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The Waterline

August 23, 2012

Vol. XXIX No.34


NDW Meets Goal for Feds Feed Families By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Staff Writer

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Lamarsay Creer, assigned to Naval District Washington Headquarters, delivers donated food to the Capital Area Food Bank, located in Lorton, Va., as part of the Feds Feed Families program.

As the world’s economic pressures carry on month after month, even a home-cooked meal seems like a commodity too often hard to come by. However, as participants in the annual Feds Feeds Families drive, Naval District Washington is doing its part to ensure that no one has to go hungry in times of need. Feds Feed Families is a government wide effort led by the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is run from June through August, to coordinate not only with the typical drop in food bank donations, but also due to the rise in demand especially due to children’s absence from school and their receiving low-cost meals there. “Theneedhasnotgoneaway,”saidDirector of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry. “In too many families, one or both parents are still searching for work. Children are nowoutofschool,andsotheyaren'tbenefiting from school nutrition programs. The need is

even greater throughout our country this year.” Many federal agencies participate in the program, such as the Departments of the Interior, Labor, andTransportation, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency and the various military branches under DOD. Although this effort is separate and is certainly smaller than the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), this is the only effort by the federal government’s agencies to collect foodstuffs for the less fortunate and not monetary donations. Food donations are collected in donation bins at various locations (in the military usually in command buildings, commissaries, the exchangeandotherhightrafficareas). Volunteers then collect the foodstuffs from the donation bins and deliver them to food banks, faithbasedcharities,andotherrelatedorganizations who then distribute them to those in need. The Navy has been an active participant in the years past, as have they been this year as well. Naval DistrictWashington, in particular, has been a very active participant in the program, meeting and in some cases even surpassing goals set. According to NDW Chaplain Gary Clore, regional program coordinator,

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TenantCommandOverview:NavalHistoryandHeritageCommand By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Staff Writer In order to know where one or an organization is going, it is vital to look at its past: it is the responsibility of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), headquartered on the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) to preserve, protect, and otherwise promote over 200 years of the U.S. Navy's legacy. NHHC is the central source for the Navy on naval history and heritage, made up of multiple detachments such as ten Navy museums nationwide, including the National Museum of the U.S. Navy at WNY, and the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, currently serving as a museum ship in Groton, Conn. Besides managing the official history program of the Navy, NHHC provides historical analyses, narrative histories and reference works in an effort to advise the Navy, other agencies and the public on the topic of naval history.

"Information on anything that helps you to understand who you are and where you're going is important," said Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Lenzini, public affairs officer for the NHHC. "It's not a new idea." The roots of the NHHC go back to the year 1800 when President John Adams asked the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, to prepare a catalog of professional books for use in the secretary's office. As time grew on, so did the role of this budding collection of historical works. By the period of the CivilWar, they included naval prints and photographs as well as professional periodicals, and important naval records which prompted Congress to authorize funds for the creation of the Office of Library and Naval War Records. By World War II, the records and official histories were bolstered by a series of oral histories taken under a program pioneered by Capt. Dudley Knox, the head of both this Historical Section, and the Office of Naval Records and Library. Other history projects were merged with

the Office of Library and Naval War Records to establish the Naval History Division. A sea heritage display center (now the main Navy museum located on WNY) was established in 1962. By 2006, all Navy museums were consolidated under the Naval Historical Center, and in light of its new responsibility for the entire Navy's history was renamed the NHHC in 2008. "It's important for people to be able to see and imagine how things were like, and how

we got to where we are: it's taken a whole lot of work," said Lenzini. "Really we're like what my mother liked to say: we're standing on the shoulders of giants. There were so many people, that to have the opportunities and resources that we have now, it took a lot of steps to get there." The command accessions and maintains records on a wide variety of subjects and mediums, including millions of operational records, personal papers, biographies, and oral histories; over a million artifacts including shipboard equipment, uniforms, weapons and flags, over 500,000 photographs, and over 30,000 drawings, paintings and prints. The NHHC works to ensure that all of these records are as accessible to both the Navy itself and the public as possible, making collaboration with the public essential. "When it comes to our contact with the public, we're like a sieve," said Lenzini. "Between veterans asking for things like VA

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Annual PANAMAX Military Exercise Concludes From U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) officially concluded the annual 2012 PANAMAX exercise Aug. 16 at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris along with Brazilian Rear Adm. Wilson Pereira de Lima Filho concluded the exercise in which more than 1,000 military personnel from 17 nations, including the United States, participated. Of that number, 269 participants were from partner nations. "I would to thank our partners in the Americas and other observers for their critical contribution and outstanding participation in key leadership roles of this exercise. Every nation shared unique and invaluable skills and their real-world experiences make this the best exercise ever," Harris said.

