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Vol. 24

No. 27

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July 5, 2012

Stakeholders Participate in Shaping WRNMMC’s Future By Bernard S. Little and Sarah Marshall WRNMMC Journal staff writers As part of its strategic planning, Walter Reed Bethesda recently hosted a series of Gallery Walks, providing staff and patients the opportunity to give their input into shaping the medical center's future. Ann-Marie Regan, an organizational development practitioner, explained the Gallery Walks are designed for "a free flow of information and ideas from staff and patients to help define what we choose to achieve in the next several years as a command. It's a way to get your opinions and voice into the [strategic planning] process," Regan said. The Gallery Walks focused on foundations and pillars of the med-

photo by Bernard S. Little

Wound and ostomy clinical nurses Sharon May and Maria Paz Aquino participate in the Walter Reed Bethesda Command Strategic Plan Special Consolidated GalleryWalk in the corridor outside of the hospital dining facility June 28.The series of Gallery Walks held June 21, and 26-29, gave staff and patients the opportunity to give their comments and suggestions in the strategic planning process and help to shape of future of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

ical center’s strategic plan. The two foundations are people and resources. The six pillars include quality of care, service excellence, research, readiness, education and the business of health care. They support the medical center’s mission and vision of being the nation’s medical center leading in patientcentered care, innovation, and excellence in education and research. Set up like museum exhibits, but instead of paintings and photographs, the displays included questions, statements, objectives and effects on large posters hung on walls and easels throughout the medical center. Staff and patients were encouraged to view the "displays" and post their comments and ideas for achieving the effect for the objec-

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Baltimore Orioles Fly Into Walter Reed Bethesda

Marine Cpl. Tyler Southern (right) talks baseball with Baltimore Oriole pitcher Darren O'Day during the Birds' visit to Walter Reed Bethesda on June 25. During their talk, Southern and O'Day discovered they had lived less than a mile apart in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Bethesda Notebook

Commander’s Column

As I reflect upon the upcoming holiday, it occurred to me that Independence Day has never been tied to sacrifice the way that Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day has been. Our independence was hard-won and came at a great cost, but we don’t always consider the price our forefathers paid. This column won’t be about that price either, but rather what we bought for that price, the right to have a say in how our nation is governed. Americans declared their independence because they wanted a say in how they were governed. “No taxation without representation.” The original colonies didn’t go to war because they were being taxed, they went to war because they wanted a say in how those taxes were being decided and spent. They wanted a vote. Freedom, democracy, the American way of life, all of those things that we fight wars for, comes down to one thing, wanting to have a say in how your country is governed. I bring this up because in addition to Wednesday being Independence Day, this week is also Armed Forces Voter’s Week. I’m not sure if this is a coincidence, but it’s certainly appropriate that the two are so close together. One of the most important things that those serving in the military and their family members can do is register and exercise their right to vote. More than almost anyone, we are impacted by the decisions our elected leaders make. I’m amazed at how many people in uniform I’ve talked to, tell me they don’t vote or they think their vote doesn’t count. Voting is your opportunity to make your individual voice heard. Yes, we face more obstacles than most

Published by offset every Thursday by Comprint Military Publications, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. This commercial enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services. Contents of The Journal are not necessarily the official views of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or Comprint, Inc., of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to

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when it comes to voting. We’re often stationed outside of our home states, sometimes even overseas. It takes planning ahead to get your ballot in on time. These are all reasons it can be difficult for us to vote but they are not reasons NOT to vote. Every military installation has a Voting Assistance Programs with people trained to help you figure out exactly what you need to do to register and get a ballot. Many states have made the effort to make voting easier for military members with early voting in addition to absentee ballots. These decisions were made because your elected leaders realized that you should have a chance to exercise that right vote and to be heard regardless of where you are stationed. Here at Naval Support Activity Bethesda and Walter Reed Bethesda, we have several Voting Assistance Representatives, to help educate and register staff members: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Akakpossa Ananou - (301) 295-0968; Lt. Deirdre Desmond - (301) 295-2688; or Olubunmi Yinka-Jaiye (301) 319-5058. Our blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice and those of our forefathers gives you that right to vote. Enjoy your Fourth of July and be safe you’ve earned it. But as you’re partaking in barbecues, parades and fireworks, I want you to keep in mind another day that’s equally important to our nation and make sure you partake in that one as well - Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012. All Ahead Full, Capt. Frederick (Fritz) Kass Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commanding Officer

race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs Office, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. News copy should be submitted to the Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 1, 11th Floor, by noon one week preceding the desired publication date. News items are welcomed from all WRNMMC complex sources. Inquiries about news copy will be answered by calling (301) 295-1803. Commercial advertising should be placed with the publisher by telephoning (301) 921-2800. Publisher’s advertising offices are located at 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877. Classified ads can be placed by calling (301) 670-1700.

Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab will relieve Col. Leon E. Moores as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Meade, Md., and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on July 12 at 9 a.m. Kimbrough will open at 1 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets Mondays (except for the first Monday of the month), Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:50 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Building 8, Rm. 2230 (Chaplain’s Conference Room). For more information, call (301) 503-1210.

Navy College Tuition Assistance Briefs

Sailors may now attend either the 7 a.m. or noon Navy College Tuition Assistance brief every Wednesday in Building 17, Suite 2D, Navy College Classroom. For more information, call the Navy College at (301) 295-2014.

Social Security Administration Support

Social Security Administration (SSA) representatives are available to assist all service members with disability applications every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Tranquility Hall on the second floor of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center. For more information call Lisa Ramdass at (301) 400-0208.

Upcoming Lean Six Sigma Courses

Lean Six Sigma courses are scheduled over the next several months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). The Green Belt Course for Lean Six Sigma is scheduled for August 6-8, and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The five-day course is worth 40 Continuing Education Units (CEU)/Continuing Medical Education (CME), and open to all military and civilian WRNMMC employees. For more information, contact Lt. John Gardner, a National Capital Area Regional Black Belt, at john.gardner2@med.navy.mil or (301) 2952037.

Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda Commanding Officer: Capt. Frederick (Fritz) Kass

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SAPR Program Seeks Caring Members By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John K. Hamilton NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

The Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team is searching for professional, empathetic and patient individuals to join their ranks. According to the Department of Defense (DoD) instruction 6495.02, the SAPR program is designed to, "prevent and eliminate sexual assault within the [workplace] by providing comprehensive procedures to better establish a culture of prevention, response and accountability that enhances the safety and well-being of all Department of Defense members." Some ways the program provides support is by educating survivors on their reporting options and accompanying them to law enforcement interviews and court dates. The SAPR program also provides crisis intervention and assists survivors in connecting with community resources as necessary, said Anton Altman, sexual assault response coordinator with NSAB. "Many survivors of sexual assault struggle to recover from the assault, in addition to suffering from a lack of empathy from colleagues, friends and even family members. The major function of the SAPR team is to provide support and empower survivors in regaining control of their lives," said Altman. There are many jobs available

within the program which also brings many responsibilities. "Each SAPR team member must embody professionalism," said Altman. "SAPR team members serving

in the role of Victim Advocate would be expected to provide direct assistance and support to survivors of sexual assault. SAPR Command Liaisons are the survivors' direct rep-

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resentatives to the commanding officer. SAPR Points of Contact train service members in the realities of sexual assault [and] appropriate intervention. SAPR Data Collection Coordinators issue situation reports to keep commanders informed of newly reported sexual assaults [and] provide status updates on previously reported assaults," he added. All team members receive training that helps them to carry out their duties within the program. "The training taught [me] how to handle things more appropriately," said Hospitalman Ashley McCown, of cardiology department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and SAPR victim advocate. "While you have rules to follow at the same time you're consoling the person who might have been victimized. It gave [me] an idea of how to talk to a real person." "The role playing was one of my favorite parts of the training. You'll play both the victim and also the victim advocate. It makes you put yourself in [the victim's] position," she added. Anyone interested in becoming a team member should gain the approval of their command and contact either of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) to schedule an appointment to interview for a position on the team. All SAPR team members must also attend training. The SARCs may be reached at (301) 319-4087 or via email at crystal.justice@med.navy.mil or anton.altman@med.navy.mil.

