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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Chief selects wrap up career transition By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs They have spent the last six weeks prepping for the next step up the career ladder, learning what tools and resources are available to them when they take on more responsibilities as the Navy's newest chief petty officers. Twenty-four NAS Patuxent River Sailors were among 4,400 petty officers first class Navy-wide selected for promotion to chief petty officer this year. Since the selection list was released July 31, Pax's selectees have been going through their induction, working together completing various tasks and challenges created by the base's chiefs to give the selects a preview of what it takes to be a chief. On Friday, these 24 will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unique to the Navy, as they pin on their anchors during the Chief Petty Officer Frocking Ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 hangar. All those with base access can attend. Unlike E-7s in other branches of service, the responsibility and authority of a Navy chief is unmatched, NAS Patuxent River Command Master ChiefWilliam Lloyd-Owen said. "Putting on the chief petty officer uniform comes with an inherent level of respect" he said. "We're the backbone of the Navy and garner respect from juniors and seniors alike." Respect chiefs have earned for more than 100yearsbecauseoftheirwisdominbeingable to lead their Sailors and expertise at their job. While the six-week chief induction dif-

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (Air Warfare/Surface Warfare) Hanif K. Bent

From left, Chief select Aviation Electronics Technician Pharaoh McMillian helps his teammates Chief select Aviation Machinist’s Mate Michael Flynn, Chief select Aviation Structural Mechanic Jeremiah Shue and Chief select Aviation Structural Mechanic Alvin Cotson make a bridge to cross a pool with guidance from Chief select Hospital Corpsman Wil Morales, front, during the Leaders Reaction Course at Fort AP Hill, Va., in August. Completing the course was one of the chief selects’ induction events. fers from location to location, the idea behind it and some of the rituals here are long-standing Navy traditions designed to teach the fundamentals of being an effec-

Pax holds Sept. 11 Memorial Service

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Pax Pros line Cedar Point Road as NAS Patuxent River fire trucks parade down the street to the library/parade field as part of the Sept. 11 Memorial Service on Tuesday following the base chapel's fourth annual interfaith prayer breakfast, "Remembering September 11." The prayer breakfast and memorial ceremony were dedicated to those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 attacks, and served as a remembrance for all those who have sacrificed their lives, both before and after the events.

tive chief, Lloyd-Owen said. At Pax, the selects spend one week in a Leadership Continuum class, led by chiefs from around the base. They also spend a day

at Fleet and Family Support Center learning what resources are available because as a chief who takes care of his or her Sailors, they will be presented with issues that will require FFSC services.They participate in daily training sessions and group physical training. They also put together numerous fundraising events and will hold their first formal event, the Khaki Ball, donned in their new uniform. While the daily training sessions may encompass issues they have experienced before, Chief select Aviation Ordnanceman Brandon Moyer said the sessions force them to look at the wide range of possibilities of every encounter, from what the problem may be, to where to turn for help. "(The chiefs) throw curveballs in the sessions based on their different experiences and we're learning that if we're faced with a problem we don't know how to fix, there's probably another chief who has already dealt with it," Moyer said. "Being able to get beyond our pride and bring the problem to the mess for help is a big step in this process." Spending these six weeks together also builds networking skills and teamwork among the chief selects. "When you put a group of people through rough times together, eventually they're going to learn a thing or two from each other they never thought they would and it helps build camaraderie," said Chief select Hospital CorpsmanWil Morales.

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Laps for Life Walk/Run highlights National Suicide Prevention Month By Twila K. Kopaniasz Naval Air Systems Command Total Force Strategy and Management Department To increase awareness of National Suicide Prevention Month in September, the NAS Patuxent River Suicide Prevention Coordinator Team is sponsoring the third annual Laps for Life Walk/Run Team Relay from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the track behind the fire station and Bldg. 1489. This event is open to military, civilians, contractors and their family members. Twoto 17-member teams can either run or walk 17 laps around the track to represent the fact that every 17 minutes, a life is lost to suicide. Participants can also fill out cards in memory of loved ones who may have been suicide victims; cards will be posted to the backstop fence during the relay. To register, civilians and contractors should contact Twila Kopaniasz at; military members should contact Aviation Machinist's Mate (Air Warfare) Angelo Laberinto at The rain date is Sept. 27. By the time you finish this article, there

have been three suicide attempts in the United States. Every 43 seconds there is a suicide attempt and every 17 minutes a life is lost to suicide. The good news is suicide can be preventable.The suicidal state of mind is most often temporary and reversible with timely assistance. Contrary to popular belief, it's not morbid to talk about suicide. Actually, the opposite is true. Bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things a person can do for someone. Remember the acronym "AC ACT T." • Ask - Be willing to listen and stay calm • Ca Carre - Let him or her know you care and take him or her seriously • Treat - Seek professional help and stay with him/her If you're feeling hopeless or depressed, or would like to get involved, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273TALK (8255) or visit Talk to a friend, chaplain, co-worker or supervisor. You can also talk to your command's suicide prevention coordinator or a mental health professional. Remember, you are never alone. Suicide prevention is an all-hands evolution. And most important, life is worth living.


