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The Waterline

April 19, 2012

Vol. XXIX No. 16


Being prepared for the worst:

Destructive weather preparedness in light of HURREX By Benjamin Christensen, Waterline staff writer Being prepared is everyone's duty. As HURREX/Citadel Gale 2012 takes place this week and next, it is imperative that everyone knows what they can do to be ready for destructive weather such as hurricanes. Over the last two centuries, tropical cyclones have claimed the lives of approximately 1.9 million people. The United States have had its own costly reminders of the strength of hurricanes, notably in 2005 with the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina, which killed nearly two-thousand and caused 108 billion dollars worth of damage, the costliest in American history. "The main priority for Sailors is keeping themselves and their families safe," said Jeffrey Wilson, Naval Support Activity Washington's (NSAW) Emergency Manager. "Being informed and prepared for an emer-

gency can reduce injuries and deaths during an incident." Although the destructive power of a hurricane can be tremendous, there is still plenty one can do to mitigate it and ensure their family's safety. According to the U.S. government's website, one should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. An emergency kit is simply all of the basic items that one would need during a disaster. Supplies collected should last at least three days, as although disaster relief would be working to help those affected, it takes time. Food, water, a weather radio, flashlight and a first aid kit are just some of the recommended items. NDW, and the Navy as a whole, considers the safety of its Sailors and their families to be the highest possible priority, especially U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton during violent weather. Therefore, there is U.S. Air Force Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Works members clean

See HURREX, Page 5

up fallen tree limbs following Hurricane Irene, Aug. 28, at JBAB, D.C.

Bridge, sewer construction traffic info Naval Support Activity Washington's (NSAW) Community Planning Liaison Officer (CPLO) and Public Works Department have kept in close contact with the managers of the 11th St. Bridge Project and the DC Water Clean Rivers Project Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program, clearly communicating both the needs of the Yard's commuters and NSAW's operational requirements. These efforts have minimized impacts to the installation by consolidating individual construction evolutions. However, there will still be inconveniences for our commuters. There will be further impacts to vehicular and pedestrian traffic as the construction projects progress throughout the summer. We will continue to actively engage the project managers and pass information to help your employees plan their commutes. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooper- From now until April 20, the O St. Gate will be open to inbound vehicle traffic only. No ation in helping us manage this issue.

SAAM: Prevention is everyone's duty By Benjamin Christensen, Waterline staff writer No one is exempt from the responsibility of 'if you see something, say something', and the duty of helping prevent sexual assault. The month of April is being utilized not only by the Navy, but also by presidential proclamation for the whole country, to take time to recognize the devastating impact that sexual assault can have. The Navy is not immune from the plight that is prevalent in the United States' armed forces with a crime of sexual assault occurring roughly three times a day. "Training is key to preventing sexual assault," said Chandra Vickers, Deputy Equal Employment Officer (EEO) for Naval District Washington (NDW).

impact to pedestrian traffic.

See SA AM, Page 5

Inside Link directly to the NDW Facebook page on your smart phone

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This Week in Naval History, Page 3


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USS New York Sailors and Marines to run around the world By MC3 Ian Carver, Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs USS NEW YORK, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) are challenging themselves to collectively run enough miles to circumnavigate the earth - a competition that started April 1 and will continue until New York returns home from its maiden deployment to accumulate the 24,900 miles needed to complete the challenge. Chief Logistics Specialist Carl A. Hunt came up with the idea of running around the world by use of tracking the distance on cardio machines to help encourage physical training. "So far the ship has tracked 537 miles, which is phenomenal but we need everyone's help to track their cardio distances. I see a lot of Sailors running who are not on there yet," said Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Joshua Boeltz. "Working out on a ship during deployment can start to become routine, so having something to track and work for can help improve motivation," said Hunt. "The challenge definitely gets me motivated to get out and do more cardio work," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Cameron Sword. "Having a ship-wide goal to work toward is great for morale and I personally enjoy being able to use all the different cardio equipment the ship offers."

tical machines, and rowing machines are all acceptable and track distance. "It is up to the individual Sailors and Marines participating to track their own distances and put them in a spreadsheet that calculates personal and collective miles," said Hunt. The deployment-long challenge shows yet another example of blue and green coming together, as a team to accomplish one goal. "It is cool that this competition is not putting the Sailors against the Marines, instead it helps bring us closer together since we are all working toward a common goal," said Sword. "The biggest part of this event is not just to challenge our Sailors and Marines, but to encourage fitness and unit cohesion," said Hunt. New York, on her maiden deployment, is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. New York will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Fitness is one of the key elements of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.