Integrative Cardiac Health Project Focuses on Building Healthy Lives By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Journal staff writer In order to attend a Boy Scouts camp with his sons last summer, Navy Capt. Brent George went to see his primary care physician for a physical and was met by quality life changing decisions. “He and I discussed my condition and state of fitness at that time,” George recalled. “I was 15 to 20 pounds overweight, not working out on a regular basis, and my health numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) were trending upwards. “We also discussed my family’s history of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and colon cancer,” George continued, adding that by December, he wasn’t feeling well physically, and didn’t like how his uniforms and clothes fit. “I did not want to decline any further, plus, it was troubling to know that I was borderline on many of my health numbers,” George added. “I

didn’t relish the thought of having to take medication every day if I couldn’t get my numbers under control. His physician showed him a flyer about the Integrative Cardiac Health Project (ICHP) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). “We discussed what the ICHP was about, and he recommended I give them a call,” George explained. “[My physician] asked me if I wanted to halt any further slide into even worse health, or start making positive lifestyle and health changes. I did want to make changes, so I called ICHP.” The father of three sons who are 16, 14 and 12, George said they were part of his motivation to live healthier. “I very much wanted to get back into a state of health and fitness through natural means under my control, and I had the incentive of knowing that if I did, then I could once again keep up with my sons

who are very active in outdoor sports, Boy Scouts, and life in general.” In January, he began ICHP. Launched at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in 1999, ICHP moved to WRNMMC last fall when WRAMC integrated with the former National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to form Walter Reed Bethesda. “We have a vision of a healthier population, preventing disease before it affects the quality of life, changing outcomes that will make a positive difference to our patients individually as well as collectively,” explained retired Army Col. Marina Vernalis, executive medical director of the ICHP. A board certified cardiologist and chief of cardiology at WRAMC from 1996 to 2005, Vernalis called ICHP a “one-of-a-kind Department of Defense (DoD) Cardiovascular Health Center of Excellence.” It’s located in Building 17 at Walter Reed Bethesda, in what Vernalis described as “a

state-of-the-art facility containing patient education rooms, a large kitchen for healthy food demonstrations, a spacious room for stress management to promote optimal wellness and healing, [and an elevator ride up] from a brand new fitness center with an Olympic pool and an inside walking/running track.” She said this gives ICHP participants, such as George, the opportunity to take full advantage of their personalized programs to improve cardiac health. “The primary mission of ICHP is to teach, implement and study lifestyle changes, attitudes and best medical practices that will result in cardiovascular health. It incorporates a “whole-person” approach to enable patients to be in charge of their health regimen, Vernalis explained. “Plans are created and individualized by an expert team cardiologists,

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Fleet Ride, PTS Shapes Today's Navy By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Parde NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

The Navy's Fleet Rating Identification Engine (RIDE) is part of its Perform-toServe (PTS) program, which reviews a Sailor's qualifications to see if they are eligible for a rating conversion or reenlistment. "This past cycle, March of 2012, was the last automatic PTS approval for people who made rank," said Master-AtArms 1st Class Craig Hector, Naval Support Activity Bethesda's (NSAB) command career counselor. "This makes advancement more fair for Sailors by motivating everyone to maintain competitive standards throughout the year." Perform-to-Serve was introduced in March 2003 as a means for the Navy to balance mission and manning requirements. It merged

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with Fleet RIDE Oct. 1, 2011 to present Sailors with the opportunity to change their rate to stay in the Navy. "The merging of the PTS and Fleet RIDE systems resulted in a more streamlined approach. The selection board is now able to compare what [staffing] is available to the current needs of the Navy. If you are denied PTS in your current rate, you may then be offered another rate [to stay Navy,]" said Hector. The Navy is more competitive now than ever before, so today's Sailor has to take steps to stand out from his or her peers, he said. "Today, the Navy is looking for people with higher education and higher IQs because the Navy is becoming more technical," said Hector. "They want to keep the best and brightest and those who are willing to support the needs of the country." PTS applications should be submitted 12-15 months before a Sailor's projected rotation date or end of active

service, the first review will occur one year before. "Starting [at] 12 months out, the Navy will start to look for who they want to promote. They can't promote everyone because they want to force shape the Navy," Hector said. Whether a service member intends to reenlist or not, they should still submit a PTS application, which can be obtained from a career counselor. The application should be accompanied by the Sailor's last five evaluations and a copy of their Physical Readiness Information Management System report. After it is submitted, a PTS application is reviewed once a month with two possible results: either it is approved, or it is denied and rolled over to the next month for a subsequent review. The application can receive a maximum of six reviews. A final denial means the Sailor is not approved to extend their service beyond their

