honor the fear.” sacriﬁces of miliEach branch of tary veterans and service was honthose who are ored individually prisoners of war with a ceremoor missing in acnial wreath, as tion (POW/MIA). well as a special It also served as wreath for POW/ a way to teach MIA service younger gen- Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, commander, Navy Region members. erations about Mid-Atlantic accepts wreaths that will be placed on “This cemthe high cost of graves at the Hampton National Cemetery Dec. 15. etery complex is freedom. This the ﬁnal resting year’s theme was place for veter“Then, Now, and Forever — Let’s Make It ans from the Civil War to those who died Personal.” ﬁghting in Afghanistan. It has a rich histoIn total, 5,000 artiﬁcial wreathes were ry dating back to the very ﬁrst burials in placed on the headstones of veterans’ 1862,” explained Rear Adm.Tim Alexander, graves at Hampton National Cemetery, en- commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, suring that no veteran was forgotten this who served as the keynote speaker for the holiday season. The wreaths will continue ceremony. “Seven Medal of Honor recipito be displayed prominently for one month. ents call this their ﬁnal resting place — six “Our effort for next year is to have all live from the Civil War and one from Vietnam. wreaths,” said Christina Rowley, president There are 638 unknown Soldiers — most of Navy Wives Clubs of America Tidewater from the Civil War — buried here after beArea Council and vice president of Navy ing hastily buried on the battleﬁelds where Wives Club of America,Peninsula – Norfolk they fell.” #91, noting that planning for next year’s He continued. event will begin in January. “Demonstrating our commitment to all During the ceremony, a moment of si— See Tribute, Page 20 lence was observed followed by a rendi-
Wreaths line the more than 5,000 graves at the Hampton National Cemetery following a remembrance ceremony, Dec. 15. The ceremony, part of the national Wreaths Across America, was conducted across the country in more than 500 cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery.
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Protect your identity and financial security during and after the holidays From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) â€” Making a holiday budget and following it is a great way to make sure your January credit card statements wonâ€™t be a scary but donâ€™t forget to protect your personal and ďŹ nancial data too, ofďŹ cials said Dec. 11. â€œAs consumers prowl retail stores looking for the best bargains, criminals and hackers are lurking, waiting for opportunities to steal their identities and in turn, their money,â€? said Stacy Livingstone-Hoyte, personal ďŹ nancial management specialist at the Fleet and Family Support Center in Millington,Tenn. She went on to explain that there are ways to protect your identity and ďŹ nancial security by: â€˘Maintaining physical control of your debit cards,credit cards, checkbook and identifying information, such as Social Security number and date of birth. â€˘Know where these items are at all times. â€˘Only carry the cards you plan to use.This protects you in two ways: If you lose your purse or wallet, you will know exactly what is lost and secondly, you will be less inclined to overspend if you do not have other ďŹ nancial resources at your ďŹ ngertips. â€˘Know with whom you are doing business. This is especially important when doing business online or over the phone. â€˘Review all statements upon receipt to verify that all the transactions are accurate. â€˘Immediately report any â€œmissingâ€? cards or unrecog-
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Luncheon: One way to give back to CSS employees for their contributions to galley â€” Continued from page 8 people with disabilities in the Hampton Roads area.They really help ďŹ ght the battle of independence for a group that has been long since discarded, marginalized and thought that they could do nothing.All they needed was someone to give them a chance and the Navy did that,â€? said Swanston, who estimated his company has nearly 250 people working for the Navy in this area. While the company focuses on training those who are more severely impaired, Swanston explained CSS also trains those with less severe disabilities. According to Swanston, Dam Neckâ€™s galley is even more noteworthy as they â€œhave accepted some of the more severely impaired people.â€? According to the CSS website, nearly 70 percent of those with severe disabilities are unemployed. â€œPeople with severe disabilities are not treated equal and one of the reasons theyâ€™re not treated equal is because they donâ€™t have employment. That segregates them out,â€? noted Swanston. Military members are Swanstonâ€™s heroes because â€œyou are winning the battle of independence and inclusion for them,â€? with programs such as this. â€œSome day, with what youâ€™re doing, this wonâ€™t be an anomaly,â€? Swanston added. For NAS Oceana Commanding OfďŹ cer Capt. Bob Geis, this marks the third time he has participated in the family appreciation day.â€œThis is really a time for me to say thank you.Thank you to the folks who are working day in and day out, because you all help us put on great meals for our servicemen and women,â€? he said to the CSS employees. He also had a special thank you to the families attending.