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Volume 69, Number 16

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

April 19, 2012

F-35 team hits weapons testing mark By Victor Chen Program Executive Office Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs After ejecting a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, the test team took a collective breath, and watched as it hurtled toward the concrete deck. Coming to rest in the foam covering the pit floor, the March 29 “pit drop” marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations inside the Joint Strike Fighter’s two internal weapons bays. “Completion of these weapons ejections into the pit gets us closer to in-flight release of weapons from the F-35,” said Navy Capt. Erik Etz, director of test and evaluation for F-35 naval variants. “It’s another step in expansion of the F-35’s warfighting capabilities.” Weapons pit-drop testing collects data to measure stresses on the airframe and adjacent stores, ensures proper weapon and suspension equipment function, and validates the separation models for the munitions’ ejection characteristics, including trajectories and velocities. “We pushed the team pretty hard on those runs to get everything done,” said John Fahnestock, lead government weapons engineer. “We’ll spend some time going through the data to validate our

models, but so far it looks good.” From the cockpit, the pit drops demonstrated minimal effects of weapons launches from the F-35B’s left and right internal bays. “Having the test weapons on board isn't really noticeable from the seat,” said Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Taylor. “But what’s great about the team’s accomplishment is that we’re making progress toward delivering a warfighting aircraft to the fleet.” Testing included inert versions of the GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bomb, the 1,000pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition and the AIM-120 Advanced MediumRange Air-to-Air Missile. More weapons testing on the F-35B and F-35C carrier variant is ongoing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Current test events including pit drops, captive carry and instrumented weapons environmental flights, lead up to flight separation testing scheduled for later this year. The F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps is capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.

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An inert, instrumented GBU-32 GPS-guided bomb falls from F-35B test aircraft BF-3 into a test pit March 13. The F-35 integrated test team at Patuxent River is executing the weapons testing schedule for the Joint Strike Fighter this year, leading up to in-flight separation testing. The F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps is capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.

Pax River joins the Facebook age By Chris Basham Tester Editor Do you like NAS Patuxent River? What about in the Facebook sense? NAS Pax River has launched its Facebook page and it’s just one more way to keep in touch with what is going on here at the installation. “The Tester has been a good way to help keep people informed and it is the first place many people turn for news at Pax River,” said Gary Younger, NAS Patuxent River public affairs officer. “There are many who spend time online and this is one more tool we have to meet their needs. “We go to many events and we can usually print just one or two photos in the Tester,” Younger said. “On Facebook, we can have photo albums to help give people a better flavor of what happened. The page also allows us to update information quicker than we can with the Tester.” To “like” the page, go to www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver. More than 400 people have so far and the number grows daily. People are invited to look at photos, tag themselves, and leave comments.

News Briefs NMCRS Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the John Glenn Scholarship Fund will take place April 20 with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Point Golf Course. $60 per player, $260 per team. Call 301-342-4739 for information.

GEHA live chat

Learn about Government Employees Health Association's health and dental plans and benefits through a live chat at noon April 24 on www.geha.com. Submit a question in advance or during the chat. An archived transcript will be available for several weeks after the chat.

“Please keep your comments family friendly,” Younger said. “Otherwise, please share what you see.”

The Facebook page was used during Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield to keep people informed about gate conditions. Weather advisories are posted as well as Morale, Welfare and Recreation events. Just because the installation has a new communication tool doesn’t mean the Tester or website are going away. “These are all valuable communication tools and they work well together,” Younger said. “People have asked for Facebook for a long time and it’s now here.’ We hope you “Like” it.

NAWCAD and NTWL Inspector General Command Inspection

A NAVAIR IG representative will be available April 24 to conduct confidential, voluntary interviews with civil service and military assigned to NAWCAD Patuxent River/Webster Field and NTWL wanting to discuss and report suspected instances of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement. Allegations outside of these four categories are not appropriate for an IG interview. To schedule an appointment, contact Cheryl Ward at 301-342-1278, cheryl.ward@navy.mil, or Ginger Soroka, 301-342-1275 ginger.soroka@navy.mil.

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Navy Installations prepare for Hurricane Season Naval Air Station Patuxent River, along with other Navy installations within Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command, is conducting a hurricane preparedness exercise called HURREX/ Citadel Gale 12 through April 27. Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. The purpose of this annual exercise is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain its ability to deploy naval forces even under the most adverse weather conditions. HURREX/Citadel Gale 12 will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions. All Navy commands in these regions will participate, to include reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions and procedures and accounting for Sailors and

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We have reason to be ready: in this 2011 photo, Hurricane Irene spins toward Pax River.

Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System, known as NFAAS. NFAAS is a survey tool to assess disaster-related needs of the Navy family. The system allows families to assess 19 categories, including: medical, missing family locator, transportation, housing and personal property, financial, employment, child care, education, legal services, counseling, and mortuary and funeral assistance. NFAAS was developed by Task Force Navy Family following the major hurricane season of 2005. The task force identified the need for a single reporting system for Navy family members to inform the Navy regarding their status and needs after a declared emergency or catastrophic event. You can access NFAAS at https://www.NavyFamily.navy.mil to update your family’s information.

AC2 Ford stays Navy for six more years Mary King, center, her daughter and granddaughter join Patuxent Habitat for Humanity President Don Parsons at the groundbreaking of the King family home April 13.

Chiefs' Build helps a Pax River family buy their own home Story and photo by Chris Basham Tester Editor

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

Air Traffic Controller Second Class (AW) Milford L. Ford is joined by Sheyla Byrne and their daughter, Dominique, age 4, after his re-enlistment ceremony April 18. Send your retirement, re-enlistment, promotion and other important photographs to testernews@dcmilitary.com. We'd love to share your special moments with Tester readers. For more photographs, visit the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.

Three years after she applied to purchase her own home from Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, Mary King and her family are finally able to help build a decent, affordable home for themselves. Habitat for Humanity relies on community volunteers and donated and discounted building supplies to allow low-income families to purchase a home with an interest-free mortgage. Aside from their mortgage payment, Habitat homebuyers also contribute "sweat equity" -- time spent helping to build their own home and those of others in St. Mary's and Calvert counties. King, aVoucher Examiner at NAS Patuxent River; her stepdaughter and granddaughter will contribute 400 hours to Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, starting months before they make their first mortgage payment. Thanks to the Chief Petty Officers of NAS Patuxent River, they will be joined on that effort by dedicated volun-

teers, some of whom have worked on many Habitat for Humanity projects in the past. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity President Don Parsons called the Chiefs' Build "a very unique partnership, and certainly for Habitat for Humanity.When it's a group of guys as talented and committed as the Chief Petty Officers, it's certainly a great experience." "I did this for years in Jacksonville," said Aviation ElectronicsTechnician Chief Petty Officer Alex Johnson. Johnson, a Baltimore native, said that during his 18-year tour at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. he helped build entire neighborhoods as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. As great a blessing as that is for the many families who are finally able to afford homes of their own, Johnson said there's something in it for volunteers, too. "Not only do we get to help people out, but we get to learn some of the skills we don't have. We may be able to turn around and fix one of our own houses," Johnson said. "In the Navy, we move around a lot, so the more skills you have the better off you'll be."


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CMC R. Mark Cummings NMCRS Mile Marker 3 prepares for retirement

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief R. Mark Cummings receives a framed photograph from Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Mills at a luncheon honoring Cummings April 16. Cummings will retire from the Navy April 27, with more than 28 years of service.

