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Celebrating 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family

Vol. 21, No. 13 Norfolk, VA | | 04.04-04.10.13

■ samples collected Liz Nashold, environmental director for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic demonstrates how firstdraw samples (250 ml) are collected from faucets at Hampton Roads Child Development Centers and Youth Centers.

Churchill Sailors confront dangers of drunk driving Press Release USS Winston S. Churchill Public Affairs


Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Gastroenterology Clinic celebrated GI Nurses and Associates Day, March 27, for the seventh year in a row with an information booth campaigning for Colorectal Cancer Awareness.

The dead walked the decks of the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) as its Sailors confronted the dangers of drunk driving, March 27. Churchill recently returned from a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). In an effort to encourage returning Sailors to stay safe and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, Churchill staged a scenario to remind its Sailors of the realworld consequences of getting behind the wheel while drunk. Every 30 minutes, the story of a different Sailor who has died due to a drunk driver or drunk driving was read over Churchill’s 1 Main Circuit (1MC) for the entire crew to hear. Churchill’s crew became these lost Sailors, wearing a T-shirt over their uniform marking the date of death on the front and describing the cause of death on the back. The key is to make this as real as it gets, said Information System Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Mario J. Brown, who helped organize the scenario. “We have to take care of our Sailors and remind them of the stakes involved in drunk driving,” said Brown. “The issue won’t go away on its own. We have to confront it.” Following supper, the entire crew assembled on the mess deck where they were greeted by every Sailor who had “died” in the scenario, along with a sheet-covered simulated body on a table. An obituary of Churchill’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Chris D. Stone, who died in the scenario, was read aloud before he emerged to speak directly to his Sailors about drunk driving. “This isn’t to take away from your fun or discourage you from enjoying your POM (Post Overseas Movement) leave,” he said. “We want you to relax after your hard work on deployment – you’ve earned it.” “This is a reminder that we want you to spend that leave having fun with family and friends, not in jail or worse,” he continued. “We want you to come back safe and sound, and that may not happen if you disregard the dangers of alcohol and driving.”

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Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk held information sessions for parents and staff members after drinking water at two child development centers tested above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended level for lead, March 29. To date, nearly 300 water outlets have been individually tested at nine facilities onboard Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story and NAVSTA Norfolk, and there are plans to test an additional 14 facilities in Hampton Roads. The information sessions were hosted to provide families and staff members an opportunity to voice their concerns and speak with installation leadership, environmental and medical representatives from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

The Navy is being very proactive, especially at the CDCs, so we can identify any issues and correct them quickly.” - Capt. David A. Culler, Jr.

(NMCP), and the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Additional sessions were also held at the NAVSTA Norfolk Child Development Center (CDC) on Hampton Blvd., April 1 - 2. NAVSTA Norfolk and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic, under direction of Navy Region Mid-Atlan-

tic, began testing for lead at drinking water outlets inside 23 child care facilities in Hampton Roads, including Child Development Centers, 24/7 Child Care facilities and Youth Centers, in September of 2012. “The safety of our service members, staff members and their children are our top priority,” said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We are committed to ensuring that our drinking water meets both the Navy and EPA environmental standards, and we will provide the best possible level of care that our service members and their families deserve.” “There is nothing more important to me than the health and safety of our men and women in uniform, their families and our staff members,” said Capt. David A. Culler, Jr., commanding officer of NAVSTA Norfolk. “The Navy is being very proactive, especially at the CDCs,

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs


Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to present and congratulate the crew on receiving the Naval Air Force Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) award, March 25. “This is the result of all the Sailors’ hard work from last deployment – 30,000 flight hours, 881 arrested landings and a great performance during deployment,” said Branch. The Battle “E” is an evaluation of the ship’s abilities in logistics, material, engineering, damage control, navigation and command and con-

JEBLCFS HOSTS EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) hosted its 86th annual Easter sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story, March 31.

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trol, as well as air, surface and subsurface warfare. After deployment, Lincoln changed homeports from Everett, Wash. to Norfolk, Aug. 7, to conduct a four-year-long refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). Branch explained to the crew that RCOH is a very difficult time and it’s not typical duty for Sailors. “This is not what many people join the Navy for,” said Branch. “It is essential to get everything done right and as safely as possible during RCOH so no Sailors get hurt.” Branch reminded the crew to not mix drinking and driving. Also, he said that alcohol abuse and sexual assault go hand-to-hand. “To be successful with sexual assault prevention and response, we

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so we can identify any issues and correct them quickly.” Tests at the NAVSTA Norfolk CDC on Hampton Blvd. resulted in seven of 72 water outlets that tested above the recommended level. Two of these were water fountains accessible to children. The other five areas were sinks used for hand washing, which were immediately secured. The second set of test results were delivered on March 26 and remained above recommended levels. The drinking fountains where children had access were removed from the facility. JEB Fort Story CDC collected 58 total samples, in which five initially tested above the Navy and EPA standards. Four locations were used for storage and one location was a kitchen faucet intended for use by adults to only rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. All

MC3 Benjamin T. Liston Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic presents the Battle “E” Award to Capt. Karl O. Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

need to rely on Sailors to recognize the situation, being ready and having shipmates taking care of shipmates,” he said. Lincoln is scheduled to move to Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipyard for the majority of its RCOH on March 28.

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Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command announced the 2012 USFF Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a luncheon ceremony at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, March 27. Adm. Bill Gortney announced Electronics Technician 1st Class Cheyenne N. Shasky, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71), as the 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year. Before announcing the winners, Gortney congratulated all the SOY candidates for their incredible work and leadership skills, not just throughout the year, but throughout the Sailors’ career. “It’s a huge honor,” said Rear Adm. Ted Branch, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. “The seven [finalists] that were here were out of

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Left: Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) presents Electronics Technician 1st Class Cheyenne N. Shasky, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), with a helmsman clock.

52,000, so it’s a great award.” “It is an amazing experience because just meeting a lot of people I would have never met before and being here with them taught me a lot,” said Shasky. “They were the best of the best. Although I’m happy for myself, I wish that they could all be standing right here next to me.” Shasky said she was selected because of her leadership,

support from her peers and the fellowship of her Sailors. “We could lead all day long, but if they didn’t want to follow, then we would not be where we are today,” she said. The USFF SOY program recognizes the best and brightest Sailors throughout USFF. “I couldn’t be prouder,” said Master Chief Jack Callison, TRs Command Master Chief. “It’s a great accomplishment

for her and her leadership within her department and the ship.” “She truly is a deckplate leader and a phenomenal leader aboard Theodore Roosevelt, and throughout the Navy,” he continued. Shasky will be meritoriously advanced to the rank of chief petty officer by the Chief of Naval Operations this May in Washington.

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE FLAGSHIP: 1993 - 2013 Special from Rear Adm. Tim Alexander Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

This year signifies the 20th Anniversary of our Hampton Roads regional newspaper, The Flagship, and I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to both the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs staff and our Civilian Enterprise teammates at Military Newspapers of Virginia (MNV) and publisher, Laura Baxter, for a job well done! The Flagship has always strived to be a dependable source of information for our active duty service members … at sea and on shore, retirees, civilian workforce and their family members. And through the years, it has grown to become an award-winning publication, with an award-winning staff. The publication is distributed every Thursday to 900 locations in Hampton Roads – on and offbase – including Navy Exchanges, Navy Lodges, credit unions, commissaries, welcome centers and many more. And with the addition of home delivery within the last two years, The Flagship is even more accessible! Effective communication is paramount in this digital age and The Flagship has helped to bridge the gap for the Millennial Generation with the implementation of an online website, and a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. These additional means of communication have been crucial for delivering the Navy’s message and informing our Sailors about

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issues that may affect them from the deckplates. In retrospect, it’s amazing to recall impactful events, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Operation Unified Response that shook the nation and tasked our recovery efforts. But ultimately, these events helped shape the Navy’s Total Force that we have today. There have certainly been times of bliss and times of sorrow, but through detailed stories and photographs, The Flagship has effectively painted a picture for those of us at home and at sea.

Next week’s spotlight: The Flagship publisher Laura Baxter

As Region Commander, I have witnessed the publication firsthand for the last two years and I am impressed with the amount of detail that is devoted to our heroes at home, the Navy and Marine families. Their sacrifices and stories are highlighted each week, offering a glimpse into the lives of individuals here in Hampton Roads and across the country. I would also note that next month The Flagship and MNV will present the 9th annual Heroes at Home: The Military Spouse Awards™ luncheon to honor the nominees and name the 2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year. Our spouses are truly unsung heroes and this is a wonderful recognition program.

Additionally, the newspaper has also effectively told the stories of our Wounded Warriors, ensuring their stories of recovery, advancements and accolades are reported. These stories often shed light on the growing and changing needs of the Wounded Warrior population, and provide insight into the progress being made on their behalf. As we take a moment to look back, it’s also a time to look forward to how we will evolve in the next 20 years. Achieving our vision for the future will be no small task and it will require a lot of dedication. I know The Flagship will be an integral part in telling that story. Please join us as we celebrate 20 years with The Flagship, highlighting our rich history and honoring the creativity, dedication and success of a collective team who has made it all possible. The entire team is committed to the mission and is the epitome of “One Team, One Fight.”

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ATG performs inspection, review at Norview High School By MC2 Josue Escobosa CSNL Public Affairs


Fourteen active duty chiefs and officers from Afloat Training Group Atlantic (ATG) conducted a personnel inspection for 150 cadets from Norview High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit, March 26. ATG leadership volunteered to assist in the NJROTC unit’s off-site inspection. The chiefs looked for uniform discrepancies, such as proper placement of rank insignia, haircuts and polished shoes, and asked the cadets basic military knowledge questions including the names of their Navy chain of command from command level all the way up to the President of the United States. “The cadets were outstanding, the presentation was outstanding. It was honor to be

here,” said Cmdr. Collin Armstrong Winter, a volunteer from ATG. “They all had a sense of purpose, were all well trained and were very knowledgeable.” “What the kids really get out of this is that while there are a lot of men and women that are dedicated to serving this country, those people have very big hearts,” said Lt. Cmdr. Stuart Littlejohn, senior naval science instructor at Norview. “These Sailors were willing to take time out of their work day and come share their experiences and their professionalism, and show these kids that the future is still bright.” The Sailors were given the opportunity to meritoriously promote cadets who showed outstanding military bearing and uniform wear. Of the 150 cadets, five were promoted for their exemplary uniform, knowledge of uniform regulations and chain of command.

