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The Waterline

January 24, 2013

Vol. XXX No.3


Customer Satisfaction Still Standard DespiteServiceReductions By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

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A child care specialist works with children at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Child Development Center. Service reductions may cause a reduction in hours and services of Fleet and Family Readiness programs, but leadership is focused on maintaining customer satisfaction.

Since implementing service reduction measures last year, Naval District Washington (NDW) has instituted cost-saving measures in the departments throughout the region. As previously stated in this series, the purpose of service reductions is to limit the amount of spending in the Department of Defense by $500 billion over the next 10 years. To accomplish this goal, some services are being reduced or streamlined in order to reduce expenditures while maintaining mission readiness. “We are trying to protect mission readiness as much as possible,” said NDW Executive Director Thomas McGuire. “Reduced frequency of such custodial services as carpet cleaning, recycling, trash pickup, these are going to be the most visible.” Also affected is the Fleet and Family Readiness program (N9). According to Rick Kozlowski, NDW Fleet and Family Readiness director, service reductions could affect quality of life services to customers throughout the region, though he said it is difficult to pinpoint what those affects will be. Most importantly, said Kozlowski, is maintaining service requirements despite

budgetary constraints. “We do expect to be able to meet our service requirements in Unaccompanied Housing, Fleet and Family Support, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites and Child and Youth Programs,” said Kozlowski. “Morale, Welfare and Recreation and galley operations may see some reductions in service based on funding levels and customer usage. Additionally, we may see some second order effects in our programs as reductions occur outside of the Fleet and Family Readiness organization.” Kozlowski added that Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) family recreation programs such as craft shops, auto hobby shops, Information Tickets and Tours as well as special events may see reductions in hours of operation and frequency of events. The galley program may also see some reductions, but this will largely depend on how many factors affect funding throughout the year, said Kozlowski. Though service reductions may limit the hours or number of services that N9 can provide in the near future, Kozlowski said

See Readiness, Page 10

Region’s Carbon Footprint Reduced through Recycling Program By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer Since beginning the Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) last year, Naval District Washington (NDW) has been making strides to conserve as many resources as possible and reduce waste throughout the region. NDW’s efforts have impacted the environment as well by reducing waste and using less energy to perform its day-to-day activities. “The purpose of the NDW regional recycling program is to conserve natural and financial resources by diverting recyclable materials from the waste stream,” said Patrick Moran, QRP manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington. “For the most part, the environmental benefits of recycling relate to reducing our need for raw materials to make new products. For instance, because we recycle paper we reduce the amount of trees that are harvested to make new paper.” Moran explained that by reducing the amount of trees harvested, energy is saved and pollution is prevented. The trees are

not only conserved, but the burning of fossil fuels is reduced by reducing the need to harvest the trees, ship them to a mill, turn the raw material into paper, then to ship product to retail outlets. “By recycling we eliminate the need to harvest trees, and instead we ship recyclable material to mill and turn paper into paper which requires less energy,” said Moran. “So, recycling reduces energy needed to harvest, manufacture and ship. Therefore, recycling in NDW has a global effect on pollution and fossil fuel reduction. And there are similar benefits of recycling aluminum, plastic, glass and printer cartridges.” Further environmental benefits come from the reduction of trash going to landfills, said Birjette Preston, recycling supervisor for the Melwood recycling site at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. “In my opinion, the greatest impacts of the recycling program are that it prevents pollution and it helps conserve natural resources,” said Preston. “The total tonnage

See Recycling, Page 8

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U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Processed paper is baled and weighed in the Melwood recycling center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). The center processed more than 1,217 tons of material from Naval Support Activity Washington and JBAB in 2012, preventing it from filling space in landfills as well as reducing the amount of resources spent on producing new materials.


NSA Washington Promotes First Female Captain, Page 7



Thursday, January 24, 2013

SECNAV Discusses His Focus Areas for the Fleet By MC2 Alexandra Snyder Defense Media Activity

“This is not intended to be punitive. But, if you pop positive when reporting for duty, we’re going to get you into a program to help you,” he said. “We don’t want a career or life-threatening alcohol-related incident, and because of that we have to focus on health - physical, mental and emotional.” Mabus also noted that part of maintaining the health of the fleet means taking steps to help Sailors as they transition out of the Navy by ensuring they have access to education, training and employment opportunities. This is especially true for wounded warriors. “Last year, we set a goal to hire one wounded warrior a day in the Navy,” he said. “We tripled it... we hired over 1,000 wounded veterans.” The Navy is also helping those want to join the military, by reestablishing the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in universities such as Harvard, Yale and Columbia, and implementing it for the first time at other colleges like Arizona State University. “No one should be denied the honor of serving this country,” said Mabus. The second P, platforms, refers to the ships, aircraft, submarines, unmanned vehicles and hardware the Navy buys and builds. For the Surface Navy Association audience, Ma-

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus rolled out his new “Four Ps” during a speech at the 25th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium in Arlington, Va., Jan. 17. Mabus said the Four Ps of “People, Platforms, Power and Partnerships” are a way to bin key areas that are interrelated priorities for the Navy. “A top priority of mine and of our Navy is people...taking care of our people,” said Mabus. “Unlike most organizations, we push responsibility down... down in rank, down in age, and day-in, day-out we get the type of positive results we need and expect.” Mabus added that although the majority of Sailors are responsible and successful, leadership realized that there needed to be more attention paid to programs to ensure their mental, emotional and physical well-being. In response, the Navy introduced the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative to maintain or improve the resilience of the force. Recognizing abuse of alcohol was a common factor in sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicide and other issues, breathalyzers were brought into commands to help prevent alcohol-related incidents.

See SECNAV, Page 10

U.S. Navy photo by MCC Sam Shavers

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks at the 25th annual Surface Navy Association Symposium in Arlington, Va. In his remarks, Mabus discussed the Four Ps of “People, Platforms, Power and Partnerships” as a way to highlight key areas that are interrelated priorities for the Navy.

Around the Yard What was your favorite part about Inauguration Day?

My favorite part was when Vice President Biden danced with his wife. Then he came over shook a bunch of our hands; he was very personable.

The president’s speech. He hit some good notes and had some good insight as to what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 William McCullen MSC HQ, Washington Navy Yard

Chief Fire Control Technician Jason Schuler PEO Subs, Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


This Week in Navy History January 24 1942 - Battle of Makassar Strait, an Allied destroyer attack on a Japanese convoy in first surface action in the Pacific during World War II. 1991 - Helos from USS Leftwich (DD984) and USS Nicholas (FFG-47) recapture first Kuwaiti territory from Iraqis.

