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Volume 69, Number 19

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

Military working dog is the newest Pax Pro

May 10, 2012

Patuxent River Honor Guard joins Pride in the Park Parade

Story and photos by Chris Basham Tester Editor After just a few days on the installation, the latest member of Pax River's security force knows his job, and loves every minute of it. Bleck, a four-year-old German shepherd bred and trained as a detection dog by the U. S. Air Force, arrived this week after months of training at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. "They come initially trained to minimum standards, and the handler puts in additional training to advance the dog," in detection and patrol skills, explained Master-atArms Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Mack, kennel supervisor at Pax River. In addition to his duties as a detection dog, Bleck is undergoing training to become certified as a patrol dog. Bleck is the first military working dog assigned to NAS Patuxent River since the 1970s. After the last working dogs left Pax, the kennel was used as a stray animal facility for a time, but it had fallen into disuse over the years and was severely damaged by falling trees during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Renovations and roof repairs were completed in March.Two more dogs are expected to arrive by late summer, each trained for specific tasks. MWDs are screened for basic personality traits to make sure they can work well in a military environment. Each dog

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US Navy photo by Gary Younger

The NAS Patuxent River Color Guard leads the Lexington Park Pride in the Park parade up Great Mills Road on May 5. The parade celebrated the completion of the Great Mills Road Streetscape project. The Color Guard is, from left, Aviation Machinist's Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class Derricks Geiger (VX1), Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Frank Wilson (Air Ops), Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Beckelheimer (VX-1) and Naval Aircrewman Avionics 2nd Class Todd McInerney (VX-20).

Teen represents Pax at conference

News Briefs

By John P. Caniban

Cedar Point Beach reopens

Editor's note: Keetje Straub,Youth Director for the RassieurYouth Center, recommended John Caniban, age 16, as Teen Council Representative to attend the Navy Teen Council for the betterment

John P. Caniban takes a break from his responsibilities as Teen Council Representative at the Boys and Girls Club Keystone Conference.

of Navy Child and Youth Programs worldwide and to attend the Boys and Girls Club Keystone Conference, a teen community service-based program in Texas. John spent a week this March representing NAS Pax River. The following is an article written by John, describing his experience: The Boys and Girls Clubs Keystone Conference was an experience like no other. Going into this trip, I was filled with uncertainty. I was worried if I would make friends or if I would have a good time. But, minutes after I arrived in Dallas/Fort Worth, my fears melted. I metTaylor, Geoff, Bailey and Katlynn. It was very awkward at first, but we started talking like best friends soon after. It only got better when I met Deontae, Ambreana, Raymond, Aaron, and finally Decoyus. Being able to make friends with families like mine and who understood the hardships and quirks of being military made me feel good. It was reassuring to find friends who could connect to me in many ways. I truly thank God for being able to meet them.The hotel and city were gorgeous, too. The Joint Forces Meeting prior to Keystone taught me a lot about what to do as a military teen.The speakers drilled the values of being a military teen as the voice for our individual bases. One of the values that all the teens held high was communication. Yet communication won't matter if we don't engage ourselves to complete the task at hand. I took away that I need to actively help shape my teen activity on my base by engaging myself and passing my drive to others. It all starts with a single step. As Layman Hicks later said, "You have to Get up, Go Out, and Go Get it!" this really drove me to try and make an impact when I got back. The Keystone Conference was amazing! We started each conference day with something like a concert and inspiring

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Clean-up from a boating accident earlier this spring is completed. The beach is now open for swimming. Should you have any concerns, contact the duty desk at 301-342-1095.

Health Care Consumer Council meets All TRICARE beneficiaries are welcome. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. May 15 at the Pax River Naval Health Clinic, Command Conference Room. See the agenda and previous meeting minutes at paxriver/Pages/hccc.htm. For information contact Jane Hambel at 301-995-4980 or

Claude D. Alexander memorial golf tournament The Claude D. Alexander memorial golf tournament is being held at the Cedar Point Golf Course, Naval Air Station Patuxent River May 18. All proceeds benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund; sponsorship and part of the golf costs are deductible. Call Ted Harwood at 240-298-8865 to participate as a sponsor or player.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother knows best For Mother's Day, NAVAIR leaders share 'lessons learned' Started as simple tribute to moms with the wearing of a single white carnation, Mother's Day is now more than 100 years old. As a tribute to Mother's Day, we asked several NAVAIR leaders what their mothers taught them. Here are their responses:

"One of my late mom's favorite phrases was: 'That's life ... Roll with the punches.' I had to recall her words at one of the lowest emotional points in my life. My mom died when my son, Tommy, was 5. Tommy was heartbroken when I shared the news with him. I didn't realize how close he felt to his grandmother. Trying to comfort him, I asked, 'What would Grandma tell you if she were here?' He tearfully replied, 'That's life ... Roll with the punches.' Just as those terse words comforted my son, they have gotten me through many ups and downs, in both my military and personal life."

“My mother was a gentle woman who loved, and was loved by, all those around her. Above all, she showered everyone in our family with unconditional love. In spite of her soft, caring nature, she managed to prepare her growing kids for the world they were about to venture into. We often were reminded that: • The best things in life are worth working for. • You can do anything you set your mind to. Remember, though, it’s better if someone will pay you to do it. • To get things done, you’ve got to work with people. Some of those people require a whole lot more work than others. • If you commit to something, give it all you’ve got. Giving anything less than your all is letting everyone down, especially yourself. • In a race, there’s one winner and a bunch of also-rans. You don’t want to be an also-ran.

Photo courtesy Gary Kessler

Rear Adm. Bill Shannon Program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons PEO(U&W)

Keith Sanders Assistant Commander for Acquisition (Air 1.0)

Gary Kessler, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, attends a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game with his mother, Nancy. “When I reflect on my childhood and the fond memories of my mom, I think about how hard she worked and how dedicated she was to her family. Working full time and raising three kids, she never stood still. I think I have some of that in my DNA, but the thing I admired the most about her is how she would always do things for people and help friends and neighbors. She would always tell me to ‘Look out for other people and lend them a helping hand.’ That has always resonated with me and has helped me to be a better leader by looking out for and taking care of people. I enjoy mentoring others and helping them succeed in their careers and life -- something I can say I learned from my mom.”

Capt. Tracy Barkhimer Program manager, Air Combat Electronics (PMA-209)

Photo courtesy Capt. Tracy Barkhimer

Photo courtesy Lisa Nyalko

Lisa Nyalko, at 8 months old, with her mother, Ruthann Pfanneschlag.

Lisa Nyalko Deputy program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs

"My mother always told me to do everything in moderation, including moderation."