Thursday, Sept. 13 6:30 p.m., Ice Age: Continental Drift (3D) Manny, Diego and Sid embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Scrat's reunion with his beloved but cursed acorn catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before. Rated: PG (1 hr, 34 min) Friday, Sept. 14 6:30 p.m., Moonrise Kingdom Set on an island off the New England coast in the summer of 1965, two 12year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact and run away to-

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tal and villainous Bane. Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 45 min) 9:30 p.m., Savages Sunday, Sept. 16 2 p.m., Ice Age: Continental Drift (not in 3D)

gether into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 33 min)

9 p.m., Savages Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best mari-

juana ever developed. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands the duo partners with them. Rated: R (2 hr, 11 min)

Saturday, Sept. 15 4 p.m., Moonrise Kingdom 6:30 p.m., Dark Knight Rises After eight years of struggling with his new status as a wanted vigilante, Batman must contend with newcomers, Cat woman and the bru-

Free sneak preview 4:30 p.m., End of Watch Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop. Rated: R (1 hr, 49 min) Monday and Tuesday No movies Wednesday, Sept. 19 6:30 p.m., Moonrise Kingdom

Preventing back-to-school bugs Glen Forrest play group By Lori Malady, RN Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Infection Prevention

It's that time of year again, school begins and it will only be a matter of time until parents hear, "I have a stomach ache," or "I don't feel good." Because your mornings are crazy enough trying to get everyone up, fed and dressed—including yourself—so everyone can be on time, parents need to be able to make a quick decision about a child not feel-

ing well. Should you keep them home or take a chance and send them to school? "Sometimes parents will guess wrong, but if there's one rule of thumb, it should be to always err on the side of caution," Dr. Jacqueline Kaari, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseySchool of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey August press release. According to Kaari, the average child develops six

or more infections per year, most of which are relatively mild, and the close proximity to others in class and in lunchrooms makes it easy for them to pick up and pass on a variety of illnesses. Because sending a sick child to school worsens the child's condition and spreads the illness to others, Kaari offered these guidelines to help parents make those early morning decisions:

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A common viral infection which causes coughing,

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U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Dressed like Mary Poppins, Angela Armer of the Fleet and Family Support Center, left, hands out stickers to 1-year-olds George Bridgman and Tripp Smith, right, during the Glen Forrest play group Thursday. More than a dozen children joined in the play group at the Glen Forrest Community Center, the first held since summer began. The group is for children ages 0 to preschool and is open to all military families. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

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Galgano earns Commendation medal

Photo by Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Lt. j.g. Lynette Galgano, left, is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by acting Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Commanding Officer, Capt. Frederick McDonald during an awards ceremony Sept. 5. Galgano is a Nurse Corps Officer assigned to the Military and Aviation Medicine Department and recently reported onboard the clinic after serving a tour at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.


Tran receives NAVSUP award

Photo by Logistics Specialist 1st Class David Baker

Logistics Specialist Seaman Apprentice John Tran, NAS Patuxent River Aviation Support Division, was selected as the third quarter Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk's Blue Jacket of the Quarter.

News Briefs On base: Health Care Consumer Council meeting

Tuesday, 10-11 a.m., Naval Health Clinic Conference Room AllTRICARE beneficiaries are invited. Meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes are on the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River website, Pages/hccc.htm. For more information, contact Nicole Quinn at 301-995-4980.

NAVAIR change-of-command ceremony

Sept. 20, 10 a.m. VX-20 Hangar, Bldg. 306 All are invited to the Naval Air Systems Command changeof-command ceremony. Rear Adm. David Dunaway will assume command as Vice Adm. David Architzel retires after more than 40 years of Navy service.

PMA-273 changes command

Sept. 21, 1 p.m., Hangar 306 The Naval Undergraduate FlightTraining Systems Program Office (PMA-273) is scheduled to hold a change-of-command and retirement ceremony. Capt. Leon Bacon will relieve Capt. Andrew Hartigan, who is retiring. For more information, call 301-757-7171.

Pax River Navy Flying Club

The Pax River Navy Flying Club is offering Private Pilot Ground School.This training meets the requirements for DoD Continuous Learning credit. Register in the Flying Club's Office or by calling Al Piranian at 342-8555.

Fall Physical Fitness Assessments

Part of the Physical Fitness Assessment requirement is completing the Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire available online at the Bureau of Naval Personnel site. Sailors who answer "yes" to any question on the PARFQ but do not require a medical waiver should come to the clinic 7:30-11:45 a.m. Monday to be cleared for PFA participation. Those who answer "yes" and are seeking a medical waiver must make an appointment with their primary care provider. For more information, call the military medicine department at 301-342-1416.

Webster Field Pass and ID hours change

TheWebster Field Pass and ID office is only open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Wednesdays. Those needing Pass and ID services must go to Gate 1 or Gate 2 at NAS Patuxent River.

NAVAIR Journal for Scientists and Engineers

The new Naval Air Systems Command Journal for Scientists and Engineers at navairjournal is seeking abstracts for the second issue.To submit an article for the winter 2012/2013 edition of the journal, email an abstract to by Sept. 24. For more information, contact Sheila Holzberger at or 301-342-5361.

Burger Burn at Building 2185

Tuesdays until Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Bldg. 2185 Hot dog or hamburger meal, $5; hamburger, $3; hot dog, $1.50; drinks and chips, $1. All meals include chips and a drink. Proceeds go to Annual NAS Patuxent River Holiday Party.

St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund provides shoes to school-age children in the public schools who are in need of shoes, but have limited financial resources. Requests for shoes are highest at the beginning of the school year, but continue throughout the school year. For more information or to contribute, call the Department of Student Services of St. Mary's County Public Schools at 301-475-5511, ext. 150. Contributions can be mailed to St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Checks should be payable to St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund.

Volunteer opportunities: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

Off base:

The Auxiliary is recruiting members to sustain their current Coastal and Harbor patrol schedules and to support the Coast Guard. No maximum age or physical restrictions. Training is provided. Contact Jim McGrath at, 301-862-5559 or 240-298-5303.

21st Annual Southern Maryland College Fair

NAS Color Guard

Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Approximately 130 colleges and universities throughout Maryland and the east coast, as well as the United States military academies are attending with exhibits and admission officers. College and university officials are available to answer questions from students and parents. Financial aid workshops presented on site. Free event for St. Mary's and Calvert county students.

Child and adolescent anxiety disorders

Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m. Hanko Building at Beckett Field, New Carrollton, Md. Presented by Dr. Erin D. Berman, clinical psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, includes common signs and symptoms of youth anxiety, what parents can do to help, understanding treatment options and current research studies at the National Institute of Mental Health in pediatric anxiety. For more information, call 301-429-0970.

