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National Aviation Day Aug. 19

Volume 69, Number 33

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

August 16, 2012

Navy selects 24 Pax Sailors for CPO By NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Results from the Fiscal 2013 Active Duty Chief Petty Officer Board were released July 31 with 24 Sailors at NAS Patuxent River being among the 4,400 Sailors Navywide selected for promotion to chief petty officer. According to, there were nearly 19,000 candidates and 23.96 percent made the cut, a 6 percent increase from last year's selection rate. "Being selected and then 'pinned' to the rank of chief petty officer in the United States Navy are the most significant milestones in a Sailors career," said NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen. "Our CPO selects can be justly proud of this achievement, as can their loved ones and family members who have supported them throughout their careers." The following petty officers first class were selected for promotion to chief petty officer: Stephen Blanton, Blanton, Aviation Electrician's Mate at Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR Matthew Budde, Budde, Culinary Specialist at NAVAIR Alvin R. Cotson, Cotson, Aviation Structural Mechanic at Naval Air Facility, or NAF Rober obertt A. Cummings Cummings Jr., Jr., Aviation Electronic Technician at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, or VX 1 William E. Dupie, Dupie, Aviation Ordnanceman at VX 1 Corr orrey ey Edwar Edwards, ds, Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) at Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, or VXS 1 Michael Flynn, Flynn, Aviation Machinist's Mate at VXS 1

Kallyann Martin, Martin, Logistics Specialist at NAVAIR Phar haraoh aoh McMillian, McMillian, Aviation ElectronicsTechnician at NAVAIR Wil Morales, Morales, Hospital Corpsman at NAF Brandon Br andon Moyer, Moyer, Aviation Ordnanceman at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, or VX 23 Lorne Lor ne A. Murphy, Murphy, Master-at-Arms at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, or VQ 4 Michael Mi chael J. Ransom, Ransom, Aviation Structural Mechanic at VX 1 Scott H. Rhodes, Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) at VX 1 Manny Ribas, Aviation Structural Mechanic atVX 23 Brian Br ian Richardson, Richardson, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman at VX 23 Michelle SanN SanNicolas, icolas, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman at NAVAIR Jeremiah Jer emiah E. Shue, Shue, Aviation Structural Mechanic at VX 1 Jimmie Stephens, Stephens, Aviation Electronics Technician at NAVAIR Rober obertt J. VanD VanDyke, yke, Aviation Ordnanceman at VX 1 David W. Wilbur, Wilbur, Aviation Machinist's Mate at VX 1 Russell Wood, Wood, Master-at-Arms at VQ 4 Charles Young, Young, Electronics Technician at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Strategic Communications Unit Carey Car ey Zielke, Zielke, Aviation Electronics Technician at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

NAS Paxtuxent River's Chief selects hold a car-wash fundraiser for their Khaki Ball in September. From right, Chief (select) Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) Corry Edwards, Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, scrubs tires while Chief (select) Aviation Electronic Technician Robert Cummings Jr., Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, washes during a Chief Petty Officer fundraiser Aug. 11 at the NAS Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. More than $1,400 was raised during the car wash.

Sailors prepare for fall PFAs By Lt. j.g. Amanda McMillan Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River The countdown has begun for the Fall 2012 Physical Fitness Assessment, or PFA, cycle.While PFA dates vary by command, each command will complete its PFA between October to November, and Sailors are reminded that part of the PFA requirement is completing their Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire, or PARFQ. The 13-question PARFQ is available online at the Bureau of Naval Personnel site, or BUPERS. Sailors who answer "yes" to any question on the PARFQ must be seen by a medical provider. Those assigned to a squadron with a flight surgeon can see their flight surgeon. Sailors assigned to a command without a flight surgeon must be seen by one of the appointed providers at the Naval Health Clinic. The clinic has designated four dates for these Sailors to be seen as a walk-in on a first-come, first-serve basis. • Friday, 7:30-11:45 a.m. • Aug. 23, 1-3:45 p.m. • Sept. 3, 7:30-11:45 a.m. • Sept. 17, 7:30-11:45 a.m. Those who answer "yes" and are seeking a medical waiver must make an appointment to be seen by their primary

News briefs St. Mary's, Calvert County school bus schedules

Bus stops will not be printed in the newspaper this year. Bus schedules for both counties are available online: St. Mary',clickon theBusStopandSchoolLocatorlinkortheBusRouteslink; .us/departments/transport/bus/schedule.asp. For more information, contact the student's school.

Back-to-School 5K/10K run, walk

Saturday, 8 a.m. Cedar Point Golf Club Come out and support the annual Women in Defense-Chesapeake Bay Chapter Scholarship Fund, which is aimed at encouraging careers in national security and the defense industry.