U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ian Carver

Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) conduct physical training on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). New York is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Participants can use a variety of training equipment to complete the challenge, added Hunt. Treadmills, bikes, ellip-

Around the Yard April is Alcohol Awareness Month... how do you feel about the Navy's steps towards preventing alcohol incidents in the Fleet?

“I think it's important, especially for younger Sailors who may not realize how much they actually drink. Alcohol can get you in a lot of trouble.” — Lawrence Nevel, AFPAK Hands

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This Week in Naval History April 19

Balikiapan, Borneo 1956 - Project Vanguard, earth satellite launching program, assigned to DCNO (Air)

1783 - George Washington proclaims end of hostilities 1861 - President Lincoln orders blockade of Southern ports from SC to Texas 1917 - Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engage and damage a German U-boat. This was the first engagement of U.S. naval personnel against the enemy in World War I. 1955 - USS Albany and USS William Wood begin to provide disaster relief to citizens of Volos, Greece, ending 21 April

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1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico. 1915 - First Navy contract for lighterthan-air craft awarded. 1942 - USS Wasp (CV-7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta 1947 - CAPT L.O. Fox, USN, supported by 80 Marines, accepted the surrender of LT Yamaguchi and 26 Japanese soldiers and sailors, two and one half years after the occupation of Peleliu and nearly 20 months after the surrender of Japan. 1953 - USS New Jersey shells Wonsan, Korea from inside the harbor. 1964 - USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) launches a Polaris A-2 missile from the surface in first demonstration that Polaris submarines could launch missiles from the surface as well as from beneath the ocean. 30 minutes later the submarine launched another Polaris missile while submerged.

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1861 - USS Saratoga captures slaver, Nightingale.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command

The Spanish-American War included the famous, if one-sided, naval battle of Manilla Bay, depicted here in a 1898 lithograph. The battle was a decisive United States victory under the command of Adm. George Dewey in which only one U.S. Sailor was lost and the USS Olympia (C 6) suffered minor damage. 1898 - U.S. at war against Spain. 1906 - Commander Robert Peary discovered supposed Arctic Continent did not exist. 1972 - Moonwalk in the Descartes Highlands by CAPT John W. Young, USN Commander of Apollo 16. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. LCDR Thomas K. Mattingly II, USN was the Command Module Pilot. During the 11 day, 1 hour and 51 minute mission, 213 lbs. of lunar material was collected. Recovery by HC-1 helicopters from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)

April 22 1778 - Captain John Paul Jones of

Ranger led landing party raid on Whitehaven, England 1898 - U.S. warships begin blockade of Cuba 1987 - U.S. Navy ordered to provide assistance to neutral vessels under Iranian attack outside the exclusion zone and that requested help

April 23 1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive 1918 - USS Stewart destroys German submarine off France 1945 - In only U.S. use of guided missiles in WW II, 2 BAT missiles release at

1778 - Continental Navy sloop Ranger captures HMS Drake 1862 - Battle of New Orleans; Union Navy under David Farragut runs past forts into Mississippi River 1884 - USS Bear left the New York Naval Shipyard as part of the Greely Relief Expedition. USS Thetis would join the mission a week later, with USS Alert also joining on this mission. The Greely Expedition was marooned in the Arctic. Greely and six other survivors were found at Cape Sabine, 23 June 1884. 1906- Ceremonies at Naval Academy commemorate John Paul Jones; President Theodore Roosevelt delivers speech 1917 - Destroyer squadron departs Boston for European service 1959 - Organization of American States asks U.S. to establish naval patrols off east coast of Panama to prevent invasion of Cuban forces 1974 - Naval forces begin minesweeping operations in the Suez Canal Zone 1981 - RCA delivers to the Navy, NOVA I, the 1st production unit of the improved navigational satellite.