January 25 1963 - 1st Seabee Technical Assistance Team arrives in Vietnam. 1968 - Operation Windsong I begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

January 26 Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

President Theodore Roosevelt delivering the keynote address at the commemorative ceremony held in honor of John Paul Jones at the U.S. Naval Academy April 24, 1906. Jones’s flagdraped casket stands before the speaker’s stand.

1911 - First hydro-aeroplane flight is witnessed by naval aviator. 1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1949 - USS Norton Sound (AVM-1), first guided-missile ship, launches the first guid-

January 27 1942 - USS Gudgeon (SS-211) is becomes the first U.S. sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173. 1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), the first U.S. Navy ship named after a female member of U.S. Navy. 1967 - Fire occurs in the Command Module at Cape Kennedy, Fla., during a simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died. 1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.

January 28 1778 - Second New Providence Expedition raised the flag with thirteen stripes over

Fort Nassau, The Bahamas. 1960 - Navy demonstrates value of moon communication relay, used in fleet broadcasts. 1962 - USS Cook (APD-130) rescues 25 survivors from after section of Panamanian tanker, SS Stanvac Sumatra, which broke in two in the South China Sea. 1986 - Space shuttle Challenger explodes killing Cmdr. Michael Smith and 6 other astronauts.

January 29 1914 - U.S. Marines land in Haiti to protect U.S. consulate. 1943 - Beginning of two-day battle of Rennell Island, after which U.S. transports reached Guadalcanal.

January 30 1862 - Launching of first turreted warship, USS Monitor. 1968 - Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam.

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Exhibit in the Spotlight during Presidential Inauguration

ed missile, Loon. 1960 - USS John S. McCain (DL-3) rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea.

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Gina K. Morrissette

The exhibit honoring the wartime exploits of President John F. Kennedy’s in the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. John F. Kennedy was the first President of the United States who had served in the U.S. Navy. He joined in September 1941, and was an ensign in the office of the Secretary of the Navy when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After attending Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center, he served in Panama, and then in the Pacific Theater, where he became a lieutenant junior grade and commanded a patrol torpedo boat, PT-109. On the night of Aug. 2, 1943, PT-109 was patrolling in the Solomon Islands when the Japanese destroyer Amagiri rammed it. Amongst the wreckage, Kennedy gathered his surviving crew members. The collision severely injured Kennedy’s back, which had already been hurt years before. Still, he saved one of his badly burned crew by towing him with a lifejacket strap that Kennedy held between his teeth. The survivors were rescued seven days after the attack. Kennedy’s actions earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for “extremely heroic conduct.” Kennedy took command of another boat, but returned to the United States in January 1944. He was removed from active duty later that year, and honorably discharged in 1945 due to his back injury. On his inauguration day in January 1961, the parade featured a float constructed to look like PT-109. While Kennedy always took great pride in his former boat (keeping a model of her in the oval office), he was surprised to see PT-109 resurrected in float form, with the survivors of her crew standing on her deck, saluting the man who had led them.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun CAREER SUPPORT AND RETENTION The Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP)

Offers an array of services and benefits to transitioning service members, including computers setup for individuals to go online to different job banks, college and scholarship resources and career assessment tools. Resume Writing Workshops are offered which includes Federal Resume Writing Interview Skills, information on veterans’ benefits and a professional resource library; Two TAP Seminars and one Executive TAP Seminar - five-day programs - are offered monthly sponsored by the departments of Labor and Veteran Affairs, and include information that will benefit the transitioning military member.

Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)

Offers seven basic services, which include job search strategies, job readiness, resource information, job referral service, individual counseling assistance, career planning and links to education and volunteer opportunities.

Personal Financial Management (PFM)

Program offers individual and family financial counseling, financial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).

Improve your speaking skills with Helmsmen Toastmasters

Join us Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at carl.sabath@osd. mil, 703-695-2804, or Elizabeth Femrite at, 571256-8674. Remember, great Helmsmen say, “Yes!” To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit


Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operational and personal readiness including parenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings can be customized to fit needs of the command.

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and

monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


Assisting Sailors and family members prepare for deployment, manage separations and reunite and reintegrate with families and community through services including the Family Accountability and Assessment System, Individual augmentee (IA) Indoc Course and Deployed Family Fun Days.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Provides assistance to service members with special needs children and family members with medical needs including resource referral to medical, counseling and educational services, support groups and care providers. Assists in finding duty stations where needs are met. Mandatory enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2D.

MWR Happenings Upcoming ShipShape Weight Management Program

Jan. 10-Feb. 28 | Thursdays, noon-1:30 p.m. | WNY Branch Health Clinic, Building 175 The Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard will offer the next session of the ShipShape Weight Management Program for active duty members in the classroom at the Branch Health Clinic, Building 175. Participants are required to attend no fewer than seven of the eight classes. ShipShape is an eight-week program that reflects the current most up-to-date knowledge on weight loss. It is designed to assist active duty members in meeting the Department of Navy body composition standards. Active duty members may self refer or will get a referral from their Command Fitness Leader if they have failed the body composition assessment portion of the Physical Fitness Assessment. The program presents a healthy and permanent approach to weight loss and provides basic information on nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and behavior modification techniques to lower and maintain a healthy body weight. Participants will learn about goal setting, building support systems, portion control, and handling obstacles to exercising. To register for the program or get further information, please call the Health Educator at 202-4336311 or email For active duty members unable to attend ShipShape and who need help managing and losing weight, Military One Source offers one-on-one coaching.

Group Exercise Promo

Jan. 2-Feb. 28 | Washington Navy Yard Fitness Center Extended through February! DoD Civilians and Contractors can enjoy free group exercise classes throughout the month of January. Come out and try new ways

FFR/MWR Phone numbers Fitness Centers Washington Navy Yard, bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2282/2829

Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) Ticket Office, WNY Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2484 Travel Office, WNY Bldg. 184 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-8299

Food & Beverage Catering & Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3041/4312 Mordecai Booth’s Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 678-0514

Military and Family Support Center MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-6151 MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-0450

Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Office, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3659 FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4052 MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-4662 MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-8298 Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3055 Family Housing Office, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0346 Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-1802 Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-9136 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 404-7050 to workout with the WNY Fitness Center Group Exercise Program. Sign up for free group exercise emails at the Fitness Center in Building 22. For more information, please contact the WNY Fitness Center at 202-4332282/2829.

