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The Waterline

November 29, 2012

Vol. XXIX No.47


WNY Tree Lighting: a Standing Tradition By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer A grand tradition of theWashington Navy Yard (WNY) for decades has been the tree lighting ceremony, an annual event to kick off the holiday season in Naval District Washington (NDW).The ceremony, hosted by the Commandant of NDW and attended by the NDW community as well as military attachĂŠs and their families from around the world, draws many to the region to share in the holiday spirit. While there is no clear indication as to when the event began formally, some speculate that the tree lighting began after the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) official residence was moved to Quarters A at theWashington NavyYard in 1974. "My first year on base was 1981, when I was an EM3 on the CNO's staff, and there was a tree lighting then" said Doug Greene, of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. "In those days the commandant lived in Quarters B and the CNO in Quarters A. Both Admirals had their holiday parties on the same night as the tree light-

ing, and after the tree was lit, their guests would go to which ever quarters they were invited to. The tree in '81 was a really bad looking Charlie Brown type tree." John Imparato, director of corporate information management for NDW, said the tree lighting had been wellestablishedbythetimehearrived at theWashington NavyYard in 1994. He added that in his time atWNY, the ceremonyhaschangedlocations,but the spirit was always the same. "For many years the reception was held in the commandant's home, Quarters B. After Quarters B was re-assigned, NDW used a tent. It was not ideal, so other options were considered," said Imparato. "The Town Center has worked out well the past few years. A recent addition is the bonfire. The NDW Fire Department oversees the planning, and it adds a festive touch." Though the tree lighting is a relatively recent tradition in the history of theWashington NavyYard, the region has celebrated the season for generations. According to John G. Sharp's book, "History of theWashington Navy Yard Civilian Work

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U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

The son of Commodore Steven Woodall, the Australian Naval AttachĂŠ and dean of the Corps of Foreign Naval Attaches, throws the switch lighting the tree at the 2011 NDW tree lighting. The NDW tree lighting is a long-standing tradition at the Washington Navy Yard, going back at least 31 years.

Travel and Fire Safety Key to a Happy Holiday Season in NDW By Patrick Gordon NDW Waterline writer

U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Gordon

Sgt. Tim Aronhalt, Maryland State Police DUI enforcement coordinator, demonstrates the difference in alcoholic beverage sizes during the NDW safety stand down at the Washington Navy Yard Nov. 15. Fire and driving safety are stressed during the holiday season for the number of increased incidents of fire and traffic accidents during the holidays.

A safety stand down at Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) gave Naval District Washington (NDW) personnel insight on how to spend their holidays safely Nov. 15. To a nearly packed auditorium, speakers from around the region addressed safety regarding cooking, hanging lights, and driving, among other topics. "We hold these safety stand downs because we want to make

sure everyone makes it back from leave safe," said Lt. Cmdr. Steven James, NSAW executive officer. "Safety is so important during the holidays because we want everyone getting back and getting back whole. I'd rather get a phone call saying someone's coming back late rather than not coming back at all." Fire safety was stressed due to the increase in calls most fire departments get around the holidays. "We see a jump in the number of house fires around this time of year," said Jeffery Williams, NSAW fire chief. "According to the United

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States Fire Administration, fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage. Most of these are caused by people taking shortcuts instead of taking the time to do things right." Williams said that following simple rules concerning electrical safety and tree choices will greatly reduce the chance of a fire starting. "Don't overload electrical outlets," said Williams. "Electrical fires

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NSASP Police Officers Complete Tactical Training Course By Andrew Revelos NSASP Staff Writer Two police officers from Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) recently completed a grueling two-week tactical training course designed to increase the ability of installation security forces to respond to a variety of complex threats, such as active shooters. The course was led by Robert Brooks, chief of the NSASP Police Department and included instructors and students from local, federal and military law enforcement agencies. While most who serve on NSASP installations in Dahlgren and Indian Head only encounter police officers at the gates, the advanced training is molding NSASP's first responders into a highlytrained and capable response force. Accredited through the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy, with whom the NSASP Police Department serve as a partnering agency, the course has helped NSASP police become one of the most professional law enforcement departments in the Department of Defense. More than 20 percent of NSASP police officers have now completed the advanced tactical training and other courses from the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy. It was a proud moment when NSASP police officers Andre Roy and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Graby received pins signifying their achievement. It was also a hard-won moment: the course included classroom time, live-fire range training and stressful practical application scenarios, complete with role-playing opponents.To add extra realism to the training scenarios, instructors incorporated

a venue for realistic practice is a way to not only enhance the individual skills of officers, but also the ability of the department as a whole to keep the community safe. "Advance tactics, any type, makes a more capable police officer," said Brooks. "The majority of police departments, if they have a tactical team, have part-time teams.These officers often volunteer much of their spare time to ensure that their tactical team is the best and most prepared it can be for any number critical incident call outs. "The skill sets taught at this course," emphasizes Brooks, "such as advanced firearms training, leadership and decision making process, and advanced tactical skills not only make a better trained police officer, they provide an officer who can return and train others in the skills they learned in the course, even if they are not assigned to a tactical unit." NSASP police officers, including the two who trained as part of the course, spent several months preparing, often on their own time. The desire to self-improve through work and hard training is palpable among the officers. Throughout, Graby and Roy stayed motivated while they endured the training regimen. "I knew it would be an intense course but the physical part was lot more than I thought it would be," said Graby. "I knew that this [course] was going to be hard but I had no idea it was going to be so mentally challenging," said Roy. "Everyday something in my mind was telling me to quit. I had to fight myself to get through every obstacle they threw at me." Graby and Roy both agreed that the most challenging part of the course was CrossFit physical training. "I never did any-