US Naval Academy Alumni Association U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Sailors from the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River participate in a weekly morning motivational run as Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (Fleet Marine Force) Maurell Higginbottom, far right, calls cadence. care provider. Sailors who answered "yes" but do not require a waiver should come to the clinic during one of the four designated walk-in days to be cleared for PFA participation. Failure to come during one of

the specified days results in an automatic PFA failure for the fall 2012 cycle because there are no other providers available to sign clearance forms. For more information, call the military medicine department at 301-342-1416.

Saturday, 4 p.m. Navy Recreation Center Solomon Club 9 The Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association invites alumni and their guests to its annual Crab Fest. There will be burgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, corn on the cob and all-you-can-eat steamed crabs. Bring your own drinks and an appetizer, salad or side to share. Cost is $16 for members, $32 for nonmembers, and free for youths ages 12 and younger. Register at , or contact RickSnyderat240-298-2279.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012


F-35 completes first airborne weapons separation By Victor Chen Program Executive Office Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs The F-35 Lightning II accomplished a significant test milestone Aug. 8 when the aircraft successfully released a weapon in flight. BF-3, a short-takeoff and vertical-landing F-35 variant, released an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, separation weapon over water in an Atlantic test range while traveling at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet. "While this weapons separation test is just one event in a series of hundreds of flights and thousands of test points that we are executing this year, it does represent a significant entry into a new phase of testing for the F-35 program," said Navy Capt. Erik Etz, director of test for F-35 naval variants. "Today's release of a JDAM was the result of extraordinary effort by our team of maintainers, engineers, pilots and others who consistently work long hours to deliver F-35 warfighting capability to the U.S. services and our international partners." The release was the first time for any version of the F-35 to conduct an airborne weapon separation, as well as the first from an internal weapons bay for a fighter aircraft designated for the U.S. Marine Corps, the United Kingdom and Italy. The milestone marks the start of validating

Courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin

F-35B test aircraft BF-3 completed the first aerial weapons release for any variant of the aircraft on Aug. 8. BF-3 dropped an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition over an Atlantic test range from an internal weapons bay. the F-35's capability to employ precision weapons and allow pilots to engage the enemy on the ground and in the air.

"[Using an internal weapons bay] speaks to how much capability the JSF is going to bring to the troops," said Dan Levin, Lock-

NAVAIR vice commander gets 'fini flight' surprise

heed Martin test pilot for the mission. "Stealth, fifth-generation avionics and precision weapons—coupled with the flexible mission capability of the short-takeoff and vertical-landing F-35B—is going to be huge for our warfighters." An aerial weapons separation test checks for proper release of the weapon from its carriage system and trajectory away from the aircraft. It is the culmination of a significant number of prerequisite tests, including ground fit checks, ground pit drops and aerial captive carriage and environment flights to ensure the system is working properly before expanding the test envelope in the air. Aircraft and land-based test monitoring systems collected data from the successful separation, which is in review at the F-35 integrated test force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The F-35B is the variant of the Joint Strike Fighter designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as F-35 international partners in the United Kingdom and Italy.The F-35B is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings to enable air-power projection from amphibious ships, ski-jump aircraft carriers and expeditionary airfields. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., prior to delivery to the fleet.

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Stray cat tests positive for rabies

California, Md. According to the St. Mary's County Health Department a stray kitten, collected from Bayside Way in California, Md., has tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a potentially fatal virus transmitted through a bite or saliva contact from an infected animal. Four other kittens and a mother cat related to the rabid kitten remain at large and are considered to be potentially rabid. Residents living in the area are urged to avoid contact with unfamiliar animals and to report stray animals to St. Mary's Animal Control at 301-475-8018.

Tri-Forces Triathlon Clinic

Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to noon North Beach, Md. This clinic is designed to get you more informed and prepared for the Tri-Forces Triathlon on Sept. 29. Learn various strategies and tips for success. Cost is $50 until Aug. 24 and $60 thereafter. Register at For more information, contact Jess Manning at or 302-598-3856.

Hiring event

Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Naval Support Activity Bethesda As part of an ongoing initiative to provide jobs for wounded warriors, transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses, Naval District Washington Family Support Programs hosts a hiring event, in the NSAB gymnasium, Bldg. 17. Attendees must show proof of military service such as a military ID card, veteran ID card issued by the VA, or DD-214 along with a photo ID, to enter the base. More than 30 employers are scheduled to attend. For more information and to register, visit

We are. Are you?