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Cardio Conditioning 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Boot Camp 12:35-1:05 p.m. - Core Conditioning Friday 11-11:45 a.m. - Lean & Spin noon-12:45 p.m. - Pilates

New Year’s Eve Party at the Pub

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove

Jan. 31 | 4-8 p.m. | Mordecai Booths Public House This party has been rescheduled due to the inclement weather we experienced on the 17th. DJ Scott will be there playing great music and doing karaoke! Enjoy great giveaways, delicious finger foods and drinks!

January Group Exercise Schedule WNY Fitness Center Monday 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Pilates 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Cardio Conditioning 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Lean & Mean Tuesday 6:30-7:15 a.m. - Basic Training Conditioning 8:30-9:15 a.m. - Basic Training Conditioning 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Peaks & Valleys 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Yoga 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Boot Camp Wednesday 6:30-7:15 a.m. - Pilates 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Zumba 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Peaks & Valleys 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Pilates 4:15-5 p.m. - Yoga Thursday 6:30-7:15 a.m. - Basic Training Conditioning 8:30-9:15 a.m. - Basic Training Conditioning

Feb. 13-18 | Show Times Vary | Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. Ticket Price(s): $18.75 - Updated Price! Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they embark on a treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Audiences will experience a medley of their favorite animated Disney movies throughout the years including the very first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the 50th Disney film, Tangled. Tickets are on sale now in the MWR ITT Ticket Office located in the Town Center, Building 22. Call for more information at 202-433-2484.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Feb. 24 | 1 & 4 p.m. | Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. Ticket Price: $30.25 each Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more. Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from the Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new show, “Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival.” Tickets are on sale now in the MWR ITT Ticket Office located in the Town Center, Building 22. Call for more information at 202-433-2484.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

NDW News


Presidential Inauguration Ceremony’s Firsts over Time

Follow NDW on Facebook and Twitter

NDW has a Facebook fan page in order to provide updated information to all NDW residents, tenants, employees (military, civilian, and contractors), and the American public. Show your support, “Like Us,” and become a fan to see exciting news relating to the Naval District Washington. Follow us on Twitter @navaldistwash NSAW has a Twitter page for the Washington Navy Yard to provide the public with up-to-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC’s Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk

Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium

The Sea Service Leadership Association has opened registration for its 26th annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, the largest gathering of military women in the nation. Women from each of the five service branches are invited to register. The two-day symposium will be held March 10-12, 2013, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Attendees may register at www.

Tenant Executive Council Meeting

NSA Washington will be hosting a Tenant Executive Council Meeting at the Admiral Gooding Center Thursday, Jan. 31 from 9-9:45 a.m. and request the presence of senior leaders attendance. NSAW Subject Matter Experts will be available afterwards to address specific questions. Topics include, Solid Curtain Citadel Shield 2013 (Feb. 19-March 1) [Mission Essential Personnel, Ad-Hoc Registration], WNY Security & Access, Riverwalk turnstiles, Building 22 MWR fitness facility renovation (Feb. 13-Aug. 13) and temporary alternative Building 73 facility, Reopening of the Visitor Flag Quarters, Public Works janitorial and facility Sustainment funding update, North West Corner Project, and surrounding District of Columbia transportation (11th Street Bridge, Southeast Southwest Freeway, South Capitol Street Bridge) and environmental projects (M Street DC Water Consolidate Sewer Overflow Project).

Author Signs Books after “Zimmerman Telegraph” Lecture at Navy Museum By MC2 Gina K. Morrissette Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Gina Morrissette

Thomas Boghardt, author of “The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War I,” signs copies of his book after a lecture at the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. Based on an exhaustive examination of a vast array of German, British, and U.S. government records, this remarkable study provides a definitive account of the origins and impact of the German alliance scheme with Mexico. The Zimmerman Telegram has often been described as the final step in a carefully planned German strategy to gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere, but Boghardt’s book argues that the project was a spontaneous initiative by a minor German foreign office official, and gained traction only because of a lack of supervision and coordination at the top echelon of the German government. The author also reveals that American and British secret services had collaborated closely for several years to bring the United States into the war, and that the telegram’s interception and disclosure represented the crowning achievement of this clandestine Anglo-American intelligence alliance.

DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts

Sailors of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard march in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. NDW provided support across every area of the JTF-NCR Presidential Inauguration mission which included nearly 1,000 Navy service members as ceremonial participants including the Naval Academy and Navy Reserve Marching Units, Navy Band, Honor Cordon and the associated logistic support. From The Tester staff 1st: George Washington - First inaugural ceremony in history took place April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. 2nd: George Washington -1793: First time being held in Philadelphia and the shortest inaugural address ever given at just 135 words. 4th: Thomas Jefferson -1801: First time being held in Washington, D.C.; first time Marine Band played-it has played at every inauguration since; first time a newspaper, the National Intelligencer, printed the inaugural address the morning of the ceremony. 6th: James Madison - 1809: First inaugural ball held; tickets cost $4 each. 10th: John Quincy Adams - 1825: First to wear long trousers rather than knee breeches. 13th: Martin Van Buren - 1837: First president who was not born a British subject. 18th: James Buchanan - 1857: First known to have been photographed. 20th: Abraham Lincoln - 1865: First participation by African Americans in inaugural parade. 28th: William McKinley - 1897: First inaugural ceremony to be recorded by a motion picture camera. 33rd: Woodrow Wilson - 1917: First time women participated in the inaugural parade. 34th: Warren G. Harding - 1921: First president to ride to and from his inauguration in an automobile. 35th: Calvin Coolidge - 1923: First broadcast nationally by radio. 36th: Herbert C. Hoover - 1929: First recorded by talking newsreel. 38th: Franklin D. Roosevelt - 1937: First to be held on Jan. 20, a change made mandatory by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. 41st: Harry S. Truman - 1949: First televised ceremony. 44th: John F. Kennedy - 1961: First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in ceremony. 53rd: William J. Clinton - 1997: First ceremony broadcast live on the Internet 55th: George W. Bush - 2005: First time anti-counterfeiting security was designed into tickets. 56th: Barack H. Obama - 2009: First African American president; first inaugural webcast to include captioning; first swearing-in to include an audio description; largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, D.C.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Force of Destiny: Carderock Math Contest to be History of Italy Since 1796 Held at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division Book review

Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein

The Force of Destiny: History of Italy Since 1796 by Christopher Duggan. Published by Houghton Mifflin, New York. 544 pages, 2008. Being a consummate student of militant Islamist ideological narratives and the evolution of radical Islamist political theory, I found that some ideologues seem to be drawn to western theories of fascism, nationalism, and socialism by way of pan-Arab nationalist slogans. Among the ideological strands that led to Baathism were the roots of the nationalism of Italian unification. British professor Christopher Duggan has written a comprehensive look at Italian political thought from the age of Napoleon to the present. It is important to understand that the radical, violent and emotional events that led to the formation of Italy as a nation in 1861 would inspire many Arab and Muslim nationalist leaders of the period. The book begins with Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, an event that shocked the Italian peninsula. Some areas of Italy like the region of Calabria saw violence and even cannibalism as French troops fought locals. It is during the Napoleonic years that secret societies were formed that drew together the first sense of Ital-


ian national identity. When the French emperor was defeated, regions like Piedmont would reject Napoleon but retain his civil code and administration, even going so far as to organize a military. The seeds of the “Risorgimento” (resurgence) were sown and many personalities would emerge to define a narrative that would unite the peninsula, and stories of this period ranged from resistance to victimization. Chapters contain excellent biographies of Giuseppe Mazzini, Giuseppe Garibaldi, and the Count di Cavour. Mazzini would create “Young Italy,” a nationalist organization calling for an independent and unified Italy free from intervention by European powers. “Young Italy” would be the inspiration for such organizations as the “Young Turks,” which overthrew the Ottoman caliphate, and “Young Egypt,”

a fascist organization inspired by the example of Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist dictator. Duggan’s section on Mussolini’s rise to power and fascism would see the occupation of Libya, and the assault on Ethiopia. While the Italians who sided with Hitler and the Axis attempted to incite Arab nationalism against British colonialism, it was difficult to maintain this charade while placing Libyans in concentration camps and using chemical weapons in both Libya and Ethiopia on the eve of World War II. It is noted in the book that the 1981 movie “Lion of the Desert,” about the Libyan freedom fighter Omar al-Mukhtar, is banned in Italy, as damaging to the honor of the Italian army. Since the publication of the book, an Italian Satellite Channel has aired the movie in 2009. Duggan’s book is excellent for those with an interest in Italy, dissecting radical ideologies, and European nationalism. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein is author of “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” published by Naval Institute Press. He teaches part-time, as adjunct faculty, at the National Defense University Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington, D.C.

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division Public Affairs

Two hundred seven 6ththrough 8th-grade students from 28 schools across the region will gather at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) for the fourth annual Carderock Math Contest Jan. 25. This outreach event is a unique opportunity to inspire and encourage middle school students to pursue careers in math and science while they showcase their talent for math in a series of MathCOUNTS style tests. Testing will commence in the morning followed by several interactive tours that will be lead in parallel around Carderock and a presentation from Capt. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper on the role math has played in her life. After enjoying lunch all attendees will meet in the auditorium for an awards presentation and an exciting countdown round in which the top scoring students compete against one another on stage. The Carderock Math Contest provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve

more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problemsolving skills, the Carderock Math Contest consists of written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th- through 8th-grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. The competition consists of up to four different rounds. The Sprint Round, which lasts 40 minutes, consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems. Calculators are not permitted. The Target Round, which lasts 24 minutes, consists of eight problems in which the competitors are permitted to use calculators. This round features multi step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Because calculators are allowed, the problems are generally more challenging than the Sprint Round. The Team Round, which lasts 20 minutes, consists of 10 problems that team-members work together to solve. Team member interaction

is permitted and encouraged. Problems assume the use of calculators. Finally, the Countdown Round is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals, based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds. In this round, pairs of mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are not permitted. “You can really see how impressive these middleschoolers are during the Countdown Round which takes place on stage. The fellow parents, coaches, and other spectators in the audience always get a kick out of one of the competitors answering a question before the Captain is even finished reading it,” said NSWCCD engineer and Carderock Math Contest exam writer Kavi Dotson. The event provides encouragement to today’s students to pursue a foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Carderock is the fullspectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarines, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles for the Navy Fleet of the 21st Century.

Thursday, January 24, 2013



Naval Support Activity Washington Promotes First Female Captain

Photo courtesy of Julius L. Evans

Capt. Seila Applin (center), Precinct Commander at the United States Naval Observatory, is promoted to her present rank, Jan. 10. Pictured from left to right are, Cpl. Tanya Butler, Cpl. George Pinckney, Lt. Milton Rudisell, Maj. Raymond Smith, Cpl. John Beach and Maj. Bobby Eason. Applin is the first female promoted through the ranks from officer to Captain in Naval District Washington. By Julius L. Evans Public Affairs Officer, Naval Medical Logistics Command Naval Support Activity (NSA) Washington promoted the first female to ascend through the ranks from patrol woman to captain at the United States Naval Observatory Naval District Washington Police Station Jan. 10. Seila M. Applin became a police explorer while in high school. Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade but have not yet reached their 21st birthday. She graduated high school in 1980 and in 1982 was accepted to Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in 1986. While in college, she interned at the Boys and Girls Detention Center of Columbia as a counselor. In 1989 she joined the police force at Fort Stewart, Ga., as a patrol officer. She held various police positions

that included the bike unit, highway patrol and crisis response. She reported to Naval District Washington in 1999 and was promoted to sergeant that year. As a sergeant, her duties and training included anti-terrorism, first responder, crime scene supervisor, rape crisis counselor, child abuse prevention, principles of investigations, criminal law, search and censure Forth Amendment rights, and a multitude of other intense police activities. In 2003, she attended and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Artesia, N.M. FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 91 Federal agencies. It also provides services to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies Applin was promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and assumed the duties of watch commander at the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) that year. The USNO is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a primary mission to produce positioning, navigation and timing for the

