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The Waterline July 26, 2012

Vol. XXIX No.30


Set a course for safety when out on the water By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Waterline Writer Boating or the use of personal watercraft is a popular activity among personnel, but safety on the water must be a primary concern. From FiscalYear 2007-2011, 42 Sailors and Marines drowned, with a majority of those incidents occurring during the months of May through September. Last year alone, three sailors died as a result of drowning during the 101 Critical Days of Summer. "During the summer months, when we feel jolly and sometimes us older people want to feel young again, you're going out and doing things that you haven't done in six, seven, eight months and you might not use your basic safety practices," said Jim Peake, the safety installation program director for Naval Support Activity Washington. With those statistics in mind, there are several things one can do to prevent mishaps while enjoying a day on the water. The first priority of anyone going the on the water has to be preparation. First of all, preparation begins with education, such as taking a Coast Guard approved boating course if you are going to operate the vessel. Paying particular attention to the "rules of the road" of water travel is key: it is

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 David McKee

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and five crewmen in one of the ship's boats assist two recreational boaters off the coast of California. The boaters were on their way from Avalon to Newport Beach, Calif. when they ran out of fuel. The ship's crew assessed the condition of the crew and boat and provided the boaters with fuel. A Coast Guard vessel later guided the boat to Newport Beach.

not identical to operating an automobile on land, and collisions on the water can be just as or more dangerous as a car accident. Being properly prepared means being properly equipped. According to United States Coast Guard regulations, there must be a Type I, II, III, or V life preserver for each individual present on any vessel operating in United States waterways. Each boat over 16 feet also requires one Type IV (throwing) device as well. "A life jacket is a very simple and very important way to make sure that everyone who is boating remains safe," said Peake. "Ensure that everyone that is going to be going out on the water has one." The fines for violating life jacket and other requirements on equipment are extremely expensive, and failing to follow them can literally be a life or death matter. Check your state and local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations for specific requirements. Another area of safety concern that the Waterline has been highlighting all summer has been the use of alcohol while participating in recreational activity. Boating is no exception. Drinking in excess while either operating or simply being on a boat is an extremely dangerous activity: over one third of boating accidents and fatalities involve alco-

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NDW's Old Mill HS Honored for Student to Student Program By Benjamin Christensen, NDW Waterline Writer Being "the new kid" is never easy, but imagine being "the new kid" over, and sometimes over again. Military children are forced into that position by the nature of their parents' work consistently, but some tenacious students at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., have gone above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to include "the new kid," and were recently honored for it. At the end of June, students from Old Mill got to travel to Grapevine, Texas for the National Training Seminar of the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit, worldwide organization dedicated to "ensuring quality

educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition." MCEC is contracted by the Navy to provide "Student-to-Student" (S2S) training for schools, their staff and students. They got to meet privately with the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and were given one of his coins. They also met keynote speaker Roger Staubach, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer (and former Navy quarterback).The Old Mill students presented Staubach with a school football jersey – with a "Beat Army" button on it. "It got a great laugh from the audience," said Carol Mohsberg, school liaison officer for Naval Support Activity Annapolis. In December, representatives from Old Mill (two staff, two students, and Mohsberg) had an opportunity to train in the nuances of

US Navy photo by Carol Mohsberg

Nick Lefavor, a student at Old Mill High and founding member of the school's Student-to-Student program, prepares to present his school's jersey to Roger Staubach, a former Navy quarterback.

providing S2S services to transitioning military children. S2S programs, which are run by students and only supervised by a teacher, counselor or staff member, emphasize making a military child feel at home in a place that may be completely foreign to them from day one. "Being the new kid at school is very hard," said Mohsberg. "S2S is intended to help make it a little bit easier." Similar to military sponsorship that prepares service members for transition to a new post, S2S spends a lot of effort on being inclusive to the incoming student: making sure they have somewhere to sit at lunch, know their way around the school, and that they are included in the "society" of a new school.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012


Resident Energy Conversation Program continues to succeed From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs Office Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has found a proven way to conserve energy and save money through their Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) pilot program in Hawaii. The RECP pilot on Hawaii is a successful energy conservation program. PPV residents on average are reducing their utility consumption and improving the sustainability of the PPV project by reducing operating costs. The vast majority of the savings from the RECP project returns to the project to fund housing and neighborhood requirements. “The success of RECP in Hawaii is directly related to our service members and their families becoming more aware of the amount of electricity they were consuming,” said Vice Admiral William French,