CMC Corner Be ready-be prepared-use NFAAS By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief The Navy has always emphasized readiness. Ships train incessantly before deploying to be sure equipment and the personnel who operate and maintain it are unquestionably proficient, ready to meet the mission at hand. The Navy imposes career counseling, fitness and health standards to ensure all Sailors are personally ready to carry out the mission. There is no shortage of programs and resources available to take care of Navy families, to ensure family needs get met so the Sailor can carry out any assignment. Readiness has always been treated with the greatest degree of criticality. And yet, in 2005, the Navy wasn’t ready for a natural disaster and the far reaching impact it had on Sailors and their families after Hurricane Katrina struck the United States. Compiling lessons learned from the destructive storm and realizing the need to account for the safety and needs of its people, the Navy created NFAAS: the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. What does NFAAS offer the Navy and its Sailors? The CNIC website shares the following: NFAAS, the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System, is an event-based system used by the Navy following a disaster, or other “event,” to help the Navy determine how and where Navy family members are. It is accessed through www.navyfamily.navy.mil, a user-friendly website designed to help Navy family members (active duty, reserves, Department of the Navy civilians, NAF/NEX employees and their immediate family members) who are directly affected by major natural or man-

made disasters such as fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc. - NFAAS allows you to report your current location, update emergency personal contact information and request assistance (especially if you had to evacuate far from your home or place of work). - Your reporting assists the Navy in knowing where you are and how you are doing and to coordinate with applicable agencies in responding to your needs. - NFAAS allows your commanders and supervisors to account accurately for all assigned personnel and their family members. -Your reporting assists Navy leadership and authorities to make better decisions in supporting you and your family, to maintain military readiness and to preserve national security during a disaster. - NFAAS allows case managers to contact you, give you important information and help you recover from a crisis. Following an event, the Navy not only needs to determine Command status and what Navy property was damaged, but how the event impacted Navy families.The Navy uses NFAAS to collect that information and track the recovery process. If an event (earthquake, hurricane, etc) happens where you live or work, your Command is going to want to know how and where you are. This week and next, Naval Air Station Patuxent River will be conducting a hurricane exercise, HURREX, in advance of this year’s hurricane season. Part of the exercise is ensuring all personnel information is updated/validated in NFAAS. All personnel are required to log into www.navyfam ily.navy.mil to ensure their information, as well as that of their family, is up-to-date. NFAAS is there to help you. Use it to your advantage and don't wait until it's too late. Be prepared for the worst before a disaster strikes.

With our Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive in week six of a campaign that ends April 20, we still have a way to go to reach our goal of 100 percent contact and a total donation of $60K for the command. Now's a good time to make that commitment, and if you're still on the fence about whether to donate, let me tell you a couple of stories about how important NMCRS has been for some of our local families. One of our Marines has a 5-month-old daughter whose skull was not growing normally and needed to be shaped using a cranial helmet. Unfortunately, the head gear was not an allowed medical expense and could not be covered by their insurance provider. The young family of five had already stretched their financial resources to the max and would not have been able to get the helmet without help. After reaching out to NMCRS, the Society assisted the family with the purchase of a $2,500 cranial helmet for the little girl. In another case, NMCRS assisted a Navy retiree when the Veterans Administration, through an administrative error, had stopped his disability payments. The VA had also contacted Defense Finance and Accounting Service and his retirement payments stopped as well. It seems that an error had been made while entering a deceased service member's social security number and the death was attributed to the wrong person. NMCRS helped the alive-and-well retired Signalman with money for basic living expenses and his mortgage until the paperwork error was corrected at the VA and DFAS and proper payments were restored. NMCRS is there for many of our current and former military members and their fam-

ilies when they have nowhere else to turn. Your contributions ensure that help is always available. You still have until April 20 to make your tax-deductible donation, and our campaign representatives will be happy to assist or answer any questions you have. Contacts for NAVAIR and NAWCAD are ABEC Dorian Fair (301-757-3092) or AZC Anthony Allen (301757-3021). For NAS, reps are ABHC Keith Henry (301-342-5358) or ADC Paul Lutgen (301-342-1096). COMFRC rep is ATC Steve Roberts at 301-342-6517. Thank you and see you all at the next Mile Marker! Good on ya! Vice Adm. David Architzel. Commander Naval Air Systems Command

History and Heritage note By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief In the Navy, possibly one of the easiest and yet one of the most important medals to earn is the Good Conduct Medal. The Navy Awards Manual advises that all Sailors need to do is “have a clear record (no convictions by court-martial, no non-judicial punishment, no lost time by reason of sickness-misconduct, no civil convictions for offenses involving moral turpitude)” within the “required period of active service.” In other words, stay out of trouble and you should be able to earn a Good Conduct Medal. Most everyone in the Navy knows this, but how many know the history of the Navy’s second oldest continuously awarded medal after the Navy Medal of Honor? The Good Conduct Medal's history began well before the CivilWar, as a simple discharge form signed by a Sailor's commanding officer certifying the man's service. This form had to be presented at a recruiting station as proof of seagoing experience. The actual awarding of the Navy Good Conduct Medal technically began in 1865, when all enlisted men receiving honorable discharges were authorized to wear a fouled anchor on the left sleeve to be called "the honorable discharge badge." A star was to be added for each additional honorable discharge. A post-Civil War push for re-enlistments prompted Secretary of the Navy A.E. Borie to announce on April 26, 1869, the authorization of the Good Conduct Badge. The following

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Fleet and Family Support Center

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Understand anger and how to manage it with an emphasis on recognizing sources of anger and modifying behavior.

Call 301-342-4911 for reservations or to volunteer.

Budgeting for Baby @ Bldg. 401

Hours of Operation

Monday –Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exceptional Family Member Program Play Group at EFMP is a DoD program addressing the Glenn Forest Community Center special needs of NAS Pax River military families. Sailors who have a family member with a medical or educational disability) must enroll in the EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs through appropriate assignments and by providing helpful information and referral resources. NAS Patuxent River would like to learn more about the needs of the local EFMP population through a short, voluntary and anonymous survey at www.surveymonkey .com/s/QGD75R5. Look at the MWR E-News for future EFMP topics and events. For more EFMP information please contact James Lettner at james.lettner@navy.mil.

Clinical Counseling Services

FFSC Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family members by addressing the stressors facing today's military caused by family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors and other difficulties. For an appointment with a counselor, call 202-685-6019.

Thursdays; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Moms, dads, and caregivers may bring their children for playtime, activities and to meet other military families. Ages 0 through preschool. Open to all military families.

Veterans Benefits Assistance Appointments

Meet with a Disabled American Veterans Representative or a local Veterans Affairs Representative. Call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911 to schedule an appointment.

April 25; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will illustrate the hidden costs associated with a growing family.

Paying for College

April 25; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Have you filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? Now what? Discuss the different types of financial aid available to you and your children.

Myers Briggs

April 25; 8 a.m.-12 p.m. At Navy Gateway Inn and Suites conference room. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a widely used instrument designed to help you have increased insight into yourself and others. MBTI is useful for self awareness, career interest, relationships and leadership. This workshop will also help you re-evaluate how you behave and interact with others.

1-2-3-4 Parents (3 Sessions)

Active Parenting Ages 5-12 (3 Sessions)

April 12, 19, 26; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Eliminate power struggles with discipline skills that really work, while you develop your children's pride, inner strength, and sense of responsibility.Video and discussion format.

Anger Management (Sessions 1-3 of 6)

May 3, 10 & 17; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. A three-session program designed to meet the special challenges of parenting children in the one- to four-year-old age groups. The program focuses on developmental stages, disciplining strategies, encouragement skills, building self-esteem, and bonding methods.

Smooth Move - Home or Abroad

April 12, 19, 26, and May 10, 17, 24

May 3; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. This class is designed for those moving

anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. Receive expert information about travel and pay, household goods shipments, stress management, budgeting for your move, housing concerns, moving with kids, cultural adaptation, plus specific overseas information.

Sponsor Training May 7; 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. This training is for the active duty military person who has been assigned to "SPONSOR" another active duty military service member who will be arriving at this duty location.

CARIT Brief May 9; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Atlantic Fleet Career Information Team from Anacostia conducts a mandatory CARIT brief to all honorably separating military members to receive the necessary page 13 required for separation outprocessing.

SAPR Refresher Training May 10; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Role playing SAPR scenarios offers the advocate practice time which builds confidence and skill level. Great opportunity for current advocates to earn refresher hours.

