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tive order calling for the expansion of the military. He promised to U.S. troops present that his administration “will always have your back.� The order addresses a number of concerns that senior military officials have expressed for years about “military readiness,� the ability of a unit to carry out operations. The training and equipping of some units was significantly altered by the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration that went into effect in 2013, military officials have said. U.S. defense officials have advocated for a larger military since the election, with the Navy publishing a study that states it should add dozens of ships until its fleet reaches 355, senior Air Force and Army leaders calling for tens of thousands of additional personnel, and senior Marine officers saying that more personnel would be helpful, but should be devoted to filling specific needs against a near-peer enemy. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to comment on the new draft memo or whether Mattis was involved in its development. Mattis, who retired as a Marine general in 2013, said during his confirmation hearing that he does not think the U.S. military is strong enough to deter its enemies. He speaks regularly with Trump and has spent the first few days of his tenure as defense secretary mostly asking questions of senior commanders, Davis said. “He is primarily interested in listening and learning,� Davis said. “I heard him say this morning, ‘The good Lord gave me two ears and one mouth for a reason.’� Trump’s proposals for the military during his presidential campaign were drawn heavily from the conservative Heritage Foundation, and could cost between $55 billion and $90 billion per year, according to outside experts. The plan included adding tens of thousands of soldiers until the REBUILDING, continued on Page 8

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‘Light Between Oceans’ director on isolation, location and forgiveness Just released on Blu-ray, film explores inner healing By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

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n Blu-ray from DreamWorks Pictures is one of my favorite films of 2016. “The Light Between Oceans� is a film that captures everything about being a flawed and frail human being. Surrounded by only the ocean, a lighthouse and miles of nothingness, “The Light Between Oceans� doesn’t confound with special effects but instead dares us to feel — everything! Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) is a man looking for isolation after experiencing war. Taking a job as a lighthouse keeper, he finds exactly what he needs. In the middle of the ocean stands a lighthouse on an island where he begins the process of inner healing. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the beautiful Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), who shares his love of isolation. The two begin their lives at the lighthouse with the hope of having a family. When it becomes clear that Isabel only suffers from trying to have a child, a drifting row boat brings them a miracle baby. Their life becomes even happier as the

Director Derek Cianfrance and actor Michael Fassbender on the secluded set of “The Light Between Oceans.�

years roll like the waves. While visiting family, Tom sees a mysterious woman named Hannah (Rachel Weisz), who has the potential to change all of their lives I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with writer/director Derek Cian-

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There was this pile of books they gave me when I left, and the book on top was “A Light Between Oceans,� and I was intrigued. I thought about it cinematically, about a lighthouse keeper, and thought it mirrored the experience of being in a movie — a light shining out projecting through the darkness, and so I started reading the book. JJ: What about the book touched you? DC: I just felt it strongly had the themes of family, forgiveness, legacy, paternity and relationships that I have been exploring in my own movies. I felt like it had this rock-solid narrative that I was really interested in exploring. It took me about a year to get it, and I had the book memorized by that point. It was just a total privilege to be working on the film. JJ: That is a big part of what I so love about the film. First of all, I love the isolation idea of lighthouses and I’m sure many have wondered about that life at one time BETWEEN OCEANS, continued on Page 10

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Golf4Warriors – The Bogey Battle set for March 3 By Bob Morey

Ranked No. 8 on both Kiper and McShay’s player rankings and No. 12 by Scouts Inc., Peppers is seen as a ‘tweener’ because his versatility. At Michigan Peppers played safety, linebacker, running back and punt returner — and he was productive at each position. Many pro scouts project him as a hybrid who could rotate between safety