Commander, Navy Installations Command. “As their awareness increased, families made a conscious choice to curb their utility usage without affecting their quality of life.” Hawaii residents, who have already begun live billing, will see their allowable bandwidth decrease from 20 percent to 10 percent above or below the average normal usage rate beginning on October 1, 2012. RECP began as a pilot program for PPV housing in Navy Region Hawaii in January 1, 2011. The program transfers the responsibility for payment of utilities from the PPV project to the residents whose homes are individually metered, which is consistent with OSD policy. Since Hawaii’s launch of RECP, the Navy PPV project has saved: • 7,775 Megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity – approximately 10% savings • $1,537,060 (dollar value of the saved

electricity) • Over 5,300 tons of greenhouse gases. “The Navy could not have achieved these savings if it were not for the cooperation of our PPV residents – my hats off to them,” said Corky Vazquez, CNIC Housing Program Manager. “Our residents got onboard with RECP and realized that their quality life did not change while reducing consumption. The money the project does not have to expend on excess utility charges will be reinvested back into our PPV housing communities to improve the quality of homes and neighborhoods.” The schedule for the RECP Navy-wide rollout will be in phases. All PPV projects will begin live billing in 2013. The tentative rollout schedule for live billing is shown by Region of the country as follows (check with the local housing office for more details): • New Orleans: January 2013

• Northwest, Midwest, Southeast: April 2013 • Southwest: July 2013 • Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: October 2013 The Navy RECP program was initiated in response to an Office of the Secretary of Defense established requirement for PPV projects to transfer responsibility for payment of utilities to the residents. The program requires homes to be individually metered for utilities and initially will focus on electricity and gas usage. CNIC research indicates residents reduce utilities usage when they are responsible for the payment of utilities separate from their rent. For specific information about RECP and specific information pertaining to an installation, contact your local Navy housing office. A master list of all Navy installation housing offices is available at

Around the Yard Why are programs that promote easy transitions for military children important to military families?

“A lot of families are affected, and it's not easy for the kids, so absolutely, it is good for them to have programs like that.” —Kisan Pandit, NAVSEA Maintenance and Logistics

“They help the kids adopt community very quickly, so it makes it easier for the service member to focus on their job.” —CS1 Henry Ramos, JBAB Unaccompanied Housing

“You're moving around every 2-3 years, at that point when you're starting to develop friendships and relationships, and you have to pull up roots and go, so programs like that make the transition easier.” —Master Chief Musician Timothy Dickson, United States Navy Band

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Thursday, July 26, 2012



This Week in Naval History July 26

1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander 1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (Lt. John Rodgers to USS Stringham) 1946 - CAPT Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve. 1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services. 1954 - 3 aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA 47) shoot down 2 Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft.

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1953 - KoreanWar armistice signed at Panmunjon, Korea and Korean cease-fire went into effect at 10:00 PM. July 28 1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere

Science Pilot. The mission lasted 59 days, 11 hours and included 858 Earth orbits. Recovery by USS New Orleans (LPH 11).

July 29

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

WAVES en route to Naval Air Station, Olathe, Kansas, in a Douglas R4D-6 transport plane, accompanied by their instructor, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) N.J. Merrill. Most of the enlisted WAVES are strikers for the rate of Specialist (Transport Airman). through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL 1945 - USS Callaghan (DD 792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as

Copeman assumes command of Naval Surface Forces By MC2 Rosalie Garcia, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) held its change of command ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), July 19. Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III relievedVice Adm. RichardW. Hunt as the SURFOR/SURFPAC commander. "To the staff, ships, leaders, officers, and crews across our surface force, I want to thank you for your dedication, hard work, and professionalism," said Hunt. "I have had a great tour as Commander, Naval Surface Forces and it is directly due to the selfless support each of you has provided. I feel truly blessed and am humbly honored to have led the men and women that man our nation's Naval Surface Forces on the greatest ships to ever sail the world's oceans." During his time at SURFOR, Hunt provided combat-ready warships to combatant commanders by effectively manning, training, and equipping a combined force of 163 ships, 53 special combat support force units and 64 subordinate staffs around the world. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker at the ceremony and congratulated Hunt on a job well done and said Copeman comes to SURFOR with impressive credentials and many successes. Copeman thanked Hunt for his thorough turnover, commended his successful command tour and briefly discussed his thoughts as they relate to the Surface Force and the coming years. "I believe in the power of our Sailors to overcome any obstacle," said Copeman. "The CNO has given us six simple words to focus our energy.Warfighting first. Operate forward. Be ready. Six words that have much meaning and impact for us. Warfighting First means a

myriad of things, but first and foremost it means that our Sailors must be able to fight. Our Sailors are 'the main thing' for the Surface Force. They are the main battery. Nothing is more important than our Sailors and their training, education and experience." The ceremony marks the end of a 13month command tour for Hunt, who was commissioned in 1976 through the Officer Candidate School Program in Newport, R.I. His command tours include USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58); Commander, Carrier Strike Group 6; and Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command. Hunt reported to SURFOR after a tour as Commander, U.S.Third Fleet. He next reports toWashington, D.C., as Director, Navy Staff. Vice Adm. Copeman was commissioned in April 1982 through the Officer Candidate School Program in Newport, R.I. He assumes command of SURFOR with extensive command experience, including tours as executive officer aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); commanding officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65); Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28; Chief of Staff, Naval Surface Forces; and Commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most recently, he served as Chief of Legislative Affairs. SURFOR is responsible for the readiness of cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, littoral combat ships, and logistics and fleet support ships. Eight of these ships belong to the Naval Reserve Force. The entire surface force comprises approximately 49,000 active duty military, 4,800 reservists and 3,865 civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force, comprises approximately 355 people; 240 military and 115 civilians. For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit or follow the Surface Force at; and on Twitter, @surfacewarriors.

