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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

Vernere takes reins of Pax Naval Health Clinic By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs The bellowing of brass horns echoed off the walls as a group of Sailors and civilians, staff, family and friends gathered to witness the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River assumption of command Sept. 12 at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center. With the words, "Alright, let's make you a Skipper," Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, commander, Navy Medicine National Capital Area and commander, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., officiated the ceremony giving Capt. Michael Vernere command of the Clinic. The Clinic had been temporarily under the command of its Executive Officer Capt. Frederick McDonald since late June when the then CO was reassigned to Navy Medicine National Capital Area in Bethesda, Md. "It's an honor and privilege to be selected to serve as the commanding officer and I'm truly humbled to be joining such a great team,"Vernere said during the ceremony. "It's clear by all reports and data I've reviewed that we are a good command, and I believe we are well on our way from being a good command to being a great command." Stocks said throughout the years he's known him,Vernere has always answered the call and is confident the Clinic here is in good hands.

U.S. Navy photo by Adam Skoczylas

Mary Vernere places the command pin on her husband, Capt. Michael Vernere, during the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Assumption of Command ceremony Sept. 12 at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center. "He's an impeccable naval officer, and the patients and staff at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River will be recipients of his stellar

leadership in the executive medicine community," Stocks said. Stocks also thanked McDonald for doing

a "spectacular job" during his time as the acting CO and Capt. Sandra Hearn for taking the helm as the acting executive officer while maintaining her duties as the Clinic's head nurse. Vernere said he intends to make the Clinic here a leader in innovation for military healthcare in achieving outstanding warrior and family readiness. "We will consistently and relentlessly provide safe, high-quality patient- and familycentered medical care while maintaining 100 percent command and personal readiness 100 percent of the time," he said. "We will achieve these goals by ensuring every member of the command is functioning at the highest level of their professional capability and that all of our efforts are strategically aligned with the imperatives and priorities set by Navy medicine's leadership." Vernere enlisted in the Navy in December 1975. After his four-year enlistment, he attended Rutgers University College of Nursing and graduated with high honors in May 1984. He was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps in November that same year, and after completing Officer Indoctrination School, he reported to Naval Hospital Oakland, Calif., as a staff nurse on medical-surgical and coronary care units. After that assignment, Vernere held many other medical assignments at various installations and aboard ships. His last assignment was serving as the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Executive Officer at Jacksonville, Fla.

Congratulations to the new chiefs Pax firefighter/EMTs:

Well-trained first responders Photo and story by Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

From left, Sumika Takabayashi pins new chief petty officer anchors on her husband, Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate David W. Wilbur, with the help of Wilbur's mom, Deborah, during the Chief Petty Officer Pinning ceremony Sept. 14 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 hangar. Twentyfour Pax Sailors were pinned during the ceremony. To see more photos, visit us on Facebook at:

It happened a couple years ago, but it can happen again tomorrow. It was Sept. 18, 2009; an ordinary day for the firefighter/emergency medical technicians of Naval District Washington/NAS Patuxent River Fire & Emergency Services Stations I and II. Some were answering emails, others were checking apparatus inventory, and a few were taking a break between work assignments. Then the house bells sounded, signaling an emergency. All hands immediately leaped into action, donning their personal protective equipment and rolling out their vehicles. "Dispatch will tell us what type of emergency it is," said Lt. Joe Bean, firefighter/EMT with Station II. On that day, they received word that a T38 twin-jet trainer aircraft had skidded off the end of a runway. A fire engine and ambulance were dispatched from Station II with the primary mission of locating the pilots and assessing their medical needs. With a T-38 involved, a chief officer, fire engine, crash trucks and crews from Station I were also dispatched with the primary purpose of securing the aircraft.

Pax River firefighters/EMTs train for whatever challenges the next call could bring. Crash trucks are special aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles designed for use on airstrips. "A crash truck will carry 3,000 gallons of water and 420 gallons of foam and deal exclusively with Class B fires, and incidents involving aircraft" Bean explained. Class B is a classification of fire that involves flammable gases or liquids, such as jet fuel.

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Skala reenlistment ceremony honors childhood friend

Donnie Poe says hand painting signs, like the one he's holding here, is something he's wanted to do since he was a child.