Photos by MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Chiefs and officers from Afloat Training Group Atlantic salute as colors are presented during an off-site inspection of the Norview High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. Fourteen officers and chiefs from ATG volunteered to inspect and review the cadets and battalion.

“I felt the inspection went great, really great,” said Cadet Bedila Young, battalion commanding officer. “Everyone performed really well with only a week of practice – I was really impressed with my cadets.” Following the inspection, the students realigned their formations and performed a pass-inreview, as well as a drill demonstration. The demonstration consisted of armed and unarmed drill performances with more than 30 cadets performing choreographed marching movements. As cadet leaders barked orders, the ATG members looked on with pride at those who might one day be their replacements. “We want to show the kids that we and the Navy family

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Senior Chief Fire Controlman Claude Henderson, from Afloat Training Group Atlantic (ATG), inspects a cadet during an off-site inspection of the Norview High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

support them,” said Winter. “They have our pride and we hope for their success.” More so than a uniform inspection, the students and in-

spectors found the volunteer opportunity mutually beneficial. “We hope to set the example, to mold our future Sailors

and officers who can carry on our traditions,” said Chief Fire Controlman Eric Schrotberger. “What I loved about the ATG group is that my cadets could see somebody like themselves. They got to see examples of what they can become,” said Littlejohn. “They saw disciplined and respectful adults that have a purpose.” He went on to say that he hopes the Sailors understand that their time was appreciated and that they are an inspiration for the cadets. “What I hope the Sailors take away from today is that what they do matters, they’re creating a future for these kids. Even though it’s just 60 - 90 seconds with these cadets, they’re [the Sailors] an inspiration for them,” he said.

Stennis Sailors host poetry competition at sea By MCSN Christian B. Martinez USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Public Affairs


Sailors expressed themselves at a spoken word competition aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), March 23. The Chief’s Mess, First and Second Class Petty Officer Associations and the Junior Enlisted Association organized the event so writers and artists aboard the ship could share their original works freely and creatively. “We wanted to give Sailors the opportunity to read their poems, recite rap verses and do their comedy skits,” said Chief Information Systems Technician Michael Davis, from Greenville, S.C. “It was very successful overall and a lot of Sailors showed up with some pretty amazing talent.” Each participating organization provided a judge to score the initial audition. Contestants needed to perform an original piece no more than three minutes long. Performers were scored by stylistic flow, organization

and attention to word detail. “All of the performances were so beautiful and worldly,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Aida Santell, the First Class Petty Officer Association president. “The problem is that it made it really difficult to judge.” Junior enlisted Sailors were not the only participants in the event. Senior Medical Officer Cmdr. Andrew Schiemel performed a comedy routine and Chief Legalman Lakisha Baldwin recited a poem. Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Seaman Brittany Harris won first place and $300 for her poems “Silly Girl” and “Rude Awakening;” Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class William Humbles won second place and an iPod Touch for his rap “As I Rise;” and Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jeremy Hines won third place and head-of-the-line privileges for a week for his comedy act. “Poetry is everything to me,” said Harris. “I’ve been writing poetry ever since I could hold a pen. It is a way to express myself. I am not much of a talker, but when I write that’s all me.”

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MCSA Ignacio D. Perez Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Joen Lewis, from New York, recites a poem during a spoken word competition in the First Class Mess aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).


Being on a military base, we are able to think about the sacrifice of the people. It’s a special place for a sunrise service.” - Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.


Photos by MC2 (SW) Betsy Knapper Guests gather to observe and listen to the 86th annual Easter sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story, March 31.

JEBLCFS hosts 86th annual Easter sunrise service by Cape Henry Memorial Cross By MC2 Betsy Knapper Navy Public Affairs Support Element East


Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) hosted its 86th annual Easter sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story, March 31. The annual event is open to the public and promotes a spirit of harmony between base residents and local Virginia Beach residents. “We have been doing this for 86 years and I think the partnership that we have with Virginia Beach is important,” said Capt. Frank E. Hughlett, Commander, JEBLCFS. “We cannot do this without the support of Virginia Beach and its citizens, and we have to keep that going by coming together as a community.” Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. attended the event and spoke about the importance of unity and what it means to hold the sunrise service onboard Fort Story. “It’s an honor to come out to Fort Story this morning,” he said. “Being on a military base, we are able to think about the sacrifice of the

A joint service color guard stands at attention (above) and parade the colors (left) during the 86th annual Easter sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story.

Sailors assigned to Fleet Forces Band play a hymn during the 86th annual Easter sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story.

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USS Winston S. Churchill returns to NAVSTA Norfolk By Ens. Jaylyn Hagen USS Winston S. Churchill Public Affairs


USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, March 28. Churchill travelled more than 56,000 nautical miles under the leadership of Cmdr. Chris Stone, commanding officer, while safely conducting 41 underway replenishments, 35 weapons exercises and more than 1,000 hours of flight operations. The ship made port visits to Albania, Jordan, Montenegro, Portugal and United Arab Emirates, where the crew participated in several community relations projects. “I couldn’t be more proud of this crew – the successes they have achieved over the past nine months are truly remarkable,” said Stone. “They met every challenge head on, adapting and overcoming time and again to set the standard for excellence. On Aug. 20, 2012, the ship made headlines around the world when tragedy struck off the coast of Oman. The ship responded to an emergency at sea aboard the civilian Motor Vessel Belde – one crew member had been killed and another required advanced medical care. The rescue, executed under adverse environmental conditions, led to a helicopter litter recovery from the vessel’s bridge wing and expeditious evacuation to a

hospital, ultimately saving the mariner’s life. Churchill made history by participating in the first U.S. Central Command joint counter-piracy exercise between the United States and the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) of China. Three crew members served as translators throughout the exercise ensuring smooth communications. After her first deployment, Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class (SW) Qing Su said she feels she came back a better Sailor. “It was a long time [at sea],” she said. “We can’t control how long we have to stay at sea or everything that happens out here, but we can make the best of it.” Su also became one of 65 Churchill Sailors to earn their Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification (ESWS) during the deployment. In addition to the exercise with China, Churchill participated in joint naval exercises and operations with Montenegro, Albania, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Australia, Britain, Spain and Jordan, highlighting the importance of working with coalitions to preserve the sea lines of communication. “Our interaction with foreign navies, whether in a friendly game of soccer or exercises at sea, allows us to build international cooperation with other seagoing nations,” said Stone. “It makes for a stronger presence against common maritime challenges, to include piracy, and ensures

MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase proposes to his girlfriend after returning home from a nine month deployment aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81).

■ welcome home Friends and family members greet the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) as it pulls into its homeport of Norfolk after a nine month deployment.

MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Friends and family members greet USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) as it pulled into its homeport of Norfolk after a nine month deployment. Churchill was deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

the sea lanes remain open around the world.” Churchill deployed on June 20, 2012 with two SH-60B helicopters from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72, Detachment 8 in support of counter-piracy and maritime security missions in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. The ship initially deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. When USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returned to Norfolk, Churchill, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Farragut (DDG 99) remained on station in the Arabian Gulf. At that point, Churchill attached to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group for the duration of their 5th Fleet operations. In March, the Churchill was the recipient of Destroyer Squadron 28 Battle Efficiency Award. This marks their third consecutive Battle “E.” This honor is awarded annually to ships and crews that exhibit the maximum condition of departmental readiness in their group and their capability to perform their wartime tasks. “Our crew did an outstanding, phenomenal job on deployment,” said Churchill’s Command Master Chief Myla Presco. “The ship is coming back to Norfolk better than it left, and every Sailor can come home with a feeling of accomplishment.”

MC3 (SW/AW) Sabrina Fine Above: Fire Controlman 2nd Class Alvin Escobosa assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) greets his girlfriend as the ship arrived in Norfolk. Left: Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Jeff Reyes, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), meets his baby for the first time as the ship arrived in Norfolk.

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families can attend meetings or call Lead Information Line Continued from front five were immediately secured and corrective action was taken. After an additional test, all outlets tested within recommended levels. The proactive testing was conducted at CDCs and Youth Centers primarily because children are more sensitive to lead exposure than adults. “We decided to test these facilities to make sure that all of the water faucets and the water distribution system inside the buildings are under the recommended EPA screening levels for lead,” explained Liz Nashold, environmental director for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. For military families who are concerned and may not have be able to attend one of the information sessions, NMCP has established a Lead Information Line to answer questions. Additionally, military families can also contact their primary health care provider, or NMCP, to request a blood lead test to


establish if a child has been exposed to lead. “We set up the information line through the hospital to inform parents about reducing the risk for lead exposure, dietary intervention and simple home interventions that can be done to reduce sources of lead exposure in a child’s environment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rhett Barrett, staff pediatrician, NMCP. Barrett suggested that routinely allowing water to run for 30 seconds to one minute prior to drinking from a faucet can help flush out the water line and mitigate possible lead exposure. It is important to note that lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal that can be found in air, soil, dust, food and water. Chief Machinist’s Mate Doneka Booker, a parent at the session, expressed a positive experience when she contacted the NMCP Lead Information Line. “I left a message and was called back in less than five minutes,” explained Booker.

“The lieutenant commander who answered the call took all of my information over the phone and set me up with an appointment in five minutes flat.” Booker said, as a parent, she appreciated that Navy leadership was present at the session and thought the information presented was beneficial for all who attended. “I am very well educated on lead exposure and know that my children or myself could be exposed to lead without being at a child care facility,” said Booker. “I appreciate the captain of the base is here to let everybody know that he is aware of what’s going on and the Navy is doing something about this.” Military families who have children in Hampton Roads CDCs or Youth Centers can contact the NMCP Lead Information Line by calling (757) 9531598 or DSN 377-1598, Monday through Friday. When calling, leave a message that includes your name, phone number and possible concerns. All calls will be returned promptly. To learn more about lead in drinking water, visit http://, call (800) 424-LEAD or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Cmdr. Chris D. Stone, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) speaks to his crew about driving under the influence (DUI) awareness.