1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, CA 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland 1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan. 1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal killed 134 members of the crew. July 30 1918 - Units of First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France 1941 - Japanese aircraft bomb USS Tutuila (PR 4) at Chungking, China; First Navy ship damaged by Axis during World War II. 1942 - FDR signs act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II, over 80,000 officer and enlisted women served in the WAVES. 1944 - NavalTask Force lands Army troops near Cape Opmarai, New Guinea. 1945 - Japanese submarine, I-58, sinks USS Indianapolis (CA 35) in Philippine Sea; 316 out of 1199 crew survived. 1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam results in death of 134 crew.

July 31

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan. 1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. warship equipped with torpedoes 1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis. 1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk,VA to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on 3 October.

August 1

1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli 1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, VA. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance. 1946 - Office of Naval Research established 1950 - Control of Guam transferred to Department of Interior 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571) submerges under Arctic ice cap near Point Barrow

Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Urges 'Wait 2 Txt,' 'Txting Kills,' and 'Dnt Txt' By MC1 Charlemagne Obana, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs Navy Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) members raised awareness for NHB Sailors, staff, and visitors about the dangers of driving while texting as part of a monthlong July driver safety campaign, July 17. NHB CSADD members collected more than 50 signatures during lunchtime from people pledging to keep from texting while driving. Their table featured a static display with facts and statistics of fatalities resulting from texting and driving. Those who made pledges signed a banner and were given a choice of different rings and bracelets with slogans such as "TXTING KILLS" and "DNT TXT." "We wanted to focus on what we call, 'Wait 2 Text,' which involved putting down the phone and not texting while driving," said Hospitalman Elizabeth George, of NHB's Pediatric department and CSADD July motor vehicle safety campaign coordinator. "There are different organizations that have similar campaigns going on that are focused on teenagers. CSADD is for everyone but [geared toward] Sailors 25 and younger. Our campaign is for those who might be the people most often guilty of texting and driving," George said. "You've got a group of young Sailors in

plain sight encouraging their peers to sign this document that they promise not to text and drive. I think it's a great idea," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Jason Corless, NHB command career counselor, who signed the banner and received a ring emblazoned with "WAIT 2 TXT." "It's pretty awesome that they're taking ownership and accountability for everything themselves and their counterparts are doing in the hospital and in the region," said Corless. The July CSADD motor vehicle safety campaign is based around the acronym SAFETY to highlight the many dangers to Sailors. "SAFETY stands for speeding, alcohol, fatigue, ejection (seatbelts), texting and you, and what you can do to prevent that," George said. After collecting signatures, CSADD members posted the banner below the CSADD display located at the hospital quarterdeck. The trifold display explains the CSADD program, the CSADD Creed, and topics covered by CSADD. Along with raising awareness, the NHB CSADD chapter is tentatively planning events such as paintball and safe and fun activities sponsored by Morale,Welfare and Recreation. "Our CSADD is doing a phenomenal job. They've helped stand up other programs at the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor base, and I hope they can be a good contender for chapter of the year," said Corless. For more news from Naval Hospital Bremerton, visit


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

Offers an array of services and benefits to transitioning service members, including computers setup for individuals to go online to different job banks, college and scholarship resources and career assessment tools. ResumeWritingWorkshops are offered which includes Federal Resume Writing Interview Skills, information on veterans' benefits and a professional resource library; Two TAP Seminars and one ExecutiveTAP Seminar - five-day 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 operationalandpersonal readinessincludingparenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings canbecustomizedtofitneedsofthecommand.

WATER Continued from 1 hol in some way. "We‌knowthatalcohol,eveninsmallquantities, impairs our decision making and is a significant factor in all accident categories," wrote Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in his 2012 Summer Safety address. "So before taking your first sip, think ahead and have a sensible plan." All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting Boating Under the Influence (BUI) of alcohol, and in most they are also very strict and very costly (sometimes even more so than a DUI!) The Coast Guard has concurrent jurisdiction in the vast majority of United States waterways and can also "pull a boat over" without any probable cause to ensure that safety regulations are being followed, including BUI, so combine legal concern with safety to figure out why boating and alcohol don't mix.