The main focus of PANAMAX 2012 was to exercise a variety of responses, in coordination with the governments of Panama and Colombia, to protect and guarantee safe passage of commercial traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty. This multinational exercise strengthens interoperability and builds joint capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations. "PANAMAX is a good opportunity to exchange knowledge and increase interoperability among the many partner nations that have a common interest in the safety and security of the Panama Canal," Lima Filho said. PANAMAX is a U.S.-sponsored, multinational annual exercise that includes participants from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. "As we complete this year's PANAMAX exercise I know that

each of us will take away many good lessons from each other. I encourage all our partners in the Americas to continue to value the professional and personal bonds that were developed here as they will last for many years to come," Harris said. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. For more information, visit,, or For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit

Around The Yard Why should the Navy work to safeguard its history and heritage?

"They should because it has that great tradition, the Navy and the Armed Forces in general does; everyone should know about it." Mark Jessup, Washington Planning Center

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Thursday, August 23, 2012



This Week in Naval History August 28

August 23

1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay winning control of Mobile Bay 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China. 1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists. 1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG 164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F. Kennedy with Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa who was aboard for the first satellite (Syncom II) relayed telephoneconversationbetweenheadsofstate.

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1814 - British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C.;Washington NavyYard and ships burned to prevent capture by the British 1912 - Launching of USS Jupiter, first electrically propelled Navy ship 1942 - U.S. carrier aircraft begin 2-day Battle of Eastern Solomons where Japanese task force defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk. Japanese recall expedition to recapture Guadalcanal. 1960 - USS Bexar (APA 237) deploys to Pangahan Province in response to emergency request for aid from the Province's governor.

August 25

1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship. 1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated . 1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV 9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

A Japanese bomb explodes on the flight deck of USS Enterprise, Aug. 24, 1942 during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, causing minor damage. This was the third and last bomb to hit Enterprise during the battle. The bomb was dropped by a Japanese Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bomber piloted by Kazumi Horie who died in the attack. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons did not show a clear victor at first, but the Allies gained tactical and strategic advantages due to greater losses by the Japanese and resulting delays in resupply.

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1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegatestoContinentalCongresspressforcreationofContinentalNavytoprotectthecolonies 1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, NY 1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, NC 1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships

August 27

1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS 186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG 154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.

1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as Ens. or Lt. j.g., reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV 21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict. 1965 - Cmdr. Scott Carpenter and 9 aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. below Southern California's waters to conduct underwater living and working tests 1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV 66) rescues 3 civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Capt May, NJ after their sailboat capsized. 1992-NavyandMarineforcesbeginprovidingdisasterreliefafterTyphoonOmarhitGuam 1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

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1861 - U.S. squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, NC 1862 - Union gunboat Pittsburgh support Army troops in landing at Eunice, Arkansas 1915 - Navy salvage divers raise F-4, first U.S. submarine sunk in accident 1916 - Congress passes act for expansion of Navy but most ships not completed until after World War I. 1964 - USS Boxer and 2 LSDs arrive off coast of Hispaniola to give medical aid to Haiti and Dominican Republic which were badly damaged by Hurricane Cleo.