Anger Management (Sessions 4-6 of 6) May 10, 17 & 24; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Understand anger and how to manage it. The emphasis will be on recognizing sources of anger and modifying behavior. Call the FFSC to sign up.

West joins COMFRC senior executive service team By Kelly M. Burdick AIR 6.0 Public Affairs Dennis J. West was recently selected to the Senior Executive Service and subsequently appointed as Deputy Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and Director, Industrial Operations. In his new position as Deputy COMFRC, West is responsible for approximately 16,000 FRC personnel and provides execution oversight for the $4.5 billion COMFRC maintenance programs. As Director of Industrial Operations, West will lead the five industrial competencies of Business Operations, Production, Production Support, Quality, Safety and Environmental. Rear Adm. Jeff Penfield, COM-

FRC, said thatWest has an excellent background for this job and that his “extensive engineering, logistics and production experiences, combined with his knowledge of the COMFRC transformation, will be a huge contribution to our team.” Garry Newton, the deputy assistant commander for NAVAIR’s Logistics and Industrial Operations, is also pleased to haveWest as part of his AIR 6.0 team. “Mr. West brings a broad range of experiences and skills across NAVAIR. He has experience in leading industrial operations, logistics and engineering functional areas over his career. He is highly accomplished and focused and will be a great asset to naval aviation as the Director of Industrial Operations as well as the Deputy

Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers,” said Newton. West looks forward to his new

responsibilities and challenges. “As the Deputy Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, the challenge is to wield 16,000 maintenance professionals as if they are one in getting the fleet the aircraft, engines, components and field services they need globally, at a price they can afford. To do that we will pick up the pace in our integration efforts between level II and level III maintenance activities, and take every opportunity to move more capability closer to the fight,” saidWest. “As the Director of Industrial Operations, the challenge is to, once and for all, properly align our industrial competencies and headquarters staffs to build a stronger and more cohesive team, and to build better defined career paths and employee devel-

opment programs within the industrial ranks.” With nearly 28 years of federal service, West spent most of his career at FRC East, where he joined the team as an aerospace engineer after graduating from North Carolina State University. As their Director of Logistics in 2005, West was deeply involved in Navy depot and intermediate level maintenance transformation into the FRC construct, and served as the national logistics lead for the in service support center stand-up and implementation team. In 2010 West led the FRC East Production Department, and in 2011 assumed the role of Industrial Operations Group Head, directing competency efforts focused on industrial execution, logistics, quality and compliance.

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Center Stage Theater Movies 301-342-5033 Thursday, April 19 6:30 p.m.: Gone Rated: PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, brief language and drug references; 1 hr. 35 min. Friday, April 20 6:30 p.m.: TheVow Rated: PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language; 1 hr. 44 min. 9 p.m.:Act ofValor Rated: R for strong violence including some torture, and for language; 1 hr. 41 min. Saturday, April 21 4 p.m.: Dr. Suess' the Lorax Rated: PG for mild brief language; 1 hr. 36 min. 6:30 p.m.: TheVow Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 44 min. 9 p.m., Act ofValor Rated: R;1 hr. 51 min. Sunday, April 22 2 p.m.: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Rated: PG; 1 hr. 36 min. Monday and Tuesday no movies Wednesday, April 25 6:30 p.m.: TheVow Rated: PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language; 1 hr. 44 min. Admission to the Center Stage Theater $4.50 for an adult (E1-E5) $3.50 - Adult $3.50 for a child ages 6-11 - (E1-E5) $2.50; ages 6-11; Free for 5 and under

Liberty programs The Liberty program sponsors free or reduced-price events for Pax River activeduty E1-E6 as a component of the Single Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For information call 301-342-4208. Pax River's Liberty program's manager, Mindy Mackey, can be reached at 301-342-3565 or at mindy.mackey@navy.mil.

New York City weekend

April 27-29; Depart 6:30 p.m.; Cost: $64 Spend a weekend in the BIG APPLE. Price includes transportation and two nights' lodging. Spots are limited; sign up early. For E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military only. Register at the MWR ITT Office by April 24. For information call 301-342-3565.

Kayaking Trip

May 19 Enjoy some time on the water with the Liberty Center as we go kayaking on the Potomac River. No experience necessary. We will be departing Pax at 8 a.m. Register

at the ITT Office by May 16. Cost: $20.00 and is open to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military only. For information contact Mindy Mackey at 301342-3565 or mindy.mackey@navy.mil.

Text 2 Connect Program

***Be the first to hear about free tickets, trips and events. E1-E6 single or unaccompanied sailors may receive news and updates directly to their cell phones. Join by texting "PAXLIBERTY" to 30364.

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Tester Registration requires two visits to the Rassieur Youth Center. At first visit, patrons must bring completed registration package, available online at http://cnic.navy.mil/Fleetandfamilyprograms/SupportServices or in advance at theYouth Center.Time and date of second visit will be given at the first visit. Participants who register and pay for the entire 10 weeks of summer get a 50 percent discount on the last session. Payment of your last registered session is due at registration. For information call 301-342-1694.

Free Golf Instruction for Active Duty Military

Second annual Show and Shine

Have a car, truck or motorcycle to show off? The 2012 Show and Shine and Concert will be held on May 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration is open to all with base access. Registration fee is $15 prior to the event, $20 the day of ($10 for E1-E6). Participants receive a commemorative car plate and a thank you bag and will be eligible for prizes awarded for Admiral's Choice, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Car, Truck and Motorcycle and "Best work in Progress." General Motors will have a Chevrolet Volt and a Malibu ECO available for rides and drives. Register at the ITT Office. Call 301342-0912. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman, ITT Exelis and Chick-fil-A.

Triathlon Training

The MWR Aquatics Department's special, 2-month program helps triathletes refine their swim technique and increase their stamina. Experienced staff will observe swimmers' stroke technique and make recommendations for improvement. They will also provide

advice and guidance on workouts to enhance endurance. Saturdays; 9 a.m. -10 a.m. at the Indoor Pool $25 for full session, $5 for individual passes April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 For information or to register, call the Fitness & Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

Protecting Health and Property Since 1988

Earth Day Run in support of SAPR

Thursday, April 19 Register at the Drill Hall Fitness and Sports Office. Same-day registration begins at 10 a.m., 5K run begins at 11 a.m., and 3K walk begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Beach House on Cedar Point Road. All station employees and family members are welcome. Free to participate, $12 for event t-shirt, $14 for XXL event t-shirt. Call 301-342-5449 for information.

Junior Golf Clinics

Saturdays April 21 through May 19; 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. Open to all dependents of authorized patrons, ages 7 - 17. No equipment is needed; registration begins April 7 at 8 a.m. at the Cedar Point Golf Course Clubhouse. Clinics fill up quickly! For information call 301-342-3597. Day event. Lots of fun, team activities will be available! Make reservations at 301-9953869 or kerry.a.davis@navy.mil.

Environmental Earth Day Display at the Earthday Run in support of SAPR

NAS Pax River Environmental Division will host numerous booths and displays at the Beach House between 9 a.m. and noon to learn about Pax wildlife, invasive species, rain gardens, alternative energy and more. In addition, participate in our can drive and take advantage of a battery turn-in (lithium, alkaline, cell phone). To learn more call the Conservation Branch at 301-324-3670.

Register for Mattapany Day Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. as follows: April 23-24 DoD April 30- May 1 Contractors

April 21; 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Children with dependent ID's may bowl at the Drill Hall Bowling Center for free when accompanied by a paying active duty or retired militaryadult.Call301-342-3994forinformation.

Comics on Duty Tour

April 26; 7 p.m. They're back! Join us at the River's Edge for a night of comedy.Tickets go on sale at the River's Edge and the ITT Office April 2.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m.; appetizer buffet opens at 5:30 p.m.

Parents' Night Out

April 27; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Drop your children off at the RassieurYouth Center for build-your-own ice cream sundae night while you enjoy an evening out. For information or to register call 301-342-1694.