PAX People: Donnie Poe

A vanishing breed of artist Photos and story by Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer If you've ever wondered what effect books can have on a child, just ask Donnie Poe. At the tender age of 3, while being read a Little Golden Book, Poe was drawn to the image of a teddy bear holding a dripping paint brush and knew, in that moment, that's what he wanted to do. "Ever since I was a kid, my life's ambition was to be a sign painter," said Poe, a NAS Patuxent River Public Works industrial engineering technician who coordinates official ceremonies for the base. "My parents bought me paint and brushes and a pane of glass. I'd practice and paint on the glass, then scrape it off and go again."

Through the years, Poe continued painting, reading and learning whatever he could about decorative arts. He came to Pax River in 1970 and went to work with Harold Clark, the base's sign painter.When Clark told him only one person out of 500,000 had the talent necessary to hand-letter, Poe proved he belonged in that category. When Clark retired in 1973, Poe took over his position as U.S. Navy sign painter and created works from the smallest office signs to banners 40 feet long with letters 4 feet high. A few of his signs still hang in some buildings and hangars today. Following the wave of technology, Poe

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Jones extends commitment

U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler

From left, Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Salvatore Rizzo reads the oath of enlistment for his cousin, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Bryan Samona, during a reenlistment ceremony Sept. 20 at the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan. Samona, who is assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, chose the memorial for his place of reenlistment to pay tribute to a childhood friend and mentor John Skala, a police officer whose name is etched among other heroes at the South Pool.

Robinson signs up for six more years

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

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Larry Jones, left, renewed his commitment to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 14 by reenlisting for six more years. Joining him are daughter, Nika, wife, Hanika Zamora-Jones and Chief Navy Counselor (Surface Warfare) David Waters.

From left, Cmdr. Sonny Tizon was the reenlisting officer for Hospital Corpsman 1st Class John Robinson who signed up for six more years during a ceremony Sept. 7 at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. Capt. Frederick J. McDonald, the Clinic's acting commanding officer, right, presided over the ceremony. Robinson, who is currently assigned to the dental department, is transferring later this month to the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group in Okinawa, Japan.

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DOD, AbilityOne recognize NAVAIR support of people with disabilities By Stephanie Lesko U.S. AbilityOne Commission Members of Naval Air Systems Command's contracts team aboard NAS Patuxent River and the Aircrew Systems Program Office recently received "Commitment in Action" certificates for their work supporting an AbilityOne速 Program, the nation's largest source of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. In 2011, the Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, 2.0 Contracting Team used its ongoing relationship with the AbilityOne速 Program to procure a new aircrew endurance vest for Navy and Marine Corps aircrews to wear while flying. Peckham Inc., a nonprofit agency employing people with significant disabilities in Lansing, Mich., designed and prototyped the new vest ensemble. The vest, an improved replacement for the PRU-70 vest, provides a means of carrying flight and survival equipment and body armor. By working with Peckham, NAVAIR sustained approximately 20 jobs for peo-

Courtesy photo by AbilityOne

Members of NAVAIR's contracts team and the Aircrew Systems Program Office recently received "Commitment in Action" certificates for their work supporting an AbilityOne速 Program. From left, Jim Meade, Janice Woehrer, Dan Ratcliff, Kimberly Zeich, Capt. John T. Palmer, Sheila Milburn, Greg Szczyglowski and Tara Capecci. ple with significant disabilities who previously made the PRU-70 vest. AbilityOne employees also support NAVAIR in other areas. An AbilityOne nonprofit agency, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Inc., has performed laundry services and linen rental at

Patuxent River Naval Air Station Medical Laundry for Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River since September 2006. On May 2, 2012, Industries for the Blind, Milwaukee, another AbilityOne nonprofit, opened its IB Express Servmart in building

4024 here to be a one-stop on base office supply vendor. U.S. AbilityOne Commission Deputy Executive Director Kimberly Zeich copresented the certificates with Capt. John Palmer, NAVAIR deputy assistant commander for contracts, to

Tara Capecci, Michael Denny, Lori Frame, Capt. Roger Ligon, James Meade, Dan Ratcliff, retired Lt. Cmdr. Martin Rios, Greg Szczyglowski and Janice Woehrer. The AbilityOne (JavitsWagner-O'Day Act) SetAside Program uses the purchasing power of the federal

government to buy products and services from participating, community-based nonprofit agencies nationwide dedicated to training and employing individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit

News Briefs On base: NAVAIR change-of-command ceremony

Today, 10 a.m. AirTestandEvaluationSquadron(VX)20Hangar,building306 All with base access are invited to the Naval Air Systems Command change-of-command ceremony. Rear Adm. David Dunaway will assume command asVice Adm. David Architzel retires after more than 40 years of Navy service.