April 25 1862 - Union naval forces occupy New Orleans, LA 1898 - Congress declares war existed with Spain since 21 April 1914 - First combat observation mission by Navy plane, at Veracruz, Mexico. 1959 - USS Eversole rescues 14 Chinese Nationalist fishermen from their sinking fishing trawler in the Formosa Strait.

Apply now for Navy War College Fleet Seminar Program From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is now accepting online applications through June 30 for the College of Distance Education's 20122013 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP). FSP courses are similar in content and methodology to the intermediate program of study offered by the resident College of Naval Command and Staff program in Newport, Rhode Island. The FSP offers Navy and joint intermediate-level professional military education through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. Each course normally requires one academic year to complete. Seminars for each course meet one evening per week for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2012 and ending in May 2013. There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis. The NWC FSP will be offered in 20 regional locations in the United States for academic year 2012-2013. Planned locations are: Washington, D.C.; Annapolis,

Md.; Bangor, Wash.; Dahlgren, Va.; Everett, Wash.; Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Worth, Texas; Great Lakes, Ill.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Mayport, Fla.; Millington, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; Newport, R.I.; Norfolk, Va.; Patuxent River, Md.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pensacola, Fla.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Whidbey Island, Wash. Led by NWC adjunct faculty members, and supported by visiting NWC faculty, these courses replicate both the content and atmosphere of the resident course of study. Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for intermediate joint professional military education (JPME) phase one. NWC conducts the FSP seminars at the 20 locations in-step with each other which makes it possible for a student who is transferring to, or assigned temporary additional duty at, another seminar location to attend class at that location. NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and Reserve), selected Command Master Chiefs, and civilian employees of the federal government. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) in grade O-3 or above, while officers from other

services must be in grade O-4 or above. Selected Navy Command Master Chiefs are eligible for enrollment. Civilian employees of the federal government in the grade of government service-11 or equivalent and above (National Security Personnel System equivalents included) are also eligible for enrollment. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate degree from a United States regionally accredited university or college. Qualified individuals currently stationed at the FSP locations, or those who expect to transfer to those sites prior to Sept. 1, 2012, are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2012, and all applicants will be advised of their enrollment status by midAugust 2012. More information is available, and application must be made at the NWC College of Distance Education website at For more information, visit,, or For more news from Naval War College, visit


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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 ).

Volunteer Program Opportunities are available as an administrative assistant, counseling mediator, transition assistant, Information & Referral assistant, data entry/word processor and a retired activities volunteer.

DEPLOYMENT READINESS/ FAMILY SERVICES Life Skills Education 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.

Deployment/mobilization/readiness 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 Karaoke nights NSA Washington's MWR team will host free karaoke nights at the Mordecai Booth's Public House located on the Washington Navy Yard every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month between the hours of 4-9 p.m. DJ Scott will be on-site to offer the latest songs for you and your friends to sing. Next date is April 19.

Comics on Duty The Comics on Duty Tour is back at the Washington Navy Yard for its 20th anniversary tour! The Catering & Conference Center will host a Laugh'n Lunch on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Ticket prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $140 for a Table of 10. Tickets are on sale at the ITT Office, Bldg. 22. For more information, please contact the ITT Office at 202-4332484 or the MWR Marketing Department at 202-685-8298.

Spring into Fitness Walk Join in as the Naval District Washington community walks to promote good health and physical activity. The region will host a region-wide walking event at each installation which will take place on the same day and time on May 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to the "Walk", each installation will host a mini health fair featuring exhibits, information and services by MWR programs. Participation is open to anyone with base access. For more information contact Ofelia Prince at 202-433-2882 or or Demond Jones at 202-433-6666 or demond.jones@

FFR/MWR Phone numbers Child Development Programs

Child Development Center 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-2890 Child Development Center 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-8071 Child Development Center 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0771 Child Development Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3223 or (202) 404-1454 Regional Child Placement Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-3055 or (877) 269-9322 Regional Child & Youth School Liaison Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-0942

Family Housing

JBAB Housing Office 1, Bldg 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-0346 JBAB Housing Office 2, Bldg 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-6828

Fitness Centers & Information, Tickets, and Tours (ITT)