U.S. Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

CS2 Joshua Graby, a NSASP police officer, fires his M9 pistol during advanced tactical training. Graby and NSASP police officers Andre Roy recently completed the arduous two-week training evolution. Simunition, a type of ammunition that fires a plastic bullet filled with paint. While getting shot with this training tool is not a pleasant experience, it was only one tough element of training designed to help basically-trained police officers respond to the ever-changing threat environment. "The tactical training that the officers received in this venue of training prepares them for a higher level of threat response," said Brooks. "For example, terrorist, active shooter or hostage barricade incidents all contain elements of danger and complexity that most average police officers are neither trained or equipped to respond to." Teaching police officers advanced tactics and allowing them

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Around the Yard What safety tips can you offer for the holiday season?

Be responsible when you're out on leave. Don't drink and drive, have a designated driver, and don't be reckless. Seaman Dominic Lacavera U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Naval District Washington

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This Week in Navy History November 29

bases acquired from Great Britain under Destroyer-for Bases agreement. 1983 -Two F-14s flying over Lebanon were fired upon.

1775 - Capt. John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions. 1890 - First Army-Navy football game. Navy won 24 to 0. 1929 - Cmdr. Richard Byrd makes first flight over South Pole. 1944 - USS Archerfish (SS-311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world's largest warship sunk by any submarine duringWorldWar II.

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1942 - In Battle of Tassafaronga, the last major naval action in Solomons, U.S. forces prevent the Japanese attempt to re-provision the Japanese troops on Guadalcanal. Six U.S. ships are damaged in the action.

December 1

1842 - Execution of three crewmembers of USS Somers for mutiny; Midshipman Philip Spencer, Boatswain Samuel Cromwell and Seaman Elisha Small. 1921 - In first flight of airship filled with helium, Blimp C-7 piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ralph F. Wood left Norfolk, Va., for Washington, D.C. 1959 - Bureau of Ordnance merges with Bureau of Aeronautics to form the Bureau of Naval Weapons (BUWEPS).

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1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Ford "Tri-Motor" Transport (# NX-4542) parked at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va., circa 1930, that served in Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd's 1928-30 Antarctic Expedition. In 1929, Byrd made the first flight over the South Pole. Sweet, to the Secretary of the Navy recommending the purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships for scouting and observation missions. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment, seven men under a coxswain, of World War II reports to liberty ship SS Dunboyne. 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins. 1965 - USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and USS

Bainbridge(DLGN-25)becomethefirstnuclearpowered task unit used in combat operations withlaunchofairstrikesnearBienHoa,Vietnam.

December 3

1775 - Lt. John Paul Jones raises the Grand Union flag aboard Alfred. It is the first American flag raised over an American naval vessel. 1940 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarks on USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) to inspect

1918 - President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington (ID-3018) for Paris Peace Conference. 1943 - Aircraft from USS Lexington (CV-16) and USS Independence (CVL-22) attack Kwajalein Atoll, sinking four Japanese ships and damaging five others, while only three U.S. ships suffered damage. 1944 - USS Flasher (SS-249) sinks Japanese destroyer Kishinami and damages a merchant ship in South China Sea. Flasher is only U.S. submarine to sink over 100,000 tons of enemy shipping in World War II. 1965 - Launch of Gemini 7 piloted by Cmdr. James A. Lovell. This flight consisted of 206 orbits at an altitude of 327 km and lasted 13 days and 18 hours. Recovery by HS-11 helicopters from USS Wasp (CVS-18). 1983 - Aircraft from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and USS Independence (CV-62) launch strike against anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon that fired on U.S. aircraft. Two U.S. Navy planes shot down.

December 5

1843 - Launching of USS Michigan at Erie, Pa., America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sails withTask Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Thanksgiving cruise pays tribute to service members, veterans By Paul Bello Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs

Photo by Brian K. Parker

Guests dance after a complimentary Thanksgiving lunch on the Odyssey Cruise Nov. 20. More than 300 veterans, active duty military and wounded warriors from the National Capital Region were treated to the lunch aboard the Odyssey in Washington, D.C. The ship's operators, Entertainment Cruises of Washington, are now in their 16th year of providing a free Thanksgiving meal to veterans and servicemembers. Sgt. Jerome Payne, a member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard at Fort Myer, Va. "It's not too often you get a chance to spend some time outside the office." Petty Officer 1st Class LeeAnn Schott travelled from Thurmont, Md., to be a part of the celebration. One of the things she enjoyed most was the camaraderie among everyone attending. "It's great to see everyone having such a good time.Whatever your rank is, that doesn't

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Service members representing all branches of the U.S. military were treated to an afternoon cruise and pre-Thanksgiving dinner along the Potomac River Nov. 20 aboardWashington, D.C.'s, Odyssey cruise line. The celebration was part of Odyssey's annual Patriot Day Thanksgiving cruise that brings together veterans, wounded warriors and single service members from around the National Capital Region (NCR). Catered food, live music, dancing and mingling was had by all who attended. Sal Naso, vice-president and general manager of Entertainment Cruises of Washington, welcomed everyone aboard and made it clear that this day was all about honoring our nation's finest. "This is all for you. It's the least we can do for your service and sacrifices," Naso said before kicking things off. "It's our honor to host you today and we thank you for all you do." The ship, food and entertainment were compliments of Odyssey, including the ship's staff who volunteered their time to serve America's heroes, Naso said. Additionally, as the Odyssey pulled away from its dock at the Washington Marina, guests received a grand send off by the Washington, D.C., Fireboat John H. Glenn. Metropolitan Harbor Patrol also provided a police escort up the river. "It's very relaxing. I'm having a great time with my fellow service members," said Army


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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 - 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).