Capt. Tracy Barkhimer, at age 4, spends a day at the beach with her mom, Shirley. "My mom, Shirley, stayed home with me and my brother until I was out of grammar school and went back to work on Wall Street as a vice president of a corporate bond department in the 1980s. She passed away when I was 30, before she saw me become a mother myself. She taught me many, many things but several stand out and I use them today in my everyday life. As I was getting ready to 'fly the coop' and enter the big world of business in 1986 she wrote me a letter with some tidbits of wisdom that I look at every mother's day when I remember her. The ones I still rely on routinely are 1) 'Always be yourself. Don't waste energy trying to be someone else. It never works and you're perfect just the way you are.' 2) 'It can't hurt to ask. All they can say is no.' This particular lesson was used when I asked to go into the Navy, when I asked to fly helicopters, when I asked to go to Test Pilot School and even when I asked for PMA-209 [Air Combat Electronics]. I use it now when I ask to tailor programs/processes within PMA-209. 'All they can say is no.' It's served me well. And finally, the one that always makes me laugh, is 3) 'Whatever you do, don't ever, ever tell anyone you can type.' That's still a good lesson even today."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pharmacy wait times are still a concern By Capt. Lisa Raimondo Commanding Officer Patuxent River Naval Health Clinic

Over the past year, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Pharmacy has been plagued with noticeably longer wait times. In an effort to improve operations and ensure safe dispensing of medications, we replaced outdated machines with a new, automated robotic system. This system, "ScriptPro" was installed on April 19, 2012. However, the installation and start-up of this new system did not go as smoothly as anticipated. Wait-times have subsequently increased, along with the frustration of our patients. We hear your concerns and are looking at all options to improve the situation. The clinic is working with external consultants to identify other ways to improve services and streamline the dispensing of medications.We seek your continued support and patience as this issue will not be quickly resolved. Longest wait times are between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Please plan your visit to avoid these times, if at all possible, to reduce delays in picking up your medications. The busiest day is Friday, especially preceding a holiday weekend. For those of you who are on long-term, maintenance medications, we encourage you to consider utilizing the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy option. Beneficiaries who choose

Suicide Prevention Help is standing by By Vice Adm. David Architzel Commander Naval Air Systems Command

to utilize the TRICARE pharmacy home delivery program forego lengthy waits and lines. This is truly a "win-win" for both patients and the pharmacy. By moving maintenance medication to the mail order pharmacy, the clinic pharmacy can focus on new prescriptions that need to be filled immediately, such as antibiotics. TMOP flyers are available at the main Clinic and Pharmacy. As always, our commitment to you is the safe delivery of your medications.

History and Heritage note By R. Mark Cummings Guest contributor Well before Hawaii became our 50th state on August 21, 1959, it supported the United States Navy and its mission. The history of support goes back to the late 1800s, when the United States established the Treaty of Reciprocity with the Territory of Hawaii’s King Kalakaua, granting exclusive rights to Pearl Harbor. The agreement included authorization to build a coaling station and repair facility, later to become a shipyard, within the harbor. In that period, United States Navy ships were propelled by steam, but fueled by coal. There was an everincreasing concern about Navy ships being sabotaged by anarchists posing as workers hired to load coal onto ships. Dynamite bombs could easily be disguised as lumps of coal and hidden within the coal bunkers of Navy ships. These bombs would explode when shoveled into the ship’s boilers and potentially sink the ship. Because of this threat, the



King Kalakaua Navy sought to get away from having commercial suppliers deliver coal and instead supply their ships at controlled coaling stations. With this, a coaling station with a capacity of 1,000 tons was established in Honolulu in May 1899, with

follow-on plans to increase capacity twenty-fold. Six months later, Naval Station Honolulu was established, followed by Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on May 13, 1908. There has been a rich history of Navy involvement with Hawaii ever since.

Recent incidents have led me to call for increased awareness of the emotional health of our entire workforce, and I'm asking everyone to recognize the stress that can occur in the lives of the people around us. Every single person on the NAVAIR team is important, and when we lose someone, it has far-reaching consequences for all of us. The sobering reality of suicide is a significant issue of concern in our community, and now's the time to evaluate your personal readiness to help prevent this tragic act. For those suffering, hope and help are always available - you never have to bear your burdens alone. Stress, financial problems, substance abuse, broken relationships, post-deployment adjustments, depression or any other difficulty does not need to end tragically - help is available. On both MyNAVAIR https://mynavair. and our public website, you'll find the phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). Assistance is available to everyone at this number, 24/7, and a separate option (press 1) is also available for veterans and their families. You'll find more information and aware-

ness materials on MyNAVAIR (under Human Resources, Wellness). The PowerPoint presentation includes warning signs and behaviors, links to information and additional resources for immediate assistance. Seeking help is a sign of strength. Learn the signs of depression. Act, intervene and follow up. The most precious gifts we can give are our time, care and involvement to help a NAVAIR teammate.

University of Maryland co-op receives student of the year award By Doug Abbotts and Andrea Hein NAWCAD Public Affairs Engineering student Wesley Wathen from the University of Maryland, College Park, received the UMD Outstanding Co-op/Intern Award April 19 for academic achievement and his work at Naval AirWarfare Center Aircraft Division facilities at Webster Outlying Field, St. Inigoes. Twenty companies nominated candidates for the award. A panel reviewed the candidates and selectedWathen. Dave Hager, chief engineer of NAWCAD’s Integrated Communications and Information Systems Division, nominated Wathen. “Wes is a self-motivated, engaging individual,” said Hager. “He has set an example for his peers with an outstanding work ethic and how to conduct oneself in the work place.” Cooperative education combines practical work experience with classroom education. The UMD co-op program involves a partnership with NAWCAD, the College of Southern Maryland and Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. To participate in the UMD co-op program, stu-

dents must be accepted into the school of engineering and then interview successfully at the Pax River Career Development Division. By the time students have completed the two-year co-op program, they have earned a mechanical engineering degree. “Even though this is an aerospace operation, we see a mechanical engineering degree as fitting into more of the different areas on the base,” said David John Barrett, PhD, Engineering Program Coordinator and UMD instructor. “They come out with a mechanical engineering degree, with an aerospace emphasis.” Students take the co-op engineering courses at SMHEC and College Park. SMHEC has a new facility

and mechanical engineering laboratory installed by NAWCAD and is certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as part of UMD. Co-ops are required to complete 640 hours in the workplace. As future employees they obtain handson career experience in their fields while making positive contributions as team members. ForWathen, this means learning and performing engineering analysis, problem solving, team leadership, communication system integration and installation. The co-op experience also allwed him to demonstrate his ability to excel in team situations when he traveled to Montana andWashington to work with the Wireless Services Program Office of Customs and Border Protection. Wathen led a team of contractors to the U.S. border to install critical communications links at new U.S. Border Points of Entry. Wathen began the engineering co-op program in May 2009 and will graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. After completing the co-op program, he will be able to join NAWCAD fulltime as an electronics engineer.