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| Sailors wore T-shirts representing Sailors who have died from drunk driving DUI

Continued from front Two Sailors then stepped forward and shared how their careers and lives were affected by the decision to drink and drive. Both are now members of Churchill’s Drug and Alcohol Program Advisors (DAPA) and are committed to ensuring others do not make the same mistake they did. Churchill’s DAPA members are handing out cards to every Churchill Sailor with numbers for the Hampton Roads areas Safe Ride program. The program provides a taxi cab and ride back to the ship for anyone who feels they’ve had too much to drink. Stone said he encourages any Sailor who plans to drink to also have a plan to safely get home – prior to drinking.

online To learn more, visit the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Facebook page at www.facebook. com/USN.NADAP. He added that following the Navy’s guidance of having a sober buddy and following a plan of responsible alcohol use – zero drinks if you’re driving, zero drinks if you’re under age, one drink per hour and three drinks per night – can reduce the opportunity to engage in alcohol abuse and the poor decisions that often follow. “Enjoy your leave and liberty. Just make smart decisions out there,” said Stone.

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Continued from front The purpose of the booth was to inform men and women who are 50 years or older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests. For those who have an average risk, colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years; a fecal occult blood test should be completed yearly with positive results followed up with a colonoscopy; and a flexible sigmoidoscopy is recommended every five years. “I started doing this seven years ago,” said Zenaida D.

Limon, a clinic nurse specialist in the Gastroenterology Clinic. “Every year I give away about 1,000 pamphlets about colorectal cancer awareness and I am hoping that those who see the booth pass the information they learn here to other people.” “We are providing pointers on a good diet, diagnosis and prevention and things to look for,” said Hospitalman Egor Fomin, from the Gastroenterology Clinic. “Colorectal cancer is a serious issue. Prevention is important and early detection is paramount to the prevention

of this disease.” Among the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it. People who have no identified risk factors should begin regular screening at age 50, or 45 years old for African-Americans. Those who have a family history of colorectal cancer, or

other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer should talk to their doctor about when and how often to get tested. A colon polyp is a growth on the surface of the colon. Some colon polyps are benign, which means they are not cancer. But some types of polyps may already be cancer or can become cancer, Limon said. “Colon cancer, if it is treated early, is beatable, stoppable and preventable,” she said. “About 30 procedures are performed a day and the clinic sees a new patient every 15 minutes, five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4

p.m., so we see a lot of people. We have the busiest clinic in the hospital.” The downside to this cancer is that it is hard to identify. A colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic, but also therapeutic because doctors can remove polyps at the same time. Cancer of the colon can be prevented by removing the polyps. And when colon cancer does occur, it can often be cured when detected very early. This is the aim of screening. “We always talk about looking for bloody bowel move-

ments, some unexplained weight loss, or diarrhea and change in stool,” said Limon. “While all of these can be symptoms, unfortunately there is not one specific symptom that’s going to say you have colon cancer.” Many polyps and colorectal cancers do not produce symptoms until they become fairly large. Screening involves one or more tests performed to identify whether a person with no symptoms has a disease or condition that may lead to colon or rectal cancer. The goal is to identify the potential for disease or the condition early when it is easier to prevent or cure.


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Navajo Code Talker visits old stomping grounds Samuel Tsosie, a retired Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, met with Marines serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment to give them insight into the history of their beloved unit, March 27. » see B6



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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens (above) speaks during a ceremony (top, left) honoring 120 years of the chief petty officer rank at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

DoD updates Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy By Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service


The Department of Defense (DoD) released updated policies and procedures aimed at combating sexual assaults in the military and improving care for victims, March 28. Senior defense officials said the updated policies and procedures provide a framework that improves safety for sexual assault victims, standardizes victim-assistance services across the force, enhances prevention efforts and provides victims added confidence to come forward to report assaults and seek treatment. “Today’s release of an updated policy directive underscores the department’s commitment to combating sexual assault on every level within the military,” said Army Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, director of DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). SAPRO officials said the policy changes came about through a coordinated effort among the services, the National Guard Bureau, the DoD inspector general, military health care providers, chaplains and the entire DoD community to improve every aspect of the department’s response to sexual assault. “We have thousands of victims in the Armed Forces,” Air Force Col. Alan R. Metzler, SAPRO’s deputy di-




Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore for a working lunch at the Pentagon, April 1, said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “The meeting was an opportunity for Secretary Hagel to hear the Prime Minister’s views on regional security issues, including how nations can work with one another to peacefully resolve territorial issues in the East and South China Seas,” he said.

Hagel thanked the Prime Minister for Singapore’s strong ties of friendship and close collaboration on a number of shared interests, including Afghanistan, counterpiracy and counterproliferation efforts. The secretary also thanked the Prime Minister for hosting up to four forward-deployed littoral combat ships on a rotational basis in Singapore. The first of these ships, the USS Freedom, is currently en route to Singapore and will arrive later this month. “Secretary Hagel made clear the United States and the De-

partment of Defense remain committed to the rebalance towards the Asia-Pacific region,” said Little, “and that in the future there will be even more opportunities for closer collaboration between the United States and Singapore.” Little said Hagel accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to travel to Singapore for the Shangri-La dialogue next month. “Secretary Hagel looks forward to visiting with allies and partners from around the region and addressing the conference,” said Little.

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Special from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy WASHINGTON

A message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy: “Fellow Chief Petty Officers, On April 1, the U.S. Navy Chief’s Mess will celebrate 120 years of the United States chief petty officer. We are not only celebrating another year of chief’s serving the Navy – we are celebrating everything it means to be the chief. Our anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life. Since 1893, chief’s have been charged with the responsibility of leading Sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our Navy’s mission when the nation calls. We welcome that responsibility and lead with honor, courage and commitment. As chief’s, it’s important to remember that we must be ‘all in,’ ‘all the time,’ because being a chief petty officer is not for the weak of heart or lazy of mind and body. Happy birthday shipmates! I truly appreciate your leadership and the hard work you do every day. Very Respectfully, MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens”

Navy launches new campaign to promote responsible drinking Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


The Navy is launching a new campaign in honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month called “Keep What You’ve Earned,” designed to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by focusing on the accomplishments in their Navy careers, April 1. “Being an advocate for responsible drinking is not only a leadership responsibility –

it is a responsibility of every Sailor in the fleet,” said Chief of Naval Personnel and Total Force Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer April Beldo. “Together we have reduced the number of alcohol-related incidents and DUIs by almost half over the last five years. By drinking responsibly, you can continue to help bring these numbers down and make a difference in fleet readiness.” According to Dorice Favorite, director of the Navy Alco-

hol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) program, Sailors drink primarily because of stress related to the workplace, their families and life changes.

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MCCS Anthony Casullo Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Jakota Richardson, assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, drives the drunk driving simulator while being observed by Andrew Tipton, senior manager of the “Save a Life Tour.”

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APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD Hug a little hero! By Casey Spurr Contributing Writer

MC2 Joshua Bryce Bruns Children wave to the their fathers on the approaching Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) as it pulls into Busan Naval Base.

Military Child poster contest open to military-connected students from all installations By Allison Foster, Ph.D. Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed April 2013 to be the “Month of the Military Child” in Virginia. Across the state, School Liaison Officers are planning special events to honor military children. In Southside Hampton Roads, many students will be participating in art contests by drawing a picture of an aspect of life in the military. The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) began having a poster contest 15 years ago. They invited military connected students from all installations around the world to participate. The winning posters were then made into note cards and pictures for sale on their website, and at their annual training. In Virginia Beach, all students kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit a drawing for consideration. The artists’ work will be on display at Lynhaven Mall throughout April, beginning April 10 at 6 p.m. The winning submissions will be submitted to MCEC for their approval. Similar contests were held in Norfolk and Chesapeake and eight locations participated.

Grades 3 - 8 were eligible and military and non-military students were encouraged to enter. Judging took place on March 28 in Norfolk and will take place in Chesapeake in early April. Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Sailors judged in Norfolk. The Top-3 places at each location will receive medals and the first place winners will receive backpacks and school supplies. Submissions will be displayed at the participating schools throughout April. Each location has received a copy of McDonnell’s proclamation to display. In Portsmouth, there were three locations that participated in the April Art Contest, and in Suffolk, one school was involved. Winners were decided on March 29. This year the USO also sponsored a contest. They invited all school-age children in Central Virginia to help decorate the walls of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia centers. Entries were either mailed or sent electronically, and winners will be notified through their schools by April 13. The contest winners will be chosen by military personnel who come to the USO centers.

■ about this month Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child.” Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of service provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.

As we pulled away from our home one last time a few days ago, I noticed my son fighting back tears while he watched it fade away behind us. In an effort to try to get him to talk about it, I asked him if he was happy or sad we were moving to a new city. In the most courageous little voice, he replied, “I’m a little sad.” Then he paused and continued, “But I’m a whole lot happy.” I’m pretty certain that last part was just so I wouldn’t be sad, too. I knew he was struggling with the thought that we were leaving behind the house he called home for the last two and half years, the little town where he attended preschool and started kindergarten and the place all of his closest friends live. He was trying so hard to remain optimistic about the changes ahead, but then only a few minutes later with his eyes welled up with tears he said, “Mom, I’m really going to miss my friends.” As his mom, it broke my heart to see him hurting and to hear those words. I’ve often felt helpless in these moments knowing there is little I can do to take his pain away. It’s an overwhelming feeling and it always highlights for me just how hard it is to be a military child. I also had that same feeling last summer when we dropped my husband off for the second of two backto-back deployments. He’d only been home for a handful of months and having to say goodbye to his dad again was one of the most difficult things our little boy has ever experienced. He was old enough to understand what it meant for daddy to go on a deployment, but he wasn’t old enough to understand why or that there was nothing we could do to keep him from having to leave. For weeks he struggled to understand his own feelings and why this was all happening. I would have done anything to take away his sadness and confusion, but I knew the one thing that would take it all away was the only thing I couldn’t give him. These challenges our son has faced are what military kids across the country and on U.S. bases throughout the world are facing with bravery every day. They are enduring frequent moves and constantly changing schools – the military child moves approximately every two years and will attend an average of 6 - 8 different schools during his or her K-12 education. They have become all too accustomed to long periods of family separation, saying goodbye to the friends they love, and living at a considerable distance from their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They have had to learn at a very young age how to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances quickly. In spite of all of this though, you will rarely ever hear a military child complain about this unique life they lead. They are special kids who think being part of a military family is not only an honor, but that it’s also pretty cool, too. To military kids, celebrities and superheroes are Blue Angels, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Wounded Warriors. And though none of them had a choice to lead this life in their childhood, many of them go on to choose military service as adults. That’s pretty cool in itself. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals and organizations, a spotlight has begun to be shone upon service members and their families. In recent years, military families have become part of a national conversation about how America can support its heroes and those who stand behind them. I still think though that little is truly understood about the experience of military kids. They can bear a heavy load for such little shoulders and often the sacrifices of these little heroes can go unnoticed. I’ve had the privilege of knowing some pretty brave people in my life, but some of the bravest I’ve known have been military kids. April is the Month of the Military Child, and this is a great time for all of us to reflect upon and honor these special kids. Give the military kids in your life a hug and tell them thanks for all they do, too! Casey Spurr is Navy spouse and former middle school teacher who frequently writes about her experiences in a military family. She currently lives in California with her husband and their son. To contact Casey, please send an email to casey.spurr@