Arts and Crafts Spring Fling

April 28; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Patrons without base access may park at the Frank Knox Building outside Gate 2 and hop on one of our shuttles. Shop for those hard-to-find gifts. Admission is free. Vendor spaces are available. Call Customized Creations at 301-342-3569.

Mad Hatter Breakfast

April 28; 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. This Alice in Wonderland-themed unbreakfast will be held at the Landing Zone (Bldg 467, next to the Liberty Center). Follow us down the Rabbit Hole at either of our seatings: 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the ITT office: $10 per child and $15 for adults, beginning April 3. For more information visit www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.

Planning to Celebrate

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Six more years for Brodus MENTORING MINUTE (aka

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Build a rapport

During this phase, the mentor and mentee form a connection by determining how their values align, establishing mutual respect, agreeing on the purpose of the relationship, and establishing roles, behaviors and expectations. The two must have an honest and open dialogue. Effective mentors spend less than 20 percent of the session time talking, because they recognize the importance of helping mentees work things out themselves and establish their own insights. Mentors are skilled in the use of silence, often suggesting the mentee take a few minutes to reflect quietly on a particular insight. Mentees also need to exhibit good listening skills.

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Air Traffic Controller Second Class (AW) Jonathan D. Brodus, left, stands with Cmdr. Christopher F. McHugh, re-enlisting officer, just after taking the oath April 10. Brodus signed on for six more years in the Navy. Send your retirement, re-enlistment, promotion and other important photographs to testernews@dcmilitary.com. We'd love to share your special moments with Tester readers. For more photographs, visit the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.

Set the direction

This phase is about goal setting. The mentor and mentee determine which achievements they will work toward throughout their relationship. They begin to identify long-term goals and how they can achieve those goals by

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The mentor and mentee become more comfortable challenging each other's perceptions. They explore issues more in depth. In addition, the mentee takes an increasing lead in managing the relationship and the mentoring process itself. Transition to a professional relationship This phase occurs when mentees have achieved a significant number of goals or believe they have the confidence to begin to plan how to continue the journey on their own. It is not always obvious to mentees that they have reached this point; the mentor needs to assist mentees to this conclusion by comparing their initial goals to their achievements. This helps avoid dependency on either individual's part. Take a minute to consider the professional benefits of mentoring. To learn more about NAVAIR'S Mentoring Program, visit https://mentoring.navair.navy.mil or call Donna Belcher, NAVAIR’S mentoring program manager, at 301-342-5096. If you have a personal mentoring success story to share, call Veronica Miskowski at 301-757-8391 or Lonnie Snead at 301-757-8252.We’d love to hear from you.

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10k and counting: Marine Corps Operational Support Airlift marks flight hour milestone Submitted By Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Communications Program Office Public Affairs Written by Tara N. Wagner Marking a significant milestone, the Marine Corps recently logged 10,000 flight hours for its commercially derived UC-35C aircraft, which provides time-sensitive airlift of high-priority passengers and cargo. "This [February] milestone is a tribute to all those who have flown, maintained and supported the aircraft over the past 12 years," said Lt. Col. Thomas Ringo, commanding officer of Marine Transport Squadron Belle Chasse, La., which uses the aircraft for operational support airlift missions. Currently 12 UC-35C/D aircraft comprise Marine aviation's operational support airlift fleet. Configured for Marine Corps operations, the UC-35 is a multipurpose, lowwing, business jet. Manufactured by Cessna Aircraft Co., the UC-35C model is a Citation V Ultra, Cessna Model 560; and the UC-35D is a Citation Encore, Cessna Model 560 aircraft series. While several privately owned Citation 560 aircraft have surpassed this mark, this is the first U.S. Marine Corps Ultra or Encore to achieve 10,000 flight hours. "This milestone validates the exception-

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ment of the UC-35. The Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft program is responsible for research, development and acquisition of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps light, medium and executive lift transport, aerial refueling, adversary training and tactical mission aircraft.

UC-35s deliver equipment and supplies to Marine Air-Ground Task Forces that are beyond helicopter range or lift capability and when surface transportation is unavailable. "Moving high volumes of small payloads to widely dispersed areas in a lowthreat environment poses significant cost challenges for Marine aviation," Ringo said. "Complex tactical-assault support aircraft are costly to operate and require extensive maintenance. Marine Corps OSA [operational support airlift] aircraft, like the UC35, make a significant contribution in airlift support, while avoiding the high cost of using tactical-assault support assets." UC-35C/D aircraft have been continuously deployed in support of overseas contingency operations since 2004. "In the next few months, the second of our UC-35C model aircraft will surpass the 10,000-flight-hour mark and two UC-35D aircraft will reach the 8,000-flight-hour mark," Ringo said. "No other military branch operating the UC-35 has reached this milestone." "The program office is committed to providing the fleet with total lifecycle management of commercially derived aircraft for use in military theaters of operation," Guidry said. "With the combination of both commercial and military enhancements and upgrades, the UC-35 is sure to surpass many more milestones in the future."

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Navy unveils first fleet P-8A Poseidon to public, maritime community at annual symposium By LaToya Graddy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Public Affairs NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Navy made history March 28 when the newest multi-mission maritime aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, graced invited guests with its first public appearance as a member of the patrol and reconnaissance community, and opened the doors to its Integrated Training Center. "We are making history today as we officially roll out the P-8A Poseidon to the maritime community," said Rear Adm. Michael Hewitt, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group commander, at the ceremony in Patrol Squadron (VP) 30's hangar on Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. "The P-8 is going to bring the latest technology into the hands of our smartest young men and women, and we can't wait to see what they're going to do with it." The U.S. Navy accepted the first low-rate initial production P-8A Poseidon aircraft earlier this month and delivered it to the fleet replacement squadron for the P-8A,VP-30, March 5. It was unveiled March 28 to the public and to past, current, and future members of the Maritime Aircraft community during the 2012 Maritime Patrol Association Symposium.This year, the weeklong symposium is celebrating P-3C Orion's 50 years of service. The fleet transition and rollout ceremony included many members from the first maritime patrol squadrons, the P-3 community, the vice chief of naval operations and the under secretary of the Navy. As honored guest and keynote speaker for the event, Under Secretary

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Guests tour the newly unveiled P-8A Poseidon aircraft after the fleet transition roll-out ceremony at NAS Jacksonville March 28. of the Navy RobertWork spoke about maritime history, and in particular, the P-3C Orion and what it has done for the Navy and how the P-8 will continue its legacy. "As the Navy's replacement platform for the P-3C, the P-8A Poseidon is transforming how the Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy,"Work said. "The P-3 will continue to support the mission until its retirement when all fleet squadrons are equipped with the P-8A," said

Capt. Michael Moran, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft program office, also known as PMA-290, program manager. "The P-3 has laid the ground work for the future of Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft and has flown countless hours over land and sea, all while maintaining an excellent service record. As we transition to the P-8, we look to continue the tradition that the Navy's current workhorse, the P-3, has set in place." In addition to unveiling the aircraft to the public,the P-8AIntegratedTrainingCenterwas

dedicatedinaceremonywhereWorkandother distinguishedguestscuttheceremonial ribbon beforeallowingthepublictohavea rareopportunity to take a guided tour of the facility. The P-8A ITC includes operational flight trainers, fixed trainers for weapons and operational systems of the P-8A, and the accompanying instructional and administrative spaces, along with secure and operation planning facilities. "The training and readiness concept for the Poseidon was designed around a high fidelity simulator solution to provide cost-wise warfighting readiness," Work said. "The P-8A Integrated Training Facility includes leadingedge operational flight trainers, which will provide innovative and cutting-edge training for today's warfighter." When the trainers were installed in the state-of-the-art ITC in December 2011, Capt. John Feeney, Naval Aviation Training Systems, also known as PMA-205, program manager and member of the MPRA community for 20 years, said, "I know the fleet has anticipated this day for a long time. P-8A simulators will serve as the foundation for training new and returning aviators from day one. Editor's note: This aircraft is the first of 13 that Boeing will deliver as part of a low-rate initial production contract. Boeing delivered the first Operational Flight Trainer and Weapons Tactics Trainer to the Navy last year, and has additional devices scheduled for delivery through 2013. The Poseidon is built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.