PMA-273 change-of-command ceremony

Friday, 1 p.m. AirTestandEvaluationSquadron(VX)20Hangar,building306 The Naval Undergraduate FlightTraining Systems Program Office (PMA-273) is scheduled to hold a change-of-command and retirement ceremony. Capt. Leon Bacon will assume command as Capt. Andrew Hartigan retires. For more information, call 301-757-7171.

Clinic, Pharmacy Columbus Day schedule

The Naval Health Clinic and Pharmacy is open 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 and closed Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day. Normal Clinic and Pharmacy hours resume Oct. 9. For more information, contact Nicole Quinn at 301-995-4980.

237th Navy Birthday Ball

Oct. 12, 6-11 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Seating is limited. Register by emailing contact information to: Ticket prices are: $15 for E1-E3 and GS1-3; $25 for E4-E5 and GS4-5 $25; $30 for E6 $30; $40 for E7-E8, O1-O3, CWO2CWO3 and GS6-12; $45 for E9, O4-O5, CWO4-CWO5 and GS13-14; $50 for 06, GS15 and above, and contractors. Tickets go on sale today. See your command representative.

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 301-342-8555.

Influenza vaccinations

Active-duty military can get their flu vaccine from 8-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Naval Health Clinic Preventive Medicine Department. The vaccine is also available for active-duty military at Center Stage Theater from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1-3. Eligible beneficiaries can get their vaccine from 7:30 a.m. to noon, or from 1-4 p.m., in the immunization clinic.TRICARE beneficiaries can also receive the vaccine from aTRICARE retail network pharmacy at no cost.To find a participating pharmacy, call 877-363-1303. For more information, call the clinic's influenza phone line at 301-342-7894.

Off base: Child and adolescent anxiety disorders

ilies affected by cancer. Cost is $35 and includes a dinner buffet, beverage and dessert. Performance by Jennalyn Yon and John Luskey. Register at For more information, call 301-752-4015 or email

St. Mary's transit system survey

In an effort to update the localTransportation Development Plan, the St. Mary's CountyTransit System, in conjunction with the Maryland Transit Administration, is conducting a survey with citizens to develop a plan aimed at improving public transportation service in St. Mary's County. To participate in the survey, visit

St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Shoe Fund provides shoes to school-age children in public schools who are in need of shoes, but have limited financial resources. For more informationortocontribute,callthe DepartmentofStudentServices 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.

Today, 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.

Volunteer opportunities:

Unused prescription drug drop off

War of 1812 Reenactment

Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Medication improperly disposed of pollutes water supplies and can cause harm to children, pets and others. Rid the house of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications during this anonymous and free event.

Fourth annual Faces of Hope Benefit

Oct. 6, 5 p.m. Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Tickets are now on sale for a benefit to raise money for fam-

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum War of 1812 Reenactment needs help with general set up Friday, directing visitors and handing out programs Saturday and tent and table take down Monday. 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.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


Counselor's Corner

NAVADMIN announces Selective Reenlistment Bonus adjustments By Chief Navy Counselor (Surface Warfare) David J. C. Waters NAS Patuxent River Command Career Counselor

We're all aware—or should be—that we're in a "force shaping" environment. The Navy is "shaping the force" by means of programs like Perform to Serve, the Enlisted Retention Board, the Enlisted Early Transition Program and the Early Career Transition Program. These programs and others shape the force primarily by reducing it--screening Sailors for continued service or offering them incentives to leave early. However, shaping the force is about more than just reducing our numbers. It's also about putting the right people in the right jobs and ensuring that critical billets are manned. That's where the Selective Reenlistment Bonus plan, or SRB, comes in. Unsurprisingly, as the bulk of the force reductions were occurring, SRB levels fell and the number of skills identified for bonuses shrank. But as the force stabilizes, we can expect to see those levels and numbers begin to increase. The latest SRB update, announced in Naval Administrative Message, or NAVADMIN, 273/12, includes reductions for three skills, elimination of one skill, award level increases for 10 skills and the addition of 11 skills. The increased award levels are effective immediately and decreased levels become effective Nov. 7, 30 days from the release of the NAVADMIN notice. In light of these changes, review the NAVADMIN to determine your eligi-

Chief Navy Counselor (Surface Warfare) David J. C. Waters bility and award level. The update also changes annual SRB installment payments from October to the anniversary month of a Sailor's reenlistment date. For example, Sailors reenlisting in December will receive their initial SRB payment upon reenlistment, their next annual installment in December 2013, and subsequent installments annually in December

Transition Assistance Program

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


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

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 Operation Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saving and Investing

Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class is designed to introduce basic guidelines and terminology to enable participants to save and invest wisely, and explores various investment options.