“Are what?” you are asking. For more U.S. Navy photo by Noel Hepp details and informaNAVAIR Vice Commander Rear Adm. Steven Eastburg was surprised by his sons and wife on the flight tion about this challine Aug. 6 after his final active-duty flight. Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 Commanding Offi- lenge look for Ready cer Capt. Jeffrey Davila, incoming NAVAIR vice commander Rear Adm. (select) Kirby Miller and East- Navy, coming in burg's staff were also present to congratulate Eastburg after his flight on a P-8A Poseidon. September.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Personal communication

Aug. 16, 12:30-2 p.m. This educational group helps improve personal communication skills. Participants learn about different communication styles, conflict resolution, and ways to develop more effective speaking and listening skills.

Job Zone job fair

Aug. 21, 3-7 p.m., Patuxent River Naval Air Museum There are more than 30 employers scheduled to attend. For a list visit

All classes are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 2090 on Bundy Road, unless otherwise noted. To make reservations or to volunteer call 301-342-4911. Hours of Oper Operation ation Monday onday-Thursday -Thursday,, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. p.m. Friday Fr iday,, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. p.m.

Paying for college

Play group

Budgeting for Baby

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Outdoor kiddie pool Moms, dads and caregivers are invited to bring children for playtimeandmeetingothermilitaryfamilies.Theplaygroupisfor children ages 0 through preschool. Open to all military families.

Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Have you filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? This session covers the different types of financial aid available to you and your children.

Aug. 22, 10-11 a.m., Bldg. 401 The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society illustrates the hidden costs associated with a growing family. Each Navy and Marine Corps service member who attends receives a new layette worth more than $100.

ers, and $20 for five- and six-hole players. Division placement is based on ability. Divisions consist of: 18-hole, nine hole, six-hole and five-hole. No entries after Aug. 19. Register by calling 301-342-3597.

Surf and turf dinner

Crab Fest at the River's Edge

Today, 4-7 p.m. Outdoor performance on the new waterside stage featuring local band,"Hearts of Men" playing alternative and pop rock. Bounce house, slip-and-slide and other children's activities available. Your choice of six steamed blue crabs or a half-pound burger and toppings bar with corn on the cob, Cole slaw, chips, iced tea and lemonade. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tables provided, but you are welcome to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. No coolers or pets allowed. For more information call 301-342-3656.

Youth bowling league registration

Saturday and Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drill Hall Bowling Center Ages 4-20 can now register for the Pax River USBC Youth program at the bowling center. A parent meeting for participants ages 17 and younger is Aug. 25. Base access is required. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 301904-2990 or Doug Cissell at 301-481-5211.

Blind holes golf tournament

Saturday, Cedar Point Golf Course In this tournament, six blind-drawn holes are deducted from players' scores. Gross and net prizes awarded using 75 percent handicaps. Entry fee is $10. USGA handicap is required to compete. Players are must reserve their own tee times between 7 and 11 a.m. For more information call 301342-3597.

First-time Home Buyer class

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frank Knox Building, Bldg. 2189, Room 137 Virginia Housing Development Authority is holding a free homebuyer class. Learn about the entire home buying process from start to finish, including: personal finances, credit and credit scores; qualifying and applying for a loan, choosing the right home, and what happens at closing. For more information call 877-VHDA-123 or visit Register by contacting Leslie Armstrong at 301-342-3846 or

Junior club championship

Registration ends Aug. 19; games Aug. 25-26 Cedar Point Golf Course This tournament is for authorized family members ages 6-17. Cost is $30 for 18-hole players, $25 for nine-hole play-



Aug. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Fresh-carved flank steak made to order, fried shrimp, lemon-basil tilapia, chicken vinaigrette, fish chowder, rice pilaf, vegetable medley and dessert. Cost is $13.95 for members, $16.95 for nonmembers, $6.95 for children ages 6-11, and $1.95 for children ages 5 and younger. Reservations recommended and can be made by calling 301-342-3656.

Abbey Road on the River

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, National Harbor Discover your inner Beatle. Get tickets now for the world's largest Beatles'-inspired music festival at http://arotrdc.event Use promo code: 114PAX at checkout and receive 40 percent off ticket prices and a special military rate of $109 per night at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Light of Day

Aug. 30, 6:15-7 a.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Come join us for a sunrise event at the River's Edge. This will be an inspirational kick-off event for Suicide Prevention Month. Listen to a personal story of survival as proof that life is worth living. For more information, contact Twila Kopaniasz at 301-342-4370.

