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FEBRUARY 7, 2013

Region reduces services to maintain operational readiness By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs The pressures and uncertainty of the continuing resolution and lack of fiscal 2013 Federal Budget have been felt around DOD and will lead to implementation of a Commander, Navy Installations Command-directed reductions in facility services levels. As the potential of sequestration looms, additional cost-saving measures could also be seen at Navy shore installations. “A lot of our support services are done through common contracts. Service level reductions will affect everyone on this installation, as it has at installations across the region,” said Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Patuxent River executive officer. Navy shore senior leaders are working alongside their regional leadership, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, public works staff and tenant commands to plan for direct cost reduction measures. “While changes to specific services are still being evaluated, mission readiness remains the primary concern,” Shevchuk said. “These changes will help reduce our expenditures in the coming years so we can stay within budget and protect the service levels in other programs that more directly impact Fleet, Fighter and Family.” At NAS Patuxent River, the most noticeable change made has been

with the contracted transportation services, many of which were funded entirely with the Naval District Washington’s (NDW) Regional operations and maintenance budget. To meet fiscal 2013 budget constraints, “NDW had to make a decision on what should and shouldn’t be funded anymore,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Kwok, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, NAS Patuxent River Public Works Department. Transportation-related services affected are: shuttle services to D.C. area locations, the government driver’s licensing program, and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMO) transfer station. “Since these services were determined not to be regional responsibilities, NDW decided to stop or reduce funding to these services to save costs,” Kwok said. The shuttle between the installation and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has recently been terminated, and shuttle stops at Bethesda and the Navy Yard were eliminated November 2012. Additionally, tenant activities requiring operator and licensing services have been required to pay for those services themselves since November 2012. The final transportation service to be affected by recent cuts is the DRMO transfer station currently operating aboard NAS Patuxent River. DRMO operations have been reduced and are now only

available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Although these changes to the transportation services may have only affected a few of Pax River’s tenant units, everyone on the installation will notice the coming facility services reductions as all Navy shore commands must reduce their common output levels (COL) for facility services from COL 3 to COL 4, with a few exceptions. Simply put, “Service levels are being reduced in order to save costs because of budgetary constraints,” Kwok said. “Given the current fiscal considerations, it’s the responsible thing to do because the resourcing isn’t there and we are working through the contract modification process to implement the service reductions.” With these service level reductions, employees can expect to see less frequent performance of certain custodial tasks such as restroom stocking and cleaning and the elimination of some recurring tasks such as carpet cleaning and floor care. Grounds maintenance--grass cutting and other landscaping measures—will be reduced, allowing uncontrolled growth of grass, trees and shrubs. For some areas, services will only be performed to maintain health, safety or sanitation or to prevent loss or encroachment. “There are no plans to shift performance of contracted services or functions to our Sailors or civilians,” Kwok said. “However, peo

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Yeoman 1st Class (EXW/SW/AW) Rollis Talalemotu cleans out his office waste bin at the end of the work day. As a result of cost-cutting services reductions across DOD, contracted services such as daily desk-side trash pick up and recycling collection are being reduced. ple will be expected to take on a greater role for basic housekeeping tasks in their workspaces—such as removing trash and recycling from their desk or office to centralized collection points within buildings, and cleaning after themselves in break rooms.” In accordance with regulations and policies, some facilities, such as the child care centers, are exempt

from service reductions because of the nature of their function. Kwok said commands can submit a formal waiver request for approval by the Regional Commander to remain above COL 4, but will be responsible for fully funding the additional requirements, if approved. For more information on waiver requests, call Public Works at 301-757-4829.

Olekson earns NAVFAC Civilian Engineer of the Year

By James Johnson Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs

A NAS Patuxent River Public Works Department Project Engineer was honored at a luncheon onboard Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Jan. 30 after being named Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington’s 2013 Civilian Engineer of the Year. Earlier this month, Rear Adm. Katherine Gregory, commander, NAVFAC, and chief of civil engineers announced Anthony Olekson as their selection. “I’m very proud of this award. I consider it not only recognition of my accomplishments as an engineer, but a nod to everyone at NAVFAC. My colleagues at Patuxent

River are some of the best folks I’ve had the pleasure of working with and it’s because of them and their support that work is successfully executed, day in and day out,” Olekson said. “But what makes my job special is the feeling that, in some way, I’m giving back to those men and women in uniform who give so much to us.” Olekson has recently been involved with two $5 million, 18,000-square-foot office buildings and a $10 million, 18,000-squarefoot special communications facility. He has completed in-house design projects which have saved money for NAVFAC’s supported commands. He also filled the role of regional traffic engineer, working to make Pax River a safer place to work. The award was presented by Capt. Kenneth Branch, NAVFAC Washington commanding officer

and Naval District Washington regional engineer, and Tom Cox, deputy regional engineer. “In the years of being on our local boards and in NAVFAC, there are some incredible engineers out there supporting NAVFAC and it’s an honor to be in a position where I can recognize them,” Cox said.

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NAS Patuxent River Public Works Department Project Engineer Tony Olekson, center, receives the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington 2013 Civilian Engineer of the Year Award from Deputy Regional Engineer Tom Cox, left, and Capt. Kenneth Branch, NAVFAC Washington commanding officer and Naval District Washington regional engineer.



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MV-22s ready for April arrival Ask the CO:

Can I send personal emails with my government email? By Capt. H.E. Mills NAS Patuxent River commanding officer

Courtesy photo by Bell Helicopter

Aircraft 197 hovers over a runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Jan. 22. This is the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be delivered in April. This Osprey is the 197th MV-22 produced by Bell-Boeing under contract from the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) at NAS Patuxent River. Twelve MV-22s, the Marine Corps variant of the V-22 Osprey, are being assigned to HMX-1. The MV22s, which are replacing the squadron’s CH-46Es, are being assigned to the executive support squadron to provide logistics and passenger support to Marine One flights, flying VIPs to various locations in and around Washington, D.C.

From parents emailing their child’s teacher, to people making an off-base appointment, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to whether or not you can use your government email address to accomplish these tasks. While it’s OK for a government employee to use his or her government email address to take care of certain personal matters during the work day-contacting a spouse, scheduling an appointment, communicating with your child’s teacheremails sent from your government address must fol-

low the standards stated in Joint Ethics Regulation 2-301 and JER 3-305. Some of the stipulations to using government email for personal use include not using it for chain letters, soliciting or unofficial advertising. What could be the most important standard set forth in the JER is to not use your government email to make public statements on behalf of the DOD or Navy or any statements that can be perceived as such. Simply put, if your job responsibilities do not include speaking on behalf of the Navy or DOD, do not use your government email to express your opinions, espe-

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Army aviation community honors Navy officer for life-saving efforts Navy Capt. Paul Overstreet’s initiatives lauded for protecting aviators, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines during contingency operations By Marcia Hart Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft Public Affairs Heaven’s archangel Michael may have some earthly competition in Navy Capt. Paul Overstreet. Overstreet, who works as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Weapons System program manager at NAS Patuxent River, was named in December as an Honorary Knight of the Order of St. Michael by the Army Aviation Association of America. Overstreet received the award for his efforts while serving as the program manager for the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems (ATAPS) Program Office (PMA-272) at NAS Pax River from October 2008 to June 2012, and is one of 90 people who have received the award since its 2010 inception.