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Parde

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Cooper reviews her Perform-toServe status on the Navy Knowledge Online website at Naval Support Activity Bethesda Friday. EAOS, said Hector. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Cooper, assistant building manager of Building 62 at NSAB, applied for PTS in October of 2011. Her application was

looked at monthly for a total of four months before it came back with an approval. "I was so relieved when I heard back that my PTS had been approved," said Cooper. "I had been concerned that a recent evaluation might affect my status, but thankfully it takes into account more than just one evaluation." With her PTS now approved, Cooper is able to negotiate for orders to transfer to another duty station. She recommends for any Sailor who is approaching their PTS window to apply as soon as they are able. "If you are close to your PTS, make sure you pay attention to the timeframe so you can have your maximum amount of looks and ample time," said Cooper. More information on the PTS and Fleet RIDE program can be found in NAVADMIN 352/10. Service members concerned about PTS applications should contact their command career counselor.


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CARDIAC Continued from 3 sleep specialists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, clinical psychologists, exercise physiologists and stress management instructors who incorporate evidence-based research to help participants achieve their personal goals for optimal health,” she added. “I like the fact that I have a personal team of health professionals and coaches who are there for me,” George affirmed. “The integrated program looks at the whole person and not just specific facets in isolation.” Mariam Kashani, director of clinical operations at ICHP, has been with the project for more than 10 years. Also the senior nurse practitioner, Kashani has had an integral role in increasing participant engagement in the program, Edinger said. “Most people lead busy, fast-paced lives that lack a sense of balance,” Kashani said. “At ICHP, our mission is to help our patients achieve life balance with a personalized and practical plan of action to improve nutrition, exercise, stress and sleep management. Our experience tells us that even small adjustments in daily routines can lead to healthier, happier and more productive lives."

Thursday, July 5, 2012 Amanda Lalicato, also a nurse practitioner with ICHP, is one of the first faces participants see when they begin the program. She assists participants with their initial comprehensive cardiovascular assessment, which includes their medical history, physical, BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement and EKG (electrocardiogram). She also receives information from participants about their lifestyle habits in nutrition, exercise and sleep, as well as how they handle stress. Following their initial appointment with the nurse practitioner, participants have lab work done, which is reviewed along with their medical history by the ICHP team, who use the information to tailor a program for the ICHP participant. Lalicato explained participants then usually come in once a month for four to six months to collaborate with their team members in ICHP. If they have been successful in following their regime, participants usually don’t come back in ICHP for a year, but receive periodic motivational calls from their team members to sustain their gains. “At first, I found it had to be a very deliberate decision to work out each day and really consider what I wanted to eat,” said George. “You have to make very conscious choices about what your plan is each day regarding working out, nutrition and even to sleep.” He said now it’s pretty much

routine for him as he nears some of his goals. “To date, I have lost 15 pounds; I work out every day and look forward to it,” George continued. “My health numbers and indicators have all dropped to much better levels, and I truly feel better about myself. I consider everything I eat and make the mental decision on what and how much. You don’t have to cut out the items you love; you just need to consider their impact and do everything in moderation.” “I think a lot of people know what they need to change, but they just need the knowledge and motivation to make those changes,” Lalicato said. “Because the program is so individualized, we’re able to work with participants from where they are when they begin the program to institute practical, small changes to improve their health,” added Ginny Kolb Jones, another nurse practitioner at the ICHP. In over half of their patients, the ICHP program has helped reverse pre-diabetes, according to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation For The Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF). The HJF is a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research and supports more than 1,000 research projects ranging from small bench-top projects to complex, multi-site programs, according to HJF officials.

Other participants in ICHP have reported similar improvements in weight, exercise, stress management, sleep and energy levels, as George. In addition, the participants have improved blood sugar levels, blood pressure and lipids, the HJF reported. Retired Cmdr. Richard Geel and his wife, Linda, were referred to the ICHP by their primary care doctor after deciding they wanted “to lose weight and keep it off.” They’ve been in ICHP for about four months. “The combination of nutrition, exercise, relaxation and encouragement by the ICHP team make things practical and personal,” the retired Navy officer said. “The teaching by the staff helps us understand our bodies and our habits better. We have made the changes in our lifestyles and want to maintain our health,” he said. “We’re looking better, feeling better, and still losing weight. “We look forward to our time with the ICHP staff,” he added. “We are so grateful for the program and feel that it is extending our quality of life for ourselves and our family.” Participation in ICHP is available to active duty and military beneficiaries 18 years and older, added retired Army Col. Rosemarie Edinger, chief nursing executive at ICHP. She said participants may be referred by a provider without a consult, or they can self refer by calling (301) 4001111, or visit www.ichpcenter.org.