JBAB Fitness Center 1, Bldg 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-5895 JBAB Fitness Center 2, Bldg 419 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2962 Washington Navy Yard, bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2484/2829

Military and Family Support Center

JBAB MFSC Bldg 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-6151 JBAB MFSC Bldg 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-0450

Liberty Program (E1-E6 Single/Unaccompanied Service Members)

Liberty Center, bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-1802 JBAB Liberty Program Office, Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2636 JBAB Liberty Center, Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 685-1802

Food & Beverage

Catering and Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-3041 Mordecai Booth's Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . .(202) 678-0514 or (202) 433-3041 Furnari Restaurant, JBAB Bldg. 418 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 433-2574

Other Important Numbers

WFR Administrative Office, JBAB Bldg. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-7707 WFR Marketing and Special Events Office, JBAB Bldg. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-1371 Gateway Inns and Suites, JBAB Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 404-7050 MWR Sports Program/Sports Complex Rental, JBAB Bldg. 419 . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 685-0483 Outdoor Recreation, JBAB Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(202) 767-9136 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-9136/8562

Eggstravaganza brings families to NRC Solomons By Valerie Doster Fleet and Family Support Center Marketing Director Blue skies and sunny weather prevailed on Saturday and the annual NRC Solomons Eggstravaganza drew record crowds. Families who attended were thrilled with the huge egg hunts and every child was able to "find" at least 8-10 eggs filled with various surprises. Peter Rabbit arrived for photographs with the families who also enjoyed carnival games, line dancing to the live DJ and even an Easter egg croquet course. "I love volunteering at the events MWR holds, especially the Eggstravaganza ...there is always so many activities" said Loyola University student Nicole Doster, who volunteered to paint faces at the event. Jennifer Marchant, NRC

U.S. Navy photo by Valerie Doster

From left, Kori, Kara (age 3), Jack and Anna (age 4) and Thomas Wilson of Mechanicsville take a break to check out their eggs. Solomons Recreation Director, who coordinated this event said "people began arriving 45 minutes before the event started." Along with all the fun activities each registered participant also received a tshirt to tie-dye thanks to event sponsors Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis and Lincoln Military Housing.

The Eggstravaganza is the first sign that NRC Solomons is gearing up for another great summer. MWR hopes to see everyone back at NRC Solomons on Saturday, May 26; 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. for the free, summer concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great night of music.

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NDW News Follow NDW on Facebook and T wit ter

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

Naval Histor y and Heritage Command Seminars

The Naval History and Heritage Command hosts a series seminars for which historians select basic readings that will cover major trends, wars, battles, policies, and technologies across the chronological span of the U.S. Navy's history and facilitate discussion on the readings and their implications. Each one-hour seminar starts at noon in the National Museum of the United States Navy's Museum Education Center, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard. The topics for each seminar are listed below: May 23 - War of 1812 - What was the strategic value of the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812? June 20 - Navy Leadership - How did the personalities of its leaders affect the Navy's performance in World War II and the Cold War?

Reminder: Nav y civilian employees must verif y MyBiz information by May 1

The Department of the Navy (DON) will begin the process of converting paper-based personnel records, which contain records that cover an employee’s work history, to electronic files. This is a part of the DON’s effort to implement eOPFs across the enterprise. Converting to eOPFs will not only maximize available technology, it will also enable immediate 24/7 access for employees, hiring managers and human resource professionals to critical personnel documents online through a secure internet connection. Employees must ensure they have entered their correct email address into their DCPDS records via MyBiz prior to May 1. This must be done on a secure DON network (NMCI). For more information please visit /Documents/ eOPF%20march%202012.pdf

Improve your speak ing and leadership sk ills! Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters!

Join us Thursdays from 7:30-8:45a.m. at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at or 703-6952804 or Elizabeth Femrite at or 571-256-8674. Remember - Great Helmsmen say "YES!"

Volunteer for the NMCRS!

Want to help Sailors and Marines in DC? The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is looking for volunteers at the Washington Navy Yard Office. Please call 202-433-3364, or stop by Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. in Building 208 for more information. Must have a valid military ID. All experience levels welcome.