Health Professionals Experience Air Drop Resupply Prompts Drug Interdiction By Ens. Joshua J. Stewart, Quality Medical Care USS Carr Public Affairs By MC3 Nathan Parde, |NSAB Public Affairs staff writer Twenty-four high school students participated in the Science, Service, Medicine & Mentoring (S2M2) program at the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC) and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Md., last week. "The S2M2 program was created to enhance diversity and health care delivery by inspiring kids at the high school level to gain an interest and experience in an hospital setting," said Navy Capt. Cynthia Macri, special assistant for diversity to the Chief of Naval Operations, who stood up the program in 2004. "They are put in a position where they are the doctor, and they are the ones with the expertise in a particular field. It also allows their parents and families to see them acting in that role." This year, 97 students applied for the program by listing their grades, interests and extracurricular activities, along with a personal statement of why they were interested in the program. Macri said when choosing the students, the committee looked for a diversity of backgrounds and interests. "They [USU and NNMPC] recognize that the future of America's economic prosperity depends on everybody having exposure to opportunities that can enhance their education and their professional goals," she said. "We need a lot of diversity in health care de-

livery because that's the changing demographics of America. This program is offered free-of-cost, so students can learn as much or more than they would in similar costly summer camps." Chief Hospital Corpsman Albert Hance, assistant command diversity officer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, said when many people think of diversity, they think of individuals of different races. "A lot of people think diversity is just gender and ethnicity, but it is much bigger than that," said Hance. "The kids also thought that way at first, but overall they had a good grasp of diversity. They knew how to deal with differences between people and react to potential conflicts and embrace the differences in culture. "When asked, at least three quarters of the class raised their hand and said they had either lived in or traveled to other countries, such as Singapore, Australia, England, and China. So, they had a good understanding of diverse cultures." Hance accompanied the students throughout the week as they observed both professional medical care and military practices. "We went on a field trip to Annapolis, where the kids performed in a mock Eliza lab experiment with smallpox,� he said. ‘They were able to witness a case in the OR (operating room), and they had a chance to see hands-on the different instruments that they use in the OR. They did fingerprinting

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USS CARR, At Sea (NNS) -- Norfolk-based frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) retrieved 1,250 pounds of cocaine while being resupplied by an air drop at sea during Operation Martillo, Aug. 15.

A long range P-3 patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) decreased altitude, passed close to the ship and dropped a single parachute attached to a sealed capsule which contained mission essential parts. As the container landed in the sea, Carr

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U.S. Navy photo by LS1 Daniel Shelto)

The guided missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52), not shown, receives mission-essential parts from a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol P-3 Orion patrol aircraft while supporting Operation Martillo Aug. 15, 2012, in the Caribbean Sea. During the exchange, Carr's embarked SH-60B Seahawk helicopter identified a suspect vessel over the horizon. A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment boarded the vessel and seized 1,250 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of about $17 million. Operation Martillo is a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus.


Thursday, August 23, 2012


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; TwoTAP Seminars and one Executive TAP Seminar - fiveday programs - are offered monthly sponsored by the departments of Labor andVeteran 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.


Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operationalandpersonalreadinessincludingparenting 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 mem-

bers 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 Mordecai Booth's Public House 5th Anniversary Party!

Join us on Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. to celebrate our 5th Anniversary! DJ Scott will be live on the 1's and 2's playing hits fromthepastandthepresent.Therewillbeplentyofconteststoparticipateinforfreegiveaways! For more information call the MWR Special Events and Marketing Office at 202-685-8298.

New Service for Washington Navy Yard Customers

Based on customer inputs and requests, Navy Exchange (NEX) and Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) have partnered to install a Redbox DVD rental machine located at the Town Center Bldg. 22 next to the ITT sales office. Please come by and check out the new service!

Disney On Ice: Rockin' Ever After

Patriot Center, Fairfax VA Oct. 19 - 7:30 p.m. | Oct. 20 10:30 a.m, 2:30 p.m. & 6:30pm | Oct. 21 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets - $18.75 Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney Pixar film, Brave, compete to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a showstopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleash musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle's enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. Please contact the NSA Washington ITT Offices for more information and to purchase tickets! MWR ITT OFFICE - Bldg. 22 Town Center - Open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 202-433-2484 MWR TRAVEL OFFICE - Bldg. 184 Navy Exchange - Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 202-685-8298

Cirque de Soleil: Totem

Under the Grand Chapiteau at the National Harbor, 163 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, Md. 20745 Now through Oct. 7, 2012 Tickets are available for the following: Tuesday throughThursday at 8 p.m. | Friday at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. | Sundays at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Ticket Prices Range by Seat Level: Level 1 $73.00 | Level 2: $58.00 | Level 3: $42.75 Cirque de Soleil - TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. No refunds will be given unless show requested is sold out. Please contact the NSA Washington ITT Offices for more information and to purchase tickets! MWR ITT OFFICE - Bldg. 22 Town Center - Open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 202-433-2484 MWR TRAVEL OFFICE - Bldg. 184 Navy Exchange - Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 202-685-8298

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


WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE? Are you prepared for an emergency? For the next 12 weeks we’ll ask you 1 question each week to test your “RQ”. RQ stands for Readiness Quotient. Let’s see how prepared you are. or your Fleet and Family Support Center can help, if you want to know more. Personal preparedness supports mission readiness. Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated?