Thursday, May 10, 2012


Fleet and Family Support Center Call 301-342-4911 for reservations or to volunteer.

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

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the 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 http://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

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.

Play Group at Glenn Forest Community Center

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

Understand anger and how to manage it by recognizing sources of anger and modifying behavior. Call the FFSC to sign up.

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.

Welcome to Pax

May 16; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Take a windshield tour of the NAS Patuxent River complex, and attend a class jampacked with information about the base and surrounding communities. Local information packet provided.

Car Buying

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

May 16; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Looking for a car? Don't get taken for a ride! Learn all the important do's and don'ts BEFORE you step onto the lot in this singlesession program. Topics include trade-ins, financing, high-pressure sales tactics, and tricks to watch out for.

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

Ten Steps to a Federal Job

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.

Anger Management (Sessions 4-6 of 6) May 10, 17 & 24; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

May 21; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Learn how to navigate the federal job system. 137-page training guide provided.

Return and Reunion

May 22; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Make a smooth transition for military personnel from the combat environment to family, community and workplace. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Home Buying

May 23; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. If you are thinking of buying a home now or in the near future, learn important aspects of the purchase process: selecting the right Realtor and lender and understanding closing costs, appraisals, inspections and points.

Budgeting for Baby @ Bldg. 401

May 23; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will illustrate the hidden costs of a growing family.

Suicide Awareness

May 23; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. A video combines narration and scenarios to teach the issues surrounding suicide: identify warning signs, how to respond to a suicidal person and how to access local resources.

Stress Management

May 24; 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Manage stress by learning what it is, what causes it and how to get a handle on it.

Interviewing Techniques

May 24; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Prepare for your upcoming job interview by practicing personal presentation skills such as answering common interview questions, writing follow-up and thank-you letters, and negotiating job offers.

Art of Money Management

May 30; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Get control of your financial life with a single-session workshop to develop a realistic spending plan. Be on your way to paying your bills on time and achieving your short- and long-term financial goals.

NAVAIR employees graduate from systems engineering program By Andrea Hein NAWCAD Public Affairs Office Support Twenty-one civilian employees received master’s degrees in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School during a ceremony held at NAS Patuxent River April 11. The students were selected for the degree program based on their ability to implement and execute NAVAIR systems engineering projects. The program is a part of the Naval Postgraduate School and is sponsored by NAVAIR. Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division,

congratulated the graduates, noting all the hard work and perseverance they put forth in order to earn their degrees: “The hours were long and the midnight oil was burned,” he said. “Today you are all Systems Engineers…and you can be proud of your accomplishments. Well done, team mates.” The ceremony took place in the NAVAIR Headquarters atrium, where Dr. Paul Montgomery and Dr. Gene Paulo of NPS presented diplomas. Graduates from Naval Air Stations Patuxent River, Jacksonville and North Island at- Rear Adm. Randy Mahr and Capt. Brian Wysocki officiate the NPS graduation ceremony for 21 new tended the ceremony and the NAVAIR systems engineers. Graduates in attendance from left to right include Zantiago Zurita, Rebecgraduating class included ca Thacker, Cory Spradlin, Michael Plyler, Craig Simmons, Reynaldo Pena, Gregory Urtz, Ashley Ju-

rekovic, David Engel, Terry Janney, Matthew Guernsey, Thomas Rozenbroek, Paul Casey, Andrew See Graduates, Page 5 Fowler and Robert Brewer.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Center Stage Theater

Thursday, May 10 6:30 p.m.: 21 Jump Street Rated: R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence 1 hr. 50 min.



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 or contact Pax River's Liberty Programs manager, Mindy Mackey, at 301-342-3565 or

16. Cost: $20; open to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military only.

Bowling with Liberty May 14

White Water Rafting Trip

Come to the Bowling Center and bowl for 3 hours as we cover the cost. Free pizza and sodas until 7:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Open to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military and one guest 18 or older.

Kayaking Trip

May 19 Enjoy some time on the Potomac River. No experience necessary.We will depart Pax at 8 a.m. Register at the ITT Office by May

Kings Dominion

May 25, 26 & 27 Come along toWestVirginia on a whitewater rafting and camping trip. Cost of $95 includes camping, four meals, whitewater rafting and transportation. Pre-trip meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. May 24 before the trip. Register at the ITT Office by May 18. Open to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military only.

Come for Texas Hold 'Em Tuesdays, Game Night Wednesdays and Free Pizza and Movie Night Thursdays

June 9 Enjoy one of the greatest amusement parks in the Northeast. Register at the ITT Office by June 6. Cost is $20 per person. Open to E1-E6 single duty military only.

Barracks Bash

June 14; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy food, music and games for free, in the Barracks Courtyard. Open to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty military only.

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.

From the Chaplain's Desk: Life is a jungle! By Lt. Kenneth Amador NAS Patuxent River Chaplain

Friday, May 11 6:30 p.m.: Mirror Mirror Rated: PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor 1 hr. 46 min. 9 p.m.:Wrath of the Titans Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action 1 hr. 39 min. Saturday, May 12 4 p.m.: Big Miracle (Free Showing) Rated: PG for language 1 hr. 47 mins. 6:30 p.m.: Mirror Mirror Rated: PG 1 hr. 46 min. 9 p.m.:Wrath of the Titans Rated: PG-13 1 hr. 39 min. Sunday, May 13 2 p.m., Mirror Mirror Rated: PG 1 hr. 46 min. Monday and Tuesday Tuesday No movies Wednesday, May 16 6:30 p.m.:Wrath of the Titans Rated: PG-13 1 hr. 39 min. Thursday, May 17 Theater will be closed for Digital/3D conversion ELIGIBILITY All Station Personnel Authorized ID required for admission. PRICES $4.50 for an adult (E1-E5 $3.50) $3.50 for a child ages 6-11 (E1-E5 $2.50) FREE for 5 and under