Women of the Word Bible St udy “Women of the Word” is a theological group study focusing on women in the Bible, and the contemporary social issues that women face in today’s society. The women’s group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Bldg. 101, conference room 132 or 121 at the Washington Navy Yard ( WNY ); please bring a bag lunch. This Bible study is open to all women military and civilian personnel. The Bible study is sponsored by the Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW ) Chaplain’s office. Contact Paula Jackson at Paula.V.Jackson@ or (202) 433-9689 for more information.

SAAM Continued from 1 SAAM in the Navy looks to break down the barriers around talking about an admittedly uncomfortable topic by discussing the issue around four themes: Hurts One, Affects All, Prevention is Everyone's Duty, and We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault. Sailors will attend educational standdowns throughout the month, and a multitude of events will be taking place throughout NDW. This week's theme is "Prevention is Everyone's Duty", which highlights the fact that everyone plays a role in helping to prevent sexual assault. As everyone is affected by the act of sexual assault, it is also everyone's responsibility to make sure that this crime does not happen. "If one is affected we're all affected," said Vickers. "If you look at it like links in a chain, one link that is weak makes it so there's no strength in that entire force." According to Vickers, reporting is the key act that an individual Sailor can do to help prevent sexual assault. If a Sailor is in a dangerous situation or leading up to one, reporting to the chain of command could be the key between a Sailor staying safe, or having a terrible crime afflicted on them

HURREX Continued from 1 a large emphasis in all Navy commands on security and accountability before, during, and after destructive weather. The Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) is a key part of this accountability. The Navy uses the NFAAS to account for Sailors and Navy families, as well as to identify disaster-related needs of Navy families. Sailors and their families should ensure their information is up to date in NFAAS. (NFAAS Website "Accountability is another important part [of disaster preparedness], making sure information is kept updated on NFAAS, and reporting in when directed lets commands quickly determine if all of their personnel are safe or what assistance they require," said Wilson. Being prepared is especially important for a armed force like the Navy. As Sailors are required to be ready at a moment's notice to respond to threats around the world, hurricanes and more specifically not being prepared for hurricanes could impact combat efficiency and operational readiness. "Not being prepared could lead to ad-


that will affect them the rest of their lives. Vickers implies that "see something, say something" is not just a catchy phrase, but a vital theme. SAAM is being recognized throughout the Navy, and NDW is no exception. Events included a Ribbon Tying at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in which Sailors and Airmen tied teal ribbons, the symbol adapted for sexual assault, to trees around the base in order to increase awareness. The National Capitol Region (NCR) as a whole also conducted a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, also to increase awareness. Briefs have been conducted at Anne Arundel Community College and the National Security Agency and Fort Meade. "I am very encouraged by the sexual assault awareness events and training efforts that are going on throughout the Navy this month," said Rear Adm. Martha Herb, Director, Personnel Readiness and Community Support. "We can no longer afford to be silent on this issue. I encourage all [Sailors] to join in on the discussion." SAAM and SAPR efforts continue next week with the theme "We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault". For more information on SAAM and SAPR, please visit

ditional injuries and deaths, as well as damage to installations and facilities that wouldn't have occurred otherwise," said Wilson. "By leaning forward and taking appropriate measures before a storm, risk can be reduced, lives saved and damage avoided. The less clean-up and damages that occur, the quicker the Navy can get back to operations and focus on combat readiness." As HURREX/Citadel Gale takes place this week, it is important to revisit one's own personal methods of readiness. Although the exercise is there to make sure the Navy is ready as a whole for hurricanes, it's each individual Sailor and their families' responsibility to make sure that they are ready too. The Naval Safety Center has information on preparing for destructive weather which can be found at More information on Navy Family Emergency Preparedness can also be found at CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FamilyLine/F amilyPreparedness/index.htm. Information on how to form an emergency kit and make other preparations for hurricanes can be found at http://