All active-duty military can try out for the NAS Color Guard. Contact NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief William Lloyd-Owen at or Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Paul Lutgen at

War of 1812 Reenactment

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum War of 1812 Reenactment needs help with general set up Sept. 21, directing visitors and handing out programs Sept. 22 and tent and table take down Sept. 24. Contact Erin Atkinson at or 410-586-8512.

Friday Physical Education

Participate in physical education classes with George Washington Carver Elementary students 9:15-11:30a.m. or 12:15-2:30 p.m. Fridays starting Sept. 28. Volunteers do not need to register, but must check in at the school's front office.


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Commissary shoppers get added Rewards By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Commissary shoppers can sign up for extra savings with the new Rewards card and the benefits of hassle-free coupon redemption. After successful testing of the card at 20 select bases over the last two months, the NAS Patuxent River Commissary introduced the card to shoppers during Labor Day weekend. "About 99 percent of the shoppers have been taking the card daily.The only ones who aren't are those who don't really use a computer," said Debbie House, NAS Patuxent River Commissary store director. "About 600 shoppers took the card on the first day." Since then, more than 3,000 Rewards cards have been handed out. "They're already preloaded with 10 coupons so shoppers can use it their first visit and then when they go home and register, they can select more coupons," she said. Shoppers can download digital coupons offered at the Commissary website,, onto their Rewards card. Coupons on the site are made available through partnerships the Defense Commissary Agency has built with industry partners to allow Commissary patrons to

With a few keystrokes on the computer, Commissary Rewards cards offer authorized customers money-saving coupons without the hassle of clipping, sorting and storing. get the most out of their benefit, according to the DeCA website. "While we have a lot of couponers here, there are those who don't like to take the time to clip coupons," House said. "Hopefully the convenience of the Rewards card will make it easier for them to take advantage of coupon savings." On the website, shoppers can view a list of available coupons based on category—frozen, grocery, pet—and sort the coupons by brand, value, expiration date, store offers or

manufacturer offers. Each of the coupons online also offers its terms and conditions for use. When loaded onto the Rewards card, savings from the digital coupons are automatically deducted for each qualifying item once the card and items are scanned at the store's checkout. Keep in mind, while a coupon may be listed online, it may not be available at all stores. However, if it's an item that is requested more often, it may be possible for the store to start carrying it. It's also important to read the coupon terms and conditions because some manufacturers allow customers to download and use multiple coupons, she added. Remember DeCA's coupon policy states that commissaries can only accept one coupon per item or purchase requirement; this means a paper coupon cannot be used in conjunction with a digital coupon. Shoppers can keep track of their digital coupons by printing a list of their downloaded coupons from the website. Once a digital coupon is used, it will no longer be available on the Rewards card unless the shopper downloads it again. In addition to coupon savings, shoppers who register their Rewards card by Oct. 24 are entered to win a trip for four to anywhere in the United States; trip includes round-trip airline tickets, lodging and $1,000 in spending money.

Chaplain's corner: Get what you can and can what you get! By Gwendolyn Amador Guest contributor Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. - Proverbs 4:7 My grandma was a gardener. Now, when I say "gardener," I mean Wonder Woman. A product of the Great Depression in America, grandma was up with the birds and worked tirelessly in

her 13-acre garden through the heat of the day and past dusk, taking breaks to make lunch and dinner, and to clean a bit here and there. She sold her produce at a fair price to those who could pay, and she gave bushel after bushel to those who were less fortunate. I have never known a harder working person in my life than my grandma, and I honor her for her labor. The busiest time of the year for

grandma was canning season when she added to her labor hours upon hours of standing over a hot stove in the parching New Mexico heat—no air conditioning in that house—"puttin' away" the delicious fare that would nourish her children and grandchildren for years to come. It's like reading God's word and utilizing resources that help us make the cultural and linguistic connections

between ourselves and the rich nourishment of seeing God's hand move throughout human history, working his plan for eternal hope and glory for us! We are wise when we study the word and store it up on our hearts like Solomon told his son in Proverbs 7:1: "My son keep my words and store up my commands within you." And nothing quite compares to the experience of dig-

Ready Navy

Hurricane Season is here. Be informed. Have a plan. Make a kit. For a free information packet on how to prepare for hurricane season and other emergencies, visit the Fleet and Family Support Center at Building 2090 off of Bundy Road.

SAPR Advocate Training

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

Monday to Sept. 20, 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 how to help them through the investigative, medical and judicial processes that they opt to pursue. Open to active-duty military and DoD civilians.

Welcome to Pax

Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

ging into God's word and suddenlyhavingamomentofclarity and understanding: "I get it! This is what it means, and here is how it applies to me!" This is why Paul prays for the saints at Ephesus that they will "grow in knowledge and depth of insight," Ephesians 1:9-10. We are blessed beyond measure to have the loving provision of God's Word and the ability to memorize it and apply it to our lives.

Gwendolyn Amador

Take a windshield tour of the NAS Patuxent River complex and attend a class for information about the base and surrounding communities. Local information packets are provided.

Transition Assistance Program

Sept. 24-27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program is for separating and retiring military members. Topics include skill assessment, resume writing, job search methods, and review of veterans' benefits. See a Career Counselor to register.


Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. The Atlantic Fleet Career InformationTeam from Anacostia conducts a mandatory Navy Career InformationTeam brief to all honorably separating military members to receive the necessary page 13 required for separation out-processing.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Event explores finding, retaining Hispanic workforce By Emily Funderburk Naval Air Systems Command Total Force Communications Recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees is increasingly important to Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, given the growing U.S. Hispanic population and their potential to enter careers vital to NAVAIR's mission, said diversity experts at an event commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 5. "If we wait for people to come to us, we aren't going to get the rigor or representation we need for diverse thought," said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education. Regarding NAVAIR's efforts to increase its pipeline of Hispanic job applicants, Santiago said, "If you are interested in recruiting them, go to where they are." More than 150 employees attended the event, entitled, "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today" at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center. The event, hosted by NAVAIR's Hispanic Engagement Action Team, or HEAT, and Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Office, also included a cross-cultural training session with experts from Kochman Mavrelis Associates Inc. Hispanics in the NAVAIR workforce participate at less than the rate of their availability, according to the U.S. Census National Civilian Labor Force. In response, HEAT has been focused on recruiting, retaining and developing His-

“Diversity isn't just a buzzword in our organization.” — Gary Gary Kessler Kessler

HEAT champion and NAVAIR Deputy Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation

panic employees; identifying potential hiring barriers; and increasing awareness and morale since September 2009. "Diversity isn't just a buzzword in our organization," said HEAT champion and NAVAIR Deputy Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation Gary Kessler. "As leaders and managers, our role is to create and support a diverse work environment that values all our employees and accepts and encourages their contributions so that they and our organization are working toward full potential." As of July 1, 2011, Hispanics constituted more than 16 percent of the nation's population, according to U.S. Census data. Hispanics are projected to account for 75 percent of the growth in the nation's labor force between 2010 and

all authorized male and female patrons with a valid U.S. Golf Association handicap. For more information, call Cedar Point Golf Course at 301-342-3597.

Hispanic American Heritage Month buffett

Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler

Sunday, 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 and Wounded Warriors start at 7:20 a.m. Thirteen age groups with category awards for the top three male and female runners in five-year age groups. For more information and to register, visit

Men's, Ladies Club Championships

Sept. 22-25, Cedar Point Golf Course Register by Tuesday for this annual 36-hole, stroke play event. Entry fee is $70 per person, or $50 for pass holders, which includes greens fee. Tee time and pairing are assigned; no requests. Gross and net prizes awarded. Open to

The Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program and sponsors free and reduced-price events for NAS Patuxent River E1-E6 active-duty military. Civilian guests are not

Sept. 26, 5:30 -7 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Celebrate Hispanic heritage with some of the culture's familiar dishes: paella, chicken enchiladas, fajita action station, salad bar and more. 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. Register by calling 301-342-3656.

Illusionist Extraordinaire Craig Karges

Sept. 27, 7 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Don't miss this show featuring illusionist, Craig Karges. Cost is $15 per person which includes a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet. Limited seating. Register by calling 301-3423656. Brought to you through Navy Entertainment.

Drill Hall gymnasium floor closed

Until Sept. 30 The Drill Hall gymnasium floor, including the basketball, racquetball and volleyball courts, and the family-friendly fitness center, are closed for its annual floor refinishing 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 are open.

2020. Santiago noted that many of these workers will choose careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, which are vital to NAVAIR's mission. Her research for her “Finding Your Future Workforce” project includes a focus on how to funnel Hispanics into STEM positions: college preparation, outreach, academic support, retention and completion. According to Santiago's projections, for the U.S. to maintain its historic preeminence and benefits in the fields of STEM, it must produce 1 million more STEM professionals than are projected to graduate at current rates by 2020. The afternoon's training session on Latino and nonLatino cultures explored differences in communication styles, responses to authority and leadership styles from the perspective of cultural anthropologist Jean Mavrelis and psychologist Dr. Luis Vazquez. "When you understand culture, you are going to increase comfort and fit, employee engagement and productivity," Mavrelis said. For example, Hispanics, as well as other groups, tend to have a traditional outlook, which is hierarchical, interpersonal, and includes a strong sense of family and community, while the U.S. mainstream culture has an individualistic, self-motivated and institutional outlook, Vazquez said. To combat any misunderstandings arising from this difference, "all your processes now have to be more inclusive," Mavrelis said. "Multicultural leadership is looking at the whole."

At the Energy Zone:

Belly dancing, dancing Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. No previous dance experience required. Belly dance is a low impact way to improve muscle tone, flexibility and confidence. All fitness levels welcome. Cost for an 8-week session is: $30 for E1-E6, $60 for all others. Register by Sept. 17. For more information, call 301-995-3869. Blue Angels spinning class, class Tuesday, 8 a.m. Be a Blue Angels pilot for one hour and ride the skies taking your heart rate to the limit. Spin to songs from Top Gun and many other action box office movies. This class is free and open to anyone with base access. Space is limited. For more information, call 301-995-3869.

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.

35th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival vendor registrations

Vendors wishing to participate in the Dec. 1 Arts and Crafts Festival can register based on the following schedule: Oct. 1 for active-duty and retired military; Oct. 9 for past crafters; and Oct. 15 for DOD civilian employees and contractors. Registration fee is $70 Register by visiting Customized Creations or calling 301-342-3569.

allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For more information, call 301-342-4208.

game or not so new. Prizes for first, second and third place winners. Register by 6:15 p.m.


Game nights

Be the first to hear about free tickets, trips and events. E1-E6 single and unaccompanied Sailors may receive news and updates directly to their cell phones. To join, text "PAXLIBERTY" to 30364.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Liberty Center Come and play various board games, pool, lawn games, video games and card games. A different game played every week.

Texas Hold 'em Tuesdays

Free pizza and movie

6:30 p.m., Liberty Center Free Texas Hold 'em tournament for those new to the

Thursdays, 6 p.m., Liberty Center Free pizza, sodas and a movie selected by a majority vote.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Be ready: September is National Preparedness Month By George E. Revoir NAS Patuxent River Safety Department

I am. Are You?

Sept. 1 marked the debut of Ready Navy, the Department of Navy’s new emergency preparedness campaign and last week’s Tester offered advice on hurricane preparedness using two of Ready Navy’s plan: Be informed and have a plan. Below are recommendations for the last of the three-step emergency preparedness plan: Make a kit.