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Spring into action as a ready Navy family Press Release Navy Installations Command Public Affairs


For many, spring brings a resurgence of energy and activity with the milder temperatures. It is a perfect time to practice your family emergency plan and to re-evaluate and restock your emergency supply kit for the changing season. Although winter storms are becoming a fading memory, it is important to remember that weather and other hazards can be unpredictable. So spring into action as a Ready Navy Family and be ready for any hazard. Be and Stay Informed: Learn about hazards that are common in spring months and most likely to happen in your area. The Ready Navy website “Be and Stay Informed” tabs offer specific instructions, information and resources you may need to know regarding floods, tornadoes, man-made hazards, and emergency actions. Learn what you should know if you need to evacuate or take shelter in your home. Make a Plan: As a family, make and refine your emergency plan so that everyone in the family understands what to do, where to go and what to take in the event of any emergency. Practice your plan by conducting a drill where all family members must gather at your designated meeting place, exiting by various doors. Your emergency plan should also include how your family will communicate with each other, particularly if normal communication methods, such as phone lines or cell towers are out. Road conditions and other hazards can limit ease of movement. Have a contact person outside the area who each member of the family can notify that they are safe, if separated. Place a call to your designated contact person to be sure he or she is willing to serve in that role. The Ready Navy website provides printable forms and contact cards to guide you in your planning. Build a Kit: The best way to prepare for the unexpected is to have on hand one or more emergency kits that include enough water and non-perishable supplies for every family member to survive at least three days. Keep a kit prepared at home and consider having kits in your car, at work and a portable version in your home ready to take with you. These kits will enable you and your family to respond to any emergency more effectively. Make a game of kit building with your children. One idea is to have your children go on a scavenger hunt to find and gather necessary supplies around your house. Make note of items you are missing and shop together at your local installation commissary and NEX to complete your kit. History shows that children who are involved and informed with emergency planning are better able to react safely in an emergency. For information about Ready Navy and tips, forms and guidance to be prepared for and stay informed about all hazards, visit Ready Navy is a CNIC-sponsored emergency preparedness program.


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Military spouse given rare opportunity to save a life most common type of acute leukemia in adults. It is also commonly called acute myelogenous leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia and acute non-lymphocytic leukemia. Brittany’s original decision to donate was in response to her mother being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, which has the potential to turn into AML. “I hoped that someone else would have made the same decision to be a potential donor for my mother if, God forbid, she ever needs a similar operation,” she said. When she was selected as a matching donor and decided she would become a donor, her husband was deployed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with Strike Fighter Squadron Three Four (VFA-34) “Blue Blasters.” “I applaud her for it,” he said. “It came as no surprise to me that she decided to go ahead with this.”

By Ensign Sam DiSesa VFA-34 Public Affairs

In May of 2012, Brittany Kohn and her husband, Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AW) Kevin Kohn, received a phone call that they never expected to hear. Brittany found out that she was a possible donor for a woman in Portugal who was suffering from an extremely rare and life-threatening disease. The chances of being a matching donor are astronomical considering the very specific matches that are required. While it would take about 10 weeks to be positive, Brittany had a feeling she was going to be responsible for saving someone’s life. In 2008, Brittany signed up with “Be The Match Registry,” which is a National Marrow Donor Program, to become a potential donor for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it not treated. It is the

Ensign Sam DiSesa From left to right: Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AW) Kevin Kohn, Vera Kohn and Brittany Kohn.

In November of 2012, Brittany received the news that she was a perfect match for the patient in need and she began the process. Leaving their 11-month-old daughter, Vera, with her mother, Brittany and Kevin left Virginia Beach to spend three nights in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown University Hospital – Lombardi Cancer Center. The burdens of travel, lodging and food costs were covered by “Be The Match Registry.” Brittany began the bone marrow transplant process by having the maximum amount of bone marrow taken from the base of her spine on Feb. 4. The process

or write that novel. Maybe you can learn that skill, try that sport, take that class. Whatever it is that’s been gnawing at your core, maybe now is the time. You never know until you try, they say, but it’s more than that. A certain sense of freedom and triumph comes with tossing out the old excuse list and jumping in. As we are all keenly aware, military life comes with certain unavoidable restrictions. Orders, deployments and schedule. Some things just can’t be avoided. That’s why we need to stop self-imposing restrictions. That’s why we need to kill the fear of trying. Everyone, in civilian life and in military life, faces that dark cloud of doubt. But we are used to clouds of fear. We are used to shooing

FEAR OF NEVER TRYING By Tiffany Silverberg Military Spouse Contributor

Military life inherently contains a number of legitimate fears. I could turn away most readers now by merely listing them. We don’t need to reiterate them all. We know what keeps us from drifting off to sleep at night. We know what makes us kiss them one more time. We know what burdens we carry away while he or she is gone for months at a time. We know. There’s another fear, though, that we all shoulder, but don’t often talk about. When facing such a fear,

there is a comfort knowing that we have all been there at one time or another. In fact, while it may seem more common in our military, transient life, it’s a fear we share with our civilian counterparts. It’s the fear of putting ourselves out there. The fear of trying something, in the plain view of those around us. It’s the fear of trying and failing. One of the most rich aspects of our rather odd lifestyle is the plethora of places you could live, where you never thought you would live. Maybe you never even considered such a place. Maybe you never thought anyone lived there until you got

orders there. When we are dropped in the middle of these kind of places, we are faced with two choices. We can wait it out, with our list of legitimate, though overused excuses. We know we have all whipped that list out a time or two. Reasons we can’t, we shouldn’t, we won’t. The alternative is where things get scary. The alternative is stuffing that list away and diving into something new. Maybe you can finally try that business idea you have always wondered about. Maybe you can volunteer with that organization that has been weighing on you for years. Maybe you can launch that website


involved 20 -30 needles that aided in extracting bone marrow out of two holes that were drilled into her lower back. “It was very uncomfortable – it felt like I had broken my tailbone,” she recalled. After the bone marrow was extracted, she received a blood transfusion of her own blood that was taken and stored prior to the operation. This is a precautionary process since patients tend to become anemic and tired after the procedure. The next step in the process involved a three-week recovery period which was vital for her to regain her strength and stabilize her body. “It was very tough to walk when I got home,” she said. “It’s been a few weeks and I’m still walking with a bit of a limp, but with some physical therapy, I’m very optimistic about having a full recovery very soon.” While Brittany has not yet communicated with the recipient of her bone marrow, she is currently waiting to hear from her donor liaison for health updates on the receiving individual in Portugal. In the mean time, Brittany, who is a former Aviation Electronics Technician Airman, has plans to re-enlist into the Navy Reserves to continue her service to her country.



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Catch Bianca next week! You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at bianca.

them away in favor of a brighter horizon. So why not do the same with our own ideas, our own plans. Why not throw away the excuses? Even if we fail, it’s just another badge of courage to add to our little collections. And furthermore, the fear of never trying, never knowing, is far more intimidating. What are you ready to try? Tiffany is Navy wife and foodie with an independent streak. As a freelance writer, she brings years of journalism and language experience to non-profits, businesses and families, telling their stories online and offline. When she’s not working, she’s drinking red wine, cooking, knitting or sewing or driving around, sometimes with her pilot husband in the passenger seat. You can visit her website at






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Stockdale VBSS and Coast Guard AIT team up to fight piracy By MC2 David Hooper Carrier Strike Group EIGHT Public Affairs


Members from U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT) 2 embarked with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) to train the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and to conduct maritime law enforcement operations, March 25. AIT 2 is a deployable Coast Guard boarding team made up of 11 maritime law enforcement specialists with authority under the Department of Homeland Security to interdict, apprehend and refer suspected criminals for prosecution. “Our primary mission aboard Stockdale is to be a force multiplier,” said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Brook Bossen. “Our goal is to enhance the Coast Guard’s partnership with the Navy so we can work more hand-in-hand. In the changing climate in this part of the world, we have a lot to offer each other in the way of capabilities and operational platforms.” Stockdale’s VBSS team and AIT 2 will train together so they will be prepared to integrate during actual operations while in theater. “I was really looking forward to their arrival personally because they can train us up and help tweak and improve some of our methods,” said Navy Lt. j.g. Chris Polson, VBSS officer aboard Stockdale. “VBSS is unfortunately only a collateral duty for us, but these guys get to do this everyday and they

Our primary mission aboard Stockdale is to be a force multiplier.” - U.S. Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Brook Bossen

bring a lot of law enforcement experience to the table.” Bossen said his team has nearly 60 years of combined law enforcement experience to draw from when training Stockdale’s VBSS team. “What we can provide is a sustainable training regiment that they can conduct on their own throughout the year,” he said. “We can also make recommendations to help them grow and advanced their skills.” The training and integration between the two teams has already built the confidence they will need to complete their missions. “Given our inter-agency cooperation and this platform, we can be successful in decreasing the amount of piracy activity taking place in this operating area,” said Bossen. Stockdale is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.