Improve your speaking skills with Helmsmen Toastmasters

JoinusThursdays, 7:30-8:45a.m.,atthePentagon Library and Conference Center. Toastmasters is an international organization that helpseveryonespeak,think,leadandlistenbetter. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at,703-695-2804,orElizabeth Femrite at, 571-256-8674.Remember,greatHelmsmensay, "Yes!" To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit


and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


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

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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

MWR Happenings Kraving Kabob Food Truck

Weekdays | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There's a new food service option on board theWashington NavyYard. The "Kraving Kabob" Food Truck will begin serving lunch in the DS Barry Parking Lot behind building 292 across from the Navy Museum. Kraving Kabob infuses a variety of authentic homemade American, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine that will leave you Kraving for more. Food Items include chicken kabob wraps, chicken soulvaki wraps, lamb gyro wraps, steak and cheese subs, fish and chips, falafel sandwich as well as a veggie sandwich. Items can be purchased alone, with french fries or a platter with rice and salad. Come out and enjoy something new for lunch!

Here's to the Heroes

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.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is opening its doors to the armed forces and their families through Dec. 31 by offering a single day complimentary admission. The dedication and sacrifice of our military is immeasurable. As a salute to our heroes, Sesame Place, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island andWater Country USA wish to extend a message of thanks to those who serve. This deal is available to active duty, activated or drilling Reservists, National Guardsmen, coalition forces and up to three direct dependents. Valid military identification and dependent IDs required. For program eligibility and to register online, visit

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Family Highlights at the Newseum

Life Skills Education

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

Open daily | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: Adults (19 to 64) $21.95; Seniors

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

(65+), military and students with valid ID $17.95;Youth (7 to 18) $12.95; Children (6 and younger) Free Come to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for family-friendly fun and educational exhibits. Shake, rattle and roll through some of the most dramatic events in journalism history at the "I-Witness" 4-D Time Travel Adventure.Visit the "Be a Reporter" station in the NBC News Interactive Newsroom and record your own newscast, complete with cameras and teleprompters. Go inside an East German guard tower and see eight sections of the original Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Gallery. And see some of the top dogs who have resided with the president at the nation's most prestigious address in the "First Dogs" exhibit. Join us for the living history!

Washington Wizards Home Game Tickets

Your NSAW MWR ITT Office hasWashingtonWizards Home GameTickets available for pre-order! There are limited numbers of games and tickets so please stop by or call today for information. MWR Ticket Office - 202-433-2484 | MWR Travel Office - 202-685-8298

Holiday Party at the Pub

Thursday, Dec. 13 | 4 to 8 p.m. | Mordecai Booth's Public House

Start the holiday party season off right at the Pub for their annual Holiday Party! Wear your holiday bling and enjoy music by DJ Scott, great giveaways, delicious finger foods and drinks.

WNY Fitness Center December Group Exercise Schedule

Monday 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Pilates 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Chiseled Physique 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Ultimate Circuit Tuesday 8:30-9:15 a.m. - Basic Training Challenge 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Ultimate Circuit 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Yoga 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Chiseled Physique Wednesday 6:30 a.m.-7:15 a.m. - Pilates 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Zumba - NEW!! 11:40a.m.-12:25p.m.-UltimateConditioning 4:15-5 p.m. - Yoga Thursday 8:30-9:15 a.m. - Basic Training Challenge 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Ultimate Circuit 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Boot Camp 12:35-1:20 p.m. - Chiseled Physique Friday 6:30-7:15 a.m. - Pilates 11-11:45 a.m. - Peaks and Valleys Noon-12:45 p.m. - Pilates

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U.S. Navy Airship Slow but Steady

Toys For Tots Naval Services Family Line is a toy drop off location for the Marines'Toys forTots. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to our office located onThe NavyYard by Dec. 16. Our address is 1043 Harwood Street SE, Bldg 154 Suite 100; Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20374. We are available for drop off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please place in the Toys for Tots box. For further information please call Naval Services Family Line 202-433-2333 during office hours.

Joint Women's Leadership Symposium

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

Volunteers Needed to Support Wreaths Across America 2012

Holiday wreaths will be placed on graves at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. In conjunction with wreaths sponsored through the Wreaths Across America program, there will be wreaths placed at Arlington in the older sections of the cemetery, and in section 60 where many of those lost in our current conflicts are buried. The Wreaths Across America motto is "Remember, Honor and Teach," recognizing that freedom isn't free as so many have paid the ultimate price to protect the freedom of our great nation. For more information contact Naval DistrictWashington Regional Community Service Program at 202-433-6854. To volunteer for this project go to scroll to community service program and click for the online registration.