Life can be an extremely dangerous proposition. We can feel attacked from all sides, and battle with overcommitment, underachievement, and burnout. While hunting deer in theTehemaWildlife Area near Red Bluff in Northern California, Jay Rathman had an encounter with a rattlesnake. Jay was looking over a ledge in search of deer when he sensed movement to the right of his face. A coiled rattler struck with lightning speed, just missing Rathman’s right ear. The four-foot snake’s fangs got snagged in the neck of Rathman’s wool turtleneck sweater, and the force of the strike caused it to land on his left shoulder. It then coiled around his neck. He grabbed it behind the head with his left hand and could feel the warm venom running down the skin of his neck, the rattles making a furious racket. He fell backward, slid headfirst down the steep slope through the brush and ended up wedged between rocks with his feet caught uphill from his head. He got his right hand on his rifle and used it to disengage the fangs from his sweater, but the snake had enough leverage to strike again. The snake made about eight attempts and

managed to hit him with his nose just below Jay’s eye about four times. He later recounted, “This chap and I were eyeball to eyeball and I found out that snakes don’t blink. He had fangs like darning needles. … I had to choke him to death.” When he tried to toss the dead snake aside, he couldn’t let go. “I had to pry my fingers from his neck,” he said. Rathman, 45, estimates his encounter with the snake lasted 20 minutes. Warden Dave Smith says of meeting Rathman, “He walked toward me holding this string of rattles and said with a sort of grin on his face, ‘I’d like to register a complaint about your wildlife here.’” Rathman’s interesting encounter resembles our daily struggle with the cares of this life. At some unsuspecting moment we are pounced upon.We can feel exposed and vulnerable to attacks like physical pain, emotional trauma, relational stress, spiritual doubts, marital conflicts, temptations, financial reversals, and vocational disappointments. Our struggle for balance is relentless. The struggle centers around our character. There are many and various attacks on our set of core values. I like what the book of Proverbs has to say to us during these conflicts,“Listen my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.” (Proverbs 23:19)

Get your family moving Submitted by the Federal Consumer Information Center As the weather gets nicer in May, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Use these tips from to make fitness more fun: Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. You can play games with your family like wiffle ball, tag and capture the flag. Go to a local park or your backyard to run around with your kids. Before you know it, you’ll have met the daily guidelines of 60 minutes of movement for kids and 30 minutes for adults. Take the President’s Fitness Challenge to see how you stack up against other peo-

ple your age. Based on your scores you can earn awards in different categories.You can give it a try at Look to your state tourism office to learn about active events, sports teams for your children to play on or adult recreational leagues for yourself. No one wants to get hurt and have to spend time on the sidelines. If you do end up with an injury, learn the best at-home treatments and when you should call in the professionals at http://publications.’ll also find tips on how to prevent more injuries. You can find more ideas to get you and your family moving at

Our quest for character requires that some things be kept in the heart and others kept from our heart. How’s your struggle today? Can you relate to Jay Rathman’s encounter with the snake? The secret is found in a well-guarded heart. Fortify your heart with the truth about God’s love and care. It just might make the difference in your dangerous walk through the jungle of life.

GRADUATES Continued from 4 students from China Lake and Cherry Point. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering Degree program began in 2008 and is a two-year, intensive program that involves completing 16 classes while working at NAVAIR. Each student must dedicate time to classes and outside study while balancing the demands of a full-time job. Mahr stressed the important roles played by the graduates in their current jobs as well as in the future. “The degree you now hold as working design engineers, computer scientists, logisticians and program managers will help you to take all factors of a system into consideration when making program decisions,“ said Mahr.“Your big picture skills will help us determine where those precious defense dollars will go to deliver the products needed to keep our country safe.”


Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families

May 26, NAS Pax River Drill Hall Shows at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Sesame Street and the USO are bringing the furry, fuzzy and friendly Muppets to NAS Patuxent River. Meet Katie, a military kid on Sesame Street who is moving to a new place. Mini-show and giveaways. Free and open to all with base access.

Summer Concerts at NRC Solomons

Tennis Camp Soccer Camp

Register for our annual soccer and tennis camps. Camp dates are: June 18-22, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 25-29, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 2-3, 5-7, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $95 per week per youth ($85 for July 2-6 week.) Tennis Camp will be held at the Tennis Courts near the Center Stage theater; Soccer Camp will be held at the Beach House. Call 301-342-11694 for more information

Teen Camp 2012

Register your teen (age 13-17) for one of our fiveTeen Camp weeks. Registration will be held at the RassieurYouth Center.Teen Camp runs from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. July 10-12, July 1719, July 24-26, July 31-Aug 2 and Aug 7-9. Cost of the camp is $80 per teen per session ($130 for final session Aug 7-9 as it includes an overnight). Call 301-342-1694 for information.

Mother's Day Scramble Golf Tournament

May 13 Bring Mom out for a day of golf at the Cedar Point Golf Course. Open to authorized patrons and their guests with a valid U.S.G.A handicap. Obtain your own tee time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.; register on May 13 before teeing off. Entry fee is $15 per team. The tournament format is two-person scramble with teams consisting of Mom and a family member; gross and net prizes using 50 percent of combined handicaps. Call 301-342-3597 for information.

May 26, 7:30 -10:30 p.m. Live music by WildGooD will open the Summer at Solomons with a free concert on May 26 and end the summer with a second concert on September 1. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great evening of music. Riverside Refreshments will sell snacks and drinks. For information call 410-286-8047.

Mother's Day Brunch at the River's Edge

May 13; Seatings at 11:30 a.m. / 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Celebrate with an elegant brunch guaranteed to please mom and create lasting memories. Adults $21.95, children 6-11 $10.95, children 5 and under $3.00; gratuity is not included. Reservations are required and coupons are not redeemable. Call for reservations 301342-3656. Menu available at www.facebook. com/NASPaxRiver.

Beginners Decorative Painting Class

Beginning May 17; Thursdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. This 6-week decorative painting class is for beginners. Learn the basics to start you on your way to painting beautiful and fun projects. Cost is $125. All supplies are included. Intermediate and advanced classes will follow. Call Customized Creations at 301-342-3214 to register.

Dinner and Dancing at the River's Edge

May 23; Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. and class 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Come to the River's Edge for dinner and polish up your dance steps while you are here! We have a special Surf andTurf Menu planned and dance instructors on hand to coach you every step of the way. If you don't want to dance, you can still come for the Surf andTurf and enjoy watching everyone else. Instructors will teach the Fox Trot, Waltz, and Rumba. Members $14.95, non-members $17.95, children 6-11 $6.95, 5 & under $1.95. Reservations recommended.

Cardboard Boat Race

May 27; 6 p.m. - Riverside Beach. Register at The Adventure Zone. Build and set sail on your very own cardboard boat. Basic supplies will be provided (cardboard, plastic and duct tape only!) Join us at the Riverside Beach at 6 p.m. for the big race! **Supplies will be made available for pick-up 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at the Adventure Zone. Come to the beach with your vessel ready to float at 6 p.m. PFD's will be provided for participants in the boat; participants MUST be 10 or older to set sail without an adult. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $7 per team. Active duty, reservist and retired military, DoD and their family members are eligible. For information, contact The Adventure Zone at 410-286-8047 or

Memorial Day Stroke Play Tournament

May 28 Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Cedar Point Golf Course. Obtain your own tee time before noon on Memorial Day; register for the tournament before playing. Cost is $10. Gross and net prizes using full handicap will be awarded. Open to all authorized patrons with a valid USGA handicap. Call 301-342-3597 for information.