Make a kit.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Have emergency supplies on hand in the event of a storm or evacuation. Some items to consider include: • Flashlight or lantern with extra batteries • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries dedicated just for this radio • First aid kit with: bandages of various sizes. Also consider including in the first aid kit sterile gauze pads, tape or roller bandages, scissors, tweezers, needle, antiseptic, thermometer, moistened towelettes, non-prescription medicines, hydrogen peroxide, aspirin or non-aspirin equivalent, anti-diarrhea medication, syrup of ipecac to induce vomiting, laxative and antiitch cream. • Nonperishable food and water.There should be at least one gallon of water per person per day. • Nonelectric can opener • Essential prescribed medicines • Baby supplies such as diapers, heavy plastic trash bags for soiled diapers, non-perishable canned milk and baby food. Consider creating creating a“just a “just in case kit” kit” to take when evacuating. evacuating. Some items for this kit include: • Personal items, such as toilet paper, toothbrush, towel, tampons and soap • Books, small games or other small entertainment items • Important papers and valuables in a waterproof container • Names and addresses of relatives, friends and other important contacts • Clothing and bedding. Take several pairs of clean socks. • Cash and credit cards. Credit cards may not be usable. • Sturdy shoes. Protect Pr otect valuable valuable documents and proper property ty such as: • Homeowner’s insurance policy • National flood insurance policy


Are you ready to be notified in the event of an emergency or base closure? • Birth certificates • Military service papers, DD Form 214 • Marriage certificates • Social security cards • Passports • Immunization records • Bank account and credit card numbers • Photos or video of your home and valuable property •Vehicle titles •Wills • Deeds • Stocks and bonds • Irreplaceable photos; this could be negatives to save space. • Computer back up of important electronic data • Non-replaceable or very expensive jewelry In addition to prepar preparing ing your your family for emergency emergency,, here here are some tips for prepar preparing ing your your house. • Protect your windows. Cross hatch taping of windows if hurricane force winds are imminent. Permanent shutters are the best protection. • If the warning mandates securing windows with boards, a lower-cost approach is to put up half-inch plywood panels—marine plywood is best—cut to fit each window. Mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. • Trim back dead or weak branches from trees as they can become missiles in high winds. • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are clear of clogs to permit free flow of rain water. • Check into disaster insurance. • If you have a home in a low-lying area, check with your

See Preparedness, Page 7

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deployed by the Navy in 2008, the Wide Area Alert Notification system, or WAAN, provides Navy Installations worldwide with an effective and reliable mass notification system that can be used during a crisis to warn and direct affected personnel. All active-duty members, reservists, civil service and contractor personnel with an NMCI or One Net user account are required to register their office email address and phone number in theWAAN. Registering personal emergency contact information also is strongly encouraged. Registration is not automatic, but by providing personal contact information, people can take advantage of the following benefits: • Registration enhances a person's safety and empowers him or her to react in times of crisis. • Registration ensures real-time alerts provide information to people on what to do and where to go in an emergency. • Registration allows people to find out about base closures due to weather or an emergency, before they show up. • Registration permits people to be notified when it is clear or safe to return to the installation. Personal information entered into WAAN is safeguarded, but if the Navy can't find you it can't alert you. Follow these steps to register and to verify information in the WAAN system: 1. NMCI/One Net users: Right-click on the Purple

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PMA-264 welcomes new Commander Air Anti-SubmarineWarfare Systems Program Office (PMA-264) held a change of command and retirement ceremony Sept. 7 at the Rear Adm. W. A. Moffett Building at NAS Patuxent River. Capt. Matt Tobler relieved Capt. Luis Ramirez as commander of PMA-264, which includes sonobuoys, multi-static active acoustic search systems, high altitude Anti-SubmarineWarfare, and airborne ASW intelligence programs. Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, the program executive officer for Air ASW Assault and Special Mission Programs, or PEO(A), presided over the ceremony. He thanked Ramirez for his 25 years of dedicated service, and recognized his accomplishments with a Legion of Merit award and a certificate of appreciation from President Barack Obama. Grosklags recognized the program's accomplishments under Ramirez's tenure and welcomedTobler to the team. "In the ASW community, we have a tendency to focus on the large platforms—the P-3, P-8 and H-60," said Grosklags. "But quite frankly they're the trucks, and it's the sensors that PMA-264 provides that allow them to accomplish their mission. So what you all do here in

PREPAREDNESS Continued from 6 carrier now to see if you’re currently covered if ground water comes into the foundation and floods your basement. This coverage is not automatic. If flooding is a problem with your home, consider investing in a drainage system around the house or a sump pump that also has a

Capt. Matt Tobler PMA-264 is absolutely critical." Tobler feels confident, looks forward to working with the 264 team, and already has an outline for the near future. "The next few years will indeed be transformational for anti-submarine warfare.We will transition our sensors to a family of new platforms, and we will facilitate a new era of tactics enabled by wide area acoustic search and undersea engagements derived from global positioning system coordinates," he said. "As we progress through these exciting times, we'll be challenged by techni-

battery backup. These modifications can be costly initially, but in a few years they can pay for themselves. If you do not already have flood and windstorm insurance, consider getting it. Remember, windstorm insurance policies are not sold when a storm threatens.You can find out about the National Flood Insurance Program through your local insurance agent or emergency management office. There is normally a 30-day waiting period

cal and programmatic complexities, constantly evolving threats, and serious fiscal constraints. I have every confidence that success in this environment will be won by the unyielding efforts of the incredibly talented workforce that is PMA-264." Tobler entered the Navy in 1990 through the Naval ROTC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics. Following designation as a naval flight officer in September 1992, he reported to Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24. In June 1997, Tobler began the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. He graduated from the U. S. NavalTest Pilot School here in December 1999 and served two years as project officer and S-3B test naval flight officer in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. ToblerreturnedtoVS-24in2001forhis department head tour, then joined the aerospace engineering duty officer communityin2004asassistantprogrammanager for systems engineering for the S-3B. Tobler then served as systems engineering and integrated test team lead and then integrated product team lead for the littoral surveillance radar system Chief of Naval Operations special project until December 2009, after which he served in his previous position with PEO(A).

before a new policy becomes effective. Keep in mind, homeowners’ polices do not cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane. Hopefully the season will come to pass and none of these preparations will have to be put to use, but it’s better to have this information and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Be ready. For more information on Ready Navy, visit www.