U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. The United States Naval Observatory is also home to the Vice President of the United States. Walter Mondale was the first Vice President to move into the home. It has since been home to the families of Vice Presidents Bush, Quayle, Gore and Cheney. Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden currently reside there. Naval District Washington Police and the United States Secret Service share the responsibility for protecting the residence, the grounds and its inhabitants. In addition, Applin supervises more than 30 other police officers who have responsibility for sites throughout Washington, D.C., including the Naval Support Facilities Carderock, Arlington, Washington Navy Yard and the Naval Research Laboratory. With more than 26 years as a federal employee, Applin has influenced a number of her peers and subordinates. “I would not be where I am today if it were not for Lieutenant Applin,” NSAWashington Precinct Commander Maj. Bobby Eason said before presiding over Applin’s promotion ceremony. “She has touched countless lives on and off the force. When I worked for her as an officer and a sergeant, she suggested that I transfer to the Washington Navy Yard to get more exposure and perform more patrol duties and special assignments.” Several of her co-workers shared Eason’s sentiment. “Since I became a union chief shop steward, I have worked with her since she was a sergeant to lieutenant, and now to captain, and she has always approached all situations with an unbiased view point to find a good outcome for all sides,” said Cpl. John Beach. Cpl. Tanya Butler has known Applin since 2000 and said, “I have not known or have had a female supervisor, so that fact in itself signifies the importance of her presence in the police department. So she has had double duty. Her guidance and influence is inspirational and I know she is going to continue fulfilling a tremendous leadership role.” Maj. Raymond Smith has known Applin since 1998 when USNO first merged with the Naval District Washington Police Department. She was a corporal then and he has watched her ascend through the ranks. Since becoming the first female captain in the NSA-Washington organization, he solidified her expertise.

“As I stated at the ceremony, this will be an easy transition for her because as a lieutenant supervisor, she was already running four installations; Potomac Annex, NSF-Naval Observatory, NSF-Arlington, and NSF-Carderock, all areas in the Northern Precinct,” Smith said. “She had already gained the respect of her subordinate officers. And supervisors actively rely on her for arduous assignments.” But Lt. Milton Rudisell, night shift operations watch commander and police instructor of the NSA-Washington police department, may have summarized her promotion best. “She has more than proven a hard but steady struggle in this profession may at times become tedious, but maintaining the desire to perform day-in and day-out with dedication and determination proves the fruits of one’s labor may indeed be sweet,” said Rudisell. “I salute a true professional.” Applin is engaged to Julius L. Evans and she has three children, Seila Melissa, 25, Patrick David, 21, and Selah Patricia, 16.

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Applin’s new captain shoulder boards are set in place by Precinct Commander Maj. Bobby Eason and her fiancé Julius L. Evans Jan. 10. Applin is the first female to ascend through the ranks from patrol woman to police captain in the Naval District Washington Police Department.

Officials Announce TRICARE Prime Service Area Changes

By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service

Active-duty service members and their families will be unaffected when long-delayed reductions to areas where the TRICARE Prime option is offered take place Oct. 1, TRICARE officials said Jan. 9. But as TRICARE seeks to synchronize service area shifts once staggered by contract delays, some military retirees and their dependents will be moved to TRICARE Standard coverage, S. Dian Lawhon, beneficiary education and support division director, said during a conference call with reporters. Those affected reside more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or base closure site, she said.

The new contracts limit Prime networks to regions within a 40-mile radius of military treatment facilities and in areas affected by the 2005 base closure and realignment process, she explained. But provisions will allow Prime beneficiaries who see providers outside the 40-mile service area to remain in Prime if they reside within 100 miles of an available primary care manager and sign an access waiver, she added. “If TRICARE retirees and young adults live less than 100 miles away from a remaining Prime service area, they can re-enroll in Prime by waiving their drive standards and there will be room made for them,” Lawhon said, adding that the networks are required to connect providers to those who elect to waive their drive standards.

Contractors such as United HealthCare Military & Veterans, Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military will continue to assist beneficiaries in obtaining providers in their regions, she added. “Health care is best if it’s local,” Lawhon said. “We’ve established the drive standards (to enable) people to access their primary and specialty care within a reasonable period of time.” Austin Camacho, TRICARE’s benefit information and outreach branch chief, said the out-of-pocket, fee-for-service cost of TRICARE Standard would cost a bit more, depending on the frequency of health care use and visits. No cost applies for preventive care such as mammograms, vaccines, can-

cer screening, prostate examinations and routine check-ups, he added. Officials estimate the changes will lower overall TRICARE costs by $45 million to $56 million a year, depending on the number of beneficiaries who choose to remain in Prime, Camacho said. Lawhon and Camacho said beneficiaries should speak to their health care providers and families to assess the best course of action. “We’re hoping people will take a careful look at their health care needs,” Lawhon said. “We have seen that people using the Standard benefit are very pleased with it, and their customer satisfaction is the highest of all.”



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Technology Supports Rapid Return Indian Head Sailors Help Deliver to Duty for WRNMMC Patients Meals to Local Families By Andrew Revelos NSASP Staff Writer

Photo by John R. Chew

Nurses bedside in a Walter Reed Bethesda operating room watch monitors as surgeons seated several feet away at a computerized console control perform an operation. The “arms” of the robot can cut, dissect, grasp and suture. “It’s just a way for me to move my hands,” explained Army Col. (Dr.) George Stackhouse, a Walter Reed National Military Medical Center urologist who has used robots in surgery since 2004. By Sharon Renee Taylor WRNMMC Journal staff writer Surgeons and robots working together in the operating room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), the nation’s largest military medical treatment facility, ensure many patients experience less pain, less blood loss, and shorter recovery times, according to the physicians and patients. More than nine experts at Walter Reed Bethesda in the areas of gynecology, urogynecology, gynecology oncology, urology, prostate oncology, pediatric urology, and cardiothoracic surgery, as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) perform robotic surgery. The technology allows more patients than ever before to benefit from minimally-invasive surgery, the surgeons explained. “With greater acceptance and use, robotic surgery is going to become increasingly important in the future as we try to continue to minimize the invasive nature of surgery and disruption in people’s lives, whether it’s time away from work or time spent recovering,” explained Army Col. (Dr.) Joseph M. Gobern, chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WRNMMC, who has performed robotic surgery since 2008. Keisha Turner, a behavioral health case manager at Fort Meade, Md., said less down time is the reason why she opted for robotic surgery. Severe back pain and other symptoms she endured for more than a year as a result of uterine fibroids affected her lifestyle so much that the wife of a retired Soldier was unable to make it through her 16-year-old son’s high school football game. The myomectomy Gobern performed on Turner from a robotic console in September to remove the fibroids went without complication. She returned home after an overnight stay at WRNMMC, and returned to work two weeks later. “I feel great,” Turner said. Recovery time is the biggest difference for cardiothoracic patients who undergo robotic surgery to remove anterior mediastinal tumors, in front of the chest, explained Navy Capt. (Dr.) John Thurber, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “We used to have to split the breast bone,” said Thurber, who performs about five thoracic procedures a month at WRNMMC. He uses a robot to treat lung cancer, esophageal disorders and meticulous tumor resection around vital structures of the chest. “Instead of dividing the bone, we go through the side,” he said. “The patient can go home in one or two days.” Using the side-approach with the robot, Thurber said the usual two-month recovery