Atlantic City Day Trip

Saturday, October 6, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Atlantic City, N.J. Spend the day in Atlantic City with MWR! For $38.75 you will receive round trip transportation and resort credit when you arrive in Atlantic City.You will depart the Catering and Conference Center, Bldg. 211 located on theWashington NavyYard at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. that evening. Please book your spot on the bus by Sept. 27, 2012! Please contact the NSA Washington ITT Offices for more information and to purchase tickets! MWR ITT OFFICE - Bldg. 22 Town Center - Open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 202-433-2484 MWR TRAVEL OFFICE - Bldg. 184 Navy Exchange - Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 202-685-8298

Cruise it or Lose it

NSA Washington MWR ITT has reopened the "Cruise It or Lose It" Group Cruise. This is a 7-day cruise heading out of Baltimore, Md. on Dec. 9-16, 2012 sailing out on the Carnival Pride. Pricing is as follows: MD Residents $1,673.00 with Gratuities andVacation Protection Plan or $1,515.00 with Gratuities only. The pricing for Military is $1,693.00 with Gratuities andVacation Package Plan or $1,535.00 with Gratuities only. Deposit of $250 due at the time of booking and final payment of remaining balance DUE BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2012. Any questions or concerns please contact our Travel Specialist at Navyyardtravel@ or 202-685-8299.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

NDW News 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 theWashington NavyYard to provide the public with upto-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC's Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk

Improve your speaking and leadership skills!

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 703695-2804 or Elizabeth Femrite at or 571-256-8674. Remember - Great Helmsmen say "YES!"

100,000 Jobs Mission Hiring Event

As part of an ongoing initiative to provide jobs for wounded warriors, transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses, Naval District Washington (NDW) Family Support Programs will host a second hiring event Saturday, Aug. 25 at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB). The initiative - "100,000 Jobs Mission" - was launched in March 2011 by a number of leading companies, with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and veterans by 2020. Through their efforts, thus far, they have hired more than 12,000 veterans. At the event, attendees will have an opportunity to meet with several potential employers. "Our nation's military and veterans represent the best this country has to offer.We owe our nation's veterans more than gratitude - we owe them the opportunity to lead successful lives following their service," the initiative's website states. Additionally, "We believe hiring veterans is not only the right thing to do for veterans, but it's a great thing to do for our businesses. Our nation's military and veterans represent the best this country has to offer and they bring meaningful skills to the workplace." The hiring event will take place in the gymnasium (Building 17) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees must show proof of military service, i.e. military ID card, veteran ID card issued by theVA, or DD-214 along with a photo ID, to enter the base. For more information about the initiative, and to register visit

Defenders of Freedom Appreciation Day

Naval District Washington's (NDW) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) will be hosting an Appreciation Day for all Department of Defense personnel and their guests on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Six Flags of America in Largo, Md. The park will be open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. with a special performance by legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all Navy Information, Tickets, and Tours (ITT) offices throughout NDW and select locations within the National Capital Region for $20. The first 5,000 eligible customers to purchase tickets will gain admission to the performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This unique special event will offer these military and DoD civilian personnel a wonderful opportunity for exclusive use of the Six Flags of America theme park and admittance to see one of the all time legendary bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd, perform that evening. Without question, this is a great opportunity for MWR to show appreciation for those who put their lives at stake for the personal freedom we all enjoy. MWR is offering this program, which has a value of over $150 per ticket, for only $20 per ticket including free parking. This very affordable opportunity will hopefully provide the means for up to 25,000 DoD personnel to participate in a day of appreciation for our Defenders of Freedom. Please call 202-404-6576 for more information.