â€œDuring this holiday season, when we really take the time and just pause and reďŹ‚ect back on the year,one of the things Iâ€™m very, very thankful for is having you all as part of our family.Thank you for sharing your sons, daughters and your loved ones on a daily basis with us.Thank you for what you do to make that happen.â€? Each of the families shared the impact the job has made on both the employee and the family. Dwann Wilson, 24, suffered from meningitis at 7 months old that left him with permanent disabilities, explained his grandmother Shirley. He grew up being picked on by other children. Even though he graduated from high school, Shirley said, â€œhis teachers said he would never hold a job.â€? Although he did land a fast food job at 19, he was still picked on and made fun of and it caused him to retreat into himself even more.â€œSo I was very uncomfortable with him in the workforce,â€? she explained. â€œBut once he started working here, he started talking and interacting,â€? she said with a smile, as other families
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Army, Navy, and Marine Corps musicians from the School of Music perform a holiday concert at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Dec. 7. This year’s annual concert featured a commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
School of Music hosts holiday concert STORY/PHOTO BY MC2(SW) STUART PHILLIPS Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Hundreds of service members and their families attended a holiday concert hosted at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story by the School of Music Dec. 7. The hour-and-a-half-long concert featured a variety of holiday music performed by musicians from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. “Today’s concert is one of the two main concerts that we do each year at the School of Music,” said Musician 1st Class David Stapp, an instructor at the School of Music. “We have a midyear summer concert and then every year we also do the Christmas concert around the holiday season.” The concert was also an opportunity to observe the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “The audience should expect great
Christmas music, Hanukkah music, holiday music and a remembrance of the Pearl Harbor tragedy many years ago,” said Stapp.“We would like to commemorate the Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen who lost their lives in that horrible attack.” Capt. Charles L. Stuppard, base commander of JEB Little Creek- Fort Story, narrated a commemoration of the 21 men of Unit Band 22 who went down with the USS Arizona (BB 39) as the musicians played a tribute to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The concert also provided School of Music instructors an opportunity to get out of the classroom and perform for an audience. “At least once a year we all come together and try to bring in the Christmas spirit and I thought tonight they did an outstanding job,” said Army School of Music Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Camarda. The concert progressed into a variety of holiday music and ended with a piece called “Home on Christmas Day.”
Sailors select wreaths to be placed on the graves at the Hampton National Cemetery Dec. 15. This year’s Wreaths Across America theme was “Then, Now, and Forever – Let’s Make It Personal.” The event was made possible by the numerous volunteers who helped to raise funds and sponsor the wreaths.
Tribute: Event marked 20th anniversary of first wreaths laid in Arlington National Cemetery — Continued from page 17 veterans, there are also 55 German and ﬁve Italian prisoners of war buried here, along with 28 German sailors who perished when their U-boat was sunk off Cape Hatteras in April of 1942,” he said. “We have Wreaths Across America, a non-proﬁt organization, to thank for inspiring all of us to hold ceremonies like this one.A similar observance is being conducted simultaneously at more than 100 sites at this very moment.” The event was made possible by the numerous volunteers who helped to raise funds and sponsor the wreaths.The cost of the program was paid by individual wreath sponsors,corporate donors and volunteers. In addition, JROTC units from Bethel, Kecoughtan, Hampton and Phoebus High Schools;members of the St.Andrew’sYouth Group; military units from across Hampton Roads; area veterans and veteran’s groups; and Navy Wives Clubs of America members, and others, played a major role in orchestrating the ceremony. “Each grave is much more than a name
on a headstone,” said Alexander. “It’s a father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a daughter or a son that is loved and missed by family and friends.They dedicated their life to something bigger than themselves — they dedicated themselves to each other, to their fellow countrymen and to our founding principles of freedom and justice.” Christina Lara, ombudsman for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic echoed his sentiments. “It’s our turn to give back to them [veterans], and this is our way of giving back and remembering who they are,” said Lara.“… honoring their services and remembering who they are — putting a name to each person who has served our country and has given the ultimate sacriﬁce.” This annual tradition began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, the owner of a Maine wreath company, donated 5,000 surplus wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, which were placed on graves by 50 volunteers.To learn more about Wreaths Across America, or to sponsor a wreath next year, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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Wreaths: More than 4,000 placed at Suffolk veterans cemetery — Continued from page 1 “It’s appropriate that even in a day like today, when our hearts are heavy, that we get together to recognize and pay tribute to men and women who served our country in good times and bad.Their service can never be diminished. It should be celebrated — in good times and in bad,” said McDufﬁe. Following the ceremony, McDufﬁe said he was honored to be the guest speaker.