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


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

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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

MWR Happenings New York City Day Trip Only $49 Per Person

Spend a beauitful summer day in the Big Apple! The bus will depart from the Catering and Conference Center at 7:30 a.m. and will arrive in NYC by 12 p.m.You will have 6 hourst to enjoy the city whether it be through sightseeinng, catching a broadway show, or shopping til you drop! The bus will depart NYC at 6 p.m. and arrive back on base at 10 p.m. Reserve your seat now at an ITT Office! For more information contact ITT Offices: 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! Another area of concern being highlighted this summer is safety when it comes to children. Anyone under the age of 16 must wear their life jacket at all times while on a boat, according to Coast Guard regulations. Special care should be taken with young kids, who not only are probably not strong swimmers, but also might not be aware of the possible consequences of an accident. "Always watch your kids [on the water]," said Peake. "It only takes a matter of seconds for something to happen." Finally, there are some common sense ideas to help keep one's trip safe. Always check and be aware of the weather forecast for the area and be prepared to go in if the weather conditions get poor very quickly. Operators should always tell someone where they're going and when they plan to be back, especially if they plan on boating alone. Learn to swim, if one hasn't already. For more information on boating safety, visit the Boating Safety Resource Center at

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

Southeast region makes motorcycle safety a priority By April Phillips Naval Safety Center Public Affairs Navy Region Southeast has made great strides in getting motorcycle riders into the appropriate training courses that are proven life-savers, including the Basic Rider Course, Military Sportbike Rider Course, and Experienced Rider Course. The region has nearly 4,000 riders, and 42 percent of them ride sport bikes built for speed. Max Bassett, Naval Air Station Jacksonville's deputy safety manager, said training is crucial for these riders. "New riders learn respect for the motorcycle and an appreciation for just how quickly these high performance machines can exceed the capabilities of an inexperienced rider," he said. Other technical skills taught during training include how to properly lean, turn, brake, accelerate, and take necessary emergency evasive actions.The courses also incorporate some Operational Risk Management and self-analysis of risk behaviors and riding mindsets. "They also learn a great appreciation for just how much extra protection they have when wearing proper personal protective equipment such as a full face helmet, jackets and pants designed for motorcycle riders, along with motorcycle boots and gloves," Bassett said.

One of the biggest problems with motorcycle training across the fleet is a high "noshow" rate for courses. This can make wait times for courses unnecessarily long, and it's a wasted opportunity for Sailors who need to get into a class. The training safety courses are taught by contractors from Cape Fox Professional Services, and paid for by Commander, Navy Installations Command. The bill for classes is a set fee and costs the same whether one rider or a full class shows up. TheSoutheastRegionhasbroughttheirnoshow rate down considerably by increasing trainingnotificationstoSailorsandtheirsupervisors, and by informing the command master chiefaboutanyonewhofailstoshowupforassigned training. They have also reduced wait timesforcoursesbyaddingextraclasseswhenever the wait time exceeds 30 days. Bassett said the leadership of Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Commander, Navy Region Southeast,andthecooperativeworkingenvironment between the region's chief's mess, safety professionals, command motorcycle safety representatives, and Cape Fox trainers has been key, buthealsocreditsmentorshipprogramsdeveloped by riders to help one another. "Mentors are our first line of defense," Bassett said. "Without them actively identifying our new riders and sitting down with them to get them signed up for training, we would not enjoy the successes we've had. Their contributions are making a difference and will absolutely save lives."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters! Join us Thursdays from 7:30-8:45a.m. at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at or 703-695-2804 or Elizabeth Femrite at or 571-256-8674. Remember - Great Helmsmen say "YES!"

JBAB Thrift Shop Reopened July 10! The JBAB Thrift Shop has been closed since the hurricane/rains last August due to structural damage to the building. We are now relocated to Building 72 (Enterprise Hall) where Navy Campus was. We have officially reopened Tuesday, July 10. Our hours will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 the VA, 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, Maryland. 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 $18. 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 $18 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 202-685-8298 for more information.



Legal Corner Court Martial U.S. v. MA2, USN In a General Court-Martial, MA2 was found guilty of articles 128 (assault) and 134 (indecent language) and was given no punishment. Administrative Processing A Lieutenant Commander was taken to a Board of Inquiry due to Alcohol Rehabilitation Failure. The Board voted to retain the officer.

In an effort to keep you informed of military discipline and administrative matters that have occurred in Naval DistrictWashington, theWaterline will periodically publish Court-Martial and Administrative Separation results.

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Station overseas, retiring, separating or going TDY for an extended period. Please contact your Transportation Officer for additional information or visit your nearest Personal Property Processing Office or Transportation Management Office at your location for assistance; or you can contact our office at the following website for assistance and guidance: il/jppsowa

Troops to Teachers teach the Navy By MC3 Molly Greendeer Navy Public Affairs Support Element East The director for the Virginia Troops to Teachers (TTT) program visited Naval Station Norfolk, July 19, to inform Sailors of a possible second career, "serving students." Attendees were able to gain insight into the process of becoming a teacher, including certification requirements and job opportunities. Joe Wargo said, "It's important to educate the military about this program because so many people are transitioning out of active duty service and need to know this information." Sailors with a baccalaureate degree or higher are eligible to begin the teaching certification process to become a teacher. However, many Sailors may already qualify to become a vocational/technical teacher. Sailors only need the equivalent of one year of college courses and six years of experience in a vocational or technical field to begin the certification process. To complete the process, individuals can use an Alternative Certification Program (ACP) or University Teacher Preparation Program. Sailors may benefit from an ACP, since this method offers online courses to obtain the teaching certification. Military members from all of the armed forces can use tuition assistance for their teaching certification while on active duty. Members may also be eligible for financial assistance for teacher certification expenses. A commitment to teach for three years in a