Continued from 1 Some of the chief induction rituals held here include creating a Charge Book and the White Hat Burial. For the Charge Book, selects must find "genuine" chiefs and compile words of wisdom and leadership principles. They must also create a vessel to store the book in. The White Hat Burial is a ceremony that signifies the selectees' promotion and donning of their new uniform, which includes a new hat style, the



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BUGS Continued from 2 sneezing, a runny nose, sinus pressure, a sore throat and mild body aches. What to do: Relieve symptoms with child strength over the counter medicines and a cool mist humidifier. Children with colds can attend school unless their symptoms would keep them from participating in normal classroom activities. Colds are caused by a virus so antibiotics are not an effective treatment; the illness needs to run its course. If the cough suddenly gets worse or a fever develops, call the pediatrician.

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From left, Marine Corps Col. Harry Hewson, Marine Corps Light Attack Helicopter Program (PMA-276) program manager, gives Marine Corps Lt. Col. Justin Eggstaff, executive officer of the Marine Aviation Detachment at NAS Patuxent River, his oath during a promotion ceremony Sept. 4 at the PMA-276 Kennedy Conference Room. Eggstaff was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel.

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This is one of the best indicators of an illness and it's often associated with a respiratory illness. What to do: For low-grade fevers, give acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Encourage children to drink lots of fluids and to avoid fatty and fried foods. Keep children at home if their fever is above 100.4 degrees. Call the pediatrician if a high fever lasts more than 24 hours, does not respond to medication or if the child's condition worsens.


It strikes more suddenly and more intensely than a cold and causes a sudden high

fever with body aches. What to do: Vaccinate children early in the flu season to protect against this illness. A child who comes down with the flu should stay home for several days, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

Stomach Ache

This is caused by a virus or food borne bacteria and is usually short-lived pain or nausea. What to do: Children who have been vomiting should stay home. Wait an hour after the child vomits and encourage small drinks of water. Gradually introduce clear liquids and bland food throughout the day. Call the pediatrician if vomiting lasts longer than 24 hours, the pain worsens around the belly button or lower right abdomen, or if the child vomits blood or green yellow liquid. Remember prevention is always the best line of defense against most illnesses. Immunizations also offer protection against a lot of illnesses. Have children eat balanced meals, get plenty of sleep, and learn how to wash their hands since hand washing is the most effective way to prevent illness: 20 seconds of lathering or the time it takes to sing the ABC's. For more information on immunizations or hand hygiene, call the Naval Health Clinic at 301-342-1014.

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The season has started: Calling all deer hunters By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Sept. 7 marked the start of deer hunting season and the Environmental Division at NAS Patuxent River is inviting hunters to test their skills on base. "Our main reason for controlling the deer population is airfield safety," said Jim Swift, natural resources specialist. "We fly state-of-the-art aircraft here and we can't have deer causing them problems. But auto strikes are also a concern, particularly at this time of year." Hunting at Pax River is open to activeduty or retired military and their family, civilian employees assigned to Pax, Webster Airfield and Naval Recreation Center Solomons and their family, and Reservists. Contractors are restricted to deer hunting. Authorized personnel may also sponsor guests. Earlier this summer, 26 separate spotlight counts showed an average of three deer per mile, resulting in the harvest objective of 125 deer this season. If the harvest objective is not met, other options are considered. "We prefer to have the hunters do the work for us," Swift said. According to Swift, the average deer on base is bigger than in the rest of the county. "They're healthier, and there's a strong gene pool that produces desirable antler

Hunting at Pax River is open to active-duty or retired military and their family, civilian employees assigned to Pax, Webster Airfield and Naval Recreation Center Solomons and their family, and Reservists.

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This year's deer harvest object on NAS Patuxent River is 125. For more information about hunting at Pax, visit or call the NAS Patuxent River Natural and Cultural Resources Conservation Branch at 301-342-3670. size," he said. Pax provides 31 different hunting areas with a mix of firearm or archery-only restrictions. Hunters need all applicable state licenses and stamps, and the base requires a station hunting permit which is good for the entire season.

To comply with additional special requirements, hunters need to complete a domestic violence form at the police station in Bldg. 611. That form and the make, model and serial number of their firearm

or bow must be brought to the pass office at Gate One or Gate Two for a firearm registration. Additionally, hunters must stop in at the Hunter Check Station in Bldg. 2497 before and after hunting each day. In the mid 80s to early 90s, the base averaged two deer aircraft strikes per year. Today, that number has fallen to .2 strikes per year. "That's a 10-fold decrease in deer aircraft strikes," Swift said. "The current management strategy is working." For more information about hunting at Pax River, visit or call the NAS Patuxent River Natural and Cultural Resources Conservation Branch at 301-342-3670.

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Around Town St. Mary's County: Research Papers 101

Today, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lexington Park library Learn the basics of writing a college-level research paper.The free class covers online research, print sources, library catalog, plagiarism and paraphrasing, citing sources and formatting. Register by calling 301-863-8188.

Back-to-school night

Today, 6 p.m. Lexington Park library Learn what resources and services the library offers to help with homework and projects. For more information, call 301-863-8188.

Maryland's Indian population and the English colonists

Friday, 7 p.m. St. Mary's City Visitor Center Learn what archaeological discoveries in Charles County are revealing about the everyday but complex relations between Natives and invaders. Presented by Julia King, professor of anthropology and museum studies chair at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Free event.

Friends of the Poor Walk

Saturday, 9 a.m. Father Andrew White School Annual Friends of the Poor Walk raises money for the St. Vincent De Paul Society to benefit those in need. The walk begins and ends at St. Aloysius Church on Washington Street. For more information, call 301-9047990.

Master Gardeners' Plant Clinic

Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Charlotte Hall library Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lexington Park library Get gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners.

Taste of St. Mary's

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Leonardtown Square Area restaurants offer bite-sized samples at a fraction of the menu prices so you can try as many as you like. For more information, call the St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce at 301-737-3001.