period is reduced to about a week. Robotic technology also offers threedimensional (3-D) visualization, which enables surgeons to see depth when operating, he explained. “Better than even highdefinition scopes,” Thurber said. “Patients are asking for it.” The cardiothoracic surgeon said he plans to begin performing robotic-assisted cardiac mitral valve repairs and bypass surgery later this year. Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Lisa Cartwright, a pediatric urologist, uses the 3-D viewing to perform delicate pyeloplasty - a surgical repair of the tube that connects the kidney and bladder - on babies through several tiny incisions, the largest measuring 1.2 centimeters long. Seated at a console several feet away from her small patient draped on a table, Cartwright grips hand-controls to operate a computerized “endowrist” that mimics her motions with intuitive, seven-degree movement and 90-degree articulation. “The robot doesn’t do anything that I don’t do,” she said. After the surgical area is prepped and filled with carbon dioxide to change the pressure around the organs for surgery, up to five incisions are made - the largest in the belly button to insert a small scope the surgeon will use to look through. A surgical assistant at the bedside changes out the surgical instruments connected to up to three computerized “arms” that cut, dissect, grasp and suture. “It’s just a way for me to move my hands,” explained Army Col. (Dr.) George Stackhouse, a WRNMMC urologist who has used robots in surgery since 2004. “Anybody who needs a surgical procedure that requires a lot of sewing and knot-tying inside of the body, we can do that with the robot,” he said. Surgeons at WRNMMC also use robots to remove ovarian cysts and pelvic adhesions, as well as perform reconstructive pelvic surgery and prostate removals - also known as prostatectomy. “Blood loss can be significant with an open prostatectomy,” explained Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Inger Rosner, the director of urologic oncology and associate director of the Center of Prostate Disease Research at Walter Reed Bethesda. She said robotic surgery reduces the amount of bleeding, which lessens the patient’s need for blood transfusion and improves the surgeon’s view. Cmdr. Sarah Dachos, a foreign policy

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The words were familiar, repeated every weekday in communities across the country. The uniform of the Sailor who said them, however, was a pleasant surprise to Indian Head resident Celia Brooks. “Meals on Wheels!” announced Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Adam Buchanan, a Sailor assigned to the galley at nearby Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head. Brooks smiled and thanked Buchanan, not only for the meal, but “for serving our country.” The meal was one of approximately 500 delivered by NSF Indian Head Sailors since they started participating in the Meals on Wheels program more than a year ago. In the meantime, the participating Sailors have gained an in-depth understanding of the homebound residents in community they serve- their health concerns, family situations, food allergies, neighborhood histories. While it is not always easy work, the Sailors know they are helping meet a critical need in the community. It all started with an inspirational words from Indian Head resident and Vietnam veteran Lewis Knight. Knight, a retired Airman, is no stranger to NSF Indian Head. In a 2011 Veterans Day speech, he encouraged service members to put their military discipline to work for the community. Chief Culinary Specialist Rodney Kayes, the installation’s galley officer, took those words to heart. Kayes and several other Sailors assigned to Indian Head decided to take a page from Knight’s book and volunteer at least once a month for Meals on Wheels. “We met Chief Master Sergeant Lewis Knight at the Veterans day memorial at Indian Head where he was the guest speaker,” said Kayes. “In conversation he mentioned that he was involved in a program that always needs volunteers and he got us started.” Kayes credits his Sailors-Buchanan, along with Culinary Specialist 1st Class Corey Mills and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Miller-for doing the bulk of the work. “They’re the ones who do most of it,” said Kayes. “They make it happen.” Kayes added that Master at Arms 1st Class Sarah Wood and Yeoman 2nd Class David Parker have also pitched in on occasion, as their work schedules allow. “We meet a delivery person at the senior center in Indian Head to sign for the meals at 0945 and are on the road by 10 a.m.,” said Kayes. “The most difficult part is remembering where everyone lives.” The experience of getting out in local neighborhoods keeps the participating Sailors on their toes. Buchanan and Kayes

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for all recyclable materials for JBAB/WNY through November 2012 was about 1,217 tons. This includes white paper, mixed paper, office waste, commingle, cardboard, newspaper, books, scrap metal, batteries, and toners.” Preston explained that in addition to the environmental benefit of recycling that material to be reused, space is saved in area landfills by keeping these reusable items out of the trash. Leadership in the program is optimistic as to the projected benefits of the program,

U.S. Navy Photo by Andrew Revelos

Chief Culinary Specialist Rodney Kayes, galley officer at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, delivers a meal to Indian Head resident Norma Swann Jan. 7. laughed as they recall a feisty Chihuahua that chased one Sailor, who shall remain nameless, off of an elderly woman’s porch. Another encounter with a much larger canine was less humorous. “I got bit by a pit bull,” said Buchanan, who managed to smile as he recalled a minor bite on the hand he got from a neighborhood dog during a delivery. But getting lost and dealing with Fido is not the most challenging part of the work. While many meal recipients appear to enjoy a solid family support network, it is sometimes evident that others do not. Some recipients pass away or are moved to nursing care; others seem to be more or less alone in an impoverished life. “It’s tough,” said Kayes. “It’s humbling.” Still, the good feelings far outweigh the sadder experiences. “The satisfaction comes from knowing that we are assisting the people that are truly in need giving back to those who helped build this community,” said Kayes. As Buchanan and Keyes arrived to deliver a meal to Helen Taylor, her caretakerdaughter was leaving for work. Taylor’s sonin-law, Leonard Thompson, explained how Meals on Wheels helps his family continue to be productive citizens. “It makes it easy on my wife because my wife works,” he said. “She doesn’t have to worry about preparing a meal for [Taylor]. It’s a great help.” Knight could not be more proud of the way the Sailors from NSF Indian Head stepped up to meet his challenge, calling the effort “fantastic.” Knight, who is engaged in several charitable community activities, added that the same Sailors did a great job collecting 197 food baskets for needy families during the holidays. “They were awesome.”

but reminds all personnel that its success depends on them. “The fact that we can recycle 90 percent of our waste material allows us to know our potential and sets us up for success,” said Lt. j.g. Darren N. Moore, facilities maintenance and facilities sustainment branch head for Public Works Department (PWD) Washington. “Our way ahead is to fulfill that potential, measure our progress and track the benefits gained. Considering all the Navywide energy reduction initiatives in place, this is one way we can truly show off at the local level. With an outstanding program already in place, we just need to stick with it to gain that large, long-term impact to reducing our overall carbon footprint.”