"high-need" school district or at a high school with a high percentage of low-income families is part of the obligation for receiving some form of financial aid. "Teaching is probably one of the most rewarding professions because of the profound impact you can have on today's children," said Joe Wargo. The program began in 1994 as transition assistance towards a teaching career, and has since recruited more than 6,000 military members. Teaching positions are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels in suburban, small towns, rural and inner-city areas.There is a higher demand for math, science and special education teachers. Positions for other subjects are obtainable, but applicants may need to be flexible with location. There are 33 state TTT offices nationwide that offer placement assistance for the 45 states participating in the program. Offices can assist Sailors with state certification requirements. Sailors can take advantage of the TTT Web site, www.ProudTo, to correspond with representatives and receive alternative certification information. Lt. Andrew Johnson, an attendee said, "I'm looking into all of my future options and this is a good way to understand this program professionally." Sailors can consult their TTT representative about job availabilities, or check the Department of Education Web site at The Web site lists teaching vacancies for each state.


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. Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How about from home?



DVD Review: Vietnam in HD DVD Review by Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein Vietnam in HD by the History Channel. Aired on Nov. 8, 2011 and available in DVD. I spent part of this month watching the seven part series Vietnam in HD that aired over Veteran’s Day weekend. It is from the producers of World War II in HD which won an Emmy, and this promises to be just as powerful a series. What makes this documentary both unique and powerful, is that it combines little seen footage, home movies, and film taken in actual combat with the words of veterans, their families, and a wider understanding of the war. It is a cacophony of how strategic decisions are not some abstract ideas that spring forth from the Pentagon orWhite House, but it impacts real people both in the United States and in this case Vietnam. The first episode is entitled, “The Beginning (19641965),” it discusses America’s gradual involvement in Vietnam from military advisors to the deployment of combat troops in 1965. In 1964, an incident in the Gulf of Tonkin saw three North Vietnamese allegedly fire torpedoes on the destroyer USS Maddox, leading to Congress handing President Lyndon Johnson authorization to wage war against North Vietnam. The series highlights Operation Rolling Thunder which began in March 1965 and ended three years later. 1965 was a pivotal year, as the first U.S. combat troops the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade would arrive to defend the airbase at Danang. It would be the start of 2.5 million Americans seeing service in Vietnam. Episodes highlight key

battles, and interviews veterans and a reporter who were there. Episode One, features the Battle of the Ia DrangValley in which LtCol Hal Moore tests innovative fighting tactics “air mobility,” interviewed for the series is UPI reporter Joe Galloway who provides moving testimony to the actions of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry who helicoptered into the forward bases of the 33rd, 66th, and 320th Regiments of the North Vietnamese Army. Joe Galloway is the only reporter in the entire Vietnam War to receive a Bronze Star for Valor in 1998 for rescuing American troops. The series highlights how the twelve to one kill ratio in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley would change American military thinking with a misguided emphasis on “body count,” as a means to win the war. This would lead into episode two and obsession with “Search and Destroy,” and counting bodies as a measure of success. You will hear moving testimony from Platoon Sergeant Charles Brown and his account of the search and destroy missions in his heroism in securing Hill 875 in 1967. Arthur Wiknik was a draftee who did not want to go to Vietnam, but when there would lead his platoon to safety in the 10 day assault on Hamburger Hill. Viewers will

STUDENT Continued from 1 "By making these connections, you're walkingintothecrowdinsteadofsaying'Oh,howam Ievergoingtofitintothecrowd,"saidMohsberg. According to Mohsberg, after being trained in December the student representatives from Old Mill came back home "guns blazing": they had increased their ranks tenfold, and had redefined what really could even be expected of an S2S program. They had reached out so much that in one instance they had decided that they must have a speaker of Urdu (national language of Pakistan and Northern India) readily available, just in case someone had transitioned in that spoke it. "Can you imagine being that kid," said Mohsberg. "Coming to a new school where you expect to feel like an outsider and yet

meet Marines such as Karl Marlantes who would be involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, and nurse Elizabeth Allen. The series shows how the war impacted both the United States and Vietnam. Wiknik provides a moving account of how he was treated when he arrived back in the United States; many Vietnam veterans were denied a welcome from a grateful nation. Wikinik is glad that his painful experiences returning home have enabled my generation of servicemen and women to never have to experience such ugliness returning from a deployment. The series also features Ann Purcell who waited over 5 years for her husband Colonel Benjamin Purcell to return from captivity. The series does a marvelous job taking you from the battle to the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford White House. This is a powerful and riveting series and highly recommended for those interested in understanding the American experience, Vietnam, and the impact of war on families and nations. Narrations of the veterans and families featured are conducted by some of Hollywood’s top actors and actresses. UPI Reporter Joe Galloway begins and ends the seven part series calling every man and woman who served in America’s battles the greatest of their generation. Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Aboul-Enein teaches parttime at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is author of “Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat,” (Naval Institute, 2010).