“I think the opportunity to recognize individuals who have given of themselves — there’s no better way to spend your day.” Following a ﬂyover by a Cessna from the Coastal Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, tribute wreaths were also formally presented in honor of each branch of service, as well as one in honor of the 93,129 military members whose last known status was that of prisoners of war or missing in action. Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson spoke brieﬂy, thanking those currently serving in the military.“I think it’s time for us to reﬂect on what we can truly do as American citizens to truly honor what they have given. We need to remember that we honor today by pledging to give of ourselves to continue to defend and protect their freedoms and ideals that each and every veteran that lays in a cemetery across America that we honor today, fought for.We owe that to them…They have given us our way of life,” said Johnson. The formal ceremony concluded with two trumpet players from U.S. Fleet Forces Band sounding “Taps” and bagpiper Dr. David Lotz playing “Amazing Grace.” Lotz then led the processional of guests to a line of headstones,where 25 uniformed active duty, JROTC and Civil Air Patrol members placed the ﬁnal wreaths and rendered salutes. Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AD) 2nd Class (AW) Pedro Gaytan, was one of six Sailors from the 400 Division at Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) Site Oceana, who volunteered to lay the wreaths. “It’s important to show your respect for veterans and fellow service members that served prior to us,” he explained. For the FRCMA Oceana Sailors, it was the ﬁrst time helping at such an event and all were surprised at the turnout.“It shows a lot of people care and their involvement,” said Gaytan. ADAN Noreen Williams, also from FRCMA Oceana, was joined by her son, Christian Westby, 15, a member of Navy JROTC at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. Like the adult volunteers, Westby said
that it’s important to give back to veterans and he saw the ceremony as a way to do so. Chief Engineman Lucas McBee from Logistics and Support Unit from Naval Special Warfare Group 2 was accompanied by his family as they carefully placed wreaths in front of headstones. “I wanted them to have an appreciation for what the cemetery means and for those who came before us,” explained McBee, as he helped his young daughter straighten a wreath in front of a tombstone. The tribute means a great deal to families and friends of those buried at the veterans cemetery.After placing a wreath at the grave of her husband, Margie McCarthy, accompanied by friends Kitty Perkinson and Rich and Judy Stone, emotionally shared their memories of Dennis McCarthy Sr., who died May 16, 2011.An Army veteran, Dennis McCarthy had served two years in Vietnam. As she wiped away tears, Margie McCarthy recalled her husband as “a wonderful, husband, a wonderful father and a wonderful friend,” while her friends laughingly recalled his love of the New York Yankees. They found out about the wreath laying ceremony last year when one of the McCarthy granddaughters, a Girl Scout, participated. Betty Hand, second vice president of the Horton Wreath Society, said the turnout in 2012 was “by far the best we’ve seen.” With last year’s attendance at 1,000, organizers were hoping for 1,500 this year but early estimates on Saturday placed the number of guests at more than 2,000. Organizers were also very pleased with the military participation this year.“We never know what we’re going to get from participation on the active duty side.We did have a really good turnout of active duty this year,” said Hand. To ensure enough money is raised to fund a wreath on each gravesite, planning begins early for the annual ceremony. According to Hand, following a “lessons learned from this year,” session next month, planning will begin for the 2013 ceremony. Donations are accepted year-round from individuals, corporation and fraternal, military and spouses organizations. The group is applying for a 501C non-proﬁt status from the IRS, which would make any donation tax-deductible. For more information about the Horton Wreath Society, visit www.hortonwreathsociety.webs.com.For more information about the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, visit www.dvs.virginia.gov/cemetery_horton.shtml.
PHOTOS. ABOVE: MU2(SW) Michael Buenvenida of U.S. Fleet Forces Band plays “Taps” at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery to conclude the wreath-laying ceremony. Active duty service members placed the wreaths at the Suffolk cemetery as a part of the “Wreaths Across America,” a national ceremony held annually to honor veterans. RIGHT: ADAN Noreen Williams from FRCMA Oceana places a wreath on one of the more than 4,000 headstones at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Cemetery. BELOW: Bagpiper Dr. David Lotz and the Marine Color Guard from MATSG-33 at Oceana lead a professional to the ﬁnal 25 headstones awaiting their wreaths.