Thursday, January 24, 2013



Navy Medicine Maintaining Readiness Despite Flu Season By Valerie A. Kremer U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

Navy Medicine announced Jan. 15, its military treatment facilities currently have sufficient amount of influenza vaccinations to reduce the risk of the flu for service members and beneficiaries despite the shortages experienced by its civilian counterparts. According to public health experts, the greatest protection for flu comes in the form of vaccination. “The flu can have a significant impact on readiness but vaccination is the best way to protect and reduce the risk of flu,” said Cmdr. Natalie Wells, Public Health Emergency Officer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. “Navy Medicine military treatment facilities currently have an adequate supply of flu vaccines available for service members and beneficiaries.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicators suggest there is a good match between the circulating flu virus strains and the current 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine, meaning this year’s vaccine will protect most recipients from contracting the flu. Navy Medicine also emphasized that treatment is available for service members and beneficiaries should they contract the flu. “All influenza virus strains tested so far

are responsive to antivirals such as Tamiflu,” said Wells. “MTF pharmacies have adequate amounts of Tamiflu on hand and additional Tamiflu is accessible if needed.” Seasonal flu vaccination is mandatory for all DoD uniformed personnel who are not medically or administratively exempt. Service members and beneficiaries still needing a flu vaccination should visit their local MTF. According to Wells, to date, 94 percent of active duty Navy and 90 percent of active duty Marine Corps service members have received the flu vaccination. In addition to receiving the flu vaccine, there are additional means of maintaining a strong immune system and readiness. “Maintaining a clean work environment, good hygiene practices, and managing workforce exposure are some simple measures to reduce flu spread,” said Wells. For more information on the seasonal flu and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, please visit the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Influenza webpage here: nmcphc/epi-data-center/influenza/Pages/ default.aspx. Navy Medicine is a global health care network of more than 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one

U.S. Navy photo by MCC Donald W. Randall

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hospitalman Abigail Doromal administers a flu shot to Master Chief Gunner’s Mate William Lipsett, assigned to Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam conducted a mass vaccination exercise in conjunction with normal flu season inoculations to demonstrate the capability to rapidly and effectively vaccinate active duty military and a selected segment of the DoD population in a pandemic environment.

million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

Take Precaution with Flu-Like Symptoms By Maj. Joanne S. Conley AFDW Public Health Officer If you get sick with flu-like symptoms (fever or feeling feverish/chills along with cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, fatigue, some people may have diarrhea) you should practice social distancing and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the seasonal flu have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or anti-viral drugs. However, some people are more likely to get flu complications and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms this season. Standard Precautions: - Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; sneezing into your elbow/ sleeve is most effective. - Wash your hands often with soap and water; alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread that way. - Stay home if you get sick.

BUMED’s Visual Information Directorate Zombie Video Goes Viral By Jeremy K. Johnson NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

“BATH SALTS: It’s not a fad...It’s a NIGHTMARE.” That’s the title of a video produced by the Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery’s (BUMED) Visual Information Directorate (VID) that has gone “viral” since it was first uploaded to the internet on Dec. 20 of last year. The video, depicting a Sailor using bath salts to get high, experiencing hallucinations and ultimately being hospitalized, has received attention from major news outlets across the country, including CNN and Fox News. It has reached more than half a million views on the popular video sharing site YouTube. Compare that to a video about the synthetic drug Spice that was also produced by VID and uploaded by BUMED in October of 2011; it’s received approximately 18,000 views. The project began when the directorate, located at Naval Support Activity Bethesda in Building 5, was tasked by BUMED to create a video detailing the dangers of illegal bath salts to educate Sailors. The video’s creator, VID producer Chuck Allen, said at the time it was just one of many assignments. “We stay fairly busy,” said Chuck. “We’ve got about 80 projects going on at any given time, from simple ‘senior leadership message’ to documentary-type stuff.” He said the steps for producing any video are routine. They first consulted with the ‘client’ and talked about the desired outcome. An outline and script were produced and reviewed based on that vision. Tweaks were made along the way. Despite this particular project being “just another product,” Chuck admits he felt it had to be perfect. “Previously, we’d done a ‘Spice’ video and we had a ‘gimmick’ of doing all the action in reverse. For this one, we wanted it to be cool and have a similar ‘gimmick’ so we decided it would be filmed in the first person point of view.” At this stage, the product was still being formulated. The level of collaboration can vary from client to client, he said. “Some are more involved than others. They may say, ‘Here’s some music choices that we’re looking at…’ – it just depends on how involved in the creation they want to get.” “Bath Salts” may look like it was expensive to put together, but according to Mike

Allen, the media production deputy, costs for productions are accounted for in the existing budget and resources. “If you walk in today and say you need a video, I may say, ‘No, it already exists,’” he said. “We’re not spending taxpayer money; it’s already been done. If you come in and say, ‘We have a new ear procedure we need video for,’ then we’ll look, see that nothing exists and say, ‘OK, we can do that because it hasn’t been done.’ There’s a chain of things that happen to make sure that we’re as cost effective as we can be.” “Bath Salts” did require hiring several actors to portray the user, his roommate and his girlfriend, but Chuck says that’s normal as well. “We use actors because you never want to show actual military members using drugs, or in a way that casts them in a negative light,” he explained. BUMED paid for Lt. George Loeffler, the Navy expert featured in the latter half of the video, to travel to Washington, D.C. to be filmed as part of the content gathering process. “We got Lt. Loeffler in the studio for one day,” said Chuck. “I had him on camera for an hour and a half. I had to find which four minutes I wanted to use from all of the good content he gave us.” Loeffler said working with VID was enjoyable. “Having zero training in television interviewing, I was looking to Mr. Allen and his colleagues for guidance. They put me at ease, asked me questions to get me talking, and soon I forgot about the camera a few feet from me.” They also worked together to accurately represent how a ‘high’ from using bath salts could turn out. “This video specifically called for hallucinations,” said Chuck. “I made sure we talked to Lt. Loeffler before I made any final decisions on the production. I had in mind, ‘OK, [the user] has got to get it. He’s got to do it. He’s gotta enjoy it. He’s got to suffer from it. He’s got to REALLY suffer from it.’ Are you really euphoric, or does it just speed things up?What kind of hallucinations do they have? Are they really ‘crazy’ hallucinations or are they just ‘colory’ [sic] hallucinations? I actually ran some of the things I had by him: ‘Is this possible?’” One example of this was the depiction of violence by the user toward his girlfriend. “He specifically mentioned domestic