The Us for Warriors Foundation, or more commonly known as “Us4Warriors,� will be holding its Annual Golf4Warriors Battle Bogey Tournament on Friday March 3 starting at 10 a.m. on the Admiral Baker Golf Course. Recently receiving the 2016 Veterans Allegiance Award from Veterans Museum and Memorial Center to be recognized as Top Veterans Non-Profit in San Diego County, Us4Warriors continues to make great strides to support the troops, veterans and their families. “Golf4Warriors is a way for those who have served to come together as a team again... in a fun-filled, spirited way that just happens to raise much needed funds to help our warriors, past and present� says Tony Stewart, CEO/President of Us4Warriors. Us4Warriors is a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to supporting the members of our armed forces, veteran’s and their families. During any given month, volunteers from Us4Warriors (they are all unpaid volunteers) can be found across our county providing programs and services that support our veteran’s community. Golf4Warriors is just another one of the many programs, projects and events that Us4Warriors offers throughout the year. Recently, Us4Warriors partnered with the Knights of Columbus to deliver 110 wheelchairs in one weekend to our veterans in need. In 2016, their Food4Warriors events donated more than 65 tons of food to our armed forces families. “We have received a tremendous amount of support from people just wanting to help out,� Stewart said. Enrollment for Golf4Warriors is open to anyone that would like to come out and play. Entries are $600 per 4-man team or $160 for an individual. If you can’t make it to the course that day and want to participate, you can Sponsor-a-Warrior for just $120 to help subsidize the day for an active duty or wounded warrior who have expressed a desire to play. “Many Warriors love to golf!,� Stewart says. “It is a release from stress. It is an escape from the rigors of their day.� Prizes will be awarded for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Prizes will also be awarded for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Best Team Name, and Best Dressed Team. There is also an all-expenses paid Pebble Beach Golf Holiday Vacation for the first hole-inone of the day. Each player will receive a “goodie bag,� commemorative golf ballcap, complimentary range balls, one free raffle ticket (need not be present to win), discounted

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Chargers need to shore up offensive line after disappointing season

With Chargers CEO Dean Spanos making the franchise move to Los Angeles official earlier this month, it’s time to focus on the NFL Draft. After all, with all of the negative press he has received since announcing the move, the quickest way to silence the critics and establish a fan base is to win — and to win immediately. And the best way to build a winning franchise is through the draft. Coming off a successful draft last year in which three rookies — DE Joey Bosa, ILB Jatavis Brown and TE under Henry — were named to the All-Rookie team by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), with Bosa named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, General Manager Tom Telesco and the front office have their work cut out for them. The faster you put a winning product on the field, the faster a

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fan base is established and tickets get sold in a city that doesn’t want your franchise. Finishing a disappointing 5-11 last season, there are a number of areas the team needs to upgrade — namely the offensive line, wide receiver and safety positions. In this issue we will concentrate on the safety Jamal Adams position where most analysts agree one of the top three impact safeties will be available when the Chargers pick at No. 7. According to the various scouting websites, Jamal Adams, Jabrill Peppers and Malik Hooker are the top safety prospects coming out this year. Here is a look at each player with a quote from various draft analysts.

Jamal Adams, 6-foot, 211-pounds, LSU ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay rank Adams No. 6 and No. 4 overall respectively on their big boards. Many mock drafts have Adams being the first safety off the board and not falling to the Chargers. Prior to the draft order 4'FC 

being set, John Gworek (Athlons) had Adams going to the Chargers in his first mock draft. Scouts Inc. ranks No. 6. Gworek: “The Chargers have forced a ton of turnovers this season, masking the fact that they give up a ton of yards in the passing game. Adams can fill the hole left when Eric Weddle left in free agency.� Kiper: “Adams was a huge part of LSU’s defensive success, even if it doesn’t show on the stat sheet (one interception, one sack, one forced fumble). He has great bloodlines -- his dad, George Adams, was the No. 19 overall pick in the 1985 NFL draft. He is built for today’s NFL as a versatile safety who can play in the box effectively, make tackles against the run and move to the edges and track slot receivers.� McShay: “Adams is one of the most complete players in this class. He’s is a true difference-maker as an in-the-box defender, racking up 7.0 tackles for loss in his past seven games. Even though he has room to improve his technique in coverage, Adams has shown his ceiling in that area on multiple occasions. He has an excellent blend of size, length and athleticism, and it shows up on tape.�

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feeling of calm washes over Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sherwin Mora as the light fades to black onstage. As the music changes to low and heavy drum beats, Mora’s calm begins to diminish, replaced by a sense of purpose. He moves to center stage, the only light comes from the torch in his right hand. The audience is quiet in anticipation. With a flourish of movement, he brings to torch over his head and unleashes a torrent of fuel from his mouth towards the fire. Light quickly fills the room then disappears as the audience gasps and cheers. HM3 Mora joined the Navy in 2010. Before enlisting, he lived in San Diego — overweight and unhappy. It was a choice that led him to where he is now, doing something he had only dreamed of seven years ago. “Without the Navy, I wouldn’t be doing this. It was a goal I had set out for myself when I joined.� Mora had the opportunity to make his goal a reality in 2014, when he met one of his fellow dancers after arriving on Guam. She introduced him to the traditional fire dancing of the Chamorro, the indigenous culture of Guam. In April of 2014, just a few months after his first dance lessons, Mora made his de-

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but at the weekly market of Chamorro Village. “I messed up so much that night, but it was one of the most fun shows I’ve done because of the adrenaline rush.� Mora first remembers watching cultural performances while he lived in Hawaii as

a kid. His parents took him to festivals regularly, and his aunt and uncle, who are Chamorro, did cultural dancing as well. He grew up watching them perform and is carrying the family tradition in an entirely new way.

Mora, who spends his days as a Pharmacy Tech at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, recollects his journey from San Diego to novice dancer and then professional Chamorro fire dancer. As Mora finishes up his weekly inspection at the Branch Medical Clinic of Naval Base Guam, he looks up. “If it wasn’t for this, for the Navy, I wouldn’t be on Guam dancing. I’d still be 260 pounds and not doing anything in San Diego. I have a balance in my life I never knew existed.� The balance is how the two compliment each other. Mora is motivated to stay fit for both readiness and aesthetic reasons. “Fitness is a big part. It’s important to look good for dancing and to be healthy for the Navy. It’s stress relief. It puts me in contact with people I never would have met and helps me connect to the community in a much deeper way.� “It’s everything.� He says, gesturing at his own body and then around the room. “The Navy has given me so many opportunities. Even the tattoos, the Navy has allowed me to pay for these. They’re an important part too.� There is one part of each show that makes him happiest, one part where he does something few others do. “The firebreathing. That’s my favorite part.� And when he’s on stage, alone or with his fellow dancers, making the audience gasp or giggle, that is when Mora is feels at home.

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leaders who believe the service has more pressing needs than adding more infantrymen. The service currently has about 183,000 Marines, down from a peak of more than 202,000 at the height of Obama’s surge of troops into Afghanistan. Congress authorized the service to grow to 185,000 by next fall, but Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, cautioned afterward that the circumstances have changed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and it is now more important to add Marines who can perform skills like electronic and cyber warfare. In the Navy, senior leaders have worked for years to build up the size of its fleet. There were 316 ships in 2001, but the number dropped to 278 under President George W. Bush, as the United States fought prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon began investing in more ships under Obama and former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and is expected to hit a goal of 308 by 2021. Last month, however, it announced an even more aggressive goal in a new “force structure assessment,� stating that the fleet should grow to 355 ships. A Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations, said the assessment was launched long before Trump won, and is a reflection of a year of research. But Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said it’s notable that the Navy didn’t officially argue for more than 350 ships until recently.

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ists for their role in supporting the U.S., Mohammed and his family chose to move to the United States. “I had to face a lot of challenges coming to America,� Mohammed said. “Trying to learn English and working to help support my family while going to high school was difficult.� Despite the challenges Mohammed faced, he graduated from high school less than five years after coming to the United States. On Nov. 4, 2014, Mohammed made a life changing decision, one that would bring him back to Iraq. On that mild fall day, he raised his right hand and swore his oath of enlistment into the United States Marine Corps. His story is like many who take that oath, one that includes a desire to serve his country while being part of something larger than oneself. When recalling childhood memories from Iraq, he spoke about his sister who used to translate for U.S. Marines.

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