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

The Navy's only manned airship is moored near NAS Patuxent River's Taxiway B while being outfitted with new testing equipment before returning to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. The MZ-3A is providing testing services for the Army's new airship program. By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer When you think of naval aviation, it's doubtful a blimp comes to mind. But the Navy's only airship just might surprise you with its slow and steady versatility. The airship "stays in the air a long time, lifts a lot of weight, and sips very little fuel," said Bert Race, flight representative for the Airship Systems Engineering Team at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. The Navy's only airship is government owned and contractor operated.The MZ-3A is a flying laboratory used to test intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, said Doug Abbotts, NAWCAD public affairs officer.

It provides a slow moving, vibration free and low operating cost platform and burns little fuel compared with helicopters and fixedwing aircraft, Abbotts said. Filled with helium and lighter than air, the airship can hover for more than 12 hours. Although it appears cumbersome, the airship is capable of reaching 45 knots, about 51 miles per hour, while carrying 10 passengers, including the pilot. It measures 178 feet long and 56 feet high. Currently, the MZ-3A is assigned to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Military Support Division Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1. The NAWCAD Airship Systems Engineering team is responsible for managing its operations and associated projects.

USO Breaks Grounds for New Facility at NSAB By Joseph Macri NSAB Public Affairs Officer The United Services Organization (USO) recently broke ground on a brand new facility at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), dedicated to supporting wounded troops and their families throughout the rehabilitation process. Once complete, the new structure will be the largest USO facility in the world. In addition to assets such as computers, TVs and a place to relax, found in most USO facilities, this center will have several components dedicated specifically to wounded warrior care. "This is going to be a place of healing and fellowship where families can come to nourish both their bodies and their souls," said NSAB Commanding Officer Capt. Frederick Kass. The facility will consist of three zones. The first, will focus on "recreation and normalcy," and provide many of the features military members have come to expect from an USO, such as a gaming area, food and a sports lounge. The second zone, call "respite," will provide a more quiet area for people wanting a more serene environment. Finally, the last area will be focused on education and work. This area is dedicated to

"the audible gasp standard," and noted that there was and will continue to be input from wounded warriors and their families throughout the design and construction process. Also speaking at the ceremony was Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, the Navy Surgeon General, who mentioned the historic roots of the USO and the location of the new center and how they connect to the present. "This is making good on a commitment in the 1940s by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was out here visiting and said, 'the Second World War is coming to a close and thousands of veterans will be healing and convalescing. I want them to heal and convalesce in an area where they can feel they've been reintegrated and part of the community again,'" said Nathan. "Here we are making good on that promise, creating an environment where our wounded warriors and their Photo by MC2 John K. Hamilton families can find some normalcy again." Key staff members of the United Services Organization (USO), the military In addition to the three zones, the 16,000 and the federal government, recently broke ground for the new USO facility at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. The facility, expected to be completed square foot facility will have a welcome area staffed full time by volunteers who can assist in the spring of 2014, will be the largest USO facility in the world. visitors with activities and provide informaproviding service members and their families "This will be a place where futures are tion on programs going on both in the USO with the support they need to transition back planned and launched," said Sloan Gibson, center and around the installation. The facility is scheduled to be complete in into the civilian workforce and assist them in the president of the USO. their educational efforts. Gibson said the facility will be designed to the spring of 2014.


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Masters of Command: Alexander, PAX Team Completes Final Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius Mission on Retiring Helicopter of Leadership Book review Reviewed by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership by Barry Strauss. Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2012. As some progress within the military they find themselves increasingly drawn to the biographies of great leaders; stories of men and women who have overcome the odds or made decisions under extreme pressure. Historian Barry Strauss has done much to help us understand the ancient world, and his latest books answers the question of what made Alexander (356-323 B.C.), Hannibal (247-183 B.C.) and Caesar (100-44 B.C.) so successful? Strauss explores such concepts as ambition, judgment, leadership, agility, terror, branding and divine providence among ten things to assess the three military leaders by. He also evaluates them based on five stages of war attack, resistance, clash, closing the net, and knowing when to stop. He uses examples such as Alexander choosing war against the Persians under Darius III while the Persian monarch had not firmly established his allegiances when Alexander struck. He considers how Hannibal had to contend with a Council of Elders, feeling eclipsed by the Barca family controlling Spain and poised to control Italy. With

Caesar readers will understand how he used speed to overwhelm his adversaries, and how he saturated Rome with gold coin, purchasing populism in the city and undermining the Senate, even before he marched his army against Rome. The book contains the tactics of their battles, such tactical masterpieces as Gaugamela for Alexander, Cannae for Hannibal, and Pharsalus for Caesar. Each taking extraordinary tactical risks, such as Caesar weakening his center to strengthen his right flank knowing he would face the cavalry of Labeinus. At Cannae, Hannibal placed his weak troops in the center and strong Libyan infantry in the flanks causing the weak infantry to bow inward trapping the 70,000 Romans pushing forward; he closed the net in a double envelopment using his cavalry. Strauss also discusses the major weaknesses of the three, Alexander realizing his

defeat at the hands of Indian monsoons never seen by his Macedonian forces, and so demoralizing they rebelled wanting to go home. In Hannibal's case, he did not attack Rome after Cannae, winning battles but never seizing the center of power that was Rome itself. Caesar's realism would gradually fade and he became disconnected from Roman political tradition, violating an ancient Roman rule of not acting the part of dictator while his Roman nobles felt that Caesar's pardon was treating them like slaves. Those who would kill Caesar in 44 B.C. were all men pardoned by Caesar. Octavian Augustus Caesar would not make the same mistake when Rome transitioned from republic to empire. The book provides insights into ancient history, leadership, command and tactics in a very approachable way. Strauss has an ability to bring history to life in a wonderful narrative style. Editor's Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein maintains a regular book column in the Naval District Washington newspaper, the Waterline. He teaches part time at the National Defense University Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy. He wishes to thank the National Defense University Library for providing a quiet place to read and write this review.