Photo by Jeremy K. Johnson

Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Visual Information Directorate Producer Chuck Allen looks over the project files for “Bath Salts: It’s not a fad … It’s a Nightmare.” The public service announcement created for BUMED has gone viral, receiving more than half a million views on YouTube, and has been featured on CNN, Fox News and multiple websites. abuse – that is definitely a plausible situation,” said Chuck. Another aspect of the video, one that has been shown over and over in a video still since it went viral, is the zombie effect Chuck used to turn the user’s roommate into a demonic-looking character. “I really wanted to do the whole zombie thing. I kind of pushed that forward from the beginning, and I got some pushback for it being too cliché. I really thought with the whole zombie pop-culture kind of thing would really resonate. The zombie face morph had to happen.” Mike said adding special effects may have taken a little more time, but that didn’t add to the cost of production. “The costs are minimal,” he said, “With special effects, they’re not new. Chuck has a lot of software and the other [editing] suites do too. Sometimes that’s used for part of a medical procedure – enhancing the view – but that same software can be used for something like this.” Once the product was finished, they

handed it over to BUMED, where it was uploaded to their website and YouTube for dissemination worldwide. Though the video has received a substantial amount of attention, Chuck insists it’s not up to him to determine whether it’s a success. “I thought it was really positive that it was getting that kind of attention, but to have the mainstream media pick it up and promote it was huge. I do think it adds an air of credibility to the whole thing,” he said. “My name isn’t anywhere on it, and I think that’s what makes the difference. I take pride in the fact that it’s being seen and knowing I did my best to get it right.” Lt. Loeffler gives the team high praise for their efforts, “As the ‘talking head’ I know I became the face for the Bath Salts public service announcement, but I recognize Mr. [Chuck] Allen and his colleagues for doing the real heavy lifting. Bravo Zulu to them all.” To see the video, visit and select “BATH SALTS: It’s not a fad… It’s a NIGHTMARE.”



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bus focused on shipbuilding programs as a strategic priority for the Navy today and in the future. “I think that we have made great strides in ship building,” said Mabus. “We’re getting the ships we need, the mix we need and the numbers we need while being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. I’m proud of where we are.” “We owe the shipbuilding industry transparency... I feel we’re giving them that,” he said. “In turn, they owe us that every ship built without major design changes, should cost us less than the one before it. This is happening, and we currently have 288 ships.” Additionally, Mabus noted that the Navy has 42 ships currently under contract and is making steady progress toward building a fleet of 300 ships by the end of the decade. The third P, power, focuses on Mabus’ five energy goals which include pursuing energy efficiencies and alternative sources of energy. “The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of fossil fuels in the world,” he said. “Every time a barrel of oil goes up one dollar, it costs the Navy 30 million dollars.” Mabus illustrated that additional cost in terms of steaming days, saying it was roughly the equivalent of 142 steaming days for LHDs or 293 days of combat operations for

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advisor assigned to the Pentagon, said she had no doubt or concern about a surgeon using a robot to perform her May 2012 surgery. “I actually thought it would be better,” she said. The Navy officer watched videos before her surgery. She said she noted how the physician remains seated during the surgery, which could take several hours. Dachos and Turner said they did their own research on robotic surgery before they elected the option. The two agree they each made the right choice. Four months after her robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy at Walter Reed Bethesda, Turner said she would absolutely recommend robotic surgery to other patients, and preferred to have the operation at WRNMMC. “I knew I’d have it here,” she explained. Since 2007, the number of robotic procedures that are performed in the U.S. has nearly tripled, from 80,000 to more than 250,000 in 2010, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. As early as 2001, robotic surgery has been an option for service members at military treatment facilities, initially to urology and gynecology patients at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), according to Army

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that service quality and satisfaction is paramount to leadership. “As a customer service organization we are always optimistic that we will find a way to provide the best possible service to Sailors, their families and our DoD patrons,” said Kozlowski. “We will see new Child Development Centers open at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Naval Sup-

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an Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Last year the Navy demonstrated the Great Green Fleet in Hawaii, as part of RIMPAC. The Great Green Fleet included a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, aircraft and ships operating on 50/50 blends of traditional and advanced biofuels, and several firsts such as underway and air-to-air refueling using biofuels. “Something truly remarkable happened when we demonstrated the Great Green Fleet,” said Mabus. “Nothing. Not a single engine or process had to be changed. They simply did not know the difference,” continued Mabus. “I don’t want to fly less, steam less or deploy less. And I don’t think we have to, but we have to make this move.” Partnerships may be the last P, but they’re a top priority according to Mabus who links it back to our new Defense Strategy and its focus on innovative, small footprint engagements around the world. “The Navy is America’s away team,” he said. “When we’re working, we’re usually a long way from home. Because of that we need to build partnerships, build capacity around the world. Our presence around the world, working with our friends and allies, is important, and the demand will continue to increase.” Mabus concluded by telling the audience the Navy and Marine Corps team, America’s Away Team, stands ready to answer all bells. “We are and will continue to be the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” said Mabus.

Col. (Dr.) Ernest G. Lockrow, who has been cited as a pioneer of military laparscopic robotic surgery. Lockrow was the first military surgeon to use 3-D minimally invasive surgical technology in 2007 at WRAMC after a congressional grant established a Telerobotics and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Program in 2006. A next-generation robot was purchased the same year, expanding robotic surgery to other surgical specialties. With both telesurgery and telementoring capabilities, the military’s first Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Fellowship was established in 2010. The program graduated its first fellows at WRNMMC in November 2011. Walter Reed Bethesda added the medical center’s newest surgical robot in October 2012. “We currently have two of the latest generation of surgical robots and have expanded robotic surgery further,” Lockrow said. The MIGS fellowship program director at WRNMMC and associate professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, explained plans to expand the use of robotic technology to other surgical specialties throughout the medical center. “We’re doing everything that we can to offer our patients the most modern, the safest and best care - every modern option for our patients,” Stackhouse said.

port Activity Bethesda over the next couple of years. We will pursue MWR projects that are self-sufficient and provide great recreational opportunities for our patrons. We will continue to look for opportunities to save under tight fiscal times, but will also look strategically at providing new and exciting services to our patrons.” This story is the last part of a three-part series regarding service reductions in NDW. For more information on NDW visit http://

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