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Baldwin of the Times Book review Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Baldwin of the Times: Hanson W. Baldwin, A Military Journalist’s Life, 1903-1991 by Robert Davies. Published by Naval Institute Press, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, Maryland. 416 pages, 2011. Hanson Baldwin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1924, and became a naval reserve officer after serving several years on active duty. He would leverage his understanding of the U.S. Navy and the military generally to become a pioneering journalist in military affairs. Robert Davies is an academic and historian who taught Minnesota State University-Morehead for three decades has published a fine biography of this fascinating American. While Ernie Pyle reported on the soldiers in the field, Baldwin gave us strategic analysis for the New York Times. Today we would call him a national security correspondent. Baldwin’s biography is a lesson into the difficulty senior naval officers had with the concept of public affairs and the importance of telling the Navy’s story, readers will learn the regrettable incident where Baldwin had to choose between being a naval reserve officer and his profession as a journalist. In a December 1930 edition of U.S. Naval Institute, Proceedings, Baldwin published an article on ways to remedy the hostile feelings between journalists and the U.S. Navy, he recommended a public relations officer be appointed to the Navy’s thirteen districts to provide press releases on a consistent basis, and that port calls for warships be transformed into media events. Baldwin would be posted to Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II, his articles and assessments were not always right but they followed a strategic logic. For instance he overestimated the abilities of France. Poland, Belgium and Holland to delay a German invasion,

however he correctly reported that England and the British Army specifically was not prepared for war. The New York Times would criticize Baldwin for adding his analytic assessments to reporting, not sure if this was news or what would be in an op-ed section. In Asia, he reported to Americans that we are losing the Philippines, and disagreed such candid reporting would be demoralizing to his fellow Americans. What is extraordinary about Baldwin is that he provided strategic insight and military analysis through the Cold War to include the Korean War, Vietnam, and towards the end of his life was advocate for a balance of national defense but not to the point of bankrupting the nation. This is an excellent biography of a journalist who shaped our nation’s defense. He would win the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of the lead up to World War II. Editor’s Note: Commander Aboul-Enein is author of “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” and a new book “Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi from the Ottomans to King Feisal,” both published by Naval Institute Press. He maintains a regular book review column in NDW Waterline.

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U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus delivers the keynote address at the Navy League's 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the National Harbor. In addition to his remarks, Mabus hosted a luncheon and presented the Navy League's Adm. Vern Clark and Gen. James L. Jones Safety Awards which are presented annually to Navy and Marine Corps personnel and units that exemplify and advance a culture of safety.

2012 Sea Air Space Expo Kicks Off By MC3 Shannon Burns, Defense Media Activity - Navy NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (NNS) -The 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition kicked off at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. with an official opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting April 16. After the ceremony, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert took part in a panel entitled "Service Chief Update" where he talked about the importance of events like the Sea Air Space Exposition for industry leaders to come together with Navy leadership. "The Sea Air Space Exposition is really our premier get together with industry and with the Navy," said Greenert. "It provides a forum for us to talk about what capabilities we need and to find out how industry is doing it and what ideas they have, and we need their ideas." Greenert also spoke about how the Tenets and new Navigation Plan guide the Navy's plans and budget investments. Also during the expo the Navy unveiled its newest unmanned underwater vehicle, the Knifefish. The Knifefish uses low-frequency capability to go after buried and crowded mines. This critical capability will bolster the littoral combat ship, (LCS), mine countermeasures mission package and continue to expand the LCS arsenal for mine warfare missions. Attendees had the opportunity to sit in on the "Secretary of the Navy Luncheon" where Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke about the future of the Navy. "The technology that we have today and the ability to use our fleet today is astoundingly different from what it was a

hundred years ago but also different from what it was twenty years ago," said Mabus. "The bottom line is we will have the right number of the right kind of ships to meet all our missions under new defense strategy." During the luncheon the 2011 Adm. Vern Clark Unit Safety Awards was presented to the Safety Department of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron to and the 2011 Adm. Vern Clark Individual Safety Award was presented to Steven Edward George from Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme, Calif. Following the luncheon were several roundtable sessions, including the Performance Based Logistics, (PBLs): It's All About Performance, where Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and chief of Naval Supply Corps spoke about the importance of their importance. "PBLs are a part of what NAVSUP [Naval Supply Systems Command] has done since we really started down this journey in the early mid-nineties," said Heinrich. "When we first started PBLs we were really focused on improving performance and we did exactly that." The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition is three days of seminars and demonstrations highlighting the latest maritime-related technologies and solutions. The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for Navy policy and operational leadership to interact with industry representatives to discuss and debate common interests and concerns. For more information, visit,, or

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Joint Base Andrews personnel learn self defense Military service members and civilian personnel participated in a self defense class inside of the West Fitness Center at Joint Base Andrews, April 13. The class is part of several events taking place throughout the Naval District Washington region for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an initiative to bring to light the severe and farreaching problem of sexual assault in the nation's armed forces.