MC2 David Hooper Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Gregg Garcia simulates boarding a vessel during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team training aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106).

FINAL HULL SECTION OF EXGUARDIAN REMOVED FROM REEF By MC3 Kelby Sanders Commander U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs


U.S. Navy and contracted salvage personnel embarked aboard the Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 completed the removal of the grounded mine countermeasures ship ex-Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef, March 30. The final section of the hull, the stern section, which weighed approximately 250 tons, was safely lifted from the reef.




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“As the hull has been removed, the team is now shifting their effort to collecting minor debris that remains on the reef,” said Capt. Mark Matthews, supervisor of salvage. “We also have a collaborative team from the U.S. and the Philippines beginning to assess the condition of the reef.” Since Guardian’s grounding, the Navy has been working meticulously to salvage any reusable equipment and remove any potentially harmful materials including petroleum-based products, human wastewater and other wreckage debris. “Every salvage operation presents unique challenges,” said Matthews. “It has been difficult to extract the Guardian without causing further damage to the reef, but the U.S. Navy and SMIT salvage team, with support from other companies and the government of the Philippines, have really

MC3 Kelby Sanders The U.S. Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the stern section from the mine countermeasure ship ex-Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef, Jan. 17.

done a superb job. I could not be more proud.” No fuel has leaked since the grounding and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard Guardian were safely transferred off the ship in the early days of the salvage operation.

“We continue to work closely with the Philippine Coast Guard, Navy and Tubbataha Reef Park Rangers, and we are grateful for the support we have received to remove Guardian and minimize further damage to the reef,” said Matthews.



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Blue Angels application deadline approaching By MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


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The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is seeking highly motivated Navy and Marine Corps enlisted and ofďŹ cer applicants, ofďŹ cials said March 26. Enlisted Sailors in the following ratings and pay grades are encouraged to apply: â&#x2013; Aviation Maintenance Administrationman, E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Machinistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate, E-4 and E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Electricianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate, E-4 and E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Support Equipment Technician, E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Electronics Technician (AT), E-4 and E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Structural Mechanic, E-4 and E-5. â&#x2013;  Aviation Ordnanceman, E-5. â&#x2013;  Aircrew Survival Equipmentman, E-5. â&#x2013;  Mass Communication Specialist, E-4 and E-5. â&#x2013;  Logistics Specialist (LS), E-5 and E-6. â&#x2013;  Yeoman (YN), E-6.

Applications are also being accepted for an AT senior chief petty ofďŹ cer, and chief petty ofďŹ cers in the LS and YN ratings. The Blue Angels will also select ofďŹ cers for the following positions: â&#x2013; Three F/A-18 demonstration pilots (Navy and Marine Corps pilots are encouraged to apply) (2015-2017 show seasons). â&#x2013;  One Marine Corps C-130 demonstration pilot (2015-2017 show seasons). â&#x2013;  One administrative ofďŹ cer (20142015 show seasons). â&#x2013;  One supply ofďŹ cer (2014-2015 show seasons). â&#x2013;  One public affairs ofďŹ cer (20142015 show seasons). According to NAVADMIN 354/12, personnel selected for this unique and demanding duty represent the hundreds of thousands of Sailors and Marines serving throughout the U.S. and abroad. Applicants must meet certain requirements to be considered for duty with the Blue Angels and waivers are not normally considered. It is considered a Type 2 Sea Duty for rotational purposes. The required obligated service for enlisted personnel is 36 months. Navy ofďŹ cers must have completed one oper-

ational ďŹ&#x201A;eet tour and pilots are required to stay on active duty for two years after completing their assignment with the Blue Angels. Enlisted personnel with a projected rotation date of September of 2013 through April of 2014 are eligible, but others may apply with command and detailer approval. Navy ofďŹ cer applicants are required to contact their detailer or monitor prior to applying to ensure adequate timing to complete a two or three-year tour without impacting career milestones. Enlisted applications must be postmarked no later than May 1. Final selections will be made in June. Personnel selected will usually detach from their present command in October and report in early November. OfďŹ cer applications should be submitted, per CNATRAINST 1301.4H, no later than April 30.. Complete application procedures and requirements are provided in NAVADMIN 354/12 (enlisted) and NAVADMIN 022/13 (ofďŹ cer). CNATRAINST 1301.4H contains further guidance for ofďŹ cer applicants. Marine Corps applicant eligibility requirements can be found in MARADMIN 676/12.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors, Marines and Department of Defense civilians at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) in Jinhae, Republic of Korea.

SECNAV RECOGNIZED AS A TOP-50 CEO Press Release Navy OfďŹ ce of Information


Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was recently recognized by an online jobs and career community as one of the Top-50 highest rated CEOs. Glassdoor released its annual report announcing the top CEOs earlier this month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mabus was included on this list as the CEO for the Department of the Navy. Two hundred ninety-nine anonymous individuals independently contributed to Mabus receiving more than 81 percent positive rating on his leadership of the Navy. Mabus was the only leader of a federal agency to be recognized on the list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This award is rightly shared by the many great leaders, both uniformed and civilian, present throughout the department,â&#x20AC;? said Mabus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciate being recognized and it is especially meaningful knowing the rating is based upon feedback provided by current and former service members and Navy civilians.â&#x20AC;? For a CEO to be eligible to be included in Glassdoorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, they must receive at least 100 approval ratings from employees

â&#x2013; others recognized Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is part of a short list of top CEOs nominated from a pool of 250,000 others. Additional top-ranked CEOs include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz.

during the past year. This rating is based on information employees provide Glassdoor about their last place of employment and whether they approve or disapprove of their former CEO. While the comments posted on the site as part of the survey varied greatly, most reďŹ&#x201A;ected an appreciation of the importance Mabus places on maintaining partnerships around the globe. Many reviews by current and former service members indicated international travel and opportunities to â&#x20AC;&#x153;see the worldâ&#x20AC;? were among the most positive aspects of a career in the Navy. One reviewer who was identiďŹ ed as a former sonar technician cited travel and â&#x20AC;&#x153;being a part of something larger than yourselfâ&#x20AC;? as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;proâ&#x20AC;? of naval service. 21 6$/( 6$785'$< $35,/  $7 $0

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B6 | THE FLAGSHIP | APR 4, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Samuel Tsosie, a retired Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, speaks to Marines serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp San Mateo, March 27.

Navajo Code Talker visits old stomping grounds By Marine Lance Cpl. James Gulliver 1st Marine Division Public Affairs


Samuel Tsosie, a retired Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, met with Marines serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment to give them insight into the history of their beloved unit, March 27. “These Marines remind me a lot of myself back when I was in,” he said. “We may have had different gear then, but we are the same men.” The Castle Butte, Ariz. native served with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during multiple combat operations in the Pacific Theater. Among those were Peleliu, Okinawa and Cape Gloucester. Marines were invited to listen to Tsosie as he spoke about his four-year tour of island hopping in the Pacific. “We were always wet from the constant rain, always hungry and always worried if we were going to make it one more day,” Tsosie told the Marines. “War is Hell.” The Marine Corps recruited Navajo Indians during

We were always wet from the constant rain, always hungry and always worried if we were going to make it one more day. War is Hell.” - Retired Marine and Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tsosie

World War II to send encrypted messages containing classified information in the Navajo language. This was done to prevent the Japanese from deciphering radio transmissions and discover plans of future operations. “Our code was never broken by the Japanese. This is why we were so invaluable to the Marine Corps,” he said. “We kept many Marines safe because the Japanese could not figure out what we were going to do next.” “This is an honor having a Marine like Tsosie visit our ranks,” said Marine Sgt.

Tsosie served with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in multiple battles including Peleliu, Okainawa and Cape Gloucester.

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Maj. Connie Travis, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment sergeant major. “This really sheds some light on our past.” “Having a veteran as experienced as Tsosie gives the younger Marines of the battalion a look into their history,” said Marine Lt. Col. Timothy Bairstow, the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. “All the Marines in the battalion need to be a part of this,” he said. “Our Marines need to understand the legacy they must live up to.” Tsosie was able to see weapons and equipment currently used by Marines during the visit to his old stomping grounds. “All this gear is so much heavier then what we use to have,” he said. “But it does look like the Marines nowadays are a lot safer wearing all of this.” Tsosie expressed pride in being a Marine and serving in World War II. “From the day you first put on that uniform, you’re a Marine. It changes you,” he explained. “Once a Marine, always Marine.”

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CNO EXPLAINS WHAT BUDGET CHANGES MEAN TO YOU Press Release Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs


Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the passage of yet another continuing resolution (CR) and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navy’s top admiral discussed the CR extension that the president signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense Department funds through September. What was projected to be a $9 billion shortfall in the Navy’s operations accounts will be halved according to Greenert. He explained in the video that the bill will take care of four and a half billion dollar shortfall in operations, and the Navy will have to adjust. He also stated that sequestration, the reduction of spending in all accounts, remains in place. “We’re going to move ahead in a very deliberate fashion and decide what’s important and fund those most important things,” he said. “Money will be distributed to the fleet and important operations can get underway.” Among those priorities, Greenert said the Navy’s bills will be paid, deployed operations will remain funded and some restoration and modernization projects

will return. “So what does this mean to you? For our Sailors, this means your pay will be stable as it has been, our manpower accounts have been stable throughout this turmoil,” said Greenert. “We’re going to get our family readiness programs and MWR programs back on track where they need to be. PCS will remain stable throughout all this, so moves should continue apace.” Despite other branches reducing access to tuition assistance, Greenert stated that he will fight to keep education benefits for Sailors intact. “Tuition assistance is still at 100 percent and I’m working to keep it at that level,” he said. “That’s where I think we need to be.” Greenert thanked the Navy civilian workforce for their patience during the turmoil of the last couple of months. “Remember we’re a team here and we can’t function without your dedication,” he said. “As you may know, our furloughs are being reduced from 22 to 14 days. The Secretary of the Navy and I are working with the Department of Defense staff to keep that as low as possible.” Greenert stressed that with a balanced approach to spending, careful planning and the dedication of all hands, the Navy will be able to successfully navigate these tumultuous fiscal times.


human ribbon >> Sailors and Marines form a ribbon in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).