“The Order of Saint Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates and peers,” according to the association. “Overstreet demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence and served the United States Army Aviation community with distinction. He exemplified the same qualities as St. Michael and is recognized as champion for his long-term and unwavering support of Army Aviation.” Overstreet said he was humbled and surprised by the award.” “It is an honor to receive this recognition from the U.S. Army Aviation community,” Overstreet

said. “Throughout my tour with PMA-272, I diligently worked to foster a close relationship with both the Air Force and Army, whose helicopter communities experienced similar combat survivability challenges as the Navy and Marine Corps.” Army Aviation organizers said Overstreet’s military exploits are akin to heaven’s famed avenger St. Michael, the award’s namesake. While serving as the ATAPS program manager and working in concert with the Army Program Management Office for Aircraft Survivability Equipment, organizers said Overstreet brought new and enhanced aircraft self-protection equipment and technology to the warfighter to protect the lives of aviators, soldiers, airmen, Sailors and Marines during contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and

Northern Africa. “In both Iraq and Afghanistan, all service platforms were sometimes required to augment each other’s missions,” Overstreet said. “Both my Army and Air Force counterparts were committed to fielding the best survivability equipment and tactics fast as possible. This was done, so that regardless of what service they were in, our warfighters got the best possible survivability equipment available. Much work needs to be done still, but the data clearly shows our efforts have paid off in greatly increasing the survivability of our platforms engaged in combat operations.” Beyond a salute from the Army community, Overstreet also received a “bravo zulu” from naval aviation leadership. “Captain Overstreet understood the importance of fostering a safe environment for all service members and led a team that worked tirelessly to accomplish that,” said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, program executive

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Capt. Paul Overstreet, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Weapons System program manager at NAS Patuxent River, was recently recognized as an Honorary Knight of the Order of St. Michael by the Army Aviation Association of America for his efforts while serving as the program manager for the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272). officer for the Navy’s Tactical Aircraft, which oversees PMA-272. “Being presented with the Order of Saint Mi-

chael Award is an honor, but knowing he helped bring service members home safely is the real reward.”

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Pax Pro:

Countdown to Solid Curtain/ Citadel Shield

Aviation Electrician’s Mate Rachael N. Smith

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 Hometown: Warren, Mich. Time at Pax: Four months Navy service: One year Smith’s work ethic: Work to my own personal standards, which I set. Aviation Electronics Airman Rachael N. Smith was chosen for Pax People recognition for her dedication to excellence and outstanding initiative, according to her supervisor. She has proven herself to be an integral part of the Pioneer Team. Smith represents VX1 through attention-to-detail involved with weekly submission and procurement of dozens of name tag and engraving requests, and constant self-improvement through relentless pursuit of qualifications. Her military bearing and professionalism also earned her a recommendation to become a member of the Naval Air Station Honor Guard. Smith said her goals are to earn Navy Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Plane Captain qualifications, to help develop her command’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions chapter, and to continue working to-

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AEAN Rachel N. Smith ward her bachelor’s degree. Smith said she joined the Navy for a new experience and plans to take full advantage of the opportunities the Navy has to offer. She said her decision was influenced by her uncle who had 20 years of Navy service. Pax Pros are submitted by the person’s supervisor and have been vetted by their unit’s leadership. To nominate someone for Pax Pro, please email

News briefs On base:

Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pies

Order deadline: Friday, noon The Naval Air Station First Class Petty Officers Association is holding a Valentine’s Day Sale of Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with delivery to NAS Patuxent River and Webster Outlying Field on Valentine’s Day. Cost is: One for $1; six for $5; and 12 for $9. Contact Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Christopher Robbins at

Junior Sailor’s ‘Sweetheart Dance’

Friday, 7-10 p.m. Lincoln Military Conference Center Sailors E-5 and below are invited to join in this free red and white ball-themed dance. Music provided by DJ in A Box, sponsored by the MWR Liberty Program. Photo taking, finger foods, punch bowl and a chocolate fountain are also available. Prizes for best dressed couple and best dressed single male and female. Child care provided from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Religious Program Center, building 401. To register for child care, contact Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class (AW) Christian Yambao at or 301-757-6290.

Pax River’s Love Story Competition

Deadline: Tuesday, 9 p.m. Win a Valentines dinner for two at the River’s Edge and two tickets to the Center Stage Theater. Think you have the best real-life love story? Tell your story in 1,000 words or less. Title: How did you meet your service member? Submit your Love Story to Winners will be announced Wednesday.

DAU seminar: PPBE and BBPI 2.0

Feb. 21, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Center Stage Theater Hear Roberta Tomasini, Defense Acquisition University, offer insight to what’s new with the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution Process, Better Buying Power Initiative 2.0, the Budget Review Process and more. There are two sessions. Registration is not required. For more information, email or

is holding a Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner with guest speaker Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes. The first 20 Wounded Warrior and guest who registers are admitted for free. Everyone is welcome. Register with Duane Mallicoat at 240895-7363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330.

NAS Patuxent River Blood Drive

Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building atrium Come donate blood to the Armed Services Blood Program and help save a life. For more information, please contact Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alysha Arlequin at 301-342-2752.

By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Active-duty Sailors and Marines can apply for a Quick Assist Loan (QAL) for up to $500 at the Navy Marine Corps

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Free tutoring for military families

Family members of National Guard, Reserve and active-duty military in grades kindergarten through 12 are eligible to receive one-to-one academic support 24/7. Help is available in 16 subjects, including algebra, physics, history, grammar and essay writing, plus advanced placement classes and test preparations. Students can get step-by-step homework help or ask a tutor to just proofread their work. For more information or to connect with a tutor, visit www.

NMCRS Scholarships, Interest-Free Loans

Applications for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) educational scholarships and interest-free loans for the 2013-2014 academic year are available at www. Students eligible to apply include spouses or youths age 22 and younger of Sailors and Marines who are on active duty, retired or died while on active duty or in a retired status.

Scholarships for Military Children

Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program are now available at the NAS Patuxent River Commissary and online at Applications are due by close of business Feb. 22 to any commissary.

Patuxent River Alumni Extension Chapter

The Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association hosts a Wounded Warrior Appreciation Dinner March 6 at the River’s Edge Restaurant. Anyone interested in sponsoring a Wounded Warrior for the dinner or a Chopticon High School student who is helping with the event should contact Duane Mallicoat at 240-895-7363 or Bill Lankford at 240-895-7330.