MWR Aloha Summer Luau and Pig Roast

Register by Aug. 31 Sept. 8, 6-10 p.m., MWR Beach House Aloha, E Komo Mai! The MWR Special Events team is transforming the beaches of the Patuxent River into a tropical paradise. Join us for food, live music, dancing and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere only the islands can inspire. Featuring music from Unity Reggae Band and a performance from Authentic Polynesian Dancers. Buffet includes roast pig, pulled pork barbecue, teriyaki chicken skewers, vegetable fried rice, vegetarian spring rolls, vegetable stir fry, dessert, a tropical fruit display and more. Cost is $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-11, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Register at the MWR ITT Office in Bldg. 2655 on Cedar Point Road by Aug. 31. This event is sponsored by Lincoln Military Housing.

Intramural fall sports meetings

Sept. 4-6 and 10, 1 p.m. Drill Hall Bowling Center Organizational meetings for fall intramural sports team representatives are on the following dates: bowling leagues, Sept. 4; softball, Sept. 5; volleyball, Sept. 6; and in-line hockey, Sept. 10. Intramural programs are open to active-duty, reserve and retired military and family, and fitness and sports members and family. To participate call theFitness and Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

Résumé-writing workshop

Aug. 23, 1-4 p.m. This program explores many different trends and techniques for writing the best résumé possible. Don't get passed over because your résumé is lacking. Seating is limited.

SAPR victim advocate training

Aug. 27-31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A victim advocate is a trained volunteer who provides effective and appropriate support and guidance for victims of sexual assault. This training prepares volunteers for the initial contact with victims and helps them through the investigative, medical and judicial processes victims opt to pursue.

Insurance needs

Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class takes a common-sense approach to discussing the different types of insurance products available to help one manage the risk of potential losses.

Suicide-prevention training

Aug. 30, 9-10 a.m. This program is designed to raise awareness about the issues surrounding suicide. Learn how to identify the warning signs, how to respond to a suicidal person and get information on local resources.

Drill Hall gymnasium floor closed

Sept. 4-30 The Drill Hall gymnasium floor will be closed for its annual floor refinishing project. The basketball, racquetball and volleyball courts, and the family-friendly fitness center will not be open during the project. The bowling center, indoor pool, free weight room, life circuit center, total body fitness center, cardio fitness room, locker rooms, gear issue and administration offices within Drill Hall will remain open.

24th Annual Pax River Team Triathlon

Sept. 8, 8 a.m., outdoor pool This event challenges a group of two-three people to complete separate legs of a triathlon: .5 mile swim, 13.1 mile bike and 3.1 mile run, for a team win. The event is open to active-duty, reserve and retired military, DoD employees, and sports and fitness program members, their family members and accompanied guests. Cost is $30 per team. For more information or to register, call the Fitness and Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

10 pounds in 10 weeks

Register by Sept. 11; program begins Sept. 12 This 10-week program will challenge you to lose 10 pounds. It includes free workout Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Drill Hall and weekly weigh-ins. Open to military and DoD civilians and their family members, and sports and fitness program members. Free for active-duty military, $10 for all others. Organizational meeting is 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Drill Hall Bowling Center. For more information call 301-342-5449.

Mongolian barbecue night

Sept. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Choose from strips of beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and a wide variety of fresh vegetables. Top this with your favorite oils, spices and garnishes to your liking. Once you have the ingredients, our team will stir-fry it to perfection! Egg drop soup and egg rolls too. Cost is $15.95 for members, $18.95 for nonmembers, $8.95 for children ages 6-11, and $2.95 for children ages 5 and younger. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 301-342-3656.

Navy-Air Force Half Marathon-Navy 5 Miler

Sept. 16, 7:30 a.m., Washington Monument D.C. The Navy 5-Miler is now the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5-Miler. The race uses Chrono-Track timing and is open to all military and civilian runners. Wheelchair racers andWoundedWarriors start the race at 7:20 a.m. There are 13 age groups with category awards going to the top three male and female runners in five-year age groups. For information and to register, visit

Holiday party reservations at Solomons

Overlooking the water with an outside patio, Navy Recreation Center Solomons Club 9 has a full kitchen and seating for 75. Rental rates vary based on day of the week. For prices and more information, call the NRC Accommodations Office at 410-286-5527.