IronMan Triathlon Summer Challenge

June 1 - August 31. Complete an IronMan triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in your own time. Start logging your workouts on June

Marine Corps F/A-18 simulator hits the road Submitted by AIR-1.0 Public Affairs Written by Cindy Mattingly, PMA-205 Communications

With the evolution of the virtual-training environment, the Marine Corps recently relocated an F/A-18C Hornet Tactical Operational Flight Trainer to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. "The Marines at Iwakuni had only one TOFT, which limited pilots' abilities to hone skills crucial to multiple plane tactics," said Capt. John Feeney, Naval Aviation Training Systems program manager, whose office, known as PMA-205, oversaw the effort. "With the additional simulator, pilots can link the devices and transition from single-plane training to multiple-plane tactical training exercises instantaneously." The TOFT was originally located at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan. Military and civilian personnel from PMA-205 and industry partner L-3 Communications in Arlington,Texas, began dismantling the device Jan. 15. The team packaged and transported the trainer 500 miles away to its new home, completing

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The F/A-18 Hornet Tactical Operational Flight Trainer is used by naval aircrew for procedures and safety training, weapons delivery and radar inception. the process in only 90 days. Both PMA-205 and L-3 were instrumental in the original design and development of the simulator, Feeney said. "Relocating a simulator is relatively unheard of, especially on international soil," said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Baller, PMA-205 F/A-18 integrated product team lead. "We relied on

engineering acumen and logistics specialists to make the move successful. Due to the hard work and dedication of many, Marine pilots can effectively train with their wingman in a virtual arena." After assembly, the trainer received several hardware upgrades and software updates. One such upgrade was the sensor video-recording system that provides communication access and networking capability with other simulators, making air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical mission training a reality. The TOFT was designed to support the entire strike fighter training continuum, to include radar intercept, imagery and warning system operation; weapons delivery; high-speed, anti-radiation missile-system operation; and electronic attack. "During real-world operations, whether land- or sea-based, pilots depend on each other's performance at all times," Baller said. "Having bothTOFTs together and interoperable, instructors can train aircrew in a wider variety of mission areas. Because of this ability, our pilots are able to maintain high levels of mission readiness."

1, complete the entire triathlon by August 31 and earn a completion shirt. Workout logs must be turned in the Fitness & Sports Office in the Drill Hall by September 7. Shirts will be ordered at end of the program. Call 301-9953869 for information.

Stableford Golf Tournament

June 2 at Cedar Point Golf Course Open to all authorized patrons and guests with a valid USGA handicap. Players reserve their own tee times between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. $10 entry fee. Each player is given a point quota based on their handicap. Points are scored by making eagles, birdies, pars and bogies. Register on June 2 before teeing off. Call 301-342-3597 for information.

31st Annual Pax River Triathlon

June 2; 8 a.m. at the Outdoor Pool The event will be a .5 mile swim, 13.1 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. Register at the Fitness and Sports Office. Event is free for active duty, retired, reserve military and DoD civilians and their family members ($10 for contractors, their family members and guests.) ID is required for proof of eligibility. All competitors must wear an approved safety helmet that meets SNELL and/or ANSI standards. For more information call the Fitness and Sports Director at 301-757-1194.

Beach work outs at Cedar Point Beach

June 5 - August 30; 7 a.m. Show up at 7 a.m. and MWR Fitness will work you out! Tuesdays will be for all station personnel. Thursdays will be active duty only The workouts will consist of running, plyometrics and strength/endurance training. Call 301-342-5449 for information.

Match Play Championship

June 9-10; Cedar Point Golf Course Saturday: first and second round matches are 9 holes; Sunday: final round matches are 18 holes. The entry fee is $45 ($30 for Punch Card holders.) Green fees are included (cart fees separate). Assigned tee times; players are flighted by handicap. Register by June 2. Contact the Pro Shop at 301-342-3597. **NAS Patuxent River sincerely thanks and appreciates the sponsors of this event. However, neither the Navy nor any other part of the federal government officially endorses any company, sponsor, product or service.

TEEN Continued from 1 talk.We saw many stunning performers, such as David G., who did "Music Inspired by Art" and painted Bruno Mars in five minutes; speakers like Layman, who drove their talk with personal experience. Those stories held so much power that I am sure that it impacted many people. The sessions enforced many more ideals, such as trust. Trust comes easy from people who seem similar to us, but that is an illusion. Every human being is "similar" to each other! Each conference day ended with another concert and talk. Then we would break for dinner with a dance floor and game room featuring arcade and video games, mechanical bulls, laser tag, and inflatable structures. We Navy teens enjoyed it fully. I even got hit square in the face in boxing and stayed on the mechanical bull for twenty-five seconds! All 2000 teens and our advisors finished the conference with a trip to Six Flags. I can't describe how much fun we all had, or the impact Keystone made on my life. The people I met and things I learned all impacted me and drive me to make an impact on my base.

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Bleck has very strong opinions about drug use on station. Just ask him.

Continued from 1 must have a strong prey drive, to seek out their target; a strong hunt drive, to attack as needed; and a strong play drive, to ensure that the dog can both feel rewarded for a job well done and establish a warm relationship with its handler. As a detection dog, Bleck searches for scents indicating contraband. If he finds anything suspicious, "he will sit and stare where he thinks the odor is coming from, in what is called a Deferred Final Response," said dog handler Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 2nd class Evan Desrosiers. That is a sign for his primary handler, Machine Accountant Seaman Lance

Kalahar, to find and secure the contraband. Once certified as a patrol dog, Bleck will also do building searches and scout in open and wooded areas; and bite, hold and escort suspects back to his human partners. Kalahar has worked and volunteered with dogs since he was a boy. "I volunteered at the Humane Society at home starting when I was 11, mainly because my brother was allergic and we couldn't have a dog. I'd always go to my friends' houses to be with their dogs." Mack, Destrosiers and Kalahar are all trained in basic animal first aid and emergency veterinary care, although Bleck and any other dogs to come to Pax will be sent to An- Machine Accountant Seaman Lance Kalahar has established a strong drews Air Force Base for more extensive vet- working relationship with military working dog Bleck, the first of three dogs erinary care. assigned to NAS Patuxent River.