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Prevent mold growth in your home Submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Even in humid Southern Maryland, you do not have to accept the presence of mold in your home as the price of living near the water. There are actions you can take to prevent mold growth. When water leaks or spills occur indoors, ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp areas are dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow. Clean and repair roof gutters regularly. Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation. Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly. Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores. If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity. Vent appliances that produce moisture,

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April 25; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn valuable health and safety tips. There will be popcorn, cotton candy, popsicles and beverages for everyone. See the Events tab at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver for more details.

FEW presents CapWiz and You The Patuxent River Chapter of Federally EmployedWomen will present "CapWiz and You" with guest speaker Matthew Fogg, Vice President for Congressional Relations of FEW. Discuss the benefits of CapWiz, and how this online tool can be used to communicate to Congressional representatives 11:30 a.m. April 24 in Bldg 2185, Room 1150. Bring your lunch and join us! For information, call Lola Scott at 301-757-7228.

Blood Drive

The Armed Services Blood Program at WRNMMC, Bethesda, in conjunction with the Naval Health Clinic, Patuxent River, will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3 at the Moffett Building Atrium (Bldg 2272). To schedule an appointment, go to www.military blood.dod.mil or www.militarylifeforce.com. Walk-in donors are also welcome. All blood donations go to military personnel. For information, contact Charles L Johnson at 301-342-2753 or Ms. Azeb Gordon, Blood Donor Recruiter at 571231-3953.

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Mold growing on a headboard in a room with high humidity. such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters, to the outdoors where possible. Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside. Use air conditioners and/or de-humidi-

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The DoN is converting millions of paperbased personnel records to electronic files. Employees must verify the information in their MyBiz accounts before May 1. Information on the status of the eOPF process can be found at www.public.navy.mil/donhr /pages/eOPF.aspx or questions may be sent to DONeOPF@ochr.navy.mil. For information go to https://g2.cnic.navy.mil/CNRNDW /Pages/Default.aspx

SOMD Women's Show and Kids' Expo The SOMD Women's Show - a regional, tri-county event focusing on women and their purchasing power - will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. For information go to www.somdexpos.com or contact info@somdexpos.com or 301-377-8219 or 757-502-5430.

Patents for Humanity Challenge The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office encourages businesses of all kinds to apply their patentedtechnologytoaddresstheworld'shumanitarian challenges. Applications will compete in four categories: 1) medical technology, 2) food and nutrition, 3) clean technology, and 4)informationtechnology.Winnerswill receive public recognition at an awards ceremony and a certificate to accelerate a select matter before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The first 1,000 valid applications received up through Aug. 31will be considered.Visit http://patentsforhumanity. challenge.gov/ for information.

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opening doors and windows, when practical. Use fans as needed. Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation. Increase air temperature. Renters should report all plumbing leaks and moisture problems immediately to the building owner, manager, or superintendent. In cases where persistent water problems are not addressed, you may want to contact local, state, or federal health or housing authorities. [Note: Find your state health department contacts at www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html.] Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, or other professional organizations. For more information, visit www.epa.gov

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PLANMARYLAND community forum

The League of Women Voters of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties will present a community information forum 7 p.m. April 24 in Asbury~Solomons auditorium, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons. For information go to www.lwvmd.org.

Career Development help NAVAIR Supervisory The Career Development Office offers help desk support through the NAVAIR Nation- Personnel Manageal Help Desk for NAVAIR, NAWC, PEO and FRC communities throughout the command. Call ment Refresher Course the Help Desk at 301-342-3104, 888-292-5919 or DSN 342-3104 for training and Career Development questions, 24 hours a day. For information, call DianeWallace at 301-342-4673.

Ride to the Wall

"Navy Chiefs Ride for theWall", an annual event intended to honor Memorial Day, will start at 6 a.m. May 27. Riders will meet at the Compass Systems office, 21471 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park. Register by May 18. For information, contact ashley.ettleman@compass-sys-sinc.com.

Fort Meade Community Job Fair State of Maryland, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Anne Arundel One Stop Career Center and the Fort Meade Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor a Community Job Fair 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 23 at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade, Md. Open to all job seekers (Veterans & Non-Veterans). The newly developed Army Cyber Command, Defense Information Sys-

All current NAVAIR military and civilian supervisors must take refresher training every three years in compliance with the National Defense Authorization Act of FiscalYear 2010. To meet this requirement, the Total Force Strategy & Management Dept. has deployed the course, "NAVAIR Supervisory Personnel Management Refresher." Classes are held 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (day 1) and 8 a.m. noon (day 2)at the Career Development Center, building 2189.The training is no cost to the competencies.To register, submit a planned training request through the Navy ERP Portal via https://ep.erp.navy.mil. For information, call 301-757-4122 or the National Help Desk at 301-342-3104 or 1-888-292-5919.

Vehicle Show

"The Washington Area Collectors/Blue and Gray Military Vehicle Trust, a local antique military vehicle club, will display 20 antique military vehicles 9 am to 5 p.m. April 21 in the parking lot of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Va. The display and museum are free to the public. The display will consist of various jeeps and trucks from World War II, the Vietnam War and current conflicts. Owners will be available to answer questions.


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Ask the Lawyer: should I reject Captain's Mast for court-martial? By Mathew B. Tully When deciding whether to take a case to court-martial instead of Captain’s Mast, the big question is how hard do you want to fight for your innocence? The next question is do you really want to risk going to jail for years to maintain your innocence? Or might it be better to take the non-judicial punishment, knowing it cannot get worse than 45 days extra duty, 60 days restriction (45 when combined with extra duty), 30 days correctional custody (for E-3s and below), a pay grade reduction, and forfeiture of half a month’s pay for two months? Under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, commanding officers are given substantial leeway in imposing non-judicial punishment to address minor misconduct that is not serious enough for court martial but is too serious for administrative proceedings. At a Captain’s Mast hearing, a service member or his or her attorney can present evidence and witnesses to disprove the charge of misconduct. The catch is that at Captain’s Mast, service members are attempting to sway just one person: the commanding officer imposing the non-judicial punishment. This commanding officer only needs to prove the alleged misconduct by a

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“preponderance of evidence.” Unless a service member is attached to or embarked on a vessel, he or she can refuse Captain’s Mast and demand a trial. Court martial affords service members certain procedural rights that are lacking at Captain’s Mast. There’s a judge and jury, and the standard for proof is much higher, set at “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It might make sense for a service member to refuse Captain’s Mast if, for example, you believe the commander has an inflexible attitude and will not treat you fairly, or, you have a valid defense that you don’t believe your commander will consider. For example, it may be wise to turn down Captain’s Mast if you have a valid prescription for a drug you tested positive for, and you believe your commander will ignore the prescription, un-

fairly find you guilty and maximize your punishment. Rank is another factor to consider. While a record of non-judicial punishment can have a severely adverse effect on higher-ranking service members’ careers, it is less of a career concern for lower-ranking service members. Service members considering refusing Captain’s Mast because they believe their commanding officer will find them guilty no matter what need to remember that they can appeal the non-judicial punishment up the chain of command. Service members have five days to submit to the next superior authority in the chain of command a written appeal to the commanding officer’s decision. A military law attorney can prepare for the service member an appeal statement detailing why the finding of guilt is incorrect or why the punishment is inappropriate. Service members should consult with a military law attorney when making the decision to go to Captain’s Mast or court martial. Mathew B. Tully is an Iraq War veteran and founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC. E-mail questions to askthelawyer@fedattorney.com. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice. To schedule a meeting with an attorney call 202-787-1900.

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Air Traffic Controller Second Class (AW) Mitchell L. Montgomery commits to three more years in the Navy. Montgomery and his wife, Evita, will transfer to NS Mayport, Fla. next month. Send your retirement, reenlistment, promotion and other important photographs to testernews@dcmilitary.com. We'd love to share your special moments with Tester readers. For more photographs, visit the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.