someone comes up and says 'Hi, welcome to Old Mill' in Urdu?" It is for this effort that was truly above and beyond the call of duty of an S2S program that they were selected to attend the event at the end of June, out of nearly 300 schools worldwide, in order to represent the Navy. With these accolades, it seems unlikely that the S2S program will have lost too much steam over the summer vacation, and there is always hope that more military families will take advantage of such resources available to them. "For any of Navy families who have schoolaged children, always be thinking who your school liaison is," said Mohsberg. "They have the access to programs like S2S; if I'm a Navy parent, I want to know who to reach out to help my kid make a better transition." For more information on the Military Child Education Coalition and the S2S program, visit their website at

Thursday, July 26, 2012

AFPAK Blog: On the Ground

Navy Capt. Emily Almonte, an Afghan Hand who served 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. Capt. Almonte has recently returned to the United States following great work in Afghanistan. Editor's Note: AFPAK Hands is a language and cultural immersion initiative which consists of three phases: language and cultural training, in and out of theater deployment. During an out of theater deployment a service member can be assigned to a government agency, DoD command or other organization where their work in country can be applied and then add to their perspective when they redeploy.

Instructor reaches 10,000 flight hours by Chris Basham Guest contributor Plenty of pilots would be satisfied to claim experience as a combat pilot inVietnam. For Jerry Gallagher, that was just the beginning. In 1975, Gallagher came to NAS Patuxent River as a United States NavalTest Pilot School instructor. Thirty-seven years later, Gallagher flew his 10,000th flight hour here. It was a momentous occasion, evidenced by the dozens of test pilots and fellow instructors waiting to greet Gallagher after he landed. In the air, though, it was a private moment among friends, a plane and a familiar patch of sky. "At 10,000 hours we just shook hands and said congratulations," said TPS Technical Director Rusty Lowry, who accompanied Gallagher on the flight. "Even if no one was here, it would have been really cool. Thirty years ago, he did my spin eval." Gallagher's solid reputation as a pilot's instructor was built right here at NAS Patuxent River. "I came to Pax with 1,050 hours. Everything else I flew here at Pax River," Gallagher said. He really does mean "everything else." Though his combat flights were all earned as pilot of a Navy A-7, atTPS Gallagher has flown 136 different types of aircraft. "Ten thousand hours is amazing," said Rich Harris USNTPS public liaison. "For a P-3 pilot, that's not that much, but he's flown this an hour, an hour and a half at a time." That's because all 10,000 were flown as an instructor, keeping to shorter flights to grow his students into the best test pilots they can be. He flies approximately 15-20 hours in a

photo by Chris Basham

Jerry Gallagher logged 10,000 flying hours as a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School instructor. typicalmonth,averagingaboutanhouradayin flight. The rest of the time, he's giving lectures, grading reports, developing TPS curricula and managing exercises at the school. After nearly four decades in the instructor's seat, Gallagher stopped flying jets about a year and a half ago. "Myejectorseatqualsranout.Iwasreadyto givethatup,"Gallaghersaid."TheonlyonesIfly now are prop planes." Though 10,000 flight hours is quite an accomplishment, for Gallagher it has gone quickly. "You blink your eye and as quickly as your kids grow up and leave, they're gone. It seems like it would take forever, but no," Gallagher said.

Thursday, July 26, 2012



Strategic Submarine Forces awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation From Commander, Submarine Forces Public Affairs The Navy's 14 ballistic-missile submarines assigned to the Pacific-based Task Force 134 and the Atlantic-based Task Force 144 were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation July 20, recognizing their excellence in strategic deterrence. Ceremonies honoring the achievements of the submarines and their supporting commands took place in their homeports of Bangor, Wash., and Kings Bay, Ga. The award was presented on the 52nd anniversary of the Navy's first submerged ballistic missile launch, made by USS George Washington (SSBN 598) July 20, 1960. "On July 20, 1960, the commanding officer of USS George Washington transmitted his message to President Dwight Eisenhower, 'POLARIS - FROM OUT OF THE DEEP TO TARGET. PERFECT'," said Vice Adm. John Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces. "In many ways,'perfection' is exactly what we still expect from our Strategic Deterrent Submarine Force, even 52 years later. The performance of our people and systems in the SSBN force has delivered what we asked of them: stability and peace. "At this very moment, they remain submerged and undetected; ready for the call that they hope will never come. In fact it's that readiness - the combination of stealth, skill, vigilance and passion - that has allowed us to sustain a secure and survivable posture that minimizes the possibility that any power will seriously threaten our homeland. It's very fitting that we recognize their efforts with this award," said Richardson. The award covers the period from July 16, 2007, to January 28, 2011, and recognizes the two task forces and their afloat and ashore units for their support of U.S. Strategic Command's global mission of strategic deterrence. "For many decades strategic deterrence really meant nuclear deterrence ... because strategic attack really meant nuclear attack on the U.S. or our allies," said Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, U.S. Strategic