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Show and Shine gathers Pax River gearheads

Summary of Mishaps By Derek Nelson Naval Safety Center

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James Brewington of Lexington Park won the Exotic Car trophy for his 2011 Ford Shelby GT500. See more photos from the 2012 Show & Shine and Concert and a list of the other winning vehicles at

Golfers support fund drive, scholarship

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Golfers take a break from the links to donate $12,500 to NMCRS and the MCAA John Glenn Scholarship Fund. By Duane Mallicoat Mid-Atlantic Region Defense Acquisition University Forty-seven teams of golfers came out to support the NMCRS Fund Drive and the Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Fund at the Defense Acquisition University Mid-Atlantic Alumni Association Chapter annual golf fundraiser April 20 at Cedar Point Golf Club. The event raised $10,500 for NMCRS and $2000 for the

MCAA John Glenn Squadron Scholarship Fund.Thanks to the help of local Pax River acquisition professionals and industry sponsors, the event provided an increase in NMCRS support from $4500 in 2010 to $10,500 in 2012. The local community and the commands aboard Naval Air Station also used the golf outing as an opportunity to support of wounded warriors, individual augmentees, and active duty military; 36 individuals were able to play because of donated sponsorships.

Welcome to our first ever "mysteries and oddities" issue of the Summary of Mishaps. A corpsman in Maryland was driving to church and ran off the road, hitting what the report called "a couldren." I give up. What's a "couldren"? It sounds like the large, heavy pots that Hogwarts students use for boiling potions in Snape's class, but that can't be right. An E-6 was cleaning out the center console in his car. According to the mishap report, the tray got stuck, and while the E-6 was trying to clear the jam, he "pushed the console, which caused the steak knife which was supporting the center console tray to penetrate his hand, resulting in multiple surgeries." OK, what was the steak knife doing, again? Speaking of reports that raise as many questions as they answer, at an air force base out in the Pacific, an aviation support equipment technician third class was clambering around on a cliff.When he jumped down, he stubbed his foot, bruising his toes badly enough to put him on LIMPDU for 10 days. He should have been "wearing protective shoes/sandals while on volcanic rocks," the report counseled. "Protective sandal"-now there's a concept. If such things exist, I think I'll get some for the Summary of Mishaps Museum gift shop. Did you hear about that terrible bird strike? Jet flamed out, blood and guts all over the cockpit, pilot nearly blinded, almost lost control?That's why Approach Magazine hides a tiny silhouette of a raven on each cover, as a reminder of how serious bird strikes can be. That's the story that the editor heard from a journalist at an aviation conference. The JO had heard it from an 0-6 and wanted to verify the tale. We've summarized a ton of mishaps during the years, and this is the first time we've summarized an imaginary one.The fact is that the raven appears (to eagle-eyed readers who know about it) solely to entice readers into the magazine, with the next steps being to open the issue, read a few articles, and fill the knowledge bucket. The raven on the cover actually goes back to the September 2001 issue, which had an article entitled "Nevermore." "Still the best article I've ever read," said the editor.The author starts by describing the ravens at Atsugi, Japan, then tells the story of a transpac from hell, a flight he never wants to repeat. Our layout featured a large, Poe-esque raven. Hiding a smaller one on the cover made sense. The bogus 'back story' spontaneously generated an aviation version of an urban myth. We've never mentioned the hidden raven in the magazine, although our survey teams talk about it.When the editor chats with readers, he passes the word. He clued in the safety officer at a training squadron recently. "Since it was raining, they were all hanging around the ready room," the editor says. "I steered him to the latest hidden raven, and right away everyone was hunting up back issues." Just a couple more of our many services: myth debunking and boredom control.You can read the original Approach article at and see a sample cover at Finally, a note from a correspondent across the pond, describing an employee who was "looking after a museum mummy the night before special opening." Not the best task for someone as superstitious as this bloke. We'll pick up the story from his first-person account in the official incident book: "Heard noise from general direction of coffin (sarcophagus), ran away and knocked myself out on Roman statue." In the section marked "Incident cause," our correspondent noted, "He put 'Curse'." I was going to save this one for Halloween, but it was too good. That's all for this week, friends and neighbors. Until we meet again, watch out for those couldrens, consoles, cliffs and coffins (and ravens).

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Cmdr. Michael C. LaPaglia retires Navigate coupon policies and

restrictions to save money By Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

David LaPaglia, 8, and Jacob LaPaglia, 5, display the certificates of appreciation they received as Navy children at the retirement ceremony of their father, Cmdr. Michael C. LaPaglia, right, as Capt. Brian F. Wysocki, left, and Lisa LaPaglia look on. Cmdr. LaPaglia retired May 4 after 24 years in the Navy. For more photos, visit Corporate Office 20775 Old Great Mills Road P.O. Box 304 Great Mills, MD 20634 1-301-994-2829 1-800-662-8447 Fax 1-301-994-0569

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A couple months ago, I wrote about the basics of saving with coupons. It's a daily routine I have practiced for over 30 years as a third-generation coupon saver. For more than 50 years, coupons have helped my family save money and get us through many rough patches. During another recession and a brutal layoff at my father's construction site in the late 70s/early 80s, we used coupons religiously in order to eat. Grocery stores didn't really have store policies on coupons - actually, they were empathetic to many people's plights and offered double and even triple coupon offers. During this time I got the biggest lesson on how to survive, save, and still be able to feed a family of five. Times have changed, while my couponing habits have not; shows likeTLC’s Extreme Couponing have become a double-edged sword for long-standing couponers. On one hand, the show has increased awareness about coupons and the money to be saved. This has alleviated some of those rolling eyes and heavy sighs from people in the check-out lanes, waiting for a couponer to go through the line. There are now coupons for milk, butter, eggs, and essential paper products. And some grocery stores still offer double coupons. But the days of

tripling coupons and seamless transactions have gone. TLC's show has bred a generation of extreme shoppers who clear shelves, shave the system and steal newspapers. These televised extreme habits have brought about store coupon policies and restrictions that keep couponers like myself on constant "research mode" to make sure we're following each store's policies. As I teach classes around the Maryland and D.C. areas, the number one frustration of new couponers is how to figure out those policies and restrictions. Here's a sample: • Walmart will only allow 40 coupons to be used per transaction, and the coupon total cannot be over $50 in value; They do take competitors' coupons (sometimes), but it has to be for a defined dollar amount, not percentage. • Some Kmarts only double coupons when advertised, but other Kmarts around the Maryland/D.C. area always double coupons - you must

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call your local Kmart to check. • Rite Aid is fairly flexible, but you cannot stack coupons for a free item on a Buy One, Get One Free. ("Stacking" is using a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon together.) • Food Lion has done away with stacking all together you must choose if you want to use a manufactured coupon or a store coupon if both are offered and you cannot use more than five of the same coupon in a transaction. Even the base Commissary and Exchange have their own coupon policies: • The Commissary does not accept computer-printed coupons and limits the number of items to be purchased per transaction. • To use an Exchange coupon and a manufacturer coupon together, you have to place the Exchange coupons on the product before they are rung up. But there is a caveat - the manufacturer coupons will need to be verified to ensure you buy the product on the coupon. HINT: Put Exchange and manufacturer coupons together on the product and make sure each coupon is scanned properly. Sometimes local stores have additional, individual policies. I advise shoppers to bring a print-out of the store's corporate coupon policies with them when shopping to

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Mentoring Minute (aka Mentoring 101) Submitted by Naval Air Systems Command MentoringExternally Directed Team

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

Cmdr. Thomas Frosch, commanding officer of the Blue Angels, center, and Chihoko Crews assist with the uniform change for newly commissioned Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Aaron D. Crews. "I have a Command pin for two reasons," said Frosch during the May 4 ceremony, "TPS and this man right here." For more photos, visit NASPaxRiver.