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V-22 supports Harry S. Truman flight-deck certification V-22 participation in USS Harry S. Truman's (CV 75) flight deck certification finishes a five-month U.S.Navy engagement that includedV-22s delivering supplies to 5th Fleet seaborne assets and completing a successful medevac proof-of-concept test with a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. By James O'Donnell V-22 Joint Program Public Affairs When a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 landed for the first time on USS Harry S.Truman (CVN 75) on July 19, it highlighted another in a series of firsts for the tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the U.S. naval forces. And although the July 19 landing was a first for a V-22 on Truman, it wasn't the first time for an aircraft carrier, nor will it be the last, according to Cmdr. Sean McDermott, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) Navy integrated production team lead. "The Marine Corps has committed to providing V-22s to support CVN flight deck certifications," McDermott said, adding that one of the goals of Navy leadership is to incorporate V-22s into the aircraft-carrier flight-deck certification process as often as possible. "It won't be long before each carrier has had V-22s on board," he said. In March, Ospreys supported flight-deck certification with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and returned to the ship two months later to perform dynamic interface testing to gather data to expand the V-22's current flight envelope, McDermott said. In addition to this past spring's CVN integration operations, McDermott said a V-22 recently played a role in a deployed aircraft carrier's logistics mission. "In July, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was operating in the Arabian Sea and had about 3,000 pounds of perishable

goods needing to be delivered to USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)," McDermott said. "(Iwo Jima) was about 250 nautical miles away from the Lincoln and helicopters couldn't travel to Iwo in the appropriate amount of time, so they requested a V-22 from the Marines on the Iwo Jima." The Osprey, from Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (VMM261), landed on Lincoln, loaded the cargo and six passengers and was airborne in less than 25 minutes. A fairly routine mission, but noteworthy because it involved a carrier, McDermott said. "V-22s provide support for the MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) and amphibious warships all of the time, this logistics mission only scratches the surface of the aircraft's potential for the U.S. Navy." In addition to this logistics support function, the V-22 is also uniquely suited for the medevac mission, McDermott said. This was shown in June, when an Air ForceV-22 successfully demonstrated an evacuation from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine off the southeast coast of the United States. The V-22 traveled from Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., to the surfaced submarine USSWyoming (SSBN 742), a distance of more than 1,300 miles. While hovering above the submarine, the aircraft lowered a hoist line and simulated evacuating a submarine crewman strapped into a Stokes rescue stretcher. The Osprey then returned to its base in New Mexico. "It was a pretty awesome experience," said Air Force Capt. William Thompson, theV-22 pilot who flew the mission. "It really is a great aircraft, versatile, flexible and a blast to fly." Thompson is a member of the 20th Special Operations Squadron,partofthe27thSpecialOperationsGroupatCannon. "This medevac demonstration was just one example of the myriad missions theV-22 is capable of completing," said Marine Col. Greg Masiello, head of theV-22 Joint Program Office at Naval Air Systems Command. "[June 6th's evolution] demonstrated one of the unique capabilities the Osprey brings to a commander's playbook-the ability to go farther, faster and safer than any other medevac vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft," Masiello said. "These capabilities can and will be instrumental in saving lives."

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Mick DiMestico

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Storms of Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 departs from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently. This is Harry S. Truman's first Osprey launch and recovery. Harry S. Truman is underway conducting carrier qualifications. A fact not lost on Wyoming's commanding officer. "It's nice to know the U.S. Navy, working with our joint partners, has the capability to rapidly evacuate critically injured Sailors without negatively impacting the strategic mission," said Cmdr. Chris Nash, USS Wyoming's commanding officer. While some of the details and location of the June 6 demonstration are classified, Nash said he was impressed that in spite of wind gusts of 30 knots and heavy seas, the Osprey remained stable above the submarine, without so much as a shiver from the wind. "This was excellent training for my Sailors," Nash said. "[This evolution] highlighted the unique capabilities of this transformational aircraft and proved synergy possible when leveraging two of the most capable platforms in the Joint Forces."

ITT offers vacation getaways By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs If that vacation time you've built up is burning a hole in your pocket, why not use it before you lose it? Let your MWR Information, Tickets and Travel office, or ITT, do the planning for you. The ITT team of four includes Cruise Lines International Association certified cruise counselors and destination specialists available to assist you with Disney/Universal packages, cruises, including river cruises, destination weddings and honeymoons, and more through their preferred providers. "Commissions are attached to every package and when authorized customers use our services, those commissions stay local and come back to MWR programs and service members," said NAS Patuxent River MWR ITT Manager Michele Kessler. "So if buying a vacation package through another venue, let's say the Internet, and it's the same price ITT gave you a quote for, why not purchase it through ITT and give back to your local MWR?" The ITT team can also assist people in navigating the online Armed ForcesVacation Club site,, which also returns a portion of the money to the local MWR ITT office. The AFVC is available for active-duty and retired military, and DoD civilians and contractors. Kessler said many enjoy this site because of the drastic savings it offers. For example, reservations for an eight-day, sevennight time-share accommodations around the world are available for only $369, she said. ITT is also the hub for tickets to special events in the area, such as the upcoming Sept. 22 Defenders of Freedom Day at Six Flags, which is open to all DoD personnel for $18 a ticket. Parking is free, too. Naval District Washington region personnel will take over the park for the day, and there are 5,000 tickets available that include admission to the