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Rear Adm. Bob Hennegan, commander of Submarine Group 9, addresses the audience during a ceremony awarding the Meritorious Unit Commendation to the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, squadrons and staffs based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Command. "The men and women who serve both on SSBNs and in their supporting commands have delivered excellence in U.S. Strategic Command's mission of conducting strategic deterrence for more than 50 years. Their contributions have maintained peace and stability throughout the decades and have kept our nation and her allies safe. I am proud of the accomplishments of these superb professionals. The triad of ballistic missile submarines, ICBMs and nuclear heavy bombers with their associated tankers continue to serve us well." During the award period, submarines assigned to Task Force 134 and Task Force 144 conducted 119 deterrent patrols, continuing the mission of strategic service begun by George Washington and carried on by the 58 SSBNs which followed. "The Task Forces provided an essential leg

to our nation's strategic triad and were a key element of our deterrent mission," said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, in the award citation. "The deterrence mission executed by Task Force 134 and 144 during this period underpinned Department of Defense strategy and provided the backbone and foundation for our political leadership in execution of national security policy." The Meritorious Unit Commendation covers the 14 SSBNs and their supporting commands - two submarine groups, two submarine squadrons, two Naval Submarine Support Centers (NSSCs) and individual personnel on the staffs of Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic; and Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet. "In operating our ballistic missile submarines - each a complex machine that requires the highest levels of technical knowl-

edge, standards, and commitment - these Task Forces and crews delivered the ultimate in strategic deterrence and uninterrupted, survivable, and enduring nuclear strike capability for our nation," said Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Those of us in this business know all too well that the task of maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent is not an easy one. These crews get very little recognition, but carry the enormous responsibility of being ready every single day throughout the year. This mission remains as important as it ever has been, and today's recognition is very well deserved." Task Force 134 consists of eight SSBNs USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), USS Alabama (SSBN 731), USS Nevada (SSBN 733), USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), USS Maine (SSBN 741) and USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) - as well as Submarine Group 9, Submarine Squadron 17 and NSSC Bangor. Task Force 144 is made up of six SSBNs USS Alaska (SSBN 732), USSTennessee (SSBN 734), USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), USS Maryland (SSBN 738), USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) and USSWyoming (SSBN 742) - in addition to Submarine Group 10, Submarine Squadron 20 and NSSC Kings Bay. That Strategic Guidance issued by President Barack Obama earlier this year listed a primary mission of the armed forces as the ability to "Maintain a Safe, Secure, and Effective Nuclear Deterrent." It states the overarching mission of our strategic forces, "As long as nuclear weapons remain in existence, the United States will maintain a safe, secure, and effective arsenal. We will field nuclear forces that can under any circumstances confront an adversary with the prospect of unacceptable damage, both to deter potential adversaries and to assure U.S. allies and other security partners that they can count on America's security commitments." For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit

Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 ends on high note By MC2 Jason Howard, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs The multinational Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12) concluded with a closing ceremony at the Odessa Officer's Club in Odessa, Ukraine, July 21. This year's exercise was the 15th iteration of Sea Breeze and many participants are calling this the exercise's most successful year to date. "This year we have challenged ourselves more than ever.Allnationsparticipatingin this exercise share a commitment to maritime safety and security," said U.S. Navy Capt. James Aiken, SB12 deputy director."Throughacomprehensive and robust training agenda, we have continued to build upon our past successes and lessons learned." Aiken believes the success of this year's exercise can be attributed to the high standard that each participating nation set and carried out during the

two-week training period. "The result of the exercises was that our multinational forces each played their parts and accomplished all of the planned tasks at a high level of cooperation and professionalism," said Ukrainian Vice Adm. Yurly Ilyin, Ukrainian chief of naval operations. Air, land and naval forces from Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Moldova, Norway, Qatar, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and the United States participated in Sea Breeze, the largest multinational maritime exercise this year in the Black Sea. SB12, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, aimed to improve maritime safety, security and stability engagements in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces EuropeandAfrica/U.S.6thFleet,visit

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Ukrainian navy frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) leads Turkish navy patrol boats TCG Kalkan (P 331), TCG Tufan (P 333), and the Georgian coast guard vessel Sokhumi (P 24) during a ship handling exercise during Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12). SB12, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, aims to improve maritime safety, security and stability engagements in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

