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May 2013

NSAP Earth Day!


Naval Support Activity Philadelphia and installation tenant command personnel take a group photo before a cleanup organized in honor of Earth day April 17, 2013. Over 80 personnel participated in the effort planting 13 trees and removing 88 bags of trash. (U.S. Navy Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume)

Above: Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Funeral Honors pick up debris outside of Naval Support Activity Philadelphia during a cleanup organized in honor of Earth day.

Sailors and Marines assigned to NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support participate in a cleanup organized in honor of Earth day.

Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) unload trash from a truck during a cleanup organized in honor of Earth day.



NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) military celebrate the completion of a successful Adopt-a-Highway cleanup project along Rt. 1 in Northeast Philadelphia on April 17 in honor of Earth Day. From left to right: Lt. Cmdr. Keith Klemm, Lt. Jesse Kiengsiri, Lt. Hisham Semaan, Lt. j.g. Joshua Lasater, Lt. Claudiu Vintila, Lt. j.g.Daron Weber, Lt. Ron Navalta and Lt. j.g. Thad Brill. Photo by unkown photographer.

Philadelphia Officers Beautify Highway on Earth Day Story by Lt. j.g. Daron Weber, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) Philadelphia prides itself on giving back to the community, and did so on April 17 as eight service members converged on a local stretch of highway and cleaned it, while participating in the Command’s biennial Adopt-a-Highway project. “It’s great making such a difference in the area you work and live in,” said Lt. Ronald Navalta, who is the the Fleet Readiness Center Officer at NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia, and lives nearby. “It’s a good feeling,” he added. For an afternoon, the service members cleaned Route 1 in northeast Philadelphia, also known as the Roosevelt Boulevard, from Summerdale Avenue two miles north to Oxford Circle. About 16 trash bags were filled and the positive results were noticed quickly. “The highway definitely looks a lot better and getting out and cleaning the local area means a lot to us,” Lt. j.g. Thad Brill, a contracting specialist and intern at NAVSUP WSS, proudly said. NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia conducts more than 20 community outreach projects per year and stresses the importance of community to its service members and civilian personnel. 3

NAVSUP WSS Digital Panel/STEM Event City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter discusses U.S. Navy Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics initiatives with NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support’s Capt. Chris Mosher, SC, USN, Director of Contracting. The two met after the Mayor provided inspirational remarks during his “Digital Inclusion Beyond the Internet” panel held on April 26 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Andre’ Sadowski, NAVSUP WSS.

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) representatives attend the “Digital Inclusion Beyond the Internet” panel discussion held on April 26 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jamie Bracey, Temple University, Director STEM Education, Outreach & Research Founding Director, Pennsylvania MESA Temple University College of Engineering; the honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; Iyasu Watts, MESA Mobile Apps student; Capt. Chris Mosher, SC, USN, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS), Director of Contracting; and Lt. Cmdr. Andre’ Sadowski, NAVSUP WSS Operations Research Analyst. Photo by Kait Privitera, Mayor Nutter’s Office.


Household Goods Summer Peak Moving Season

HOUSEHOLDS GOODS SUMMER PEAK MOVING SEASON 15 May – 15 Jul 2013 WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME? Approximately 65% of all Department of Defense household goods moves occur between 15 May – 1 Aug. What can you do to ensure a smooth move? PLAN! With the decline in moving companies’ capacity and Department of Defense budget cuts, the sooner you start working with the local Personal Property Office the greater your chance of getting the desired pack out date. DON’T WAIT until a week or two before the desired pack out date to complete the process in, enter all your data and paperwork now. For Navy information on getting started with the move process, go to Another tip is to organize your house and belongings. Go through all your rooms and boxes from the last move to make sure you still need the items. If it hasn’t been worn or used in the last year, do you still need it? Sort your items by the type of shipment: household shipment; unaccompanied baggage, if authorized; professional gear and what is going in your suitcase or car. By sorting you may find out what needs to be sold, donated or disposed of. Keep in mind, if you exceed your authorized weight allowance it can be EXPENSIVE!