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contract to produce 500 badges provided with ribbons, engraved with the name of the recipient on the reverse, at 35 cents apiece. The badge was a Maltese cross of nickel metal with the front having the words "FIDELITY - ZEAL - OBEDIENCE" in a circle, with "U.S.N." in the center of the disc.The reverse side was blank except for the script-engraved name of the recipient. A one-half inch wide red, white, and blue ribbon was supplied without a suspension pin. Over the years, this particular badge has picked up the nickname "Nickel Cross" among collectors and researchers. The first requisition for medals was placed on April 19, 1870. The 102 badges were to be issued to Sailors on board the USS Iroquois, which was returning from a European cruise. Initially, the badge was awarded to "... any man holding a Continuous Service Certificate who is distinguished for obedience, sobriety, and cleanliness, and is proficient in seamanship and gunnery..." Sailors were issued a separate badge for each discharge with good conduct.The badge, and related discharge papers, had to be shown to the recruiting officer at the time of re-enlistment to prove the quality of previous service as well as to obtain any re-enlistment bonus and receive credit for continuous service. A sailor with 20 years of good conduct was eligible for a pension or admission to a naval home or hospital. Re-enlistment with three badges allowed rating as a petty officer. The medal went through several more changes before taking its present form, with stamping of the service member’s name on the medal halting, in 1954. The bottom suspension bar on the ribbon was also replaced with a ring which gave the medal and ribbon the familiar appearance common to most other United States awards. The use of award bars to mark repeat awards also was discontinued in favor of the 3/16" bronze and silver stars still in use today. Each bronze star represents one additional good conduct enlistment. A silver star is worn in lieu of five bronze stars. And so there you have it: a rich history in an award nearly all of us have. Next time you see a Good Conduct Medal, don’t only think about the honorable service that allowed the wearer to earn it but also think about your Shipmates from the late 1800s, when it all got started.

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One common reason people get into financial trouble these days is uncontrolled spending (often with borrowed money) on unnecessary things. How do we decide whether something is a need or just a desire? The Bible gives us a perspective on our needs being satisfied. 1 Timothy 6:8 says that if we have the basics -- food and clothing -- we should be content. I doubt, though, that very many people these days would be content with just these two items. I think most people would add to this list other things, such a dwelling, heat and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, phone service, and an automobile. Others might add cable television, a cell phone, a personal computer, and Internet access. It’s interesting how things that were non-existent or considered luxuries at one time are now treated as essential. There’s nothing wrong with having the things that make life pleasant. Later on in the book of 1 Timothy 6, it says in verse 17 that God provides us with everything for our enjoyment. What matters is our attitude toward material goods. Is what we have a blessing from God, or something we deserve and must have, despite what’s required to get it? One thing to consider when determining "need versus want" is our mo-

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the owner refuses to sell. Queen Jezebel has the vineyard’s owner framed for treason and killed so that the king stops moping and gets what he wants. Wants can be very powerful forces. One way to be content with what we is have to avoid what Dr. Stephen Covey (author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”) refers to as the five emotional cancers: criticizing, complaining, comparing, competing and contending. The more we focus on what’s wrong with our life and what other people have that we don’t, the more we want. One of my favorite movies that illustrates how to avoid emotional cancer is “Pollyanna.” In it, little girl plays what she calls “the Glad Game,” by being thankful for everything she has. It was such a powerful force that she infected her entire town with this attitude. Many things can make our lives more pleasant and enjoyable, and we should take advantage of them under three conditions: it won’t get us into financial trouble now or in the future; we’ve made a logical rather than an emotional decision about it; and it doesn’t take away from that portion of our income that God deserves. One way to make a good decision is to pray about it for a few days, and make sure that’s would God would have you do. Just as our earthly parents give us advice on what to acquire and not acquire, our heavenly father will do the same.

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Parents help keep kids drug free: tips for your middle school child Submitted by the Federal Consumer Information Center The year your child enters middle school is an exciting and challenging time. They are little fish in a big pond and often want desperately to fit in. Because your children may now see older students using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and may think they are cool and self-assured, your children may be tempted to try drugs too. Drug use goes up dramatically in the first year of middle school. To help your children make good choices during this critical phase, you should: • Make sure they are well-versed in the reasons to avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs • Get to know their friends by taking them to and from after-school activities, games, the library and movies (while being sensitive to their need to feel independent) • Volunteer for activities where you can observe your child at school • Get acquainted with the parents of your children's friends and learn about their children's interests and habits. If it seems that your child is attracted to those with bad habits, reiterate why drug use is unacceptable. To make sure that your child's life is structured in such a way that drugs have no place in it, you should: • If possible, arrange to have your children looked after and engaged in the after-school hours if you cannot be with them. Encourage them to get involved with reputable youth groups, arts, music, sports, community service and academic clubs. • Make sure children who are unattended for periods during the day feel your presence. Give them a schedule and set limits on their behavior. Give them household chores to accomplish. Enforce a strict phone-in-to-you policy. Leave notes for them around the house. Provide easy-to-find snacks. • Get to know the parents of your child's friends. Exchange phone numbers and addresses. Agree to forbid each others' children from consuming alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in their homes, and pledge that you will inform each other if one of you becomes aware of a child who violates this pact. • Call parents whose home is to be used for a party. Make sure they can assure you that no alcoholic beverages or illegal substances will be dispensed. Don't be afraid to check out the party yourself to see that adult supervision is in place. • Make it easy for your child to leave a place where substances are being used. Discuss with your child in advance how to contact you or another designated adult in order to get a ride home. If another adult provides the transportation, be available to talk to your child about the situation when he or she arrives home. • Set curfews and enforce them. Weekend curfews might range from 9 p.m. for a fifth-grader to 12:30 a.m. for a senior in high school. • Encourage open dialogue with your children about their experiences.Tell your child, "I love you and trust you, but I don't trust the world around you, and I need to know what's going on in your life so I can be a good parent to you." For more information, visit usajobs.gov.

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Summary of Mishaps By Derek Nelson Naval Safety Center

Welcome to the latest edition of the Summary of Mishaps, proving that experience is something you don't get until right after you need it. Aboard a destroyer in San Diego, an E-3 electronics technician totally lost it during what the report described as a "conversation with the ship's personnel office." What volatile, high-stress topic were they discussing? "Pay and benefits," the report explained. The E-3 was so irate that he stormed onto the main deck and punched a bulkhead. This caused him to sprain his hand and wrist. And then, of course, he took advantage of his medical benefits, courtesy of the nearest corpsman. He got six days of light duty during which to calm down. I don't mean to pick on E-3s, but in Florida, one was playing softball with his squadron team. After what the report called "a poor session at bat," the frustrated Sailor hauled off and slugged the bleachers. Questioning whether the Sailor was taking things way too seriously, the report observed, "Squadron softball is not the major leagues." Major-league tantrums don't make sense.

"Member was wearing batting gloves," the report added. If he had switched to boxing gloves before losing his temper, he could have avoided thirty days of light duty. Y'know, maybe I am picking on E-3s, because here's another one, starring in what I think is a first for the Summary of Mishaps. Usually, the guy with steam coming out of his ears stops after breaking one hand. This culinary specialist blew his stack during what the report described as a "confrontational phone call with his soon-to-be ex-wife" and punched a wall three times, breaking both hands and wrists. The report said he "had no lost work days," but spent two months on light duty. No lost work days? Hmm. I wonder what sort of work a culinary specialist with two broken hands could do. A civilian firefighter in Florida was cleaning urinals, using a capful of chlorine bleach per urinal and then flushing several times. It isn't as glamorous as rescuing babies from burning buildings, but someone's got to do it. A couple hours later, a second

firefighter used one of these urinals, thus introducing some ammonia into the concoction, which apparently hadn't been sufficiently flushed. The urinal began to foam, producing what the report called "a noxious gas/vapor." The firefighter, taking this surprising result as "some kind of joke," started to laugh, which of course made him inhale. He retreated and started coughing. Another firefighter give him oxygen and called for an ambulance. The formerly laughing firefighter was treated and released, apparently with no lasting damage. The final curious item in this report was this sentence: "Cause: Undetermined due to insufficient facts." I found this report to be replete with facts, comparatively speaking. For what it's worth, I've seen a heckuva lot worse, without the person reporting the mishap appearing to notice or care. If you lose your temper before we meet again, count to ten, take some deep breaths, and if you're still fuming, find a pillow to punch. Walls and bulkheads just don't give you any satisfaction. Check out my blog, "Beyond the Friday Funnies," at www.pub lic.navy.mil/navsafecen/Pages/media/nscblog/index.aspx. Topic #3: "So, Who Taught You to Drive?"