COUPONS Continued from 9 help alleviate any discrepancies. I'm not trying to discourage couponing; I want couponers to be informed, to make transactions smoother and your purchasing power stronger. Being prepared with coupon policies and restrictions will help you to navigate through the couponing world, while still


helping lower that grocery/drugstore bill. For a list of some of the coupon policies in one place or for a list of upcoming classes, go to coupon-policies/

Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor is a 30-year coupon-clipping and military spouse whose passion is to teach others how to save with coupons and writes a blog at and on Facebook

You can learn how to be mentored by being part of a mentoring relationship. With commitment, experience and practice, mentees become better at making the most of the mentoring process. New and inexperienced mentees here at NAVAIR may be expected to: _ Be managed _ Receive answers to problems _ Be told what to do _ End the relationship when the immediate problem or issue appears to be sorted out _ Require a lot of support and challenge from mentors to keep them motivated Mentees who understand the value of a good mentor and are committed to a mentoring relationship may expect to: _ Be challenged _ Enjoy friendship _ Learn from example _ Learn from mistakes _ Listen and be heard _ Become more self-aware _ Be coached _ Be supported and encouraged _ Learn how the organization works _ Acquire critical and technical knowledge _ Develop greater self-confidence _ Learn how to develop their careers Successful mentees: _Accept challenge willingly and are committed to the mentoring process

_Have trust and confidence in their mentors and discuss issues openly _Recognize that learning can involve taking risks to make progress _Want to be active in their development and see learning as a continuing process _Make progress and recognize when the relationship reaches its natural end When you as a mentee take ownership of the process, the quality of your learning improves. Remember, mentoring is primarily for your professional and personal development. Use this relationship to solidify your career and future within the NAVAIR family. Take a minute to consider the professional benefits of mentoring. To learn more about NAVAIR'S Mentoring Program, visit or contact Donna Belcher, NAVAIR’S mentoring program manager, at 301-342-5096. If you have a personal mentoring success story to share, contact Veronica Miskowski at 301-757-8391 or Lonnie Snead at 301-757-8252. We’d love to hear from you.

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Around Town Navy League Golf Tournament

May 11 at Cedar Point Golf Course, NAS Patuxent River. Registration for each player is $65 which covers green fees, cart, oncourse refreshments, lunch and a donation to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society.To reserve a spot (foursome or individual), send names and telephone numbers to The Navy League, P.O. Box 444, Lexington Park, MD 20653, PaxNavyLeague@ or fax 888-819-7533). Pre-payment is preferred; make checks payable to the Navy League.

Contra Dance

A Contra Dance sponsored by Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Kim Forry, will be held May 12 at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Beginners should arrive at 7 p.m. for dance instruction. Admission is $8 for non SMTMD members, $6 for members (band members are free). Dress comfortably. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For information visit

2012 Archaeology Speaker Series: Maryland’s History “By the Object”

St. Leonard-JPPM will host Marcia Miller, architectural historian with the Maryland Historical Trust, on May 11, at 7:15 p.m., following the annual meeting of the Friends of JPPM. The Speaker Series is held in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, located at Jefferson

Patterson Park & Museum. Miller will present, “Acorns and Anguish of Wandering Relics: Stories from the State House.” The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital in continuous legislative use in the country. Completed in 1779, the building has undergone significant changes throughout its history. Recent investigative and restoration work has centered on the dome, the Old House of Delegates Chamber and the Old Senate Chamber. This lecture will focus on the findings and artifacts from these efforts. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit

As Bees in Honey Drown

The Newtowne Players will perform As Bees in Honey Drown Thursday through Sunday through May 13. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. at Three Notch Theatre, 21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are available for purchase. Reservations are recommended at 301737-5447 or Note: Some language and themes are not suitable for children.

Vera Bradley Bingo

Doors open at 6 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. May 12 at Little Flower School. $20 for regular games, $1 for special. Food available. Call 301-994-0404 for information.

All You Can Eat Breakfast

9580 or pay in advance and reserve your ticket at Asbury sale Find new and gently used clothing, accessories, books, housewares, furniture and jewelry 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 19 at Asbury Solomons Retirement Community, 11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons, in the auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. For information call 410394-3483.

Quilters Guild Meeting

Asian Heritage Month Celebrations

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. May 13 at the 2nd District Fire Department,Valley Lee. Menu includes scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce, juices, milk & coffee. Adults - $8.00, children 6-12 - $4.00, children 5 and under are free. For information call 301-994-9924.

The Pax River Quilters Guild will meet 6:30 p.m. May 14 at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park. New members welcome. For information, contact Carol Evans at

Reading Contest for adults

Adults 18 or older may pick up a game board at any Calvert Library branch, May 15 – Aug. 30. The more entries you submit, the more chances to win. The boards challenge players to read or listen to 12 books that showcase different covers, genres, characters, and settings. Books may be adult fiction, nonfiction, biography, young adult or graphic novels. Children's books may not be used. For information, visit

Leah's House Tea Party

Dr. E. Faye will be the keynote speaker; noon to 2 p.m. May 19 at Patuxent Presbyterian Church 23421 Kingston Creek Rd , California. For information call 301-994-

Enjoy Fiesta Asia @ Silver Spring May 12, Fiesta Asia Planet Family at Smithsonian’s National Zoo on May 13 and Fiesta Asia will be 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. May 19 along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd Street & 6th Street in the District of Columbia with a multicultural street fair. FREE and open to the public. For information visit

Annmarie Gardens Show

The Calvert Artists' Guild will hold its Annual Awards Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19-20 in the Annmarie Garden Community Gallery. See display paintings, sculpture, collage, ceramics, jewelry and more. The 2012 Student Artist Award will be presented during the Artists' Reception, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. May 19 Meet artists and take home original artwork. Contact persons: Lonnie Harkins, 410-326-7199, or Gerry Wood, 301-863-9663,


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Spring and Summer Safety Stand Down The NAS Patuxent River Spring and Summer Safety Stand Down will take place May 15-16, 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mandatory for all NDW personnel, open to all Pax, Webster Field and Solomons personnel. Attendance will be taken at the end of each session.