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policies incorporate expedited transfers Continued from B1 rector said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. “We need to make sure that we prevent sexual assault from happening, and when it does, provide a response system that can care for people and hold people accountable so we can get the perpetrators out of the Armed Forces.” The updated policies incorporate expedited transfers for victims, establish a hotline for crisis intervention and require additional training as well as new, uniform standards for care givers. “We have worked with the national certification body and codified into our policy that every victim advocate, every sexual assault response coordinator have a level of training and competence and national certification so that they are providing victims the best quality care,” said Metzler. Senior Pentagon officials emphasize that the department has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault. In recent weeks, Patton has met with Capitol Hill lawmakers to discuss the department’s response to sexual assault, emphasizing that the Pentagon needs to do more to combat the crime while welcoming input from outside groups. A goal of the new policies and procedures is to encourage sexual assault victims to have confidence in the system and to come forward and report crimes, which Metzler acknowledged are “vastly under reported.” “The department takes this seriously, that when a victim tells us that they have been sexually assaulted, we will believe them,” he said. “We will protect their privacy. They will be able to have help and care because we understand the nature of this crime and we want them to come forward to get help.”

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Continued from B1 “From boot camp to advancement exams, job training and deployments, the ‘Keep What You’ve Earned’ campaign recognizes these challenges and encourages Sailors to drink responsibly to maintain their successful careers,” said Favorite. To address alcohol use from all angles, the new campaign actively engages alcohol abuse personnel, Navy leaders, local communities and Sailors as advocates for responsible drinking. “Our Sailors are excited about this campaign’s launch because they were a part of its development,” said Cmdr. Jay Clark, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Sailors from Roosevelt participated in a photo shoot to be used in posters and other print materials, then in an informal review of the products to see if they resonated with the core audience of young Sailors. “We talk about responsible alcohol use constantly aboard Roosevelt, but it

MCCS Anthony Casullo Utilitiesman 2nd Class Robert Powell, assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, drives a drunk driving simulator as Sailors look on as part of the “Save a Life Tour” at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

was nice to have the Navy include our Sailors in the development of something that affects them and their careers,” said Clark. “The safety and well-being of our Sailors is our top priority,” said Beldo. “Sailors endure many challenges during their first few years of enlistment and this should be recognized. It should not be treated as an excuse to drink. We all work together to create and maintain a responsible drinking environment, remind Sailors of their ac-

■ the simulator The simulator gave Sailors an opportunity to experience how driving while intoxicated significantly affects their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

complishments and encourage positive decisions regarding alcohol.” During April, NADAP encourages all units to discuss

the importance of drinking responsibly. To facilitate these discussions, the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign offers leadership talk-

ing points, posters, fact sheets and social media messages, all of which are available on the NADAP website at www.


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Take a trip around the world while learning about the rich multicultural fabric that binds neighbors, co-workers, classmates, friends and acquaintances in Hampton Roads, April 7. The pageantry and rich traditions of our diverse community will be on full display when Old Dominion University (ODU) hosts its 5th annual International Festival at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. This popular family-friendly event will be emceed by Hugh Copeland, the founder and artistic director of the Hurrah Players theater group. Attendees will be treated to a bazaar-like marketplace, international food vendors, cultural performances, educational displays and an exciting grand finale with a global fashion show featuring more than 100 participants modeling clothing from 18 countries, plus Zumba dancing. Event attractions will also include: children’s cultural activities, arts and crafts, a small animal petting zoo and a display of various countries’ flags provided by People to People International’s Hampton Roads Student Chapter. Performances on center stage throughout the day will capture the audience’s attention with the music and dances of the Caribbean, Greece, Africa, the United Kingdom, India, Spain, Russia, Polynesia, the Middle East, South America, Bangladesh and New Zealand, along with the United States’ own homegrown varieties. More than 900 ODU students – many with international backgrounds – from 57 organizations are participating in this year’s festival. Students will lead child-oriented craft activities throughout the main arena, representing the North and South American continents, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. An educational zone featuring interactive, childfriendly stations spanning the continents will be

■ when and where ODU will host its 5th annual International Festival, April 7, from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also provided in adjacent garages at no charge. staffed by representatives of community organizations, as well as local schools and agencies. The university’s Recreation and Wellness program will get young participants moving with physical activities designed to take them on an around-the-world journey. The wonder of discovery continues at the International Bazaar, where a diverse array of items will be available for purchase and visitors can mingle with merchants who will be displaying jewelry, clothing and crafts from around the world. Local restaurant vendors, including: the Grapevine Restaurant (Greek), India Palace Restaurant (Indian), Bilu’s Bakery (Colombian), Mayflower Café (Turkish), Caribbean Castle (Caribbean) and Baladi Mediterranean Café (Mediterranean) will satisfy even the most discerning palate at familyfriendly prices. Because no festival is complete without animals, The Teeny Tiny Farm (of Elberon, Va.) will provide an outdoor petting zoo featuring bunnies, goats, ducks and miniature varieties of a horse, cow, pig, llama and alpaca. ODU’s official partners for the festival include: Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach public school systems; the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority; the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and the City of Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space. For more information, visit http://studentaffairs.

Courtesy photos The wonder of discovery continues at the International Bazaar, where a diverse array of items will be available for purchase and visitors can mingle with merchants who will be displaying jewelry, clothing and crafts from around the world.


The 20th Anniversary McDonald’s North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) will be held from June 7 - 9 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.


The 20th annual McDonald’s North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) are seeking 10-player militaryaffiliated entries for five versus five competition, June 7 - 9, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With 10,000 youth and adult players expected from 20 states and several countries, NASSC is recognized as the premier beach/sand soccer festival. The 22-block tournament includes the men’s pro/am U.S. Open featuring 12 top international teams battling for the national championship. Most military entries over the years

Registration deadline is April 15. Visit, or HRSC.NASSC for more details.

have been centralized in the “Adult Coed” brackets where a minimum of three females must be on the roster. NASSC also includes competition in beach coed football, beach lacrosse and beach wresting. The registration deadline is April 15. Applications and full details are available online at All events are free and open to the public. Team registration is free for military units when a minimum of 15 volunteers assist with festival setup and take down. Event producers will coordinate with military units for best scheduling.

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Calendar Military Appreciation Day at Nauticus For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.ďŹ&#x201A;

Mommy & Me Family Fun Day â&#x2013; When: April 6, 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  Where: Virginia Sports

to 3 p.m. Hall of Fame & Museum,

206 High St. Portsmouth more information, call: 393-8031, or visit www.

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The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting Mommy & Me Family Fun Day with games, crafts and more for the whole family. Family Fun Day activities are included with admission. A scavenger hunt will feature questions about Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest women athletes and the latest Virginianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Spotlight rotating exhibit entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women in Sports,â&#x20AC;? that features four of the 25 women inductees of the Hall of Fame. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for military or senior citizen (age 65 plus), and free for members and children 2 or younger.

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Press Release Hampton Roads Naval Museum


Nauticus and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum will hold a special Military Appreciation Day, April 13, to thank local military service

members are retirees. Free admission will be given to all active duty and retired military members, and their dependents (with a military ID) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature fun activities at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin and

the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, including Navy boot camp activities, a scavenger hunt, Sailor crafts, face painting and more. Visitors will receive a coupon for a 10 percent discount off their entire purchase in the Banana Pier Gift Shop.

Military Appreciation Day is co-produced by Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Hampton Roads Central Virginia USO. For more information, call 664-1000. Nauticus is located at One Waterside Dr., Norfolk.

Capt. Mary Jackson speaks to Girl Scout Daisy Keeniya Butler after her speech at the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast annual Council Meeting, March 9. Butler was part of the color guard for the opening ceremony.

Jackson shares leadership experiences at Girl Scout annual Council Meeting

120th CPO Birthday Luncheon Press Release â&#x2013; When: April 5; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Where: Marriott Hotel, Norfolk â&#x2013;  For more information, contact: Denise

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

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443-6375, or Celebrating the history and heritage of the Chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mess along with our progression forward in the Navy. Guest speaker will be MCPON (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens.

Promoting Responsive Relationships â&#x2013; When:

April 9 - 10; 8:30 to 4 p.m. (registration/ breakfast 8 to 8:30 a.m.) â&#x2013; Where: Brashear Conference Center, JEB Little Creek â&#x2013;  Cost: Free â&#x2013;  For more information, contact: Shayla Thompson at (202) 638-0851, or ZERO TO THREE will host a special training Promoting Responsive Relationships: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN), which provides the knowledge, skills and strategies to providers working with infants, toddlers and families to partner with parents in order to help prevent child maltreatment. PCAN curriculum includes: the training manual, PowerPoint slides, videos and reproducible handouts. Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided. All participants are required to attend both days of training. Register early, seats are limited.

Cirque du Soleil - Quidam â&#x2013; When: April 10 - 14 â&#x2013;  Where: Ted Constant

Convocation Center, 4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk â&#x2013; For more information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil. com/quidam Cirque du Soleil - Quidam is coming to the Ted Constant Convocation Center, and great military discounts are available for select performances. Enter code â&#x20AC;&#x153;GMILâ&#x20AC;? online in the promotions tab to get the military rate. Show schedule: April 10 at 7:30 p.m.; April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; April 12 at 7:30 p.m.; April 13 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and April 14 at 1 and 5 p.m.

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The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted their annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Hampton Roads Convection Center in Hampton, March 9. Capt. Mary Jackson, Chief of Staff, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic was the guest speaker, and her speech tied in with the theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leading Her to Success!â&#x20AC;? Jackson was previously honored by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Former Girl Scoutâ&#x20AC;? and by the Girl Scouts of the United States of Amer-

ica as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girl Scout Great.â&#x20AC;? Jackson talked about encouraging girls to take ownership for their success. She also spoke of moving toward a day when the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;femaleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;womanâ&#x20AC;? will not be spoken in job titles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Female engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;female pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will not be necessary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;will sufďŹ ce because gender will not even be an issue,â&#x20AC;? she said. Growing up as a Girl Scout in Saudi

Arabia, Jackson learned how to work as a part of a team and how to take on a leadership role. At a young age, it exposed her to qualities of leadership, such as respect and courage, which have stayed with her throughout her personal and professional life. In addition to being a Girl Scout alumna, Jackson also volunteers with her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troop and serves as a role model for young girls everywhere.