By Dr. Alan Jenkins Test and Evaluation Specialized and Proven Aircraft (PMA-226)

After more than 750 hours and 500 flights, the test team for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter recently completed its final mission as the helicopter, affectionately known as the Phrog, prepares for retirement in 2016. The test team, based here at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, recently completed the final flight. The "Mighty Battle Phrog" Test Team was established in 2008 to improve survivability and viability of the CH-46E. The team is part of AirTest and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21. "The Phrog is the workhorse of the Marines and every pilot that has ever flown one has a special affection for the aircraft," said Don Mueller, test team project officer. "To be able to extend the life of this aircraft, so that it could keep the Marines flying meant a lot to us.We all loved flying and working on this aircraft.We are going to miss it." Employed in every conflict since Vietnam, the CH-46E is a medium-lift, tandem-rotor cargo helicopter used by the Marine Corps to provide allweather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment. The helicopter has seen several rebirths. Flight testing of the Sea Knight was thought to be complete in 1996, however, in February 2007 "urgent needs" from the fleet and changestotheMV-22BOsprey delivery schedule, the CH46E's replacement, pushed

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter prepares to lift a "Bambi" bucket full of water during envelope expansion testing of the aerial firefighting apparatus. The test team for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter recently completed its final mission on the aircraft, which is slated for retirement in 2016. modificationsandupgradesto theexistinghelicopters,delaying its retirement by a decade. Though targeted again for retirement in 2016, at least 16 Phrogs are being acquired by the U.S. State Department for diplomatic missions. "The Phrog test team at HX-21 was an indispensable contributor to the enduring warfighting capability of the H-46," said Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Walsh, the program manager for the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office, which supports the CH-46E. "The

team's professionalism and fleet-focused approach benefited not just the H-46 community, but Marine aviation as a whole." Flight testing to improve survivability and to increase payload capability of the aircraft began in earnest in 2008, with initial efforts primarily benefitting the H-46 community. However, the team's success and ability to quickly deliver results garnered the attention of other organizations, which leveraged its expertise.

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NSA South Potomac-NSF Dahlgren Congratulates Operation Rising Star Top 12 winner. Christina Williams, whose husband, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Cody Williams, is stationed at the Navy Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) Dahlgren, took first place at the regional competition held at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in early October. A video of Williams' performance and biography was submitted to the MWR Army headquarters' review panel for this year's top 12 semi-finals contenders. Christina

Williams was selected Nov. 13 to represent the Navy in the 8th annual Operation Rising Star Competition to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in December. The Operation Rising Star Program will air on the Pentagon Channel Dec. 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17 at 8 p.m. (EST). Christina now needs your votes! Voting is open to the public and counts for 50% of the winner's score. After each show is broadcast voting will be open for 2 hours on this webpage recleisure/promotions/operation_rising_star.aspx

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Ovarian Cancer: What Every Woman Needs to Know By Cat DeBinder WRNMMC Journal staff writer Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) healthcare providers wanttomakewomenawareof some facts about ovarian cancer that could save their lives. According to the American Cancer Society's most recent estimates, approximately 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and approximately 15,500 will die from it in the U.S. this year. "The high mortality rate of ovariancancerisduetothefact thatinover70percentofcases, it has metastasized when it is originally diagnosed," said Army Maj. (Dr.) Michael Stany, staff physician in the WRNMMC Gynecological Cancer Center of Excellence. "Unfortunately, to date, there are no screening strategies accurate enough and capable of identifying ovarian cancer at an early, curable stage," said Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Chad Hamilton, chief of theWRNMMC'sGynecological

Cancer Center of Excellence. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women should pay attention to their bodies and know what is normal for them. Symptoms may include vaginal bleeding or discharge; pelvic/abdominal pain; back pain; bloating in the area below the stomach; feeling full quickly while eating; and a change in bathroom habits, such as frequency of urination, constipation or diarrhea. While these symptoms are vague, Hamilton said the idea that ovarian cancer is a "silent" cancer, with symptoms appearing only late in the disease process, is a misconception. "Womenwithovariancancers are often times symptomatic several months before the diagnosis, even with earlystage disease," he added. Recent studies confirmed this. "Researchers have found that bloating, change in abdominal size, and urinary symptoms occurred in 43 percent of women diagnosed

as having ovarian cancer," said Hamilton. At the most basic level, ovarian cancer is caused by a corruption of processes that regulate the body's cellular machinery particularly, those processes involved in cell division and death, explained Hamilton. "Most of the time, it is sporadic," said Stany. "Only 10 percent of patients with ovarian cancer have a genetic predisposition through mutation of the BRCA (Breast Cancer) genes that, when mutated, greatly increase a woman's lifetime risk of ovarian cancer to 20 to 50 percent. Their risk of breast cancer can be as high as 70 percent. Excluding women who carry the BRCA mutation, a woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer is 1 in 70," he explained. For women with the BRCA mutation, there are many things that increase and decrease that risk. The physicians explained the BRCA (Breast Cancer) Photo by Cat DeBinder gene in people is responsible Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Chad Hamilton, chief of the Walter Reed National Milifor controlling cell growth,

tary Medical Center's Gynecological Cancer Center of Excellence, checks See Cancer, Page 8 in on a patient at Walter Reed Bethesda Friday.