Photos by AD3 Phurtura Brazier
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Dec. 21, 2012: The End of the World: Might as well go out with a party! Join in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium and Observatory to await the end of the world... or not. Enjoy planetarium presentations, laser shows, fun world-ending activities for kids and adults prize rafﬂes and more. Stay up until midnight and count down the last moments of the world... or maybe not! Observing begins after sunset and continues throughout the night. Observing and activities are free — weather and disasters permitting. The museum is located at 524 J.Clyde Morris Blvd.,Newport News. Call 595-1900 or visit thevlm.org for complete information.
BEAT THE BALL 5K Dec. 31 11:35 p.m. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions with the second annual Beat the Ball 5K, at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth on Dec. 31.The run is open to the general public.There will be 11 age divisions for both men and women and a special award for those who ﬁnish by midnight. While race night registration will begin at 10 p.m., in order to receive a T-shirt, registration must have been completed by Dec. 16. Registrants will be contacted prior to the race with instructions on obtaining base access. Entry fee varies, depending on whether or not runners are part of the military community and if obtaining a T-shirt. Entry forms are available at MWR ﬁtness centers or online at www.raceit.com.
Designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories at up to 85 percent off retail price will be sold to beneﬁt Brides Against Breast Cancer, a nationwide sale of charity wedding gowns. Proceeds from gown sales provide education, information and outreach to people impacted by cancer. Hundreds of designer, couture and gently-used gowns will be available, ranging from $99 to $4,000, all styles, sizes 0 - 30.There will be a VIP Pink Power Hours, Jan. 18, 6 – 9 p.m. for brides and their guests. The event will be at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center, 425 Water St., Portsmouth. Volunteers are needed. Gown donations will also be accepted at the show. Active duty and reservists can receive a 20 percent discount with proof of service. For more inLight up your holidays with the Celebration in Lights, formation and admission costs, visit www.bridesabc.org. a two-mile drive-through of animated scenes set in New- To register or to order tickets, call 877-721-HOPE (4673). port News Park. View multi-colored snowﬂakes, leaping reindeer, whimsical toys, forest animals, elegant swans and scenes from Virginia’s past portrayed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling color for the holiday season. More than 200 displays, including 70 animated displays, are spread throughThis annual juried exhibition at the Charles H. Taylor out a dozen theme areas, including “Winter Wonderland,” Arts Center presents the many forms of glass created by “Forest Friends,”“Battle of the Ironclads,”“Santa’s Enchant- members of the Peninsula Glass Guild.The exhibition offers a wide range of creative processes, including blown, ed Kingdom” and “Old Man Winter.” In celebration of its 20th year, the event added a new carved, cameo, cast, painted, ﬂame worked, fused, leaded, 300 foot long animated tunnel of lights creating the ef- neon and stained glass. There will be two special exhibits: the Kent Ipsen Mefect of falling snow and a new 22 foot tree near the main morial Exhibition,which will honor one of the pioneers in entrance. American Studio Glass and became one of the outstanding The cost is $10 per car.The park is located at 13560 JefAmerican artists in creative cast glass sculpture; and the ferson Ave., Newport News. Call 926-1400 or visit www. The Genesis of Women: Glass by Kathy Little, the glass artnewport-news.org for more information. ist who won the top award in last year’s guild competition. All exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. The arts center is located at 4205 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton. For more information, call 727-1490 or visit www.hamptonarts.net.
CELEBRATION IN LIGHTS Through Jan. 1, 5:30 -10 p.m.
PENINSULA GLASS GUILD EXHIBIT Through Jan. 20
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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is hosting a “shark of a different color” in the changing exhibits gallery through Feb. 19. The 60-foot shark is a silver, medal shark that is a hallow replica of a megalodon in which guests can walk through. This and more awaits those who visit the exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.” This national traveling exhibition,dispels megalodon myths, conﬁrms facts, examines its culture, and inspires lessons for science and shark conservation today. As unique as Megalodon was, so too is the exhibition that tells the story of this enormous creature. The exhibition showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models from several collections. Visitors enter a full-size sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction more than 2 million years ago. For more information, visit VirginiaAquarium.com or call 385-FISH.
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