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Join Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) for the 5th annual WPA Garden Heritage Day Celebration on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration will feature Dr. Tony Atwater, President of Norfolk State University, as the keynote speaker. The event also includes Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trombones, NSU Chorale, Azalea tram tours and MC Regina Mobley, WVEC-TV. 2013 is a special year as the Garden celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The WPA Garden Heritage Day event began in 2008 as part of the Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70th an-

niversary with the unveiling of the commemorative sculpture Breaking Ground and dedication of the WPA Memorial Garden. The memorial honors and celebrates the contributions of the 220 African American workers whose labor created the Garden. On June 30, 1938, Representative Norman R. Hamilton announced a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant project to create Norfolk Botanical Garden. A group of more than 200 African-American women and 20 African-American men were assigned to the project. The workers cleared

Courtesy photo The 200 African-American women and 20 African-American men planted the ďŹ rst plants in the Garden and left a remarkable legacy for all of Hampton Roads and the nation.

dense vegetation and planted the ďŹ rst azaleas around what is now called Mirror Lake. In just one year, thousands of azaleas, rhododendrons, shrubs and trees were planted. Laborers were paid twenty-ďŹ ve cents an hour. Norfolk Botanical Garden is the only WPA Garden still in existence in the United States.

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Beautiful Italian styling combined with timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology – these are the attributes that made the original Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) a timeless icon. More than 50 years later, the same qualities make the Fiat 500C cabrio relevant for an entirely new generation of drivers. Like the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500C showcases the brand’s ingenuity to build worldclass small cars that ignite a spirit of the times through simple design, beautiful craftsmanship and timeless value. Thanks to its stylistic and modern technological features, the Fiat 500C represents the spark of another milestone along the lasting process of expansion. Available in Pop and Lounge trim levels, the Fiat 500C offers safety, fuel economy, quality and advanced technology perfectly balanced with iconic Italian style. Its city-friendly four-passenger Asegment size boasts engaging driving dynamics, a fuel-efficient 1.4L Fiat MultiAir four-cylinder engine joined to a C514 five-speed manual gear-

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My passion is football, but my military obligation always comes first.” - Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Emeka Igwe The Virginia Cyclones play a home game against the Maryland Hurricanes at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, March 23.

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GRIDIRON GLORY Sailors spend their off-duty time playing minor league football By MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs


For the love of the game, local Sailors spend much of their off-duty time playing and coaching minor league football for the East Coast Football Association’s (ECFA) Virginia Cyclones. The ECFA hosts 28 teams that span from North Carolina to as far North as New Jersey. The association is currently in its seventh season and the Cyclones are in their second year as a part of the league. The Cyclones conditioning and full-contact practices run from late fall into the regular season, which runs from March to May, with playoffs taking place in June. Once a player, and now a coach, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Emeka Igwe, the linebacker/defensive back/special teams coach for the Cyclones, said he enjoys the rewards of being part of the team. “My passion is football, but my military obligation always comes first,” he said. “It’s really time consuming, but it’s a great stress reliever to be able to put my focus into football when I’m done with work.” Some players admit that splitting time between the piers and the field can be a challenge, but the passion for playing football runs deep. “I was introduced to the Cyclones through a friend … I checked them out and really

liked what I saw,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) James York. “I’ve been onboard ever since.” For most ECFA teams, the players pay a fee at the beginning of the season, which includes home and away jerseys, a practice jersey, helmet painting and reconditioning, and decals for their helmets. Throughout the year, fundraisers, car washes and raffles help raise money for league fees and travel. “We are a new team to the area and we are slowly gaining a following from the community,” said Phillip Mann, Cyclone’s head coach. “I believe once the locals find out about us, they will enjoy the opportunity to come out and support us.” In addition to the costs associated with playing for the league, active duty players also face additional challenges, including duty requirements, unavailability to attend practice and/or games because of military commitments, and receiving relocation orders and/or deployments. Mann said in these situations it makes the team learn how to adapt and overcome adversity when going into games. “Last year I played two games and then I deployed, so I missed the rest of the season,” explained York. “Just the thought of being able to come back to the team when I got back from deployment kept me motivated out there.” Igwe said that people are often impressed with service member’s dedication and devo-

tion when they learn that the player’s donate a good portion of their off-duty time to play for the team. “Just being in the Navy itself adds extra attention in our direction sometimes,” he said. “There are a lot of younger kids that surround this sport and we are constantly aware that we need to be role models on and off the field … it’s something we take seriously.” A new addition to the team is Ricky Dobbs, an ensign aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), homeported in Norfolk. Dobbs is a former star quarterback for the U.S. Naval Academy and now plays quarterback for the Cyclones. He still holds the NCAA college football record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with 27. “Ricky is a very humble guy, after going through college and playing at the level he was playing at, it says a lot about his character,” said Mann. “He’s a down to Earth guy that loves the game of football and he’s a competitor … [he] has great work ethic.” Dobbs recently got back from a sevenmonth deployment and is looking forward to getting back into “football shape.” “I’ve been trying to get the feel for it,” he said. “I just got back and have had very few practices with these guys. I see this as an opportunity to play and bang around a little bit … it allows me to put the pads on and gives me a gauge to see where I’m at.” Dobbs has aspirations to follow in the foot-

■ Virginia Cyclones remaining 2013 schedule April 6: Virginia Cyclones at Tidewater Renegades, 2 p.m., Dre’ Bly Field, Virginia Beach April 13: Virginia Cyclones at Howard County Piranhas (Elkridge, Md.), 4 p.m. April 20: Capital City Seahawks at Virginia Cyclones, 3 p.m., Powhatan Sports Complex April 27: Virginia Cyclones at Maryland Outlaws (Hagerstown, Md.), 7 p.m.

Mike Codie (left) and Josh Sandwell celebrate in the end zone as the Virginia Cyclones scored a touchdown against the Maryland Hurricanes. The Cyclones lost the game 16-8 to fall to 3-2 in the season.

steps of Doug Williams, who is the only African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl to date. “It’s all about sacrifices,” he said. “I have a lot of aspirations. I want to give the NFL a shot … I don’t care if I make it, but I just want to know that I at least tried. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. If I have an opportunity I figure why not give it a shot.” The Cyclone’s next home game will be against the Capital City Seahawks on April 20 at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk. To get more information on the Cyclones, visit the team’s website at http://bit. ly/13AzFx2. To learn more about Doug Williams’career, visit To learn about the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, visit

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Arlington color guard debuts at Admirals game By MC1 Eric Brown PCU (LPD24) Arlington Public Affairs


MC1 Eric Brown Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington’s (LPD 24) color guard detail made their first public appearance at a Norfolk Admirals hockey game, March 30, at the Norfolk Scope arena.


Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington’s (LPD 24) color guard detail made its first public appearance at a Norfolk Admirals hockey game, March 30, at the Norfolk Scope arena. As hockey players on the ice and more than 6,550 fans stood to pay their respects, the five Sailors paraded the colors of the American, Navy and Marine Corps flags during a rendition of the national anthem. “Arlington’s color guard was awesome and led off tonight’s game with a very patriotic spirit,” said long-time Admirals fan Mike Pekarsky. “It’s great for the fans to be able to see our military supporting local sporting events, especially since Hampton Roads is home to the largest military community in the world.” The amphibious transport dock’s two enlist-

ed Marines began holding color guard training in early February, for about an hour every day, in support of the ship’s commissioning ceremony on April 6. “All their hard work and dedication really paid off,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Schrock. “The most challenging part of the training – which included close-order drill, weapons handling and marching – was synchronizing their movements perfectly.” Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Damario McFrazier, one of the flag bearers for the color guard, described the experience as “humbling and an honor.” “We spent a lot of time practicing staying in step, which we were able to do easily for the public,” he added. “We got a huge round

of applause when we finished and that was a good feeling.” Arlington’s color guard will appear again at a Norfolk Tides baseball game on April 5, as well as the ship’s commissioning ceremony the next day. The Tides’ “Arlington Night” will begin at 7:15 p.m. at Downtown Norfolk’s Harbor Park. The command will be providing a national anthem singer and a crew member will throw out the game’s first pitch. Hundreds of Sailors, Marines and their families are expected to attend, along with commissioning ceremony VIPs, including 9/11 Pentagon emergency first responders and members of Navy League Hampton Roads and the USS Arlington (AGMR 2) Association.

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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB FORT STORY Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed.

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ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. 10 a.m., Sun.. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 730 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows) ISLAMIC WORSHIP Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.


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From Defense Media Activity - Navy

By MC3 Molly Greendeer Affairs Naval Station Norfolk Public


Hampton Wounded Warriors from particiRoads and Washington, D.C. Trainpated in an Adaptive Sports Station ing Camp hosted by Naval 8 - 10. Feb. lk, Norfo TA) (NAVS ComCapt. David A. Culler, Jr., TA Normanding Officer of NAVS before the folk, greeted the warriors start of the first training day. to host “We are very excited said. “The this first ever event,” he m is a great Wounded Warrior progra those who program that gives back to us.” have sacrificed so much for naHeather Campbell, a coordi r, Alator from Navy Safe Harbo Norfolk TA NAVS with along bama, Recreation, Morale, Welfare and planned the three-day event. are de“The training exercises determine signed to help the warriors s,” said their limits due to their injurie focus on Campbell. “From there, we p exercises their strengths and develo the healthat will help fast-forward ing progress.” patCapt. John Manning, a partici a nurse ing Wounded Warrior and Health Naval with practitioner Md., said Clinic, Patuxent River, way for events like these are a great to network other Wounded Warriors le reavailab about more and learn sources. with the “This is my first event I have alWounded Warriors, but people with ready met so many great “Even their own stories,” he said. resourcworking at a hospital where is still there le, availab readily are es I did not so much out there that even know about.” ne to Manning encouraged everyo Wounded spread the word about the Warrior program. ng. Manni “No injury is alike,” said designs “The Wounded Warrior team individual’s the to d tailore ms progra are the specific needs. These guys subject matter experts.” g camp The news of the trainin Professor caught the attention of tional TherWayne Pollock, a Recrea Wesleyan apy instructor at Virginia a group College. Pollock, along with

» see CAMP | A9

USS MCFAUL SAILORS HELP COMMUNITY Thirty Sailors from the d USS McFaul contribute more than 100 manin g ipatin hours partic ons two community relati projects during a port . visit to Key West» see A5

MC3 Molly Greendeer 2nd Class Chris Aviation Machinist’s Mate r, participates Suter, a Wounded Warrio during a in a water obstacle course e Sports TrainWounded Warrior Adaptiv Norfolk. The ing Camp at Naval Station to take place in training camp is the first the Hampton Roads area.

gram is a great The Wounded Warrior pro those who have to k bac s give program that - Capt. David Culler sacrificed so much for us.”