Ready Navy

Play Group at Glen Forrest Community Center

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.

Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Moms, dads, and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 0 through preschool for playtime, activities and meeting other military families. Open to all military families.

until the full bonus amount has been reached. Sailors under current SRB contracts, and those reenlisting prior to Oct. 1, will continue to receive anniversary payments annually in October until the full bonus amount has been reached. Additionally, NAVADMIN 273/12 temporarily lifts the restriction preventing Sailors with FY13 end of active obligated service dates, or EAOS, from reenlisting for SRBs in FY12. Accordingly, all Sailors with a FY13 EAOS, regardless of SRB tier, are encouraged to apply for SRB and reenlist on or before Sept. 30. FY13 Sailors electing to reenlist in FY12 are authorized to submit SRB requests without regard to the 35-day precertification requirement, but must be otherwise eligible for SRB in accordance with Naval Operations Instruction 1160.8A, the Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program Instruction. They must also have a valid Perform to Serve quota prior to their selected reenlistment date. It's important to realize that reenlistment requests for SRBs are approved based on quota availability. This makes it especially important to review the NAVADMIN for the revised award levels and apply as early as possible within your reenlistment window if you're eligible. The SRB Desk, PERS-811, maintains the current list of SRB eligible ratings/skills, based on available quotas at, click on Headquarters Sites, Navy Personnel Command, Career Info, Enlisted Career Admin, SRB SDAP Enl Bonus.

Mold not welcome By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Mold old. It's a four-letter word you'd rather not hear, but Maryland's environment is an inviting habitat for it. You may not realize it, but it's floating in the air around you now. "People don't realize mold is everywhere," said JP Thomasseau, NAS Patuxent River deputy public works officer. "When mold is visible, it can be dealt with fairly easy. It becomes a problem when you don't see where it's growing--inside a wall cavity or a roof cavity." Although NAS Patuxent River hasn't had any significant mold cases in the past, it's important to remember the simple ingredients needed for it to thrive that can easily be found in any building: moisture, stagnant or uncirculated air, relative humidity above 60 percent, and a nutrient source such as soil, wood, drywall, carpet or paper. "If you have constant moisture and the conditions are right inside a building, you're going to have mold growth," said David Morley, NAS Patuxent River public works engineering technician. Morley, who's been at Pax since the ‘80s, is certified as a mold inspector and remediator. He said a person can identify when mold is starting to form

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Thursday, September 20, 2012



Chivers makes captain Clinic’s Tizon promoted

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

From left, Capt. Kurt M. Chivers, director of Business Operations (AIR7.8), was promoted to captain in the Navy Supply Corps by Rear Adm. Steven R. Eastburg, Naval Air Systems Command vice commander, during a ceremony Aug. 31 at NAS Patuxent. The Rochester, N.Y., native received his commission through the Officer Candidate School program, Newport, R.I., in February 1990.

phasis on stroke technique, starts and turns. Cost is $30 per child. Class meets from 9:1510 a.m. for three weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session one starts Oct. 1 and session two starts Nov. 27. For more information or to register, call the Fitness and Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

Hispanic American Heritage buffet

Wednesday, 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 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 301-342-3656. Brought to you through Navy Entertainment.

Energy Zone classes

Ballroom dancing Mondays 6-8 p.m., starting Oct. 1 Learn the fox-trot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha-cha, tango and more. Classes run for eight weeks. Cost is $64 per person. For more information or to register, call the Fitness and Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

Home-school Swim clinic

Starting Oct. 1 This program prepares home-schooled students for competitive swimming with em-

Arts and Crafts vendor registrations

Starting Oct. 1 Vendors wanting 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.

Free Navy Band concert

Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Bring some beach chairs for this free concert; no coolers. The Bald Eagle Pub will be open for food and beverage orders. A $5 "Brat Pub" special offered. For more information call 301-342-3656.