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NSAB Fingerprinting Service Relocates to Building 17 By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dion Dawson NSAB Public Affairs staff writer

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dion Dawson

Cpl. Miles Jones, a police officer with Naval Support Activity Bethesda, collects finger prints from Gil Becker for a background check June 27 in the basement of Building 17.

Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s (NSAB) fingerprint services have moved from Building 7 to Building 17. Open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to noon, Major Jack Bieger, chief of police for NSAB police department said the main reason for the move was to make fingerprinting services more accessible to staff members referred by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s (WRNNMC) personnel security department. “We wanted to make it easier for them,” he said. “They usually need fingerprint services for security clearances, background

checks and staff members who were recently hired. So instead of having to walk to Building 7 and then all the way back to 17, they will be able to stay in the building.” When someone needs to get fingerprinted, they will need a federal or state-issued identification card and a blank fingerprint card. “The individual getting fingerprinted will go through the card block by block, making sure it’s completely filled out. The process usually takes between 15-20 minutes per person,” said Bieger. Police officers recommended anyone coming in for fingerprints to remember a few things before coming in. “One of the biggest mistakes is a lot of people try to come in with their cards already filled out,” said Cpl. Miles Jones, a police officer with the NSAB security department. “Just leave it blank until you get here. The agencies we send the

cards into have a standard that we have to meet. So by waiting until you get here to fill your cards out, we won’t have to start over with a new card.” Before he could start fingerprinting, Miles had to attend mandatory eight hour training with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services through the state of Maryland. Miles said sometimes the biggest challenge is reassuring nervous participants. “I have been fingerprinting for more than eight years and I always encounter people who are nervous,” he said. “So I just tell everyone it’s going to be over before you know it. Just relax, work with me and I will get you fingerprinted as quickly as possible.” For more questions or information regarding fingerprint services, contact Bieger at (301) 319-4048.

John Cena visits Walter Reed Bethesda

Photo by Bernard S. Little

Professional wrestler and actor John Cena (center) and fellow World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Alicia Fox (second from left) visit with wounded warriors, families and staff in the Warrior Cafe at Naval Support Activity Bethesda June 19. Cena and Fox signed autographs, took pictures and spoke with wounded warriors about their care and rehabilitation at the Nation's Medical Center while also visiting the Military AdvancedTraining Center at WRNMMC.WWE Superstars regularly visit military bases and hospitals to bolster troop morale and thank military members for their service and sacrifice.


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Sea Cadets Receive Naval Training at USU

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Sea Cadets from the HMCM William R. Charette Battalion based in Bethesda, Md., march in the 2012 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. May 28.

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Sea Cadets from the HMCM William R. Charette Battalion based in Bethesda, Md., conduct physical training exercises at recruit training, Camp Pendleton,Va. By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Parde NSAB Public Affairs staff writer The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is an or-

ganization for students between the ages of 11 and 17. The purpose of the program is to allow students to experience the Navy lifestyle and gain opportunities for per-

sonal growth as they mature into adulthood. The HMCM William R. Charette Battalion of the Sea Cadets, based in Bethesda, Md., meets one weekend a month at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU) onboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda. “We have been conduction practices at USU since 2009,” said Colon. “We have an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with USU, and the first class petty officer association there sponsors our unit. They support us by allowing us to use the classrooms on base to carry out the plan of the day and our administrative work.” Colon said cadets are taught skills and principles that are also used in the armed forces. “The Sea Cadet program is a youth

leadership program that teaches leadership and patriotism, and to take pride in themselves and their country,” said Lt. Cmdr. Isaac Colon, commander of the HMCM William R. Charette Battalion of Sea Cadets, based in Bethesda, Md. “Cadets develop skills including military discipline, seamanship, courage and self-reliance, teamwork and accountability.” Hospitalman Brenton Holbrook, currently stationed in the Anesthesiology Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, joined the Sea Cadets as a third-generation military child to see what the lifestyle had to offer. “In high school, I was not active,” said Holbrook. “I never did sports and just focused on academics. I felt the need to do something else though, and because of my family’s military background, I was always interested. I joined the Sea Cadets when I was about 15 years old and loved it. It fit perfectly with what I was looking for.” Shortly after he joined the Sea Cadets, Holbrook was sent to the Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in Illinois, which he later found was very similar to the recruit training a sailor receives when he or she enlists in the Navy. “I definitely gained from my time as a Sea Cadet,” said Holbrook. “When I went to [Navy] boot camp with the other delayed entry guys, many of them were apprehensive about what to expect. They