Navy Introduces New Program to Assist Transitioning Sailors ByMC2AndreaPerez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs All Sailors separating, demobilizing or deactivating from an active-duty status of more than 180 days in length, are now required to participate in the Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Succeed) program officials said, Nov. 13. Previously known as TAP (Transition Assistance Program), Transition GPS is a mandatory program aimed to better prepare service members to transition to civilian life and is slated to take effect Nov. 19. Transition GPS program requirements include: - Pre-separation assessment and counseling - Military-to-civilian skills review - Veterans Affairs benefits briefings - Financial planning support - Department of Labor job search skills building workshop (limited exceptions) - 5-day Transition GPS workshop All participants in Transition GPS will also develop an

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Neil Bush, left, son of former President George H.W. Bush and chairman of the board for Points of Light, greets Boatswain's Mate Seaman Lakenya Simpson during the Community Blueprint Luncheon at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) attended the event celebrating the official launch of the Community Blueprint organization, which will help veterans and their families transition to civilian life by offering training and assistance in more than 200 communities by 2014. Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to measure their progress throughout transition and complete a DD Form 2648 or 2648-1 Pre-separation Counseling Checklist. NAVADMIN 334/12 outlines materials, records and

other paperwork service members are required to bring to Transition GPS. Transitioning service members should talk with their chain of command and

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NavalAcademyMidshipmenSpreadThankswithHurricaneReliefEfforts By Jessica Clark U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

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Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Action Group unload boxes of supplies for those hit by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey Nov. 22. Twenty-four midshipmen assisted cleanup and recovery efforts in Seaside Heights, N.J., and Bay Head, N.J., over the four-day holiday weekend.

Twenty-four U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen volunteered on Thanksgiving to help with Hurricane Sandy relief in New Jersey as part of a Midshipmen Action Group project. Accompanied by Lt. Cmdr. John Woods, an Academy oceanography instructor, the midshipmen worked with the American Red Cross to transfer relief products between regional aide stations. The midshipmen helped remove debris from area residences damaged by the storm and load trucks with cleaning supplies for delivery to areas on the shore. The Midshipmen Action Group volunteers more than 20,000 hours a year to local and national community service efforts. The trip hits close to home forWoods, who is originally from Lavallette, N.J., a beach town that has seen a lot of devastation from Hurricane Sandy. "I am hoping to make a small step towards progress to getting our beach town back," saidWoods. "The motivation from the group of midshipmen, who gave up their leave over Thanksgiving to come out and help complete strangers, just because they wanted to, is overwhelming." The midshipmen acknowledged that

giving up their Thanksgiving holiday was a sacrifice but an easy one to make under the circumstances. "When I first heard of the opportunity to go and help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do over my Thanksgiving break," said Midshipman 2nd Class Philip Solt. "I could not stop thinking about all the people who were still struggling in getting the basic essentials - food, water, and shelter." "Most people spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. A lot of them take where they are, what they have and who they're with for granted," said Midshipman 2nd Class David Cooper. "Helping those who are less fortunate, or in a time of distress, particularly illustrates the meaning and importance of this holiday." For Midshipman 1st Class Mark Bradley, also from New Jersey, the most rewarding part of the volunteer effort was being able to lead the group of midshipmen to bring relief to the people of his home state. "This is my home, and although my family is okay, other families in the area are not," said Bradley. "We assisted an elderly couple with moving large pieces of boardwalk off their property. Until we showed up, they had no idea how the material was going to be moved."

Stop the Pop for Your Health Clinic meetings offer two-way communication By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River wants to know what it can do to better serve you. "We want to make our patients comfortable and confident when it comes to their healthcare," said Lt. Cmdr. Alison Faith, director of Healthcare Business. "The only way we can do that is by knowing what our patients concerns are.When we have that, we can work to make their experience with us better." Helping to move the clinic in that direction is the Health Care Consumers' Council meeting. These meetings not only provide patients with the latest clinic news and updates, they are a two-way communication tool.While clinic staff can use these meetings to update their patients on what's happening, its patients can use the meetings to tell the staff what they're doing well and what they might improve. "Representatives want to hear from the

MISSION Continued from 6 The team supported test verifications for the MH-53helicopter,providedoperationaltestsupport to Naval Sea Systems Command for its new ship-borne chemical and biological sensor systemandparticipatedintwo MarineAviationand Tactics Squadron exercises. The group was also tappedtoprovidesupplementaryfleetsquadron training and to improve the H-46 trainer. Otherprojectscompletedbytheteamincluded evaluation of three separate missile countermeasures systems, aircraft health monitoring,

people who utilize their services," said Nicole Quinn, NHC Patuxent River customer relations officer. "This is a great meeting to attend because it provides a forum for people to voice their comments, questions and concerns." Quinn said topics typically include any upcoming changes or events, such as the clinic's change in hours, dental, deployment health, public health, information from the installation, tenant commands and off-base organizations. "All relevant and very good information to have," she said. Representatives from around the installation and community also participate in these quarterly meetings. Some include command ombudsman, Fleet and Family Support Center staff, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital and TRICARE. HCCC meetings are held third Tuesday of the odd numbered months: January, March, May, July, September and November. For more information, contact Nicole Quinn at 301-995-4980.

high-frequency radio upgrades and wireless and replacement intercommunication systems. The widerangeoftestsbenefitednotonlytheCH-46E community, but the H-53, V-22, H-60 and H-47 communities as well, Mueller said. "Of all of the aircraft in today's Navy/Marine [Corps] fleet, the Phrog has the lowest maintenance man hour and cost-per-flight hour," Mueller said. "To be able to meet the many emergent requirements the flight test team was faced with, we had to quickly plan, test and get the results back to the fleet.We were able to accomplish this because our test team consisted of a small group of maintainers and engineers who were dedicated to the aircraft."