CNIC, N7 tests Mid-Atlantic Region’s crisis response By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


MC3 Lacordrick Wilson her children Mollise reads a book to Specialist 2nd Class Terah (LPD 17). Mass Communication aboard the USS San Antonio session g Readin h during a United Throug

Uniting families through reading aboard San Antonio ful and emotunity to create a power be shared tional moment that will loves ones and remembered by their ” said Religious Program home, back AT SEA USS SAN ANTONIO, Class William Leffler, the oppor- Specialist 2nd Service members have gh Reading coordinator the United United Throu io. tunity to participate in Anton San aboard while m m is as Through Reading progra Participating in the progra amphibious a underway aboard the signing up and scheduling San Antonio simple as USS ship ters Dedock ort transp time with the Religious Minis ed (LPD 17). The participant is record ent. partm prog The United Through Readin g in a private location children stay while readin gram helps parents and the DVD to mail to a recorded and then given connected by sending home family members. their er memb e servic tant for the children video of the deployed impor very “It’s a or n, face and to reading a book to their childre to see their deployed one’s ers. message to family memb Sailors the gives m progra “This » see PROGRAM | A9 oppor great a and Marines aboard

By MC3 Lacordrick Wilson

Public Affairs Amphibious Squadron Four

BLACK HISTORY ATION MONTH CELEBR re Center Naval Surface Warfa C (NSW ion Panama City Divis ry PCD) held a Black Histo Panama in ration celeb h Mont p City, Fla., Feb. 5. Philli d Master Brashear, son of retire d as serve ear, Brash Diver Carl guest speaker. » see B5

VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION C Check out this week’s make section to see how to Day a this year’s Valentine’s hip has Flags he one.T al speci to woo provided tips on how and your special someone a on it do to how perhaps budget! » see C1




ation to those a ffected

Following the crash of a Nav y fighter jet in ginia Beach, Apr Viril 6, the Navy has begun a com pensation pro cess for residen ts affected, wh continues to inve ile it stigate the cras h. An F/A-18D assi gned to the Nav Oceana-based al Air Station Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) crashed in Virg 106 inia Beach, Va. April 6 at app mately 12:05 roxip.m. just after CVW-7 UN takeoff. The plan crashed into the NDERWAY e Mayfair Mews ON IKE apartment com plex in Virginia Beach. PAGE 16 Both air crew 6 ejected safely and were tran ported to a local hospital sand later rele Five others wer ased . e also transpo rted tal where they were treated and to the hospiThe Sprin r g Fe- were no fatalitie released.There s as a result of the crash. ver 5K will be The Navy has established a process through which compen April 18 sation will be 8 at the dents affe provided to resi cted by Frid “We are commit ay’s crash. a Flightted to doing the address the nee right thing to line Fittness ds of these fam ilies no fault of the , who through own have end ured an incredib build- hardship,” saidirRea le r Adm. Tim xander, comSame mander of the Navy’s Mid-AtlantiAle c reg “We owe it to everyone affected ion. stration cident to by Friday’s achelp them get their life back together,” t 10:30 Alexander said. Firefighting foam Navy met with s covers the sce e run crasThe residents the day ne of a crash of Photo by MC3 Anto takeoff from NAS h to explain the nio P. Turretto Ram an F/A-18D Hor Oceana at 12:0 available resourc after the os net from VFA-106 5 p.m., the jet cras 11:30. the compensation pro es and start in Virginia Bea April 6. Shortly hed into the cou ch. After safely cess. The Navy after rtyard of the May fected residen ejecting from the helped af- ment com s free. sho ts apply for com fair Mews Apartm Hor net, plex both and pensation to cov aircrew were ass were treated and ents rt-term expens iste er rele d by ase es, the resi d at Sentara Virg and to file for crash continues, dents of the apa tion ment for injuries inia Beach Gen reimbursethe Navy has beg rtor property dam eral. As the inve un a compensati age. stigation into on process for ilable On April 8,the Navy beg affected residen The Navy has arra an contacting to arrange pay ts. nged to use che residents elec ment of the eme cks tron ness those wh instead of from ic funds transfer rgency funds o completed the Boeing, the F/A s because fun ds can be on -18 aircraft man ir claims Saturday for provided to the residen initial paymen Call site to assist Nav ufacturer, is .Th ts are for imm In addition to com ts faster. y investigators. ediate needs suc e housing, meals, pensating those The aircraft’s h as Navy con 2901. $2,3 and clothing. Crash Survivable affe cted,the Rec tinues its inve Payments beg 00 for an ind Flight Inciden ord stig in er atio at has n been recovered ividual residen Navy investigator t into the crash. for additional t and increase and s, incl sen udi t to Naval ng family member s technical experts, continu engine and system s. — See Crash, Pag e their work crash scene. A e 12 at the flight systems technical exp — Information ert for affected resi dents located on pag is e 18



Navy investigate s F/A-18D crash provides comp , ens

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aCommander, Navy Install held buildings and tions Command (CNIC) ples a week-long Regional Opera - real exam tions Center (ROC) Opera Feb. of the current tions Training Course, 4 - 8. pment The training, conducted equi by annually and presented supplies and and the CNIC Readiness done on that Training team (N7), is tlantic to ensure the Mid-A installation Region’s (NRMA) Crisis Action Team (CAT) operto make it as crisis during vely ates cohesi es realistic as situations, and also prepar ex them to respond to compl ing possible.” catastrophic events, includ earthquakes, hurricanes, wild- Terri Clark and/or l fires, and other natura man-made disasters. emergency managers and “We work with both the we Operations] to make sure the N36 [Current/Future each year,” said Terri Clark, are varying the scenarios or. Readiness Program Direct NRMA, N7 Training and gical r power plant radiolo “Last year we did a nuclea wildfire, and this year a did we before year release, the e We want to vary and practic we’re doing an earthquake. any we’re ready to respond in all scenarios to ensure that event.” , ios are fictitious in nature Although the training scenar training represent real-world many of the elements in the . people, places and events inc we talk about specifi “We try to add realism when » see TRAINING | A9


The 2012 Russell Egnor Navy Media Awards has recognized: Navy Civilian Print Journalist of the Year and 2nd place, Writing/Series: The Flagship managing editor David Todd

2nd place, Tabloid Format Newspaper: Jet Observer 1st place, Photo/Photojournalism: The Flagship military editor MC1 Molly Burgess 3rd place, Photo/News and Honorable Mention, Writing/ Series: Jet Observer’s MC2 Antonio Turretto Ramos

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And congratulations to all of the award winners stationed in Hampton Roads! USS George H.W. Bush Outstanding New Photographer -- MC2 Timothy Walter Navy Photographer of the Year -- MC2 Tony Curtus Newsletter Format Publication, 1st place -- Avenger Web-Based Publication, 1st place -- USS George H.W. Bush Cruisebook (Large Command), 2nd place -- USS George H.W. Bush Graphics/ Illustration, Honorable Mention -- MC2 Maria R. Melchor Graphics/ Publication (Open), 3rd place -- MC2 Joshua Sheppard Graphics/ Multimedia Feature, Honorable Mention -- MC1 Gary Johnson II Photo/Feature, 1st place -- MC2 Timothy Walter Photo/ Illustrative, 2nd place -- MC3 Brian Castillo Photo/ News, Honorable Mention -- MC3 Kevin Steinberg Photo/ Operational Documentation, Honorable Mention -- MC3 Kevin Steinberg Photo/ Photojournalism, 2nd place -- MC2 Timothy Walter Video/ Documentary, 3rd place -- MC2 Matthew Perrault USS Harry S. Truman Outstanding New Graphic Artist -- MC3 Kathryn M. Wrobel Newsletter Format Publication, Honorable Mention -- Give ‘Em Hell Herald Graphics/ Publication (Open), 2nd place -- MC2 Leona Mynes Graphics/ Layout and Design, 2nd place -- MCSN Anthony Presley Photo/ Sports, 3rd place -- MC2 Davide Cothran USS Theodore Roosevelt Photo/ Illustrative, 1st place -- MC2 Sean Hurt Photo/ Sports, 2nd place -- MC2 Sean Hurt Writing/ Personality Feature, 2nd place -- MC2 Austin Rooney Writing/ Personality Feature, Honorable Mention -- MC3 Bryan Reynolds Writing/ Series, Honorable Mention -- MC3 Bryan Reynolds USS Enterprise Photo/ Pictorial, Honorable Mention -- MC2 Alex Forster Writing/ News, 2nd place -- MC3 Harry Andrew D. Gordon Writing/ Personality Feature, Honorable Mention -- MC3 Gregory White USS Constitution Photo/ Contribution by a Stringer, 1st place -- STS2 Thomas Rooney Writing/ News-Feature, 2nd place -- MC3 Michael Achterling

For a complete list of 2012 Russell Egnor Navy Media Award winners nationwide, visit USS Abraham Lincoln Video: Newscast, 2nd place -- The Boat Show Season 5 USS Kearsarge Cruisebook (Large Command), 3rd place SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Graphics/ Layout and Design, Honorable Mention -- Sherri VonBehren Graphics/ Crests and Logos, 1st place -- Wendy Jamieson Norfolk Naval Shipyard Graphics/ Information, 3rd place -- Mark B. Carey Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Photo/ News, 1st place -- MC3 Jonathan Sunderman Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Photo/ Pictorial, 1st place -- MC3 Heather Paape Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic Navy Civilian Photographer of the Year -- John Land Graphics/ Information, 1st place -- Annalisa Cachin

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