National Day of Remembrance Project



Americans across the country will honor the victims and heroes of the 9/11 tragedy by serving their neighbors and communities as part of the second federally recognized “National Day of Remembrance”. This year's Joint Services "National Day of Remembrance” project will take place on Saturday Sept. 8, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street South East, Washington DC. Military personnel and their family members as well as DoD civilians will restore grave markers, remove weeds, do some tree planting and engage in minor landscaping around the cemetery roadways and path to the 9/11 Memorial. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, water and lunch. In the event there are questions regarding the weather call 202-543-0539 and listen to the recording. This is a great venue for students of American history and an opportunity to earn community service hours. For more information contact: Navy – 202-433-6854, Marines – 202-433-0016. For on-line registration go to then scroll to community service and click on-line registration.

Legal Corner In an effort to keep you informed of military discipline and administrative matters that have occurred in Naval DistrictWashington,theWaterline will periodically publish CourtMartial and Administrative Separation results. Administrative Processing A Lt. Cmdr. was taken to a Board of Inquiry after an IG investigation substantiated allegations that she had forged travel records. The Board voted to separate the officer. A Lt. Cmdr. was taken to a Board of Inquiry after receiving two DUIs. The Board voted to separate the officer.

ReliantMermaid DrawstoaClose From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/ Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs Exercise Reliant Mermaid 2012, between the U.S. Navy and Israeli Naval Force, concluded in Haifa, Israel, Aug. 16. Reliant Mermaid, in its 11th iteration, is an annual search and rescue exercise designed to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime

proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. During the exercise, eight Israeli sailors embarked aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) to observe the exercise events and conduct training with U.S. Sailors, which included live-fire exercises, a vertical replenishment, and night time search and rescue exercises conducted by U.S. and Israeli vessels.

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Navyselects24PaxSailorsforCPO By NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Results from the Fiscal 2013 Active Duty Chief Petty Officer Board were released July 31 with 24 Sailors at NAS Patuxent River being among the 4,400 Sailors Navywide selected for promotion to chief petty officer. According to, there were nearly 19,000 candidates and 23.96 percent made the cut, a 6 percent increase from last year's selection rate. "Being selected and then 'pinned' to the rank of chief petty officer in the United States Navy are the most significant milestones in a Sailors career," said NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief William LloydOwen. "Our CPO selects can be justly proud of this achievement, as can their loved ones and family members who have supported them throughout their careers." The following petty officers first class were selected for promotion to chief petty officer: StephenBlanton,AviationElectrician'sMate at Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR MatthewBudde,CulinarySpecialistatNAVAIR Alvin R. Cotson, Aviation Structural Mechanic at Naval Air Facility, or NAF Robert A. Cummings Jr., Aviation Electronic Technician at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, or VX 1 William E. Dupie, Aviation Ordnanceman at VX 1 Correy Edwards, Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) at Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, orVXS 1 Michael Flynn, Aviation Machinist's Mate atVXS 1 KallyannMartin,LogisticsSpecialistatNAVAIR Pharaoh McMillian, Aviation Electronics Technician at NAVAIR WilMorales,HospitalCorpsmanatNAF Brandon Moyer, Aviation Ordnanceman at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, or VX 23 Lorne A. Murphy, Master-at-Arms at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, or VQ 4 Michael J. Ransom, Aviation Structural Mechanic at VX 1 Scott H. Rhodes, Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) at VX 1 Manny Ribas, Aviation Structural Mechanic at VX 23 Brian Richardson, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman at VX 23

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NAS Paxtuxent River's Chief selects hold a car-wash fundraiser for their Khaki Ball in September. From right, Chief (select) Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) Corry Edwards, Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, scrubs tires while Chief (select) Aviation Electronic Technician Robert Cummings Jr., Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, washes during a Chief Petty Officer fundraiser Aug. 11 at the NAS Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. More than $1,400 was raised during the car wash. Michelle SanNicolas, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman at NAVAIR Jeremiah E. Shue, Aviation Structural Mechanic atVX 1 Jimmie Stephens, Aviation Electronics Technician at NAVAIR RobertJ.VanDyke,AviationOrdnancemanatVX1 DavidW.Wilbur,AviationMachinist'sMateatVX1 RussellWood, Master-at-Arms atVQ 4 Charles Young, Electronics Technician at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Strategic Communications Unit CareyZielke,AviationElectronicsTechnician at AirTest and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 are Professionals Experience Quality Medical Care at NSAB