By Staff Sgt. Chantal Church Advanced Oral Hygiene Technician, 579th Medical Group, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Most Americans are aware that soda contains sugar and it can be harmful to teeth, but how much sugar are we really consuming? According to the American Heart Association, the average American adult is ingesting 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, while teenagers are consuming a whopping 34 teaspoons daily. Out of those 22-34 teaspoons of sugar, 10-14 are supplied by sodas and other sugary drinks. Teens today drink twice as much soda as they do milk and 1 out of 5 two-year-olds consume soda daily. This heavy sugar consumption has been linked to diabetes, kidney stones, heart disease, osteoporosis and obesity. So what does all this added sugar mean for your teeth? The sugars found in soda and sports drinks combine with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid. This acid attacks the teeth and weakens the outside layer of

CANCER Continued from 7 and mutations in the gene can put a person at a higher risk for breast and other cancers, including ovarian cancer in women. Hamilton added, "The number of times a woman ovulates in her life, such as early puberty, late menopause, and never having children, increases the risk of ovarian cancer." Similarly, giving birth, breast feeding, and taking oral contraceptives tend to decrease the risk; and for unclear reasons, having a tubal ligation or hysterectomy decreases the risk, said Hamilton.

the tooth called enamel. The acid attack lasts for 20 minutes each time you take a sip of a sugary drink. When the enamel of the tooth is damaged, a cavity can begin to form. Although diet and sugar free sodas and sports drinks contain no sugar, they contain acids, which can lower the pH level in your mouth and can cause erosion.This erosion is a break down in the enamel and can lead to tooth decay. Some things that you can do to help reduce tooth decay are: drinking sodas and sports drinks in moderation. Try to consume sugary drinks with meals and dont sip them for extended periods, which prolong exposure to sugars and acids. After drinking a soda or sugary drink, rinse your mouth with water to dilute the sugars. Water is always a better option and contributes to hydration and overall health. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings with proper brushing and flossing will drastically reduce your risk for cavities. For more information on preventing tooth decay visit the American Dental Association website at

Stany said women with persistent abnormal symptoms, or who have a significant family history of ovarian or breast cancer, should see their doctor. As with most cancers, ovarian cancer is best treated in the early stage, the doctors explained. Women identified as having a high risk of developing ovarian cancer should consider removal of their ovaries. "While ovarian cancer has been labeled a silent disease, women are encouraged to pay close attention to their bodies," said Stany. For more information or to make an appointment, call theWRNMMC Gynecological Cancer Center of Excellence at 301-400-1258.

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TRADITION Continued from 1 Force, 1799-1962," the Washington Navy Yard, then called the Naval Gun Factory, would host an annual "Orphans Christmas Party" in the 1940s. "Beginning in 1944, the employees held large toy drives and then contacted local orphanages and homes for underprivileged children," according to Sharp. "Each year's party was bigger than the last as thousands of toys were bought, packaged and distributed to poor children. Shops and offices competed with each other to see who could bring in the

SAFETY Continued from 1 are one of the major causes of fires during the holidays. A stray spark from an outlet can set a dry Christmas tree completely on fire in about 45 seconds." Williams also said that those who prefer a live Christmas tree should make sure that it is not overly dry when they buy it, keep it away from heat sources and that they cut an addition 2-inches off the bottom of the tree to ensure it soaks up water in its stand, and to water it frequently to prevent drying out. He added that when using an artificial tree, make sure it is lab-tested and bears a "UL" tag indicating so, and is flame retardant. Candles should be monitored at all times and never be placed on a tree. When cooking, Williams said that common sense rules will prevent fires or burns while preparing holiday meals.These include never leave cooking unattended, keep flammable items away from burners, keep pot and pan handles in, and have a "kid-free zone" in the kitchen to prevent children from causing an accident. If a fire does occur while cooking, Williams advises to stay calm. "If a grease fire happens, smother it with a pot lid. If an oven fire happens, turn off the oven, and keep the door closed to prevent air getting in and feeding the flames," said Williams. Williams also said to use extra caution when using a deep fryer. His advice is to always use them outdoors and never on or near a wood surface, have a fire extinguisher near-

PROGRAM Continued from 7 command career counselor to receive preseparation counseling and to learn more about Transition GPS requirements. Other programs being piloted for addition toTransition GPS can be reviewed in NAVADMIN 334/12.