U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Kiona Miller

Submariners Reflect on 112 Years of Silent Service By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs HONOLULU (NNS) -- Submariners past and present, and distinguished guests gathered at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu April 11, to commemorate 112 years of submarine service. The event was sponsored by the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) Bowfin Base Subvets. USSVI was founded in 1965 by a group of U.S. World War II submarine veterans. The submarine force was born April 11, 1900, when the U.S. Navy bought the submersible Holland VI from John Holland. Today's submarine force consists of 53 attack, 14 ballistic-missile and four guided-missile submarines that enable the Navy and the nation to win wars, deter wars, defeat terrorists and ease disasters. Throughout the years many submariners made history, became heroes and paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. "Today we are going to remember our shipmates and gather strength in knowing all they sacrificed and all they accomplished," said Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "As we gather here at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, we remember those who have been honored at memo-

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Ronald Gutridge

Sailors from Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, pay tribute to past submariners during a plaque rededication ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in commemoration of 112 years of submarine history. rial ceremonies here, and we remember those who lay here in their final resting place. "Among the souls here are those who served in all branches of our Armed Forces. Among the souls here are those who served

in all facets of our Navy. Among the souls here are those who went down to the sea in submarines. And on our 112th birthday, it is fitting to remember all who have gone before and to remember those who rest here," said Caldwell.

Following his remarks a rededication of the submarine memorial plaque took place. The plaque honors the contribution of the many men and women who served with and supported the submarine force during the last 112 years as well as the 52 submarines that are on eternal patrol. The plaque rededication has been an April 11 annual event sponsored by USSVI Bowfin Base Subvets since the dedication in April 2000. "It is a great honor to be here today as it is every April 11th, to remember and pay tribute to the greatest submarine force in the world," said retired Master Chief Electrician's Mate Chris Cunha, USSVI Bowfin Base Subvets. "The submarine memorial plaque means so much to submariners, active duty and retired, that this ceremony is very necessary and will continue for many years to come." A special bell tolling ceremony commenced to perpetuate the memory of the submariners and the 52 submarines lost in World War II and since. Each submarine name was acknowledged followed by a bell toll in remembrance of their sacrifices for our nation. A 21-gun salute followed by the playing of Taps and retiring of the colors closed out the ceremony. For more information, visit,, or For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit



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Dry weather, careless disposal of smoking materials pose increased fire risk From Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C. JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C.--The National Weather Service has reported a very dry start to this year, which will contribute to increased fire danger. As a result of the current dry and windy conditions, several local installations have reported mulch fires, one of which led to moderate fire damage to an outdoor area and deck. The combination of dry and windy conditions and improperly discarded smoking materials has been determined as the cause. These types of fires are not just a problem in our places of work, but extend to our homes and vacation areas. In accordance with the Naval District Washington (NDW) Instruction 5100.2C, smoking is not permitted in any common space onboard any NDW installation. Common areas include outdoor eating facilities or areas within 50 feet of entrances and exits to buildings. Smoking is only allowed in those areas



outside of buildings and facilities identified as "Designated Smoking Areas" which are identified by signs and tobacco receptacles. Personnel should not smoke while walking around any NDW installation since this leads to litter and mulch fires. NDW Fire and Emergency Services strongly encourages members to remain vigilant in helping protect life and property. There are many ways to help reduce the chance of uncontrolled outdoor fires. Please heed and adhere to the below safety tips. - Never discard smoking materials on the ground or out vehicle windows. In addition to being considered littering, it could also have unfavorable consequences for life, property and the environment. - Use designated smoking areas only - Use designated butt containers only - Makesure your smoking material is fully extinguished before discarding - Do not use butt containers as trash cans - Never put discarded smoking materials in trash cans\

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