Household goods terms and what they mean: • Household shipment is your main shipment: furniture, dishes, washer/dryer, BBQ grill, outdoor furniture, children’s play furniture, majority of your clothes, etc. • Unaccompanied baggage, if authorized: this is the small shipment of items that you will need to survive until your big household good shipment arrives. This is normally only au thorized with overseas orders. Items to include would be enough kitchen ware/dishes to use daily (not your china), crib, clothes, some uniforms, some DVD’s not your entire library. • Professional gear: Professional books and equipment includes Household goods in a mem ber’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at next or a later destination. - Service members items could be: work manuals, awards, specialty work uni forms (Band uniforms, navy divers, flight suits, helmets, chaplain's vestments and other specialized apparel), reference materials, instruments, tools, and equipment peculiar to technicians, mechanics. - Spouse: may be authorized for a licensed profession, i.e. doctor, dentist, lawyer or community support activities at the next or a later destination, example would be a command Ombudsman. Any other profession may be considered if the ap propriate documentation can be provided. Selling Avon or Pamper Chef does not count as licensed profession. - Excluded from PBP&E - commercial products for sale/resale used in conducting business, sports equipment, and office, household, or shop fixtures or furniture (such as bookcases, study/computer desks, file cabinets, and racks) of any kind even though it may be used in conjunction with PBP&E.


Personal Excellence. Exercise helps you reach your personal best. You look good, feel good and perform at your peak on and off the job. As a Navy resource for physical fitness, the Health Promotion and Wellness Department of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center offers you resources to help keep you active so that you can be at your prime physically, psychologically and operationally. We know how to get you moving and we know how to keep you fit. Whether you want to start a new exercise routine, refresh your workout regimen or train like a professional athlete, we can help you identify the workout program to help you meet your fitness goals.

Exercise good judgment. Physical activity is an important factor in healthy living. Engaging in a variety of moderate to intense aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening and functional body movement activities will help you control your weight, reduce stress and improve your ability to do daily operational activities on or off the job. Over the long term, regular physical activity will improve your health by strengthening your bones and muscles and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It can also help promote healing if you are recovering from illness or injury.

Get moving. If you don’t exercise regularly, it’s important to just get moving. Try brisk walking, bicycling, swimming, basketball, elliptical training, attending an exercise class, mowing the lawn or gardening to help you get started. Research shows that resistance training is necessary for muscular strength and endurance. Resistance training can be done in a variety of ways, including lifting free weights, stationary weights or sand bags, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER PREVENTION AND PROTECTION START HERE

performing resistance band exercises or using your own body weight for resistance. Remember to include balance, agility and coordination activities in your workout to strengthen your functional body movement.

Refresh your workout. Already exercising, but feel like you’ve hit a plateau with your fitness regimen? We can help you revitalize your workout by identifying new movements, activities and routines to help you feel challenged and reach your fitness goals.

Train like the pros! We believe in the concept of “operational fitness”—personalizing your workout routine with exercises that mimic your job-related movements, so your workout activities relate directly to your job demands. We do this through our signature program, the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS). Geared towards individuals of all fitness levels, it combines both human performance and injury prevention strategies, resulting in more productive and safer training regimens than other high intensity workout programs. NOFFS also includes a nutrition component, so you have the tools to help you make healthy nutrition choices in shore-based and operational environments.

Be active anywhere. You don’t need a gym to be active. Visit our website for workout routines that eliminate the guesswork and photos, videos and descriptions of exercise movements to help you exercise wherever you are. For additional help with your workout routine, contact the Health and Fitness coordinator at your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program or your local health promotion coordinator. To learn how our programs can help keep you fit for service and improve your overall health, visit us at WWW.MED.NAVY.MIL/SITES/NMCPHC/ HEALTH-PROMOTION


Active Living

Chief Grant Retirement Ceremony Left: Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Equipment (ABE) Michael Grant hugs his daughter during his retirement ceremony at Naval Support Activity Philadelphia on April 4, 2013. Grant retired after 24 years of enlisted service. (U.S. Navy Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume)

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate - Equipment (ABE) Michael Grant’s shadowbox displays his various duty stations, ranks and awards. This shadowbox was presented to him during the ceremony.