Wounded Warrior Dinner

NMCRS Quick Assist Loans

Register by Feb. 27 March 6 River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center The Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association

Suspicious packages take many forms and sizes As the Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield exercise approaches, testing our security and emergency personnel, it’s also an opportunity for the employees and contractors at NAS Patuxent River to be reminded of the part we can play in our own security. Would you know what to do if you saw a suspicious package laying somewhere - like an out-of-place box or briefcase or backpack - or received a piece of mail that didn’t look quite right to you? “IEDs (improvised explosive device) can take any form and be any size - from a letter to a semi-trailer,” warned Sgt. James Williams, Naval District Washington police training officer assigned to Patuxent River. “People need to be vigilant and notice things around them.” There are many signs that could indicate a suspicious package. “Look for odd labeling such as ‘confidential’ or ‘private’ notations, or lures like ‘you could be a winner’; excessive hand-applied postage; poorly addressed or misspelled labels; vague return address or no return address,” Williams said. “Also look for a strange appearance like excessive packing tape or string; whether it’s lopsided or uneven; stained or discolored; or has an odor.” And don’t ignore the obvious, said Williams. Is the package in an odd place, like tucked against the side of a building or on a loading dock? Is it ticking? Is there any sound at all? Can you see protruding wires or foil? Is it leaking fluid or is a powdery substance evident? When it comes to threats in the mail, our postal staff is the first line of defense. “A good mail center can prevent a suspicious package from ever reaching its intended recipient,” said John Gvozd, Deputy Director of Postal Operations. An average of 21,000 pieces of mail flow through Pax River’s postal operations in a single month, and all postal employees are required to undergo annual certification for mail screening and handling. “Every piece of incoming mail is x-rayed using either a hand-held wand or by passing through x-ray equipment,” explained Elaine Gass, postal operations analyst. “Depending on the scenario, suspicious packages are reported to either force protection personnel or NCIS.” If you decide a package is suspicious, leave it alone. If indoors, tell your supervisor, clear the area and call security at 342-3911. “Make the call from a desk phone,” Williams said. “Don’t

The Patuxent River Alumni Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) offers its Second Annual STEM’s Future Leaders $1,000 scholarship for Southern Maryland Public and Private High School graduating seniors. Students must be accepted and attend a college or university majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in the fall 2013 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, visit

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Postal employees at NAS Patuxent River are trained to recognize suspicious packages arriving by mail, but suspicious packages can come in many shapes and sizes, so it is up to everyone on the installation to remain vigilant of their surroundings.



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New leadership for Navy’s Aircrew Systems Program Office About Capt. Nora Burghardt Program Manager, Aircrew Systems (PMA-202) Acquisition Experience: Worked in the Research and Engineering’s Propulsion and Power Systems Department, serving as the operations officer leading the Propulsion Management Board; served the H-60 Program Office (PMA-299) as both the director of Logistics and the military lead assistant program manager for Logistics; was the deputy program manager for F/A-18 and EA-18G air vehicle systems. Awards: Earned 1997 Officer of the Year while stationed at Barbers Point, Hawaii, with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37; won the Commander Naval Air Forces 2007 Leadership Award; recently earned a Legion of Merit award for her accomplishments in PMA-265. Hobbies: Taking care of her four horses and five dogs; plus swimming, tennis and acting as basketball statistician/scorekeeper for her daughter’s team. Fantasy superpower: “To inspire people to believe or realize they can do anything they really want to.”

By Paula A. Paige Program Management (AIR 1.0) Public Affairs

The Navy’s Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202), which manages all equipment that directly supports aircrew and troops in the performance of their missions, gained a new leader Jan. 30 during a change of command ceremony at NAS Patuxent River. Capt. Nora Burghardt, who previously served as the deputy program manager for Air Vehicle Systems in the F/A18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), replaced Capt. Roger Ligon as PMA-202’s new leader during an afternoon ceremony in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building. Ligon’s next assignment will be working as the military director of the Weapons and Energetics Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at China Lake, Calif. “The men and women of the Aircrew Systems Program Office have been instrumental in increasing the safety and effectiveness of Navy and Marine aircrew for many years,” Ligon said. “It has been a distinct privilege to have led them in that enterprise these last three years.” A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Burghardt earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s in administration as well as dual master’s degrees in material logistics and financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Her assignments include stints at Barbers Point, Hawaii, as a maintenance materials control officer; serving aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), where she completed four major deployments, including being the first to arrive on scene in the Arabian Gulf after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and as an Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMD) officer aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). “I’m looking forward to managing the systems that sup-

port our aircrew and the fleet,” Burghardt said during the ceremony, which was highlighted by keynote speaker Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, the deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Program. “Roger has accomplished game-changing initiatives in this program office. I intend

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Family Support Center on temporary duty orders for this week-long process. With various presenters on-hand this one-stop shop allows you to take care of all of your IA needs. Spouses are encouraged to attend from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 to hear recently returned IA’s experiences and important information for family support issues.

Infant Massage at Glen Forrest Community Center

Sponsor Training

Feb. 20, 8:30-10 a.m. Stress is a part of life. Participants learn how their beliefs and thought processes impact how they deal with stress. Participants will walk away with specific actions to manage stress that they can incorporate into their life immediately.

Monday, 9-10 a.m. This training is for the active-duty military who have been assigned to “sponsor” another active-duty service member arriving at this duty location. Hours of Operation Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All classes and seminars are held at FFSC unless otherwise noted. Workshops and seminars are free and open to active-duty and retired military and their family members. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 301-342-4911.

1-2-3-4 Parents (three sessions)

IA Indoc

Feb. 13, 8 a.m. to noon Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely used instrument designed to help bring insight into yourself and others. MBTI is useful for self awareness, career interest, relationships and leadership. This workshop also helps reevaluate how you behave and interact with others.

Register by Friday Feb. 11-15, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals who have been selected for Individual Augmentee (IA) are strongly encouraged to report to Fleet and

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Capt. Nora Burghardt replaces Capt. Roger Ligon as the new program manager for the Navy’s Aircrew Systems Program Office during a change of command ceremony at NAS Patuxent River on Jan. 30.

Feb. 12, 19 and 26, 4-6 p.m. This three-session program is designed to meet the challenges of parenting children ages 1 to 4 by focusing on: Developmental stages, disciplining strategies, encouragement skills, building self-esteem and bonding.

Myers Briggs

Feb. 14 and 28, 9-9:45 a.m. Learn the benefits of touching and massaging your baby. Deepen the attachment with parents and siblings.

Stress Management

Financial Considerations for Families, Deployments

Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Military life is a mobile life; you never know when, to where or for how long you may be called to serve. With that in mind, this workshop offer tips to help prepare your family finances for deployment.

Ten Steps to a Federal Job

Feb. 20, 1-4 p.m. Learn how to navigate the federal job system.

SAPR Refresher Training

Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m. Role-playing SAPR scenarios offers the advocate practice time which builds confidence and skill level.