Lynyrd Skynyrd concert that night at no extra charge.Ticket prices increase to $20 starting Aug. 17. Discounted meal tickets, which are good for one meal at a select restaurant in the park, can be purchased through the ITT for $11. ITT offers discounted tickets to sporting events throughout the region, and to the major amusement parks along the Eastern Seaboard, including Florida. "Another benefit to you, our authorized patrons, is that we do not charge any additional fees for these services," Kessler said. Kessler encourages those interested in a vacation to plan early and to schedule an appointment with a certified ITT vacation specialist as soon as possible. "Our office does more than just travel, and we want to be able to spend dedicated time with you in planning your vacation package," she said. "Often, when you plan early you could receive special promotions, and you can pay for your vacation packages by installments. She said those paying in installments usually make a deposit and pay the balance by a certain date. Payments can be made at the ITT Office, in Bldg. 2655 on Cedar Point Road. To find the latest ITT specials, sign up for free Fleet and Family Readiness weekly e-news, by emailing Provide your name, affiliation and contact numbers. To see pricing sheets and special deals, visit the ITT web page at /Patuxent, click on Fleet and Family Readiness and then Things to Do.You can also stop by the ITT Office 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or call 301342-3648. Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series. Part one was printed in the Aug. 9 Tester and is available at Click on News and Current Info and then News Articles.

The Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program and sponsors free and reduced-price events for NAS Patuxent River E1E6 active-duty military. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For more information call 301-342-4208.

Paintball trip

Register by Aug. 22 Aug. 25, 8 a.m. This trip is for single or unaccompanied active-duty E1-E5 only. Cost is $25 and covers admission, paintball gun, mask, harness, air and 1,000 paintballs. Register at the MWR ITT Office in Bldg. 2655 on Cedar Point Road. For more information call 301-342-3565.

End of Summer Barracks Bash

Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m. Single or unaccompanied active-duty E1-E5 are invited to come and enjoy free food, music and fun in your own back yard. For more information call 301-342-3565.

Whitewater rafting trip

Register by Sept. 7 Sept. 14-16, West Virginia Trip leaves at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and returns Sunday evening. Cost is $115, which includes camping, five meals, whitewater rafting and transportation. Pre-trip meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Register at the MWR ITT Office in Bldg. 2655 on Cedar Point Road. For more information call 301-342-3565.

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New Clinic Sailor receives Hospital corpsman gets Meritorious Service Medal frocked to petty officer

U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Cmdr. Traci Hindman, left, is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Frederick McDonald during an awards ceremony Aug. 8. Hindman is the Director for Clinical Support Services and Head of the Pharmacy Department. She recently reported on-board after serving a tour at Naval Medical Center San Diego.


U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Newly frocked Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Christine Reed, center, stands with her Mom, Delores, and Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Frederick McDonald, after a frocking ceremony Aug. 8. Reed recently reported to the clinic after serving a tour at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Md.


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Chapel hosts 'SonRise National Park'

Courtesy photos by Anne Powers

From left, back row, Michael Krall, Mikaela Fuentes, Ceceille Wilganowski, Ethan Lawniczak, and, from left, front row, Peyton Cleary, Patrick Etheredge and Brianna Etheredge color during pre-school Bible story activities at Vacation Bible School. This year's theme, "SonRise National Park," tied biblical stories with an exploration of the natural world.


From left, Noah Wong and Christian Wirth make bird nests during Vacation Bible School craft time at the NAS Patuxent River Religious Programs Center. More than 60 youths attended VBS at NAS Patuxent River, Aug. 6-10.

From left, Noah Wong, Bailey Downey, Joey Krall and Christian Wirth gather in a hula hoop during a relay race at Vacation Bible School on NAS Patuxent River, Aug. 6-10.