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate - Equipment (ABE) Michael Grant renders a final salute during his retirement ceremony.



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Mental Health Mental or psychological health encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit and contributes to overall health and resilience. Throughout our military and civilian community, additional stressors placed on individuals and families adds to the importance of maintaining awareness of internal and external demands on health and of the many resources available to support psychological health. Maintaining good mental health is to observe basic physical and psychological needs such as: - Getting enough sleep - Eating right and exercising - Taking care of basic physical and emotional needs - Staying connected socially - Stopping to assess how things are going in life - Managing the stressors in life Many of these tips seem like common sense but when faced with challenging life situations these are often the first things neglected. Sometimes the last person to know is the one who needs help, so it’s important to recognize symptoms in friends, loved ones or oneself and to say something. Some signs of distress could include: - Drinking more heavily than normal - Agitation or anger - Withdrawing from families and friends - Difficulty concentrating - Sadness or depression Some other mental health factors: Anxiety can be like living in a world of “what if?� often with hyper vigilance and worst case scenarios. Life Stress involves all mental burdens that affect an individual - both good stress and bad stress. Sexual Trauma is any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. This can lead to many physical, psychological and emotional injuries with long-standing effects. Spirituality is personal with many giving consideration to spiritual concerns. Others may find strength in their individual belief system, whether spiritual or not. Work Adjustment involves change, such as personnel actions, fiscal issues or furloughs. Adapting to something new or different can cause considerable mental stress and personal adjustment. In retrospect, positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and make meaningful contributions to their communities. Help yourself or someone else by using these tips or passing them on. Live well and prosper. This article adapted from the U. S. Department of Defense, Operation Live Well Program. For more information go to:


Pretzel Day! Thursday, May 30 1400 (while supplies last) FREE Pretzel! (Limit 1 pretzel per person) This event is made possible through your support of the cafeterias and vending machines. Thank you for your patronage!

Location: MWR All Hands Club Patio (Bldg. 15) In case of rain, the event will be moved to inside of the MWR Club. For more information, please contact: Email -- NSAPHILMWR@NAVY.MIL



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Summer 2013 MWR Events Saturday, May 18 – Armed Forces Kids Run + Fun Fest Thursday, May 30 @ 2:00 – Pretzel Day (CIVMWR) Thursday, June 20 @ 11:30 – Summer Strides 5K Wednesday, June 26 @ 2:00 – Water Ice Day (CIVMWR) July 1 through August 31 - Fitness Incentive Program – Celebrate America! Wednesday, July 17 (TBD) – Base Picnic (CIVMWR) Thursday, July 25 (TBD) – Fitness Walk Wednesday, August 14 @ 2:00 – Ice Cream Day (CIVMWR) Wednesday, August 21 (TBD) - Fitness Walk September 1 – 30 - Fitness Incentive Program -10,000 Step Challenge Thursday, September 19 @ 2:00 – Good bye to Summer Lemonade Day (CIVMWR) Thursday, September 26 @ 11:30 – 5K