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Naval Test Wing Atlantic honors best of 2012 By Kirsten Houpt Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs Intern

Naval Test Wing Atlantic recognized six members of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division test and evaluation community during ceremonies at NAS Patuxent River on Jan. 24. The award, established in 2002, recognizes leadership, professionalism and contribution to the command’s readiness. Lt. Cmdr. Lance Foster, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, was named Outstanding Maintenance Officer of the Year for championing the unit’s AIRSPEED Black Belt improvement processes review and Green Belt implementation of MH-60 aircraft phase maintenance charter. Outstanding Maintenance Chief Petty Officer of the Year went to Chief Petty Officer Henry Cedeno, of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, for his management of personnel, aircraft and test projects. Lt. Chad Berman from HX-21 was honored as Outstanding Test Pilot of the Year for his initiative and leadership of the MH-60 weapons system project. Additionally, Lt. Sean Finner of VX-23, was selected as Outstanding Naval Flight Officer of the Year for

U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt

Naval Test Wing Atlantic gathers its best for the 2012 Testers of the Year ceremonies held Jan. 24 at NAS Patuxent River. Surrounded by this year’s presenters, standing from left, Lt. Sean Finner, Lt. Chad Berman, Chief Petty Officer Sean Finner, Cmdr. Anthony Fortescue and Lt Cmdr. Lance Foster. his role as F/A 18 mission systems project officer and leadership of six high-priority projects. Scott Ferris, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX)

Test Engineer of the Year, recognizing his accomplishments in the Mission Systems Radar Branch. The Test Pilot School (TPS) Instructor of the Year

award was presented to Cmdr. Anthony Fortescue, one of the few instructors who teach all three TPS curricula systems. “Our awardees have

distinguished themselves among the numerous professionals within our [developmental, test and evaluation] community,” said Marine Corps Col. Roger

Cordell, commander of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic. “Their dedication and tireless efforts have made valuable systems and aircraft available to the fleet.”

NAVAIR announces 2012 Sailor of the Year By Jennifer Neal Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) honored its three Sailor of the Year finalists and announced the winner during a ceremony at NAS Patuxent River on Jan. 31 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building atrium. “Each of our Sailors here today are the finest in our Navy,” said NAVAIR Command Master Chief Bret Joel, recognizing Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class (AW/ SW) Marica L. Ferguson from NAVAIR 6.0 Logistics and Industrial Operations; Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Ryan Kirk from Air Test and Evalua-

tion Squadron (HX) 21 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; and Naval Aircrewman-Mechanical 1st Class (AW) Charles B. Davis of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. “They have not only met, but surpassed, all expectations set forth for first class petty officers,” Joel said. The event’s host, NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway, congratulated all three finalists before announcing the winner. “We’re here to celebrate the best of the best,” Dunaway said. “These are very fine people competing at a high level. We’re recognizing them because they each broke out continuously over the years for sustained superior performance.” Dunaway then an-

nounced Kirk as the 2012 NAVAIR Sailor of the Year. Kirk, who was born in Modesto, Calif., enlisted in the Navy in January 2000. He currently serves as the hangar 109 leading petty officer at HX-21 and now competes for Vice Chief of Naval Operations Shore Activities Sailor of the Year. Ferguson and Davis each received a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their accomplishments. “One final note to all of our Sailors of the Year here today,” Joel said. “You have distinguished yourselves not only here today, but before all of your shipmates in your command and the Navy. We know you will continue to serve the Navy and your country with the ideals of our values of honor, courage and commitment well into the future.”

U.S. Navy photo by Noel Hepp

From left, NAVAIR Command Master Chief Bret Joel; finalist Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class (AW/SW) Marica L. Ferguson from NAVAIR 6.0 Logistics and Industrial Operations; 2012 NAVAIR Sailor of the Year Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Ryan Kirk from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; finalist Naval Aircrewman-Mechanical 1st Class (AW) Charles B. Davis of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division; and NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway.



dinner Feb. 14. The menu features a selection of Italian dishes: gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, Veal Parmesan, plus a pasta bar. Cost is: Members, $14.95; and non-members, $16.95. Coupons are redeemable. Wine tasting packages are also available.

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Customized Creations

Register for a class or get more information at Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293. Annual Arts and Crafts Spring Fling registrations Vendor registrations for the Second Annual Spring Fling is underway. Military, DOD civilians, contractors sponsored guests can participate and register based on the following schedule: Today, active-duty and retired military; Monday, past crafters; Feb. 19, DOD civilians and contractors. Craft spaces are $60, and table and chairs are also available for rent. Stop by the Customized Creations Office to register located off of Millstone Rd. Crafts to Share with Your Kids Register by Feb. 27 March 6, 12 and 19, 5:30-7 p.m. This is a series of three classes where parents and youths can learn different crafts: Class one, simple popup cards; class two, making roller stamps; and class three, making a bas relief (raised) tinfoil pictures. Cost is $20 with a $5 materials fee for each class. All supplies are provided. Youths must be age 8 or older and accompanied by an adult.

River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center

To make a reservation or for more information, stop by River’s Edge or call 301-342-3656. Very Special Valentine Dinner Feb. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your Valentine to the River’s Edge for a romantic


Register for a class and get more information at the Fitness and Sports Office or call 301-757-1194. Couch to 5K Training Program Begins Feb. 12; runs 11 weeks Thinking about running your first 5K? Haven’t run in a while? Looking to improve your short distance pace? This program is for everyone and is just in time to prepare for the Earth Day 5K. Training begins Feb. 12 and meets as a group at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with at least one additional run per week on your own. Program is free for all base personnel. Mission Nutrition March 6 Mission Nutrition is a free one-day class for active-duty military and their spouse only. Class includes nutrition topics such as weight control, mindless and emotional eating, planning meals, shopping and eating out, supplements, sports nutrition and more. A weekly lunch-hour group exercise class is also offered: April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 5. Call 301-342-5449 to register. 10-Mile Relay Race March 22, 11:30 a.m.; rain date, March 29 The Patuxent River Relay Race is a 10-mile course along the Patuxent River. Teams can be made up of two to five runners with each member running between 2-8 miles, depending on team size. First, second and third place awards are given for each division: Male, female and co-ed. Cost: Free for active-duty without a race shirt; $12 for everyone else which includes race shirt. Registration forms available at, click on Fleet and Family Readiness, and then Fitness and Sports.

Rassieur Youth Center

For more information on Rassieur Youth Center programs and events, visit the youth center or call 301-342-1694.

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Mattapany Day Camp Registration MDC registration begins Feb. 25. Monday through Wednesdays are registration days, and Thursdays and Fridays are for payment appointments. The registration days are: current school-age center participants, Feb. 25 through Mar. 1; active-duty military, March 4-8; DOD civilians, March 11-15; and contractors, March 18-22. Registration forms and packets are available at Patuxent, click on Fleet and Family Readiness, Support Services and then Mattapany Day Camp, and at the Rassieur Youth Center. MDC runs June 10 through Aug. 16.