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Tester under their homeowners insurance policies. The disclosure is an attempt to provide this information in an easy-to-understand format.The presentation will be held May 12, from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Commissioners Meeting Room inside the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. If you are a homeowner and are willing to assist with this project, or if you would like more information, please email or call 301-4754200 option 6, option 3. You may also email the Maryland Insurance Administration directly at www.mdinsurance. or by phone by calling (410) 468-2000 or Toll Free (800) 492-6116.

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Great Mills Swimming Pool closes for seasonal maintenance

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The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks will close the Great Mills Swimming Pool for seasonal maintenance May 14 - 25.

Stuff the Bus Help local food pantries re-stock their shelves. Bring nonperishable food to St. Mary’s Transit System collection points at County government sites and shopping centers 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. May 18. See the list of collection sites at

Senior Housing Expo Get the latest information on housing options for those 55 and older in the tri-county area10 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 19 at the Northern Senior Center, 29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall. For information contact Janice Pruett at 301.475.8966 ext. 32 or or Pam Chicchirichi at 301638-4100 or

Lumpia and pancit sale Support your junior sailors and enjoy some awesome lumpia 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 at Bldg. 401. $6 will get you 4 lumpias, a plate of pancit, a bowl of steamed rice and a drink. For information, contact Yeoman Seaman Williams at 301757-0636 or

Military Wife Educational Scholarship Program Wives of uniformed service members can attend vocational training programs in the medical field. This year’s grant funds eight $8,500 scholarships and two $10,000 scholarships awarded for tuition for vocational training in one of the following fields: dental assistant, medical assistant, medical billing and coding specialist, medical insurance technician, patient care assistant/technician, nurse assistant training program, or medical transcription. Applications will be accepted through June 1. For information visit


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Thursday, May 10, 2012


Classifieds Call 301-670-2503


TH for Sale $249K 2 Master Suites w/prvt BAs + 1.5 BA. Finish Basement, Deck, 2 Res. Prkng Spaces

Colonial Homes Ø Real Estate ∫ Call Dottie at


Cell 240-350-0011

Efficiency Close to Pax $650/-month all utilities i n c l u d e d ! phyllis@localwaterfront.c om

GAITH: TH, 4br 2fba,

2hba, Mint Cond. $1895 + utils Convenient Loc. 301-947-3242 or 240449-5002 Avail. Now

FT WASHINGTON GERMANTOWN 3 BR For Sale or Rent townhouse $1700/month Tantallon North

$499,000 or $3,500 5br, 3.5ba, Patio, Deck, 2fp on 1/2acre Colonial Homes Ø Real Estate ∫ Call Dottie at

301-392-4900 or Cell 240-350-0011 UPPR MARLBORO 4Br/3.5Ba 2 Story colonial on cul-de-sac, fin bsmt In-law suite. Upgraded kitchen inground pool, ses


Call 301-502-7039

call 3017755074

GERMANTOWN:TH Avail,1st/2nd level only 3br, 2fba, pwdr room, full kitchen, deck (No Bsmt) $1550 +utils 240-4763199 301-515-7869

CLINTON: SF Rambler, 4br, 2ba. $1500 + utils. 2 car gar w/lge drive way on approx 2/acres. Avail 6/1. 301-877-5199

BELTSVILLE: Room for rent w/ pvt bath in clean home kitchen, laundry privilege Nr Umd, USDA Np/Ns 301-937-9478

CHESAPEAKE BEACH 2Br Bsmt Apt Eat in Kit, Living Rm, pvt entr, 12x14 Screened Porch, $875/month 301-812-1434 Avail 6/1 Lv Msg

CHESAPEAKE BEACH OWINGS Rm for rent, pvt ba kitchen privilege washer and dryer $625/mo Call Kenny


FT WASHINGTON TH 2 large living room 3Br, 2Bath, kitchen Dining $1250/mo Call 202-285-8635

QUEEN BR SET: 5pcs plus matt/bx spg $800. Solid Oak by Thomasville Photos 703-963-4836 TV ANTENNA: L g , UHF/VHF, 100 mile range w/amp $25.00. Antenna Head Assembly Amplified for RV/TrailerSignal Commander $20.00; Power Supply 12V for wall, for Antenna, RV/Trailer $20.00. All Good Condition Call 240-431-1551 SIMMONS BEAUTY REST: 1000 Coil California King Mattress for Sale- 4yrs old/like new $500/obo 301-737-7765


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

Call 301-670-2503 to place your web ad today!

GRAYISH-BLUE: Flexsteel Sofa and Loveseat $100/each. Cal 301-475-7273

GOLF CLUBS: Callaway, Titleist, Hogan (Individual or Set), Golf Carts and Bags. Best Offer. Call 301-863-7842

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 Upon completion of a cycle, our egg donors are paid $8,000 per cycle and are allowed to donate up to six cycles.

NEEDED NOW Dental Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV


NEEDED NOW Leather Daybed Trundle For sale: Leather Daybed Trundle-perfect piece for those who are looking for something stylish to fit in a small area. (mattresses not included) available now. $450.00 USD. Ms Parham 703-491-5316, leave voice mail. Price negotiable



Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-843-0421

Pharmacies now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524



Thursday, May 10, 2012



Classifieds Call 301-670-2503


Advertising Sales Representative

C omprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers each week and

the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region and 10 annual base guides. We are looking for an energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representative to sell advertising into military newspapers, base guides and online. Job requires previous in-field and telephone sales experience. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Newspaper territory is in Frederick Co. MD and guides are sold in MD/DC/VA. Must have reliable transportation for in field sales. Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

Go online to to place your web ad for FREE* or call us at 301-670-2503 to place your ad in print. *Free categories limited. See online for details.


2009 Jayco Feather 19’ camper for sale. Excellent condition/rarely used; sleeps 7, full bathroom, stove/oven, and refrigerator. Hitch/supplies included. $13,000 248-5346585

CHEVY CORVETTE 1987:Silver, red leather, moon top, great car, y’ll loved it, 100K mi, price to sell only $7900, Kelly Book $8850-$9850 Call 301-712-0851

2005 Buick LeSabre 48.5k mi., white, Good Tires, 3.8 liter V6, 26 mpg highway, New Brakes, Cloth Seats, key fob remote locks, Auto headlights, AM/FM/CD $6000 o b o john.swamp.dow@gmail.c om, cell 240 682 1699 Indian Head.


LAUREL, MD ** Over 1,000 Vehicles!


To Qualify All You Need Is:

- 2 Pay Stubs - 1 Bill (Phone or Cable) - $2,000/mo Gross Income (or above)

Jason - 202-704-8213





Thursday, May 10, 2012

Print & Online Media Packages for Colleges/ Schools/ Universities to Reach the Military Market in MD/VA/ Washington, D.C.

May 10, 2012 Tester newspaper  

Front page stories: Military working dog is the newest Pax Pro; Patuxent River Honor Guard joins Pride in the Park Parade; Teen represents P...