Lose weight safely By Lisa Brown, PharmD Naval Health Clinic Pharmacy Department Whether it is for the upcoming Physical Readiness Test cycle, swim suit season, or to lose a few pounds before a special event, many people use over-thecounter weight loss medications. How safe and effective are these products? Dietary supplements and weight loss aids aren't subject to the same rigorous standards as are prescription drugs. They can be sold with limited proof of effectiveness or safety. Once a product

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Submitted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims are afraid to tell the police, family, or friends about the violence. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men report that they have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. In addition, nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men report that they have experienced sexual violence victimization other that rape in their lifetime. Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given.This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against the victim's will or involve a victim who is unable to consent. It also includes abusive sexual contact and noncontact sexual abuse (such as verbal sexual harassment). Child sexual abuse is also considered sexual violence.

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This type of violence can be committed by anyone - a current or former intimate partner, a family member, a person in position of power or trust, a friend, an acquaintance, someone known only by sight, or a stranger. Sexual violence impacts health in many ways and can lead to long-term health and emotional problems. Victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often fearful or anxious, and may have problems trusting others. Anger and stress can lead to eating disorders, depression, and even

suicidal thoughts. If you are, or know someone who is, the victim of sexual violence, contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or contact your local emergency services at 9-1-1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to prevent sexual violence before it occurs. Our activities include: Documenting the extent of the problem; Conducting research on the factors that put people at risk or protect them from sexual violence; Creating and evaluating the effectiveness of prevention programs; Helping state and local partners plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs; and Conducting research on the effective adoption and dissemination of prevention strategies. For more information and assistance, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at http://www.ns vrc.org/

WEIGHT Continued from 14 without a prescription does not mean it is safe. Do your homework before trying overthe-counter weight loss pills. Read labels and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about side effects and drug interactions. Never use more than the labeled dose or mix with other medications without first consulting a physician or pharmacist. Below are some common over the counter medications that claim to aid in weight loss, with information on their effectiveness and side effects as reported by the Mayo Clinic. Alli is the OTC version of prescription drug orlistat, sold under the name Xenical, designed to decrease absorption of dietary fat. It is considered effective but weight loss is even more modest than that with Xenical. Side effects include loose stools, oily spotting and frequent or hard-to-control bowel movements. There have been reports of rare, but serious liver injury. Bitter orange orange increases calories burned. It is probably ineffective. Side effects are similar to ephedra: raised blood pressure and heart rate. Chitosan blocks absorption of dietary fat. It is probably ineffective. Side effects are uncommon but include upset stomach, nausea, gas, increased stool bulk and constipation. Chromium Chr omium decreases appetite and increases calories burned. It is probably ineffective. Side effects are uncommon but include headache, insomnia, irritability, mood changes and cognitive dysfunction. Conjugated linoleic acid reduces body

fat. It is possibly effective. Side effects include upset stomach, nausea and loose stools. Green tea extract extract decreases appetite, and increases calorie and fat metabolism. At this time there insufficient evidence to evaluate its effectiveness.. Side effects include dizziness, insomnia, agitation, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas and diarrhea. Guar gum blocks absorption of dietary fat and increases the feeling of fullness. It is possibly ineffective. Side effects include abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea. Hoodia decreases appetite. At this time there is insufficient evidence to evaluate it for effectiveness or side effects. Diur iuretics etics increase urination, creating a short-term loss of water weight. Side effects include dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Weight gain is most commonly the result of eating more calories than you burn. To lose weight you need to create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories, increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity, or both. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet while reducing your caloric intake by 500 calories a day in combination with physical activity may result in a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds each week. The Health Promotions Department at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River offers ShipShape, the Navy-approved weight management course, twice a year and group weight management classes monthly with individual follow up with a registered dietician. For information call Health Promotion at 301-342-4050 or email mindy.ashton@med.navy.mil.


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Around Town Free online tutoring Students (and parents) can find homework help through a free online tutoring program available to anyone with a Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s County library card. It provides“live,” expert tutors in all core subjects for students in grades 3 – 12. To access the HelpNow! tutoring product or for information, contact your library or go to the COSMOS link on your library’s website: Calvert Library, 410-535-0291 (www.calvert .lib.md.us); Charles County Public Library, 301-934-9001 (www.ccplonline.org) or St. Mary’s County Library, 301-475-2846 (www.stmalib.org).

Discount amusement park tickets The Department of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, offers discounted amusement park tickets for locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania andVirginia.Tickets are on sale through October 26 at the Recreation & Parks Office, Patuxent Building, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, in Leonardtown, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Cash and credit cards can be used. Personal checks will not be accepted for ticket sales. For information

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Politics of Food The Center for the Study of Democracy, theEnvironmentalStudiesProgram,Student EnvironmentalActionCommittee,andEven’ Star Organic Farm in Lexington Park will sponsoraneye-openingpaneldiscussionentitled,“ThePoliticsofFood:HowWashington’s 2012‘Farm’BillAffectsOurFood,OurFarmers and Our Bay” at 6:30 p.m. April 19 in Cole CinemaatSt.Mary’sCollegeofMaryland.For information,visitwww.smcm.edu/democracy or call 240-895-4215.

SharePoint 2010 training NAWCAD 7.2, in conjunction with the NAVAIR CIO, has established MyTeam as the NAVAIR SharePoint solution. SharePoint collaboration provides the IT framework for NAVAIR/NAWC teams to work together and improve organizational effectiveness. MyTeam tools include comprehensive content and web management, enterprise search, business process workflows, and team collaboration work area. All NAWC and NAVAIR personnel are invited to the MyTeam SharePoint 2010 Symposium

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. April 19 at the Center Stage Theatre. If you are a current user of SharePoint 2007, this session is designed to give insight into what the new SharePoint 2010 interface looks like, how it works and all of the benefits. To find out what SharePoint is and how it works, this symposium is for you! RSVP at https://myteam.navair. navy.mil/spsym.aspx Click on any available “Attend” link.

Naval Academy Band Clarinet Quartet The Naval Academy Band Clarinet Quartet will present a recital at 6 p.m. April 19 at St. Anne’s Church. This concert is free; no tickets required. St. Anne’s Church is located in Church Circle in Annapolis, Md. For information on these and other performances, call 410-293-1262, or visit www.usna.edu/USNABand or www.facebook.com/USNABand.

Student Art Awards Join Calvert Artist Guild members10 a.m. April 21 in the Art Room at Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick for the annual Student Art Award Judging event. A brief organizational meeting will be held prior to the judging. For information, contact Lonnie

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Let dancing put a spring in your step! Join us for a beginner-level ballroom lesson 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. followed by dancing to music of all kinds 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. April 21. No experience required! Singles always welcome! Bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. For more information, call 301-645-8509 or e-mail somdballroom@gmail.com.

Indoor Flea Market St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fairgrounds 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 21. All vendors and Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space with one table may be rented for $20.00. For information or to reserve a space call 301-475-9543.

Chamber Singers The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra will perform a concert featuring Ralph Vaughn Williams' moving choral work, "Dona Nobis Pacem" 4 p.m. April 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lexington Park.