The Liberty Program sponsors free or reduced-price events for NAS Patuxent River active-duty E1-E6. Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For more information about Liberty and its programs, call 301-342-4208. Some of the trips being planned are: * Feb. 14, 6 p.m.: Cupid’s Revenge Sick of the hearts, flowers and cards? How about chocolates, teddy bears and roses? Need an escape from all the love-struck couples? Join the Liberty Center and take revenge on Cupid by enjoying being single. Events include: Sumo wrestling, a table tennis tournament, action movie marathon and more. Free event. No couples allowed. For more information, contact Mindy Mackey at 301-342-3565 or * Feb. 23: Snowboard/Ski Trip * Tuesdays: Texas Hold ‘em * Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Game Night * Thursdays, 6 p.m.: Movie and Munchie Night


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Thursday, Feb. 7 6:30 p.m., This is 40 An original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete and Debbie from “Knocked Up” as we see how they are dealing with their current state of life. Rated: R (2 hr, 14 min) Friday, Feb. 8 6:30 p.m., Jack Reacher When a gunman takes five lives, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. The suspect offers up a note:


“Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an chase for the truth, pitting Reacher against an enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep. Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 10 min) 9:30 p.m., Django Unchained Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him faceto-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle

brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Rated: R (2 hr, 46 min) Saturday, Feb. 9 4 p.m., Parental Guidance Grandfather Artie meets


his match when he and his wife Diane agree to baby-sit their three grand kids when their type-A helicopter parents go away for work, 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods, but learning to bend, binds the family together. Rated: PG (1 hr, 45 min)

living with his parents after spending eight months in a state institution. Pat is determined to rebuild his life when he meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. Rated: R (2 hr, 2 min)

6:30 p.m., Silver Linings Playbook Pat Solatano has lost everything and finds himself

9:30 p.m., Django Unchained FREE Sneak Preview

Sunday, Feb. 10 2 p.m., Escape From Planet Earth (3D) Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. Rated: PG Monday and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, Feb. 13 6:30 p.m., Silver Linings Playbook



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Florida Tech’s Patuxent site holds 60th commencement Chaplains corner:

What do you hope for?

By Father Mike Dolan NAS Patuxent River Chapel

Courtesy photo

Twenty-one students--both military and civilians--from the 2012 Summer and Fall semesters graduated from Florida Institute of Technology’s Patuxent Extended Studies Site in Lexington Park in January. Wearing the school’s academic regalia for the first time, were the 11 students participating in the 60th commencement ceremony, which was held on Solomons Island. From left are, front row, Professor Rosalind Woolbright and students Leanne Serman, Thomas Donahue and Paul Flynn; middle row, site director Dr. Robert Schaller Sr., Professor Emeritus Norm Chlosta, students Deborah Atkinson, Kelly Ennis, Sabana Moore-Barnes, Elizabeth Pickering, and guest speaker Capt. Ted Mills, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer; and back row, students Pam Collins, Andrew Gordon, Laurie Sinisi, Karen Lynch, and Professor Dr. David Mutschler.


God has a way of bringing some things back to us when most appropriate; such as the following saying that I came across some time ago: “Build a better world,” says God, and we say, “How? The world is such a vast place and so complicated now ... we’re so small and useless, there’s nothing we can do.” God in all his wisdom replies, “Then build a better you.” We all have hope. It’s impossible to live without it. The problem is how do we realize what we hope for? Well, we can start by building “a better you.” As Thomas Merton once said, this involves dying who you are to become the one God wants and means you to be. It means conversion to the will of God. The striking aspect of this resignation or conversion is its strong parallel with the steps that lead to the acceptance of physical death. First there is awareness of the reality, followed by the denial of the reality. Then, there is the rationalization against acceptance of that reality, and finally resignation to accept the reality. In the spiritual realm, a resignation is commonly identified as conversion. With resignation our vain sense of physical immortality dies. But in the spiritual sense, the delusion that our former way of life is all there is dies. Neither resignation nor conversion allows for retreat. Many are not willing to go as far as resignation to the will of God because it forces a response of unconditional obedience to God’s will. It forces a “yes” to God that entails other “yes’s,” and only God knows where that would end. But, that is what we are called to do. It involves taking Jesus into our very being and unconditionally surrendering to him in love. Your life then becomes the life of Jesus in a new translation. It is the way you “build a better you,” and that is all there is for us.



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Pax Fire and Emergency Services kicks off Biggest Loser Campaign

U. S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Saufley Road is named in honor of Lt. j.g. Richard D. Saufley who died in a crash while making an endurance test on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., June 9, 1916.

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

NAS Patuxent River firefighter Mark Joy, right, weighs in during the official kick off of the Fire and Emergency Services Biggest Loser Weight Loss Campaign on Feb. 4. Capt. Luke Hagensick, left, will assist in tracking the participants’ progress throughout the 12-week program, which ends April 30. The individual with the highest percentage of body weight lost after the contest ends will be declared the winner. The campaign, an effort to promote physical fitness within the department, is open to all fire and emergency services personnel at NAS Patuxent River and Webster Field.


Continued from 3 Relief Society (NMCRS) Full Service Office. Most QALs can be processed on a walk-in basis in 15 minutes. Active-duty Marines and Sailors must apply in person. QALs are short-term, interest-free loans available to service members facing a family emergency or other urgent financial situation and are available Sailors and Marines on active duty, have no outstanding loans with NMCRS, and in need of help with basic living expenses or family emergencies.

Where’s Gnorman?

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Be the first to call in his location and receive two free Center Stage Theater movie tickets; good for any Center Stage movie. The same person cannot win more than once a month. Last week’s winner was Marvie McCrimmon. Contest calls are not taken after 4:30 p.m. Friday. Call the Tester staff at 301-342-4163.

Off base:

Common Scholarship Applications

Deadline: March 15 The 2013 St. Mary’s County Common Scholarship Application is available at This application features 39 different scholarships offered by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Last year more than 100 local scholarships were awarded worth approximately $250,000. The Seventh Annual Scholarship Awards Event is 4-5 p.m. May 17 at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center.

HR offers Planning for Retirement

Feb. 21-22; April 25-26 and June 12-13 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington Navy Yard, building 22 The Human Resources Office-Washington is offering Planning for Retirement seminars for Federal employees with 10 years or less to retirement eligibility. Get an overview of benefits and financial goal setting for a transition into retirement. To register, submit an approved SF-182, training request document form, to Janie Harens at Janie.Harens@navy.