Navy 5-Nautical Mile Fun Run

Oct. 13, 9 a.m. NAS Patuxent River Open to active-duty, Reserve and retired military, DOD employees, Fitness and Sports program members, family members and accompanied guests. This is a 5-nautical mile course from the Beach House to the Fishing Pier and back to the Beach House. Pre-registration is free for active-duty military without official race shirt and $20 for all others. Registrations day of the race is $22 and can be made from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Beach House. Awards presented to the top three male and female finishers. For more information, contact Hal Willard at 301-757-1194 or

From left, Lt. Stacey Trimner puts on commander shoulder boards for newly promoted Cmdr. Romeo "Sonny" Tizon with the help of Tizon's wife, Arsenia, during a promotion ceremony Aug. 31 at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. A native of the Philippines, Tizon has more than 27 years of service in the Navy, including 12 years as an enlisted Sailor, rising to the rank of chief hospital corpsman before earning his commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer. Tizon is the Clinic's director for administration.

EMT Continued from 1 ing aircraft" Bean explained. Class B is a classification of fire that involves flammable gases or liquids, such as jet fuel. Battalion Chief Charles Adams of Station I recalled that when emergency crews arrived, the pilots had already ejected, but the aircraft was still running and the grass surrounding the jet was on fire. "One crew located the pilots and the others extinguished the fire and directed water into the intake to shut off the aircraft," he said. "Then they climbed into the cockpit and manipulated the proper controls to cut off the fuel supply." The aircraft was secured, the grass fire was extinguished, the pilots were transported to a trauma center according to protocol, and all that was left was the cleanup, restocking of equipment, routine decontamination of the ambulance and about 45 minutes of paperwork to fill out regarding the incident. Such efficiency doesn't come easily. Basic traininginvolves165classroomhoursandcontinuing education to maintain certification. "Certification is good for three years," Adams said, "and within those three years you must earn 24 hours of continuing education including 12 hours of skills practice and 12 hours of classroom instruction in medical, trauma and local option." Local option training might include hazmat (hazardous materials), field operations or emergency driving. Classes are administered by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, the state's fire and emergency service training agency. Testing and certification come under the auspices of the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems, which oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide EMS system. Pax firefighter/EMTs must additionally be certified as airport firefighters, Adams said. That involves learning about the various air-

craft on base including specific craft hazards, danger areas, how to shut off fuel supply, and the location and safe procedures of ejection devices for the safety of the pilots and fire rescue crews. Training updates are a constant. Each month, different topics are covered. Past months have included live fire training, respiratory protection, types of building construction, back injury prevention, basic sign language, hose testing, and musculoskeletal care. Future sessions will cover asbestos/lead awareness, radiation safety and reproductive hazards, among others. Most emergencies do not involve aircraft. "We're often called out to the Child Development Center after a child has fallen or bumped his head," Adams said. "We're responsible for everyone at Pax." Commander, Naval Installation Command, or CNIC, recently presented life-saving awards to seven firefighter/EMTs for two separate incidents. One involved an individual on base who had collapsed in an office building from cardiac arrest, and the other involved a Leonardtown resident who was not breathing. In the latter incident, a Pax ambulance had just transported a patient to St. Mary's Hospital and was pulling out of the parking lot when the call came in. Being closest to the victim, they responded to the Leonardtown emergency. In both cases, the victims were successfully revived through CPR and defibrillation. While the installation is their primary territory, Pax firefighter/EMTs have a mutual aid agreement with St. Mary's County and will respond if they are the closest to an emergency scene or if there is an incident at the county municipal airport. Currently the firefighter/EMTs work a 24 hour-on/24 hour-off shift, but Adams said starting Oct. 7, they will begin working a 48 hour-on/72 hour-off work shift breaking into seven groups with three of those groups on duty per day. "That means there will be 27 people working each day," he explained.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


Hispanic Americans making Navy history By Tester staff Sept. 15 marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month and this year's theme, Diversity United, Building America's Future Today celebrates the long and important presence Hispanic Americans hold—past, present and future—in the United States. Throughout history Hispanic Americans have also had an important presence in the U.S. Armed Forces. Over the next three weeks, theTester is commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until Oct. 15, by highlighting accomplishments of some Hispanics in the Navy. All information provided by the Naval History and Heritage Command.