“God Wills It!”: Understanding the Crusades Book review

Reviewed by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN “GodWillsIt!”:Understanding the Crusades by Professor ThomasMaddenofSaintLouis University. A series of 14 lectures produced by Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, Maryland. Seven CDs,2005. The study of warfare is a constant effort, and for some a passion. Among the joys of being a student of military affairs serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, is that you can find many like-minded friends to discuss books, CDs, and documentaries. Among the conflicts that should be carefully dissected are the crusades, a series of wars between European Christians and Muslims of which fragments have been used for political purposes and to incite religious hatred. Usama Bin Laden refers to the west as crusaders, and regrettably some have referred to the war on terrorism as a crusade, which has agitated feelings in the Middle East. This is why a careful study of the crusades is necessary in the 21st century and this set of CD lectures offers a great beginning to supplement further readings on the subject. The first two lectures lay the groundwork for the crusades. Byzantine Emperor Alexius I (1081-1118) requested assistance from Pope Gregory VII against the Seljuk Turks. However, the pope’s quarrel with German Emperor Henry IV made it impossible to respond. It was not until the request was renewed in

1094 that Pope Urban II was in a position to respond. Professor Madden does a marvelous job dissecting the theological justifications created to incite the crusades. On a strategic level it lessened the level of violence in Europe be directing it at the Middle East, tactically it was crafted as a form of warriorpilgrimage in which indulgences and sins forgiven for those that die fighting Muslims. In 1099, the Muslims were divided between the Fatimids, the Turks, and other factional princes, allowing for the capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusades. As you listen to the CDs, you will appreciate the complexity of the crusades, a series of alliances between European Christians and Byzantine Christians that then switches to alliances between Muslims and Byzantine Christians. Even crusader leaders would cut deals with such figures as Salah al-Din (Saladin). Whenever Christians put aside their differences they ascended, and likewise whenever Muslims united they triumphed, in an ebb and flow that lasted under four centuries. When Saladin unified both Syria and

HEALTH Continued from 3 forensics. They also did a modified military PFA (Physical Fitness Assessment)." Macri said one thing that is unique about the S2M2 program is that the class takes time to promote and discuss the professional growth of the students. "We emphasize the processes of 'how to get there,'" Macri said. "We spend a significant amount of time discussing college applications and essays, deadlines, professionalism, and all of the things that will get them into college and make them more competitive." She said the focus on individual growth and development is what has led to past success with the program. "We know that it works because I have had seven students who graduated from the program and chose to go to the Naval Academy, and there are five currently in Navy ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) programs." High school senior Naseem Maghzian said she enjoyed the S2M2 program so much that she would like to come back to be involved as a mentor next year. "I enjoyed witnessing an actual surgery, with suturing, dressing and packing a wound,

Egypt, the crusaders were in trouble, and in 1187, he recaptured Jerusalem. The lectures do not dissect the tactics of different crusader battles like the Battle of Hattin, and Professor Madden does fully explore the influence the crusades would have on the intellectual development of Europe from returning crusaders exposed to Muslim agricultural, scientific, and architectural achievements. The lectures do offer an excellent analysis of the evolution of the different Knight Orders, like the KnightsTemplar, and Knights Hospitaliers. Among their innovations was Europe’s first modern banking establishment, allowing a person to deposit finds in Europe and cash them in Jerusalem for pilgrimage. Their business would be coveted by European leaders. The last lecture discusses the legacy of the crusades in modern memory, with European imperialists and militant Islamists would use fragments of crusader history to justify their respective agendas. The lectures booklet contains an excellent list of recommended readings to enhance your understanding of the crusades. Editor’s Note: Commander Aboul-Enein teaches parttime at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces,and is author of “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” published by Naval Institute Press. He maintains a regular book column in the NDWWaterline.