only had their recruiter’s word to go by. I was calm and collected the whole way there, and they asked me questions about what would happen, which I was able to answer. I even slept in the same building, same compartment and same bunk as I did when I was a cadet.” The similarities between the Sea Cadet program and the Navy did not end there, said Holbrook. “These cadets do every type of training you can think of, from SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) training to Basic Seamanship, to Firefighting, to Master-At-arms, to Judge Advocate General,” he said. “Cadets experience marksmanship with the laser system, tour battle stations, participate in marching and physical training, and other boot camp activities. The program is simply amazing.” As cadets gain experience, they take advanced training courses and test to advance in rank. With the training and experience that they have received, many cadets later choose to enter the military, either as an enlisted service member or as an officer, said Holbrook. “After they reach E-3 as a Sea Cadet, they are able to join the U.S. military – specifically the Navy or Coast Guard, as an E-3,” he said. Holbrook took advantage of this incentive himself. With approximately three years of participation as a Sea Cadet under his belt, he turned 18 years old, graduated high school and signed up for the Navy’s delayed entry

program to enter the Navy as an E-3. Today, he continues to be involved with the Sea Cadets as a volunteer officer. Sea Cadet officers are naval personnel (active, reserve and retired), senior cadets and volunteer adult leaders from other military branches or civilian volunteers. The Sea Cadet programs also offers an international exchange program that sends cadets all over the world, including Russia, Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Holbrook said the opportunity to travel was one of his favorite parts of the program. "As a Sea Cadet, I went to Kingsbay, Ga., and did things that most 16-yearolds would never do," said Holbrook. Cadets get to know more people in their community and see more of what is out there - what the military and Sea Cadets offer, including courage and the motivation to reach your goals. It's something everyone should at least consider. "I would recommend the Sea Cadet program to everybody," said Holbrook, whose plans include continued involvement with the Sea Cadet program when he transfers to the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in Honolulu this summer. For more information on the HMCM William R. Charette Battalion Students or for students who are interested in the NSCC or NLCC programs, visit the SeaCadet website at www.seacadets.org


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Stages of Healing Presents New Roots Music

photo by Bernard S. Little

Herb & Hanson, New Roots Music, perform in the courtyard next to the Galley on June 13 as part of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's (WRNMMC) Stages of Healing series. Herb Manila (mandolin and guitar) and Michael Hanson (guitar) began performing in 2000, and released their first album in 2001.They incorporate a variety of genres in their music, from blues, bluegrass, ballads, folk rock and more. Members of the WRNMMC community were able to eat lunch and enjoy the weather while listening to Herb & Hanson's performance. Stages of Healing events provide a respite for patients, families, visitors and staff at WRNMMC. For more information about Stages of Healing, call Dr. Micah Sickel at (301) 295-2492, or Sara Barrett at (301) 295-1083.

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GALLERY Continued from 1 tives of each foundation and pillar. Champion for the resources pillar, Navy Capt. Joseph Pickel said the strategic plan is driven by command staff and therefore, he encourages everyone to take ownership. He went on to remind staff the importance of this "historic endeavor," and that's taking care of our heroes. "It gives us a roadmap of where we need to be and what we have to do ... we're going to make that the roadmap for the command." Army Col. Michael Nelson, champion for the education pillar, agreed. "The [Gallery Walks] concept resonates with me. What I like is the command at this institution wants patients and personnel assigned in every form and facet to be part of the planning process. We want to make sure the plan makes sense. We're part of the team that will execute it, we will help build it

and we’re going to make it work. It makes perfect sense." Dr. Bill Gradwell said he posted his comments and ideas on displays during the Gallery Walks because the process lets his voice be heard about one of the medical center’s “major” mission -- education. “[It’s] a key part of any medical complex.” Army Maj. Roseanne Ressner said her staff is committed to improving things at Walter Reed Bethesda for patients, trainees and employees. “We’re really investing in improving anything we can from the trainees to the staff to make Walter Reed Bethesda the place that everybody wants [it] to be,” she said. I think everybody should be invested in it.” "It's important we contribute and have a voice," said Army Maj. Lester Mack. "We should participate in activities like this so we can get a buy-in from all stakeholders."


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