Seaman John Ortega became the first Hispanic American to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on board USS Saratoga during the Union blockade. As the Union Navy were attempting to prevent the passage of trade goods, supplies


1864: Seaman John Ortega's Medal of Honor and arms to and from the Confederate States, Ortega and others from USS Saratoga carried out several raids capturing prisoners, and taking or destroying ordnance, ammunition, supplies, buildings, bridges and salt works.


Adm. David Farragut became the country's first full admiral for his achievements during the Civil War. He entered the Navy in 1810 and spent much of the next half century at sea. In January 1862, he became a rear admiral and commanded a naval squadron. By the end of 1864, he had captured New Orleans, the South's biggest city, participated in operations to seize control of the Mississip-

1875: Alberto de Ruiz's U.S. Naval Academy graduating class. pi River, enforced the blockade in the Gulf of Mexico and won the battle of Mobile Bay.


Alberto de Ruiz, born in Cuba and appointed from Pennsylvania, became the first Hispanic Naval Academy graduate. He was a cadet engineer.


Lieutenant j.g. Maria Rodriguez Denton became the first Puerto Rican to serve as a U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) officer, referred to as WAVES for Women Accepted for Volun-

teer Emergency Service. WAVES was aWorldWar II division of the U.S. Navy consisting of only women. Denton served as a library assistant at the Cable and Censorship Office in New York City and was one of the channels used to forwarded news to President Harry S. Truman that the war had ended. Denton served from October 1944 to November 1945. Cmdr. (later Capt.) Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano became the first Hispanic to command a submarine. The 1935 U.S. Naval Academy graduate was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of

1944: Lt. j.g. Maria Rodriguez Denton became the first Puerto Rican to serve as a U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) officer. Merit and a Bronze Star for his actions during World War II against the Japanese Imperial Navy: sinking two Japanese freighters and damaging a third; sinking the Japanese light cruiser Agano, a vessel that had survived a previous torpedo attack by a U.S. submarine; and sinking the Japanese cargo ship Daigo Maru. Ramirez de Arellano also assisted in rescue efforts for five downed Navy pilots and a gunner off of Wake Island in the north Pacific Ocean, and three downed Navy pilots in the Palau area in the western Pacific Ocean.


1944: Cmdr. (later Capt.) Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano became the first Hispanic to command a submarine. Cmdr. Eugene A. Valencia Jr. is ranked as the Navy's third-ranking ace of all time with 23 victories during combat deployments to the Pacific. He also created the "mowing machine" tactic to exploit a weakness with the enemy's gunnery which he discovered during several dogfights. After training three other Fighter Squadron 9 pilots in his "mowing machine" tactic, the four-man group, dubbed the Fighting 9, became the most successful fighter plane division in American naval history, tallying 43 of the squadron's 130 victories, and earning Valencia the Navy Cross.

MOLD Continued from 4 inside if the right conditions are present and notice a musty smell, "like a musty basement." When a facility manager reports suspected mold, Morley goes to the area in question and takes numerous air samples inside and outside the building. These air samples are used to determine the mold spore count. One recent sampling actually resulted in discovering more mold spores in the air outside the building than inside,Thomasseau said. While nearly half the calls public works receives about mold are unfounded, a determination of whether something is in fact mold can only be made by a certified expert such as Morley. "Sometimes it's just dirt and dust around the air return or on the wall," he said. So what's the best way to prevent mold? Two parts: general maintenance and making sure there's good air circulation,accordingtoThomasseau. "If you see it, address it and solve it before it becomes an issue," he said. "Increasing air flow and cleaning the area will solve the problem 70 percent of the time." For general maintenance, don't wait to fix any leaks. Once a leak is stopped, clean the wet area and make sure there is enough air circulation to dry it out. Water-damaged areas should be cleaned and dried between 24-48 hours of when the damage occurred. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, carpeting and wall boards that become moldy may need to be replaced.

While there are numerous types of molds, Morley said the easiest way to clean any type is to scrub the area with a bleach/watersolutionandallow it to dry thoroughly. If unsure how to clean an area damaged by mold, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends consulting a specialist. Mold caused by sewage or similar contaminated waters should also be cleaned by a professional. According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate all mold or mold spores indoors, but controlling moisture can control its growth. The EPA recommends indoor humidity to be around 30-60 percent. This can be done by having bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources ventilated to the outside and by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers. Other EPA suggestions for controlling indoor humidity include using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing and cleaning. Preventing condensation around windows, piping, exterior walls, roof and floors is also recommended. The affects of mold vary from person to person because some individuals may be more sensitive than others, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration hasn't set any personal exposure limits for mold, some groups of people are usually affected by exposure to mold, including: infants, people with respiratory conditions, those with weakened immune systems and those having autoimmune diseases.
