and being able to follow along with what was going on," said Maghzian. “I want to become a trauma surgeon, so learning these things now will help me become better in the field. But, I may also think about joining the Navy or Army now, because I actually really like what I've seen here." Ashlyn Thomas, a home-schooled junior in high school who plans to attend Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland, said the S2M2 program opened her eyes to possibilities in the medical services field. "I am actually re-evaluating, because I wanted to be a physician's assistant or an OBGYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology nurse) because I love labor and delivery, but now I am considering being a surgeon as a result of the class." The next S2M2 program is currently scheduled for 2013. Interested students can learn how to apply by visiting adm/enrollment.html.Thomas said she would recommend the program to any high school students who have even a passing interest in medical services. "I would definitely recommend the program, because you find a different point of view and have an opportunity to experience medical care in a different way than you have ever seen before."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

AFPAK Blog: On the Ground

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Navy Capt. Emily Almonte, an Afghan Hand serving with International Security Assistance Forces Traditional Communications, talks with Afghan children in Reshkhor, July 2011. Building trust and relationships within the Afghan community is often a key to success within the Afghan Hands mission. Editor's Note: This is part four of a five-part series of an article by Sgt.1st Class Mark Porter entitled 'Afghan Hands helping to reshape Afghanistan'. It helps to better describe the AFPAK Hands program and its impact on the region.

A fine balance to walk

In order to build the relationships that lead to mission success, Afghan Hands often subject themselves to heightened threat levels. By going out in the community – sometimes on a daily basis – they assume risks of becoming targets for insurgents. But this movement is essential to the mission. And, because of the nature of their work, Afghan Hands do not always follow normal force protection.“Everyone in Afghanistan assumes a certain risk,” saidViney. "we mitigate the risk to Hands through training and equipment. On account of their unique mission, their safety and movement guidelines are unique, as well, but safety is always a priority.”Freedom of movement is balanced with enhanced force protection measures. Still, to be effective Hands must be out among the Afghans. “They’ve got to have freedom of movement,” said Air Force Col. Tim Kirk, who served as an Afghan Hand for two years, working withTask Force Shafafiyat, the anti-corruption group. “They envisioned these Afghan Hands being out in the population.They had to be out there, and there was a considerable degree of risk that was assumed.” While enhanced force protection training, equipment, and other measures mitigate Afghan Hands’ risks to acceptable levels, assuming a degree of that risk, is often the key to success. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Michael Everton was an Afghan Hand who redeployed in April. During his time here he identified nearly $15 million in improper Ministry of Interior contract spending and said it was working in the local community that made the discovery possible. By going out on a regular basis, Everton became more a part of the community and began building trust with the Afghans. “My ability to go outside the wire … and be with Afghans basically gave me flexibility,” he said. “I was able to attend supplier events, etc., without adhering to standard security

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AIR DROP Continued from 3 dispatched its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to retrieve the container. "Seeing our parts being pushed out of an aircraft worried me a bit, just thinking what would happen if the parachute didn't open or what if the container sunk. It was great to see Naval Logistics and coordination with the CBP in action" said Chief Logistics Specialist Jeffery Fries. While Carr's RHIB was retrieving the parts capsule, Carr's embarked SH-60B helicopter identifiedasuspectsmallboatoverthehorizon. The ship was immediately directed to make

best speed to intercept the suspect vessel. Carr's embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) boarded the vessel and seized 1,250 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $17 million. "Carr's Sailors have performed brilliantly throughout deployment, demonstrating their ability to constantly flex to accomplish the task at hand. I am particularly proud of my First Division - they constantly amaze me with their dedication, determination, and knowledge," said Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski. commanding officer. Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is currentlydeployedtotheCaribbeanSeainsupport of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet.

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Historian Helps NSA Commemorate War of 1812 By MC3 Caitlin Conroy, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples helped commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 by holding a presentation from Christine Hughes, a naval historian for the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Aug. 13. The event spanned three days and included presentations on "Life in the Sailing Navy" and "1812 Navy

Battles," which chronicled some of the highlights from the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie. Hughes offered unique insight into the life of U. S. Navy Sailors during the tumultuous time of the War of 1812. "I think the War of 1812 is an important event in naval history because our country didn't have a navy before this time," said Hughes. "This war was a turning point for our Navy because it helped congress recognize our country's need for one."