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African-American Heritage: Sailors fought the enemy while fighting segregation By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Each February America commemorates African-American Heritage Month, and this year’s theme: “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington” highlights two important anniversaries in AfricanAmerican history. Setting the path to an end to slavery 150 years ago was the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a century following that event, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Had A Dream Speech” on the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, honoring the president who authored the Emancipation Proclamation. While these two events led the way for equality in America, the U.S. Navy is noted as leading the way for racial integration in the armed services. Documents housed at the Naval History and Heritage Command credit the Navy for planting the seed for racial integration when it trained a generation of officer and enlisted African-American service members during World War II. While this paved the way for integrated services, African-Americans’ naval service actually dates beyond the Department of Navy’s establishment in 1798 as they were part of state and continental navies too. African-Americans have a long heritage of Navy service during times of peace and conflict, on ships, on shore, in the air and even under water. Currently, there are more than a dozen U.S. Navy and Liberty

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656): A submarine named in honor of scientist George Washington Carver. U.S. Navy photos

USS Harmon (DE-678): The first ship to be named in honor of an African-American. Navy Cross recipient, Mess Attendant 1st Class Leonard Roy Harmon, posthumously awarded for heroism during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942. ships, and a submarine named in honor of African-Americans. USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089, later FF-1089 and FFT-1089): Named in honor of Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American naval aviator. Brown was killed in action during the Korean War. USS Miller (DE-1091, later FF1091): Named in honor of Navy Cross recipient, Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller, awarded for heroism during the Pearl Harbor Raid on Dec. 7, 1941. USNS PFC James Anderson Jr. (T-AK-3002): Named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Pfc. James Anderson, awarded posthumously for heroism during the Vietnam War. USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG60): Named in honor of Medal of

Honor recipient, Marine Corps Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, awarded posthumously for heroism during the Vietnam War. USNS Henson (T-AGS-63): Named in honor of the Arctic Explorer Matthew Alexander Henson. USNS Watson (T-AKR-310): Named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Army Pvt. George Watson, awarded posthumously for heroism during World War II. USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79): Named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Pfc. Oscar P. Austin, awarded posthumously for heroism during the Vietnam War. USS Pinckney (DDG 91): Named in honor of Navy Cross recipient, Ship’s Cook 3rd Class William Pinckney, who rescued a

fellow crew member onboard the carrier Enterprise during the Battle of Santa Cruz in October 1942. USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7): Named in honor of Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear, a pioneer in the Navy. Brashear was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the Navy Diving School and the first to qualify and serve as a master diver. Brashear became an amputee after he sustained a leg injury during a salvage operation, but went on to become the first amputee U.S. Navy diver restored to full active duty. After 31 years of service, Brashear retired April 1, 1979. He was the subject of the 2000 movie “Men of Honor.” USS Gravely (DDG 107): Named in honor of Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African-American in the Navy to be commissioned an officer, and the first to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler) and a major warship (USS Jouett). Gravely was also the first African-American

to achieve flag rank, eventually becoming a vice admiral, and the first African-American to command a numbered fleet (3rd). USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13): Named in honor of civil rights activist Medgar Evers who changed race relations in America. As the country wrestled to end segregation, Evers led efforts to secure the right to vote for all AfricanAmericans and to integrate public facilities, schools and restaurants. On June 12, 1963, the Mississippi native was assassinated in the driveway of his home. USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10): Named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American physician, regarded as the father of the blood bank whose blood collection and plasma processing and storage methods first benefited soldiers in the field during World War II. His blood bank design is still the model for modern hospitals and organizations, such as the American Red Cross.


Continued from 3 use a cell phone or any device that transmits a signal as that can activate an explosive device.” If outside, call security and keep your distance from the package. “Take note of your surroundings,” Williams said. “Is anyone strange watching the package or doing something inconsistent for the area? If so, mention that to security personnel as well. Tell them what the suspicious person is wearing, their exact location and what they are doing.” The most important thing Williams wants everyone to remember is not to be embarrassed to call about what they believe may be a suspicious package. “If all it ends up being is a laptop bag that someone left behind,” he said, “then at least we’ll be able to return it to them. Always err on the side of caution.”

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cially to outside entities. Messages coming from an “@navy. mil” address can be interpreted as an official document because it is a government-sponsored email. If it must be used, JER requires a disclaimer be added to the email: “The views expressed in this email are those of its author and do not necessarily represent the view of the DOD or its components.” This disclaimer must be placed in a prominent position within the email so the reader is fully aware that email contains the author’s own views and not that of the DOD’s or Navy’s.


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Summary of Mishaps: Learning from mistakes of others By Derek Nelson Naval Safety Center This latest edition of Summary of Mishaps offers four more chances to learn the easy way from those who did the opposite. It starts with a couple of sober Sailors bucked up and driving; so far, so good. But, as is so often the case with the mishap reports, salient details are missing which leaves the Safety Center to speculate on exactly what happened next. One guess, these Sailors were participating in some sort of driving lesson or in a new-car demo. According to the mishap report, just before the “you-know-what” hit the “you-know-what,” both driver and passenger were noted as “looking down to shift the car from fourth to fifth gear.” The car, left to its own devices, ended up making a bee-line for the concrete base of a light pole. The driver suffered a broken rib; the passenger, a broken wrist, a jammed hip, a strained back and some internal bruises. Was the driver really trying to shift from fourth to fifth gear in a parking lot? Next up, consider the saying, “when you own a boat, it’s like a hole in the water that you pour money into.” The same can be said for time and energy. For example, an engineering duty officer had to replace some decking. While he was fully togged out in the requisite personal protective equipment (PPE), or as the narrative summed up as gloves, hearing and eye, until he had trouble getting a grip on a plank. So, he took off his gloves which earned him a rusty staple puncture on his finger. He spent a day in a

hospital and received nine days of light duty, allowing him time to study up on work gloves that guard hands and make it easier to grip. Remember, the first “P” in PPE doesn’t stand for “Part-time.” This one happened on an amphib as Sailors were painting a space in which there was a ladder well. Because the safety chains were in the way, the Sailors decided to take them down and then covered the top of the ladder well with paper. The supervisor, a culinary specialist second class, apparently didn’t realize the danger that lay ahead from this booby-trap because he failed to broadcast a hazard alert after the chains were taken down. While the paper could prevent paint spatter down the ladder, it couldn’t support the weight of anything heavier than a drop of paint, and certainly not a Sailor. An oblivious Sailor, who was looking up while painting the overhead, suffered from a case of sudden-onset dropsy, fell onto the hidden ladder and sprained her thumb. This last mishap was a special delivery from a correspondent in the fleet. Aboard Navy amphibious assault ship in the enlisted galley, a pair of culinary specialists third class were making lunch. One of them decided to toss a can of menudo to the other but failed to forewarn him with something along the lines of: “Head’s up, incoming tripe.” Add to that, it would have also helped if the can was actually thrown to him rather than bouncing it off an overhead vent. Needless to say, the can caromed off the vent, banged into his forehead and left a gash that required five stitches.