Unwind at Solomons Thursday, August 16, 2012


By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs


hile many of you may be itching to get away this summer, thousands have been making Southern Maryland their destination. Why? Look across the Patuxent River and you'll see.There's a vacation get-away that you can enjoy all year long. "We like to encourage people to have 'staycations' with us," said Carrie Jay-Rose, Navy Recreation Center Solomons director, "Although you live here locally, sometimes you just need to escape from all of the chaos in your normal world. Just come over here, it's peaceful." Whether you want to get out and play or sit back and relax, the Navy Recreation Center Solomons offers a variety of activities year round, and it's all nestled within a 295acre complex that boasts 4,800 feet of shoreline. NRC Solomons is also now a Navy Getaway and perfect for visitors to "Stay. Play. Relax," as the Navy Getaway motto goes. Worried about the crowds? Not at Solomons. The exclusive complex admits only military and DoD civilians, their families and their guests. While the busiest time is Memorial Day to Labor Day, with peak days on weekends, it offers programs and activities throughout the year for families, empty-nesters and single people. "We have all sorts of special programming and activities going on, so there's always something waiting to happen," Jay-Rose said. Prices for activities, lodging and boat and equipment rentals at Solomons vary as most are based on the sponsor's status and rank or rate. For more information on prices or making reservations, call one of the numbers listed or visit, click on Fleet and Family Readiness,Things to Do, Recreation and then Solomons Recreation Center. As a premiere Navy Getaway property, reservations can also be made at any time by calling 877-Navy Bed (682-3899), or by visiting the Navy Getaway site at "It's a quality program at a quality price for an amazing experience," Jay-Rose said. "And the beauty of it is it focuses on what the Navy MWR program is all about, quality-of-life programming."

Courtesy photo by H. Irrizzary

Annie Irrizzary showcases her family's feast caught at the Navy Recreation Center Solomons Sunset Pier.

Get ready to play

First things first, get a Leisure Pass or Activity Pass.

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Leisure Pass Leisure Pass These passes are included with in-season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) lodging and camping reservations. Seasonal and daily passes are also available for purchase. Leisure passes offer unlimited admission to: miniature golf, aquatics complex, beach, fishing pier, outdoor billiards and table tennis, basketball, tennis and most Adventure Zone programs. They are also used for equipment checkout: tennis and softball equipment, golf clubs and basketballs. Activity Pass Pass These passes are for guests who want to use only one recreational facility: Riverside Aquatics Complex or Adventure Zone. Seasonal and daily passes are available for purchase.

Let’s go

Going here or going there? There are plenty of places to fill your day at Solomons: Adventure Zone, Riverside Aquatics, Point Patience Marina and Sunset Pier. Adventur Adv enturee Zone Zone features: features: l Driving range l 18-hole miniature golf course l Air-conditioned TV lounge and arcade, and sheltered outdoor billiard tables and table tennis l Events: dances, outdoor movie nights, marshmallow roasts, hayrides, Spooktacular, visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and other programs throughout the year. Riverside Aquatics Riverside Aquatics Complex Complex features: features: l Private and group swim lessons taught by Red Cross-certified instructors l Riverside Refreshments concession stand l Four swimming pools: two 5 feet deep or less, an infants' and toddlers' wading pool, and a diving pool with a 1.5-meter dive board and two water-powered slides. Before using the dive pool or slides, youths ages 16 and younger must pass a swim test. l Guests ages 16 and older may use the pool unaccompanied. l Guests ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an eligible patron age 16 or older. If they have passed the swim test, they may use the pool unaccompanied. l Guests ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by an eligible patron age 18 or older. l Beginning in September, the pool will be open only on the weekends, contingent upon weather conditions,

and closes for the year in October. Pool parties remain available in September, too. l Riverside beach has 400 feet of sandy beaches designated for swimming and is under the watchful eyes of American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. The beach also has picnic tables and lounge chairs available, and paddleboats and kayaks for rent. Point Patience Patience Marina Marina features: features: l 124 wet slips from 20 feet to 45 feet, with electric and water hookups and a pump-out station l A boat wash l Year-round comfort station with laundry, showers bathrooms, changing area l Year-round unsecured dry storage l Pontoon boats for rent from May through October. Boat renters must pass a safety course, which can be taken on-site at no charge. l Crab dip nets, crab steam pots and fishing poles available for rent. l Bait, tackle and ice available for purchase. Sunset Pier features: features: l A 614-foot-long, 25-foot-wide pier for crabbing and fishing l Fish cleaning station on site l Comfort station open May through October with restrooms available. A Maryland Fishing Permit, which can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and department stores, is needed to fish at Sunset Pier, and anyone fishing or crabbing at NRC Solomons must also hold an NAS Patuxent River/NRC Solomons fishing permit, available online at

Take a stroll

Experience the shaded nature trail with its gazebo, small bridges and information boards. The inside loop is approximately a quarter mile. Wander down the historic oyster trail along the NRC Solomons shoreline. It's now asphalted, but features historical information boards. It has swings for people to sit and watch the sunsets. The trail is about a mile long. The main road is also a flat, 5K trail many joggers enjoy.



Stay awhile

Want to get away for more than a day? Solomons offers a variety of overnight accommodations: l Cottages l Cabins l Yurts l Bungalows l Apartments. These accommodations come with a variety of amenities. Due to high demand, waterfront cottages are restricted to one per ID card holder, per family during in-season dates. However, families can rent other types of units along with a waterfront cottage. Solomons also offers family and single campsites, ranging from primitive to fully equipped for both tents and RVs. Tent camping equipment is available for rent through Adventure Zone. Advance reservations can be made based on the following schedule: active-duty and reserve military, one year; retired military, six months; current and retired DoD civilian, five months.