TRIBUTE Continued from 3 matter today," Schott said. "This is for everyone. It's wonderful that Odyssey is doing this for service members, veterans and our wounded warriors. It's a wonderful gesture of appreciation. And the food is great!" Besides active duty service members from each military branch, guests included veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home of Washington, D.C.; the Disabled American Veterans of Washington, D.C.; veterans from the Virginia Honor Flight; mem-


Waterline most presents or offer the most extravagant entertainment." Even as far back as the 19th century, the leadership atWNY seemed to treat the Christmas holiday as a day of rest, as indicated by a Washington NavyYard station log entry dated "Christmas Day, 1828" that reads, "This Day fresh breezes from the N.W. and clear weather Christmas day and nobody at work." Whatever the history behind it, the NDW tree lighting ceremony at the Washington NavyYard continues to delight young and old. This year's tree lighting will be held Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Admiral Leutze Park on theWashington Navy Yard. For more information on NDW, visit

by, do not overfill, and keep children away. Additionally, make sure that whatever is being cooked in the fryer is not frozen to prevent a rapid buildup of steam. After Williams addressed the crowd, Sgt. Tim Aronhalt, Maryland State Police DUI enforcement coordinator, stressed the importance of travel safety while on the roads during the holidays.While driving this holiday, he said it is important to be prepared and conscientious of the law. "Seatbelt use is not only safe, it's the law," said Aronhalt. "We've increased enforcement of seatbelt laws because most of the fatalities law enforcement encounters on the road are from people who have been ejected from their vehicle. A seatbelt is designed to keep you restrained and safe inside the vehicle." Aronhalt also said to avoid aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, and flashing headlights. "These things are not only unsafe, they're illegal, and you can get pulled over for it." The cornerstone of Aronhalt's presentation was alcohol safety when traveling. He stressed that a designated driver should be used when plans are made to go out drinking, and that the holiday season is a time when more people, including impaired drivers, are on the road. "When I give my presentation on DUI and impaired driving, I impress upon everyone that these are the type of people we're sharing the road with," said Aronhalt. "So be aware, and be safe on the road." For more information on holiday safety, visit

Formoreinformation,readNAVADMIN334/12, visittheNavyPersonnelCommandTAPWebPageat TAP.aspx. For more news from NPC, visit For more information, visit,, or www.twitter. com/usnavy. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit

bers of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Md.; and service members from the Warrior-in-Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir, Va. Retired Army Maj. Robert Argentio, a veteran of the KoreanWar, was accompanied by his wife, Helen. Their invitation aboard the Odyssey this day was not only flattering, but humbling, he said. "Here I am spending an afternoon with today's brave men and women of our U.S. military. It's an honor to be here with them," Argentio added. "A beautiful afternoon, a lovely meal and wonderful people. It doesn't get much better than this."

Indian Head Shoreline Restoration Complete

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Laura Cattell Noll, conservation technician for the National Aquarium Conservation Team, checks trees at the final planting of native vegetation for Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head's shoreline restoration project. Volunteers and conservation professionals recently completed the restoration of Potomac River shoreline at NSF Indian Head and the base's Stump Neck Annex. The vegetation planting marked the successful end of the five-year, $20 million project that protects both the environmental health of regional waters and $54 million of government property.

TRAINING Continued from 2 thing like that before," said Roy. "This is where you can see how good your team works together, because without your team mates, nobody would pass it." Graby called CrossFit "one of the hardest work outs" he has ever done. "If I could get through it, I could make it through anything." One of the course's highlights was learning how other police officers from other departments handle challenges. Comparing notes is more professional chatter to police officers: the variations of strategy and tactics incorporated by different law enforcement agencies provide officers with fresh professional perspectives. "It was great working with other police officers with different backgrounds," said Graby. "They [showed us] a lot of different tactics that their teams use.They also had a lot of different gear and tools." No matter which department or agency students hailed from, they were pushed to their limits by course instructors. While such training may not be easily understood by outside observers, the stress is highly structured and intended to help officers cope with crisis. "Realistic training better prepares an officer in many areas," said Brooks. "Increased stress, both physically and mentally, works on many levels, from self confidence to stress inoculation. The synergistic effect of working and problem-solving as a team benefits everyone." Whether or not that big picture perspective wasevidenttoGrabyandRoyduringthechalleng-

ingcourse,thepoliceofficerslearnedvaluablelessonsabouttheirprofessionandthemselves. "I learned that you never quit," said Roy. "Even if your mind is telling you that your body is tired and you can't move anymore. Don't give up; you got a lot more in you so keep going." Capt. Pete Nette, NSASP commanding officer, attended the pinning ceremony and praised Graby, Roy and the NSASP Police Department. "I think what you guys did was great.What it does for us [as an installation], is it adds a tremendous amount of capability that a lot of places don't have," said Nette. "I want to congratulate you." "This makes me extremely proud," added Dave Fredrickson, NSASP security director. "Since Chief Brooks got here, we have become as competent and as capable as any other department in our neighboring jurisdictions. "The guys and gals wearing this pin are the pointy end of the spear for law enforcement," said Fredrickson. "But in this line of work, that point is never sharp enough.We have to train, train, train and this pin is not the end of it. My hat is off to you." Perhaps no one, however, was more proud of Graby and Roy than their chief. "I was extremely proud of both of our officers who attended this course," said Brooks. "They have been training with our tactical responders who have previously completed this course and have put in many, many volunteer hours in preparation to attend this course. Both officers showed great heart and dedication in their efforts and I feel that both are better officers because of this experience."


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Waterline  

The Waterline is a weekly publication of Naval District Washington. It covers news around the National Capital Region.

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