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Beautiful all Brick SFH on Water Front with Pool. 5BR 3FBA 2 Kitchens, 2 Car Gar Sunroom over 4,000sf In-Law-Apt. Excel. Taxes & Excel. School System. Beautiful Neighborhd For Appts. Call

301-233-2036

Condo YORK WILDEWOOD: for Rent, 2br, 1.5ba, State Land Sale Dis- W/D, New Appls & Upcounted to 1990’s pri- grades. NP. $800 + Sec ces! 3 Acre STarter Dep. 301-373-3729. camp $17,995. 5 Acres w/Farmhouse $49,995. 52 Acres, Stream, 2 ponds, beatiful woods & views. Acces to road front, utiltiies and state land Limited offer. Call HYATTSVILLE: Christmas & Associates 1Room in Bsmt shr ba 800-229-7843 or visit $600 utils incl, Ns/Np walk distance to PG landandcamps.com Mall. 301-728-9192

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HYATTSVILLE: Furn-Unfurn 1br in bsmt pvt ba shr kit, bus route nr metro ns/np $550 utils cable inc. 301-351-7452

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OC/OCEANFRONT Lux 1260 sqft, large 2Br, 2 Bath balcons, CATV, w/d large Pool,Ns/Np, Max 8 Call 716-352-9652

Condo 3br 2ba, Slps 8. Free Golf, Tennis & Ammens. $785/per week. 301-977-4227

Dominion Fertility is currently accepting applications for our egg donor program. Applicants should be healthy, nonsmoking females between the ages of 20 and 29. To learn more about our program, it’s requirements and to download an application, please visit us at www.dominionfertility.com Upon completion of a cycle, our egg donors are paid $8,000 per cycle and are allowed to donate up to six cycles.

GERM: 2 lvl TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1,550 + utils np, ns Cred Chk & Sec Dep, new upgrades, nr Shops. 410-414-2559

UP/MARLBORO $435K

4BR, 3.5BA 3 FP, In-law Apt., Sun Rm., - Many Extras! D. Johnson Sellstate Dominion Realty

Ø 301-266-3538 ∫

UPPR MARLBORO 4Br/3.5Ba 2 Story colonial on cul-de-sac, fin bsmt In-law suite. Upgraded kitchen inground pool, ses

$399,900

Call 301-502-7039

WANTED TO PURCHASE Antiques & Fine Art, 1 item Or Entire Estate Or Collection, Gold, Silver, Coins, Jewelry, Toys, Oriental, Glass, China, Lamps, Books, Textiles, Paintings, Prints almost anything old Evergreen Auctions 973-818-1100. Email evergreenauctions@hot mail.com

GERMANTOWN:TH Avail,1st/2nd level only 3br, 2fba, pwdr room, full C H A R L O T T E S kitchen, deck (No Bsmt) $1550 +utils 240-476- VILLE, Virginia Spring 3199 301-515-7869 Creek Golf Community Now Open: Lot sales to ROCK/GAITH: Walk to the public, buy now/build SG Metro, 3/4Br 2.5Ba later. All amenities comTH. Walk-out bsmt, plete, owner financing. W/D, Fenc’d yard, Pool www.springcreekliving.c & Tennis. Available om 866-783-1064. Ext Now. $1700/mo + utils Call 301-466-0064 212.

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BOWIE: 2Br/2Ba Condo 1st flr, w/d in unit,no pets quiet/beautiful, conv loc $1200 + utils 301-2623357 410-548-9048

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Friends House Retirement Community has a fulltime day shift RN Unit Manager and fulltime evening shift RN Charge Nurse positions available in our long-term care and rehab units. Must have a RN license and min. 3 years exp. (including management/supervisory responsibilities) in a geriatric care environment preferred. If you’re eager for new challenges, we look forward to welcoming you to our thriving community! Salary commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits package offered.

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301-670-2503

11411 Orleans Way Kensington 20895 Antiques & Mid-Century Furn, Art, Pottery, Bks, Military Itms. Paper. Grandfather Clk, Silver, China, Crystal, Jewelry Ventage Clothes, Tools, HH Itms & Much More!

PHARMACY TECH Trainees

FT REGISTERED NURSES NEEDED

Campground, Maryland Eastern Shore. Leave your RV on site all year. $1700 includes water, elec & sewage. Call 410957-1866 or 1-866-6956949; Email lakesomerset@earthlink. net. Visit our website www.lakesomerset.com.

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APPLY IN PERSON AT: Friends House Retirement Community 17340 Quaker Lane Sandy Spring, MD 20860 EOE

MERCEDES BENZ C300 2010: Sedan premium pkg, showrm cond 12Kmi $27,500 Ret. Military Call 717-334-1681

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Laser Gives Patients New Lease on Life

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Laser technology in the medical field is not new. Lasers are used for a multitude of procedures that consumers are generally aware of such as corrective eye surgery, blood vessel treatment, hair removal, microsurgeries such as joint repair, and muscle therapy. In more recent years lasers have been utilized as pain management devices and in the treatment of periodontal therapy. The use of the laser in periodontal therapy may not only cure periodontal disease but help deter the onset of many other diseases that wouldn’t normally be associated with gum disease. Scientists have been studying the dramatic correlations between systemic health and what would logically appear to the layperson as a localized problem. There is no example more glaring than the relationship between one’s periodontal (gum) health and their overall (systemic) health. The gums that hug the teeth have a very unique position and arguably a flaw in their human functionality. The gums are one of the only areas that provide an access point to the cardiovascular system of the human body. In other words, there is a gap between the gums and the tooth that leads directly into the jaw. This gap is an access point for potentially dangerous bacteria and germs. The mouth, when not provided with consistent professional care, can become a virtual Petri dish for bacterial infections which can wreak havoc on the gums. Known as periodontal disease, this condition will cause inflammation, recession, and larger gaps between the gums and the teeth. Eventually it can lead to loss of teeth and bone degeneration in the jaw. While these conditions seem localized, the bacterial infection that is thriving in the mouth is passing through the gaps between the gums and the teeth and it has constant access to the whole, internal body. This point of access created by periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and strokes, diabetes, respiratory diseases, pregnancy problems, osteoporosis among other systemic conditions. Before the introduction of a very specific type of laser into the dental field, the only treatments for periodontal disease were the more severe osseous surgery and scaling and root planing. Osseous surgery is a procedure that involves cutting back the gum tissue around the teeth, removing the tartar build up and the granulation tissue (infected gum tissues that creeps into the craters where bone loss has taken place). The bone is then reshaped to help reduce the gap between the healthy gums and

the tooth. A bone graft may be necessary at this point as well. After this the gums are sewn back up and the healing process takes place. Scaling and root planing, a process usually performed by a dental hygienist, requires the area of the mouth being treated (divided into quads, usually) to be numbed first. After the area is sufficiently numbed, the hygienist scrapes and cleans the gums and teeth right down to the root. Both of these procedures are not comfortable for the patient. In fact, many patients opt to not treat, or stop treatment of their disease due to fear and discomfort involved. Thanks to modern laser technology there is now a third option. Periodontal disease can be treated with a laser and a highly trained general dentist. The treatment is minimally invasive. There are no shots, no cutting, and no sewing. A laser is gently used to stimulate the gums and provide a platform for healthy gum growth, possible bone regeneration and a significant shrinking of the gap between the tooth and the gums. This therapy can restore gums to a

healthy state. Dr. Todd Cooper, a general dentist at Tidewater Dental in Lexington Park and Prince Frederick, is one of the only dentists in the tri-county area trained in this technology. He holds the highest level of training and experience, with the Periolase laser, in the area. Since incorporating the laser into Tidewater Dental he has seen dramatic results. He explains that there is a higher compliance rate because the procedure isn’t as uncomfortable as the alternative. In most cases the procedure is also covered by the patient’s insurance as well. Laser technology has provided a new way to cure periodontal disease, a disease that is the leading cause of tooth loss and is estimated to effect upwards of 80% of adults in the U.S. A healthy smile may literally lead to a healthier heart and body. To find out more about periodontal disease visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information website at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov or schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd Cooper at Tidewater Dental.

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