Ask the Lawyer:

Can a retiree face charges for actions committed while on active duty? By Mathew B. Tully Guest contributor

Q. After I retire from the military, can I face court-martial charges for offenses committed while on active duty? A. Leaving the military does not make a retiree untouchable to military justice. Generally, if the military learns of unlawful conduct after a service member retires or was not able to prefer charges before that time, the retiree could be recalled to stand at court-martial. Under Article Two of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, retired military personnel entitled to pay or receiving hospitalization benefits are subject to the UCMJ. The same goes for service members awaiting discharge after the enlistment term has expired. Barring any statutes of limitations, Article Three holds that these individuals can be tried for offenses they committed while they were subject to the UCMJ regardless of the termination of his or her military status. Under Department of Defense Directive 1352.1, military retirees can be ordered to active duty to perform duties deemed by the Secretary of Defense to be “in the interests of national defense”—including standing at court-martial proceedings. The 2008 case of U.S. v. Lantz Nave illustrates how a retiree

could be involuntarily ordered to active duty to face court-martial charges. The case involved an Air Force sergeant who retired from active duty with an honorable discharge after 20 years of service, affording him retirement pay. Earlier that year, the sergeant got involved in what he believed was an illegal drug trafficking operation, but it was actually a reverse sting operation headed by the FBI. Almost two years after the sergeant retired from the Air Force, a base commander requested the sergeant’s recall so he could be tried. The Secretary of the Air Force granted that request. The government charged the sergeant with conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, soliciting others to distribute cocaine, and soliciting another to purchase marijuana. The sergeant argued he should not have been recalled to active duty because DOD policy prohibits the recalling of retirees “solely for obtaining court-martial jurisdiction over the member.” The Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals disagreed, noting his offenses afforded the Air Force jurisdiction over him, and he was recalled to active duty “simply to ‘facilitate’ the exercise of courtmartial jurisdiction.” Under Article 43, absent without leave and missing movement in times of war, along with offenses punishable by death such as rape and murder, have


Continued from 4 to lead those efforts to the next level of systems support of our aircrew and fleet.” Burghardt’s career includes revitalizing George Washington’s CVN AIMD after a two-year yard period; implementing AIRSPEED, which streamlines workloads and improves maintenance processes; and preparing the crew for Forward Deployed Carrier Operations and home port change to Yokosuka, Japan. Burghardt earned the Chief of Naval Forces Leadership Award for those efforts. Additionally, during her tenure with PMA-265, she launched and led the program office’s “Should-Cost WillCost” program and a cross-functional F414 engine readiness recovery from significant readiness shortfall. Organized under the Program Management Organization (AIR 1.0), which includes common aviation and aircrew support equipment, PMA-202 develops, maintains and tests a wide variety of programs, including survival electronics, chemical-biological defense and fleet-support systems. “Capt. Burghardt has a reputation as an innovative leader in the naval acquisition environment,” said Keith Sanders, the assistant commander of Acquisition, who leads AIR-1.0. “She is a creative problem solver and collaborative leader, who is known for energizing her team and producing results. I look forward to working with her on the AIR-1.0 team.”



Mathew B. Tully no statute of limitation. Generally, the statutes of limitation for most other offenses are five years, though there are numerous exceptions that could extend this period. Military retirees charged for offenses they allegedly committed while serving on active duty should immediately consult with a military law attorney. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer could help the retiree determine whether the government lacks jurisdiction over them or the offense’s statute of limitation has expired. Mathew B. Tully is an Iraq war veteran and founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC. E-mail questions to The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.



Navy medical leaders hold Admiral’s Call By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs A low murmur echoed in the auditorium Jan. 31 as Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Sailors and staff awaited the arrival of the Navy Medicine National Capital Area (NCA) Commander and other NCA senior leaders for Admiral’s Call. At NHC Patuxent River for a regional quarterly meeting, Rear Adm. Alton Stocks and Navy Medicine NCA Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) Terry J. Prince took the opportunity to talk with clinic staff about possible military healthcare system changes, answering questions and congratulating them on continued patient satisfaction. Stocks explained that potential restructuring within military medicine includes creating a defense health agency which will review ways of streamlining administrative items, such as logistics, pharmaceutical and healthcare processes, across all services to eliminate redundancy. Restructuring and streamlining processes will also make it easier on


military healthcare professionals, Stock said, because when they move on work at a different military hospital, they would not have to get a new set of credentials or change the way they order supplies. “All this is being considered right now,” he said, “but I think they’re good changes because they’re going to help us become more efficient in areas where we should be more efficient.” While these changes may reshape Navy medicine’s leadership structure, “at the end of the day, the clinic is still going to be here and will still be providing healthcare,” Stocks said. Stocks then praised the audience for their continued achievements in securing outstanding patient satisfaction. “You should all be proud of that,” he said. “I think it’s what sets us apart in military medicine from other places--that personal level of care and that positive attitude you have. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it does help [the patients] get better.” And as the uncertainty of the continuing resolution and sequestration threatens services across the board, Stock reassured the clinic

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cervical cancer:

Top 10 things every woman should to know By Mark DeVaughn Health Net Federal Services Communications Coordinator

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Navy Medicine National Capital Area Commander Rear Adm. Alton Stocks addresses Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Sailors and civilian staff during an Admiral’s Call on Jan. 31. Stocks, along with other NCA senior leaders, briefed the audience on potential future restructuring and commended them for continued outstanding customer satisfaction. staff that one of the carve outs not affected by sequestration are military medical operations. “We will still be able to do our job and take care of our patients,” he said. To that, Prince added, that whether they are serving as a uniformed Sailor or a civilian Sailor, they are part of “the service that is best aligned to take us into

the next 100 years of our world’s history. “Only the Navy can provide things like comfort or fly missions in hot spots around the world,” Prince said. “Know that you’ve chosen well. Warfighting first; operating forward; and being ready, that’s what we’re in the business of doing.”

With a goal set at having every woman cervical cancerfree, the Health Net Federal Services is reaching out to every TRICARE region spreading the word on the importance of screening. According to the Health Net statistics, TRICARE beneficiaries who receive health care from civilian providers are screened for cervical cancer less frequently than the national average. In an effort to change those numbers and save lives, here’s a list of the top 10 things to know cervical cancer: 1. Cervical cancer is preventable. 2. Regular Pap tests can catch abnormal cells before they turn into cervical cancer. 3. Cervical cancer is slow growing. On average, it takes 10 years to develop. 4. Women in their 40s and 50s are at the greatest risk. 5. No matter how long it’s been, it’s never too late to have a Pap test done. 6. Early stage cervical cancer can be treated. 7. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV, human papilloma virus. 8. There’s a vaccine to protect females from the most dangerous HPVs. 9. A Pap test is quick, easy and painless. 10.As a TRICARE beneficiary, there’s no cost to the patient when seeing a network provider. TRICARE covers Pap tests for women ages 18 and older from a network provider. For more information, visit the Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign at


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Around Town St Mary’s County events Forrest Career and Tech Center Expo

Today, 5:30-8 p.m. Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center 24005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown Students and parents can familiarize themselves with the Tech Center’s education career options offered by St. Mary’s Public Schools. Meet the staff and learn about the programs. Counselors available to answer questions and assist students. In the event of bad weather the expo will be moved to Feb. 14. For more information, call 301475-0242.