Dining out

Patuxent View View Picnic Area Area featuring: featuring: l Waterfront pavilions, gazebo, picnic sites, ball field l The picnic sites are free and first come, first serve; limit of 12 people per site. They are available from sunrise to sunset and each site has a grill and picnic tables. l The gazebo has lighting and electricity, a charcoal grill, picnic tables inside and outside, and can hold up to 25 people. l Five pavilions: one large, three medium and one small, with lighting at select pavilions. l Gazebo and pavilions rentals can be made through the Solomons Lodging Office. l Ball field can be reserved through Adventure Zone. Club 9 features: features: l A deck with outdoor seating and a waterfront view. l A full kitchen with two stovetop ranges and oven, kitchen sink, cabinets and two side-by-side refrigerators. l Indoor rest rooms l Central heat and air l Podium l 27-inch TV/VCR l Club 9 can hold 100 people standing, or 75 seated. Whether it's for a day or more, for relaxing or playing, Solomons offers it all, and as Jay-Rose said, "You don't have to be on vacation to use us. Come in and enjoy all that we have to offer."

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Yurts are among the accommodations available at Navy Recreation Center Solomons. Tents are also available for rent.

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An 18-hole miniature golf course is located at Adventure Zone.

Important Solomons numbers: Adventur enturee Zone Zone - 410-286-8047 Point Patience Patience Marina Marina and Sunset Sunset Pier 410-286-8022/8023 Riverside Aquatics Riverside Aquatics Complex Complex 410-394-2845 410-39 4-2845 Reservations and information on rental facilities: Solomons Lodging 410-286-7301/7302 Courtesy photo by M. Fenwick

Relax and enjoy the sunset in one of the swings along the Oyster Trail looking out to the Patuxent River at the Navy Recreation Center Solomons.

Online Reserv Reservations ations www.G www .Get et.DoD .DoDLodging. net 1-877-Navy 1-877-N avy Bed Bed (682-38 (682-3899) 99) Courtesy photo

Kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent at Riverside beach.




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Around Town Book discussion

Today, 7 p.m. Leonardtown Library Discussion of "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson. Copies of the book are available at the library. For more information call 301-475-2846.

On Pins and Needles

Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick Bring your quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting or other project for an afternoon of conversation and creativity. For more information call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Teens Own the Night

Friday, 1-4 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick This party ends the summer on a scary note. Enjoy snacks and a scary movie, and the winner of the summer reading contest is awarded a Kindle FireR. For more information call 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Motor rally to Leonardtown

Friday, 5-8 p.m.; rain date, Aug. 24 Leonardtown Square The Greenwell Foundation is holding a walking poker run to benefit Vacations for Vets. Local businesses and restaurants are hosting dealer tables and The Rum Runners are playing throughout the event. There are raffles, door prizes and two games running simultaneously at $20 a hand. For more information call 301-475-9791 or visit .

Woodlawn Summer Concert Series

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Garden Smarter: Grow it, eat it, preserve it

Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick Learn how to identify safe food-preservation practices, how canning preserves food, and how to process foods using a pressurecanner. Forinformationcall410-535-0291or301-855-1862.

Learn about Lincoln

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parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on

acollisioncoursewithConnors'alterego,TheLizard,Petermakeslife-altering choices to use his powers. Rated: PG13 (2 hr, 16 min) 9:30 p.m.,Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (3D) Rated: R (1 hr, 45 min) Saturday,Aug.18 4 p.m.Brave (not in 3D) Merida is a skilled archer and im-

petuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin,surlyLordMacintoshand cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric witch for help.. Rated: PG (1 hr, 33 min) 6:30 p.m.,Amazing Spider Man (3D) Rated: PG13 (2 hr, 16 min) 9:30 p.m.,Ted John Bennett is a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish, and has refused to leave his side ever since. Rated: R (1 hr, 46 min)

Sunday, Aug. 19 2 p.m., Amazing Spider Man (3D) Rated: PG13 (2 hr, 16 min) Monday and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, Aug. 22 6:30 p.m.,Amazing Spider Man (3D) Rated: PG13 (2 hr, 16 min) Free sneak peek Sunday, Aug. 26 4:30 p.m., Lawless Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Va., a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. Based on the novel, "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant. Rated: R (1 hr, 55 min)




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Laser Gives Patients New Lease on Life


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 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd Cooper at Tidewater Dental.


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