Looking for a way to enjoy Philadelphia this weekend? Why not take a ride on a Big Bus Tour or take advantage of the CityPass. The weather is expected to be perfect for exploring the City of Brotherly Love! The Big Bus Tour takes you to all of the best tourist attractions. The tour departs from corner 5th and Market Streets and stops at the Independence Visitor’s Center, Chinatown, Love Park, the “Rocky Steps”, Penn’s Landing, and many other sites. Passengers can hop on and off as much as they please or just sit back and enjoy the ride! Adult tickets are $25 and children’s tickets are $9. CityPass gives you access to some of the most popular “must see” Philadelphia attractions - the Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Trolley Works Tour, the Big Bus Company tour, the Philadelphia Zoo, National Constitution Center OR The Academy of Natural Sciences, and Eastern State Penitentiary OR Please Touch Museum. CityPASS is valid 9 days from day of first use. Price is $52.50 for adults and $34.50 for children ages 3-11. The NSA Philadelphia MWR ITT office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is located in Bldg.15, across from the cafeteria. For more information about available tickets, please contact the ITT office at 215-697-5392 or e-mail


Classifieds Spring and summer reservations are available for the MWR Picnic Pavilion Area. The rental fee is $70 and includes use of the MWR pavilion, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, the basketball court, and assorted lawn games. Access to a refrigerator and indoor restrooms is also included. (Payment of the rental fee is required to reserve your date.) Looking for something fun to do after work? Fran's Hangar Bay (MWR All Hands Club) is open Wednesday and Thursday nights at 4:00. The Club is also available to rent for your next special occasion. Planning a trip to New York City? Did you know that you could book a show, tours, dinner, and an overnight stay through MWR's Broadway Spotlight Ticket Program? Visit the website at to see all of the wonderful opportunities available to you. Want to enjoy a delicious meal before or after the show? Make reservations for a three course meal at the famous Russian Tea Room or Sardi's. You can even purchase tickets to visit the Empire State Building Observatory or Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Also available are hotel accommodations at some of the city's best hotels, such as the Waldorf-Astoria and the Four Seasons. Tickets are now available for the exhibit “Spy: The Secret World of Espionage” at the Franklin Institute. Exhibit tickets are $23 when purchased through the MWR ITT office. This is a $5 savings per ticket. Tickets include admission to the Spy exhibit, regular Franklin Institute exhibitions, and one Planetarium show. The exhibit will be at the Franklin Institute through October 6. Be sure to visit the Franklin Institute website at for additional information about the exhibit and operating hours. For more information, please contact the ITT office at 215697-5392 or or the Club office at 215-697-2297 or e-mail

The Freedom Flyer will publish free listings of personal items for sale by personnel of the Naval and Defense Activities at Philadelphia. Such items and services must represent an incidental exchange between personnel on the installation and not be business operations. Ads are limited to 15 words, include Command/Code, one per employee, and photos are highly encouraged. Work extensions may only be used on car and van pool ads. All others must use a home or cell phone number. Ads are printed on a space available basis. Send submissions to MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume at

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Commanding Officer Capt. James W. Smart Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Robert Speight Deputy Site Manager NSAP Dennis Donahue Site Manager PNY HTCS(SW) Charles Brautcheck Editorial Director MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume The Freedom Flyer is an authorized publication for members of the military service and civilian personnel of the Navy and Department of Defense commands and activities located at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, nor the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content of this publication is reviewed, prepared, and distributed by the NSA Philadelphia Public Affairs Office. For more information please contact MC2(SCW) Ace Rheaume, NSA Philadelphia Public Affairs Officer, at 215-697-5995 or


Thursday - June 27th Starts at Noon $120 per person (Incudes) Golf, Cart, Lunch, Dinner and Prizes Hot Dinner Buffet after Golf Dinner only Participants: $28 Location: Five Ponds Golf Course 1225 W. Street Road Warminster, PA 18974 (215) 956-9727

Reservations/Payments required by: June 10th For more information please contact: Lee Adams / Dennis Donahue 700 Robbins Avenue Bldg 10 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19111 215-697-6692 / 215-697-6458

May 2013 NSAP Freedom Flyer  

May 2013 edition of the NSAP Freedom Flyer. Newsletter for the Naval Support Activity Philadelphia community.

May 2013 NSAP Freedom Flyer  

May 2013 edition of the NSAP Freedom Flyer. Newsletter for the Naval Support Activity Philadelphia community.