Introduction to Word 2010

Monday, 2-4 p.m. Leonardtown library Learn to use Word 2010. Prerequisites: Computer Basics 1 and 2, or basic skills in using the mouse and keyboard; opening; and using MicrosoftWindows. Participants must be 16 or older. Register by calling 301-475-2846.

Introduction to the Internet

Tuesday, 2 p.m. Lexington Park library Learn about the Internet, web browsers and search strategies. Participants must be 16 or older. Register by calling 301-8638188 ext. 3.

Saving with Coupons

Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Lexington Park library Learn money-saving strategies using coupons.

JobSource Mobile Career Center

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lexington Park library Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charlotte Hall library Southern Maryland JobSource staff on board this mobile unit will provide an array of services for job seekers and those with workforce related needs.

Calvert County: Steam Coffin presentation

Today, 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum auditorium Historian and author John Laurence Busch discusses his book "Steam Coffin" which presents the steamship as a watershed invention transforming the way humans perceive the world. Busch argues steam-powered vessels represent the first high technology in human history and were a globalizing trailblazer.

Third Annual Solomons Offshore Grand Prix

Saturday-Sunday Patuxent River between Gov. Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay The race features high-speed power boats traveling up to 150 miles per hour on the water. Racers test the course from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The first race starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday; the second race is at 2 p.m. and third race is at 3 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. For a complete listing of all race-related events, visit

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Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick A selection of used books, including children's books, videos and music are included in this sidewalk sale, weather permitting. Sale is moved inside if raining.

Calvert Eats Local

Monday, 7 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Looking for a way to break into the mysterious yet healthy world of purchasing and cooking local foods? Calvert Eats Local is a citizen organization dedicated to the support of sustainable agriculture and community in Southern Maryland, and they meet the third Monday of the month. For more information, call the Calvert library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862, or visit

'Downton Abbey' on the big screen

Tuesday, 5 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick "Downton Abbey" on the big screen series starts with Season One and continues on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301855-1862.

Oyster Wars cannon on display

Until Sept. 30 Calvert Marine Museum See the original cannon used by the Maryland State Oyster Police Force to control the oyster harvest in the Chesapeake Bay in the 1900s.

Thursday, September 13, 2012



F-35B completes first airborne engine start tests By Victor Chen Program Executive Office Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs The short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter successfully completed a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance last month with 27 air starts at various altitudes using multiple restart methods. BF-2 completed the first air starts, which test the ability of the F-35's propulsion system to restart during flight. The air starts test the ability of the F-35's propulsion system to restart during flight.Verifying the restart capability of the propulsion system is part of the initial flight test program for the F-35 and a prerequisite for high angle-of-attack testing, scheduled to start next year. "High alpha, or angle-of-attack tests, are important for us to fully evaluate the aircraft's handling characteristics and warfighting capability," said Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly. "Maximizing the performance of the airplane around the very slow edges of the flight envelope is probably some of the most challenging testing we will conduct. After we get through it, we'll know a lot more about how this aircraft will perform during combat within visual range." To execute air start testing, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at NAS Patuxent River ferried BF-2 and an F/A-18 chase air-

craft from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 to the F35A testing facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "At Edwards, we have a unique testing range, which provides ideal and controlled conditions for completing air start testing. The Edwards range is comprised of 20,000 square miles of airspace, and has 65 linear miles of useable landing area on Rogers and Rosamond Dry Lakes, if required during engine out testing," said Lt. Col. George N. Schwartz, 461st FlightTest Squadron commander and Government Site director. "In addition, we've recently completed air start testing on the F-35A, so we're able to share some of our expertise with the Pax team as well." The core of the F-35B's propulsion system is the F135 engine, capable of more than 40,000 pounds of thrust. "The F135 continues to power a successful flight test program," said Roy Hauck, Pratt andWhitney site lead at the F-35 Patuxent River ITF. "The aircraft and its integrated systems demonstrated intentional flameout and successful recovery scenarios during air start flight tests, and BF-2 and the team did a great job."



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On Sunday, September 2, 2012 Lt. Colonel Frederick Fotis C h i r i g o t i s ( R E T ) U . S A r m y, peacefully left to be with our Lord. He was the devoted husband of Marguerite Reynolds Chirigotis for 68 yrs, the loving father of his daughter Jeannette Marie, and the proud grandf a t h e r o f Va n e s s a M a r i e , Lindsay Michelle, his great granddaughter Audrey Marie and his God children. Fred, the eldest of four Chirigotis, Frederick F. brothers and two sisters, was born in New Bedford Mass. to Antone Chirigotis and Panayota Lavakos Chirigotis of Kythera and Sparta Greece. From the beginning, he was a leader, faithful to his heritage and a devote servant in the Greek Orthodox Church, where the ideals of education, philanthropy, civil responsibility, and family values was a way of life. With pride he retired from the U.S Army in 1961, having served as a tank commander in WWII with the 745th Tank Battalion, First Infantry Division under General George S. Patton. His Battalion was awarded Presidential unit citation, French Fourragere, Belgian Fourragere, three distinguished service crosses, three Croix de Guerre (French Purple Heart), over seventy silver stars, over two hundred seventy five bronze stars and eleven battle field commissions. These awards are in remembrance of the Victory in Normandy and also the Liberation of Alsace. His name and Battalion is dedicated at the National D-day Museum in New Orleans, LA., where his story of American Bravery is preserved by an Academy Award nominated documentary film “D-day Remembered”, which is shown continuously in the Museum Theater. Lt Col. Chirigotis loyally served his Country again in Korea with honor, pride, bravery and humility. Following his military career, Fred worked twenty years as a project officer for the State of Maryland’s Office of International Development to promote and develop import and export for the state. Fred was a member along with his wife at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Annapolis Md., for over forty years and assisted with the original building of the church at it’s current location. He was a committed Parishioner and loved by everyone. He kept the Ideals of the Orthodox Church alive in all paths of his life. In addition, Fred was the Vice President of the Achilles Foundation dedicated to provide archaeological activities uncovering the lost beauty of ancient Greece. These studies in Pharsala, Greece and the United States are conducted by President Dr. James Brianas of the University of Florida. The Achilles Foundation project of twenty years currently excavates primarily where the Trojan War took place in Thessely and is working to foster continuous academic studies on site. Everyone who knew Fred understood he was full of heart, sharp wit and humor that truly would do anything for the love of his life, his wife and best friend Marguerite. Together they dedicated their mind, heart and soul into every path they chose. They kept their heritage alive. God’s angels led him home that Sunday morning: however, we know he is now our guide from heaven and still very much a part of each and every one of us. “So don’t worry, because I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10 1030956


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SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS The Right Choice for You?