U.S. Olympic dive team visits patients, staff By Sarah Marshall Walter Reed National Medical Center Public Affairs The U.S. Olympic Dive Team took a break from training to visit patients and staff at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) on Friday. On behalf of the WRNMMC Commander Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks, the team and its training staff were welcomed by Deputy Commander for Clinical Support Col. John Spain. Thanking them for paying tribute to the wounded warriors, Spain explained to the divers that they would not only make an impression on the patients, but, "You're going to be equally if not more inspired [by them]." Spain told the team they would have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the many services and quality of care provided by the medical center and its staff. "We're very proud of what we do," he said, adding, that while [you're] in London, "Just so you know, we're going to be rooting for you." Upon their arrival, 10 of the U.S. Olympic Dive Team's 11 members signed autographs for patients and staff in the Warrior Cafe, visited inpatients on the surgical ward as well as patients in the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC). Marine Sgt. Zachary Stinson, who lost both his legs while in combat in November 2010, was among the patients who had a chance to meet and talk with the team. He explained he could relate to their dedication and drive. "They're kind of doing the same thing the

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Dive Team poses for photos during their visit in the Warrior Cafe before meeting with inpatients at Walter Reed and the the National Intrepid Center for Excellence Friday. military does. They're representing the U.S. It's inspiring," Stinson said. Accompanying the Olympic Dive Team, famed Olympian Greg Louganis , who competed since age 9, and won his first Olympic diving medal at age 16 in the 1976 games, was on hand to serve as a mentor to the team. In 1988, Louganis became the first man in 56 years to win two gold medals in diving. He went on to win five World Championships and 47 National Championship titles. Louganis said he was grateful for the opportunity to visit the wounded warriors, who he believes share a similar competitive spirit as the dive team. "It's great we're able to do this. It's really important," Louganis said. It allows the young divers to appreciate what they have, he added, noting they may

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Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, an outpatient at Walter Reed Bethesda, talks with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Dive Team in the Warrior Cafe. also relate to one another, with "that passion and heart." Synchronized diver and 3-meter springboard diver Troy Dumais agreed stating, "It's the 'never-give-up,' will to live on and will to work for what you want," Dumais said. The seven-time World Championships member, who competed in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games, was also inspired by the wounded warriors. "We train every day, and we work hard for what we love, for our goals, and they're here training and [going after] what they want," Dumais said. "It's an amazing arena. It's an amazing environment to be a part of." The visit also had a significant impact on synchronized 3-meter Springboard diver Kristian Ipsen. "It does really put things in perspective,"

Ipsen said. "Without these [troops] doing what they have done, we wouldn't have the opportunity to do what we're doing." David Boudia, a 10-meter individual diver and 10-meter synchronized diver, agreed. "This really puts in perspective why we get to do what we do. These [service members] fight for our country, give us the freedom we have," said the 15-time National Champion, who also competed in the 2008 Olympic games. "It's because of them we're even able to consider or be a part of the Olympic games. It's extremely encouraging to come here." After training at a local aquatic club in North Bethesda last week, the U.S. Olympic Dive Team departed Sunday for the London games, taking place July 27 through Aug. 12. For more information, visit

NNSY returns Truman to fleet From Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs


Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed its largest Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) July 15, returning USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) to the fleet after 470,000 man-days of maintenance. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have a set maintenance plan which must be adhered to in order for these ships to last the 50 years they're designed for. Part of the maintenance plan includes periodic dry docking to perform work below the waterline, which isn't possible while the ship is in water. "Truman has easily been the most challenging project of my career," said Matt Durkin, NNSY project superintendent. "We learned a lot along the way, and we're proud of the cohesive team we've developed." As a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, the shipyard's focus on technical rigor and discipline in ship maintenance procedures ensures quality work and results in higher fleet readiness. Truman entered dry-dock in March 2011, for extensive overhaul of the hull, tanks, seawater systems, and propulsion shafting as well as complex replacements of reactor control systems and the main combat system mast. Following undocking in late January 2012,Truman spent six months pierside completing production work and an in-depth equipment testing and crew certification phase. "The entire shipyard family is proud to

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Tugboats assist the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) pull into Norfolk Naval Station after 16 months at Norfolk Naval Shipyard during its docking planned incremental availability. have returned such a vital asset to the fleet," said Capt. Mark Bridenstine, NNSY shipyard commander. "Our goal, as always, is to deliver world-wide first-time quality material readiness to the ships of the United States Navy and to the men and women who serve on them." Following the availability, Truman will begin preparations for its sixth full deployment since being commissioned in 1998. Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the oldest industrial facility belonging to the U.S. Navy. The shipyard specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. For more information on aircraft carrier maintenance, visit il/OnWatch/index.html.

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Comprint Military Publications publishes 10 annual base guides and is looking for an energetic, organized sales representative to sell advertising into our display and yellow page sections. Job requires cold calling/in person sales calls and maintaining existing advertising customers. Must be able to work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer someone with print advertising sales experience. Position is in Gaithersburg office and hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health care options, tuition reimbursement and 401(k). Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: John Rives at EOE

STAFF WRITER The Enterprise newspaper in St. Mary’s County is seeking a staff writer to cover Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the primary employer in this Southern Maryland community, as well as the town of Leonardtown and feature articles as assigned. Will be expected to contribute to The Enterprise’s twice-weekly print edition and its website, which is updated daily. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years reporting experience. Send resume and clips to Rick Boyd at EOE

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Thursday, July 26, 2012





Thursday, July 26, 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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