An Evening of Jazz and Broadway

Friday, 8 p.m. St. Mary’s College, Bruce Davis Theater The Music Department of St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents “Double A Cabaret: An Evening of Jazz and Broadway.” Directed by Professor Larry Vote, the production will feature music from Don Stapleson and the St. Mary’s College Jazz Combo, with Jerry Acione on piano.

A Weekend of Dance for Sweethearts

Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. House of Dance 24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood Weekend kicks off Friday when dance instructors host a Salsa Social dance class at 9:00 p.m. followed by open dancing until midnight. Saturday is Ballroom and Swing dancing from 8-11 p.m.: Sunday, 2-5 p.m., is a Line and Hand Dancing Social workshop followed by open dancing. Admission for these events is $15 per person; save $2 by pre-purchasing online at For more information call 301-373-6330.

Slavery, Resistance and Freedom

Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood Specialty tour. Slavery was part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th Century and lasting over 160 years. Hear the voices of African-Americans who lived and labored there. Advance registration only; $15 per person; ages 13 and up; limited to 20 people per session. Purchase tickets online at www. Snow date is Feb. 25.

Charlotte Hall library Adults will explore the basics of using a digital camera and how to make their photos spectacular. Free. Registration required. Call 301-884-2211.

Introduction to Genealogy

Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lexington Park library Adults will learn where to start their genealogy search using free websites, the library’s online resources, Social Security Death Index, and the US Census. Knowledge of Internet required. Free; but registration required.

Mobile Career Center

Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Leonardtown library Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at the library to provide services to job searchers. Free.

Now You’re Cooking!

Tuesday, 3:30-4 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. Lexington Park library Kids 8-12 years old can drop in and enjoy a fun, 30-minute hands-on activity that includes making and tasting foods, measuring sugar or fat in foods, and learning to make healthy food choices. Presented by Jane Kostenko, University of MD Extension Nutrition Educator. Free.

Child Care Provider Training: Every Child Ready to Read

Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. Leonardtown library Childcare providers will learn simple activities to do every day to help children get ready to read. Earn 2 CEUs. Free. Registration required, call 301-475-2846.

Calvert County events Restaurant Week

Through Sunday Participating restaurants offer lunch and dinner specials; patrons can enter drawing for prizes. Visit RestaurantWeek for full event details, participating restaurants and FAQ.

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Casino Night

Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Brass Rail Sports Bar 20331 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills Free food and lots of fun. Proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Placement Rescue. For more information call 301-994-9855. Must be 21 years of age!

I Took These Pictures; Now What? Monday, 2-4 p.m.

Today,6:30-7:30 p.m. Calvert library, Twin Beaches Fourth through sixth grade students are invited to this series of events which uses plenty of hands-on activities to have fun with reading! Each month we will explore a new theme and introduce a great chapter book on the topic. Snack provided. This month’s topic: Art in the 4th Dimension. Register by calling 410-257-2411.

PEM Talks: Human Use of the Chesapeake Throughout History

Today, 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum The Chesapeake region is now facing serious environmental degradation. Using archaeology and history, Dr. Henry Miller, director of research programs at historic St. Mary’s City, traces the impacts of human land use since colonial days, providing an important and fascinating historical perspective. Free.

Garden Smarter: Cultivating Healthy Eating

Today, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Why is food good for our health? Learn some basic nutrition concepts and what food components are in our commonly grown fruits and vegetables.

Calvert Marine Museum Closed

Saturday, all day Museum is closed to prepare for the Bugeye Ball. Check website for details.

Annual Bugeye Ball

Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum Take an adventure to the Pacific Rim in an exotic evening of dining, dancing and casino gambling. Tickets $150 per person. Proceeds benefit the programs of CMM. Tickets to the ball, or raffle tickets for a chance to win a week-long trip to San Francisco, are available for purchase at For more information call 410-326-2042, ext. 18.

College Goal Sunday

Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick Get help filling out the FAFSA online to qualify your student for financial aid. One hour slots available from noon and ending at 4:00 p.m. Please register at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Local History Series

Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick More than 150 years ago, the Patuxent River played a role in the Civil War. Learn more about this important waterway as Donald Shomette, author, historian, marine archaeologist and television personality shares research from two of his books, “Lost Towns of Tidewater Maryland” and “Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake”.


As of Feb. 1, 2013

Intramural Bowling League Big Ten WSI Goat Locker Hang ‘em High JMWS Rollin’ Thunder Wafwots Spare Time High-n-Low Lucky Strikes

49-19 48-20 40.5-27.5 38-30 35-33 31.5-36.5 30-38 24.5-43.5 22.5-45.5 21-47

Intramural Graybeard Basketball League Lunch Crew W.W.D. Phenoms The Crew Loggies VX-23 Paxsca HX-21 VX-1 Old but New

Intramural Volleyball League Monday/Wednesday Division Grateful Digs Shaw Road Redemption Notorious D.I.G. Need for Speed

Tuesday/Thursday Division Brew Crew Servin’ It Up Great Balls of Fire Set to Kill A/O

5-0 5-1 5-1 4-1 4-2 3-3 1-4 1-4 0-6 0-6

8-1 7-2 3-6 0-9 4-2 4-2 4-2 5-4 1-8

Intramural Basketball League Monday/Wednesday Division Grind Time P&P Rangers VQ-4 Osprey Tigers VX-23/TC-7

Tuesday/Thursday Division Ballsohard U A/O Mag-49 Bomb Squad Top Notch VX-1

3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-3 3-0 2-0 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2

3B’s Captain’s School COAST GUARD APPROVED

February 9 Broome’s Island OUPV Weekend February Weekend We can help with paperwork We paperwork (new and renewal!)

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Thursday, February 7, 2013


Thursday, February 7, 2013


NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN! Know an outstanding caregiver or non-profit organization that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for our Wounded Warrior Caregiver of the Year Award presented by DCMilitary Family Life. Write a short essay about an individual or organization that has provided exceptional assistance to a Wounded Warrior during their time of need over the past year. Submissions will be collected and judged based upon their recent sacrifices and contributions made in order to care for Wounded Warrior(s). 5 finalists from each category will be chosen by a panel appointed by Comprint Military Publications and all will be invited to attend an awards luncheon where the winners will be publicly announced. All finalists will appear in the June issue of DCMilitary Family Life magazine. Cash prizes will be donated to the winners and top finalists.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Feb. 7, 2013, Tester newspaper  

Region reduces services to maintain operational readiness; Olekson earns NAVFAC Civilian Engineer of the Year; Army aviation community honor...

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