By Jeff Tomcsik In the news and through advertising campaigns in the DC Metro area, you might have heard about a product/procedure being offered by some dentists known as “All on Four” and/or “Same Day Implants” through the use of Nobel Biocare’s© implant system. The claim, “You can have a fully restored smile in one day” is true if you are one of the lucky few who are good candidates for such a procedure. New and refined dental implant technology has made it possible to provide patients with “same day implants” to replace failing teeth. This procedure is also available for implant retained dentures. This new technology prevents potentially embarrassing moments for those who require the use of prosthetic devices. You can have a fully restored smile in one day if you qualify (based on an in-office dental assessment), and if you do not count the day(s) you come in for a consultation, radiographs and a full case work up. You will also need to come back to the office in approximately six to nine months for your final bridge to be placed, in most cases. While the claim isn’t as fool proof and simple as it would appear in advertising, it is still a relatively quick and minimally invasive procedure for those who qualify. That being said, before you jump in your car and head to the big city, please consider a few important points. While convenience is often times a driving factor in the decisions we make, it is more important to consider the functionality and ongoing results implants will have on your long term future. Make sure the dentist you choose is dedicated to clearly walking you through all of your implant options, the benefits of each, and the procedure he/she would recommend based on all factors involved. The goal is to provide you with a functional, healthy and attractive smile, not just the quickest possible option. Be sure the dentist you choose has a multitude of implant options and plenty of experience too. Check his/her credentials. The American Dental Association does not require a dentist to have specialized training in the field of implantology, but you may still want to know that your doctor has gone through extensive coursework in the field, for your own peace of mind. Remember, before choosing a dentist to provide you with a life altering decision, make sure they have plenty of experience, references, training and options! And remember, there is never only one way to do anything. Furthermore, you do not need to go to the big city to find professional services of this nature. In fact, local dentist Wayne L. O’Roark, DDS has more experience, credentialing, recognition and affiliations than most other dentists in the state. Dr. O’Roark has been providing dental implants for more than twenty-five years and has performed well over 6000 implants to date. He holds the highest level of recognition by the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI). “The ABOI/ID Dimplomate designation symbolizes the highest level of competence in implant dentistry and certification by the ABOI/ID attests to the fact that a dentist has demonstrated knowledge, ability, and proficiency in implant dentistry through a rigorous examination process.” Furthermore, Dr. O’Roark was appointed as a clinical graduate instructor at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore School of Dentistry in July, 2006. In this capacity he teaches the graduate students the discipline of implant dentistry. He is also recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Society of Osseointegration. His list of

implants, this is followed closely by the aesthetic desires of the patient. The advancements in implant technology can make a traditionally unstable, removable denture secure, to avoid difficulty in chewing and embarrassing mishaps. They can replace missing teeth with fixed prosthetics (crowns on implants) that only you and your doctor will know are not your original teeth. Implants can replace failing teeth, so you never have to face the embarrassment or difficulty of going without teeth. They can help prevent bone loss in the jaw, keeping you from succumbing to structural atrophy of the face so often seen in our elderly. If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants, and want to find out more, contact Dr. O’Roark at Tidewater Dental in Lexington Park or at his Solomon’s office to schedule a free consultation. He will provide you with all the options available and answers all of your implant questions, letting you know which implant procedure is best for you along with all of your other options. Don’t be fooled by expensive advertising campaigns, the answer to your dental needs is right here in your neighborhood.

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

1200JCP 1200JCS 1200JBZ 1200J8I

HOLLYWOOD-2Br, 2Ba waterfront w/ utility rm kit, din/liv rm combination walk in closet pier, water front priviledges, NS/NP $1600. 301-9040888 or 301-904-0867

1200I46 1200H17 1200I52 1200HLB 1200JCP 1200JC6 1200JBY 1200J32

LEXINGTON PARK fully furnished 1BR, 1BA, LIVING RM, KITCH, utils incl, 1 MILE FROM NAS $750/mo. 301-863-0509.

1200I3H 1200FNS 1200ID6 1200JBL

ARLINGTON - nr Ballston,

off Arl Blvd. M/F to shr beaut.N/S house nr park inc util, N/p 6 mo Lease $700/mo. 703-679-8426


CSC has the following positions open, please apply at, search by the Requisition Number listed. The full job description and qualifications will be displayed on-line at All positions are located at PAX River MD unless otherwise noted

Electrical Engineer Professional - ATR Electrical Engineer - AVMI Engineering Technician III - AVMI Engineering Technician III - position is at Pt. Mugu California Engineering Technician III - AVMI Engineering Technician III - AVMI Engineering Technician IV - AVMI Electronics Engineer - AVMI Engineer - ATR Software Engineer - ATR Software Engineer - ATR Engineering Technician I - position is at Lakehurst NJ Engineering technician IV - ATR Engineering Technician V - ATR Engineering Technician IV - ATR System Administrator - Suretrak Lexington Park, MD Field Engineer, Radar Specialist Electri cian - Suretrak -Lexington Park, MD

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

Got Stuff to Sell? call: 301-670-2503 1031027




Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sept. 13, 2012, Tester newspaper  
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