HERITAGE Continued from 1 claims, [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] asking for investigations, book authors working on their projects, movie andTV folks asking for backdrops or information about things – it runs a broad gamut, and that doesn't even include the Pentagon." They also work closely with other Navy commands to conduct commemorations and celebrations of notable anniversaries and milestones of Navy events, such as the

The War of 1812 was fought between Canada, England and the newly independent U.S. as a way to preserve the U.S. economy, way of life and independence.The war was caused by British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy's impressment of American seamen and the U.S.'s desire to expand its territory. At the end of the war, in 1815, America had proven its need for a navy to help keep the seas free for national commerce. According to the NHHC website, from 2012 through 2015, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S.

War of 1812 that is being remembered this year. Other upcoming events include the Navy Warfighter Month in October, which also is the month of the 237th Birthday of the U.S. Navy – it is clear how the NHHC will be involved there. As the Navy continues on every day, Lenzini reminds everyone that history is being made every day, and that the NHHC will be there to keep and preserve that history. "We're all just links in a chain, people who come before us and people that come after us," said Lenzini. "When you're out on deployment, remember that you yourself are part of Navy history too."

Coast Guard are commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner. The Navy has partnered with the International Council of Air Shows, the Navy League, the Naval Historical Foundation, and Operation Sail (OpSail) to create events around the country, with signature events in New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, New Orleans, Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland, and smaller events in other cities during 2012. The events will include Blue Angels air shows, visits by ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, inter-

FEED Continued from 1 NDW has been superb in its effort to help feed those less fortunate. “We had an original goal of 35,000 pounds [of food to be collected],” said Clore. “We met that goal very quickly; I think within two weeks we reached that goal… we’re up around 50,000 as of right now.” However, just because the goal has been

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national navies, and Tall Ships; demonstrations by the U.S. Marine Corps; band concerts; "GalleyWars" cook-offs; and many other activities. "The deeds of our Navy during the war of 1812 form a part of history over which any American can be pardoned for lingering. The 200th anniversary of that war is a good time to recount those deeds to the American people," added Hughes. For more information about upcomingeventsforthebicentennialof theWar of 1812, visit http://www.our

met doesn’t mean that the need is over with. The program ends on Aug. 31, so that means that there is still time for those who wish to participate. Clore wants to remind everyone that in order to help everyone in need it is going to require everyone’s help. “When it comes to giving, I think a lot of people have hearts that are open and caring; so this provides a way that people can really exercise their faith in a very tangible way,” said Clore. “So people, do what they do best, which is give and rise to the occasion of meeting the needs of other people.”



MERMAID Continued from 5 "This was a successful exercise which strengthened the bonds between the U.S. and Israeli navies and increased our ability to work together as a team," said Cmdr. David A. Bretz, commanding officer of Jason Dunham. "The Jason Dunham team was proud to be a part of Reliant Mermaid 2012. We've enjoyed our time in Israel and the valuable experience of working with our partners in the Israeli navy." Training with other military forces enhances mutual awareness and maritime capability of partner nations. Reliant Mermaid helped create an environment that promoted maritime safety and security in the region, and interoperability between Israel and the U.S. "It was really great to get to see the differences between our navy and the U.S.," said Israeli navy Cpl. Niv Bar Ilan. "We learned a lot about how the U.S. Navy operates differ-

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Continued from 6 “I built up trust with them because I shared the same risk. They, in turn, showed me stuff that they wouldn’t have shown anybody else,” Everton said. Locals eventually gave him the names of individuals who they thought were corrupt and breaking procurement

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ently and how the Sailors all have individual jobs on board. It was great and we are very appreciative of the Jason Dunham crew's hospitality." U.S. Navy participation in the exercise included guidedmissile destroyers Jason Dunham and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (TAO 109), and a P-3 aircraft from Patrol Squadron 9 out of Honolulu, Hawaii. Reliant Mermaid is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not associated with, or a reaction to any real world events. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. For more information, visit,, or For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit local/naveur/.

rules. As a result, some contracts have been frozen and are being scrutinized. These relationships have made his time here worth the discomforts of deployed life. He said for the last three months of his deployment he often worked in buildings with no heat, running water, electricity or computers. But, “I couldn’t have been happier than being with those guys. Where and when I’ve been able to work with Afghans I’ve been happy.”



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