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2012 St. Mary’s County Fair WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 ENTRY DAY Bring your exhibit to the Fair. Check catalog for entry rules ant times. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 QUEEN OF TOLERANCE DAY 4 PM - 9 PM Exhibits are judged from 10 AM to 3 PM. Gates open at 3 PM; exhibit buildings open at 4 PM. The Fair opens with the Queen of Tolerance Pageant. This is a good day to tour the grounds while the exhibit is fresh. The carnival will feature one-price ticket for event this evening. Enjoy a country music concert. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 SCHOOL AND 4-H ACTIVITIES DAY - 9 AM - 9 PM All elementary, middle and high school students are admitted FREE until 5 PM. 4-H activities include horse and livestock shows and judging contests. Magic shows, chain saw sculptures, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department K-9 demonstration and pig races provide continuous entertainment throughout the day. Don’t miss the unique display of scholastic exhibits from St. Mary’s County schools in the Education Building, the speech contest, and a concert by a Middle School Band, a Maryland birthday cake decorating contest and the light weight horse pull will complete the day’s events. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - PARADE DAY - 9 AM - 9 PM The featured event is the Fair Parade. Open class livestock show. 4-H livestock auction, pig races, chain saw sculptures, jousting tournament and line dancing will complement the everyday Fair displays. The heavyweight horse will provide an exciting conclusion to the day’s activities. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - FAMILY DAY - 9 AM - 6 PM Sunday is a good day to bring the whole family to the Fair. Parents will enjoy the baby contest, gospel music concert, and the horse show, while the kids take advantage of the carnival “ride all day” ticket offer, pig races, and magic shows. The popular antique tractor pull is a return attraction. Sheep shearing, spinning and weaving demonstrations in the sheep show are all afternoon. In addition to the entertainment available, the Fair provides an opportunity to learn about our agricultural heritage, and its relevancy to our life today. Please take time to enrich your educational experience by touring the Thurston Baxter Farm Museum. Visit all the exhibit buildings and view the educational exhibits in the Co-operative Extension building. You will be glad you did. Please leave your pets at home. Ride the free STS shuttle bus on Fri, Sat, and Sun. from the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. Gate fees: adults $5, student 6 - 12 $1, children under 6 admitted free. Season passes, Adults $9, children $2. The fairgrounds are located on St. Route 5, two miles south of Leonardtown.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


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Thursday,Sept.20 6:30 p.m.,Savages Laguna Beach entrepreneursBen,apeacefulandcharitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative,homegrownindustry-raising some of the best marijuanaeverdeveloped.Theyalso shareaone-of-a-kindlovewith the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town until theMexicanBajaCarteldecides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. Rated: R (2 hr, 11 min) Friday,Sept.21 6:30 p.m.,Step Up Revolution (3D) Emily, the daughter of a wealthybusinessman,arrivesin Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, ayoungmanwholeadsadance

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crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flashmobs.Thecrew,calledthe MOB,strivestowinacontestfor a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily's father threatenstodeveloptheMOB's historicneighborhoodanddisplacethousandsofpeople.Rated:PG-13(1hr,39min)

9 p.m.,TheWatch Four everyday suburban guys come together to form a neighborhood watch group, but only as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives, one night a week. When they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as or-

dinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood—and the world—from total extermination. Rated: R (1 hr, 42 min) Saturday, Sept. 22 4 p.m., Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days During his summer vaca-

tion, "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he hasajobataritzycountryclub which fails to keep him away fromtheseason'sdogdays,includingembarrassingmishaps atapublicpoolandacamping trip that goes horribly wrong. Rated: PG (1 hr, 34 min)

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Celebrating 24th Annual Pax River Team Triathlon competitors

Ruthann O'Connell pedals to pass on the baton to David Kluth for the last leg of the annual triathlon on NAS Patuxent River Sept. 8.

U.S. Navy photos by Valerie Doster

First through third place winners celebrate their victory at the 24th Annual Pax River Team Triathlon Sept. 8. Male division: first, Just Here for the PowerBars with Ryan Hancock, Gary McQuay and Robert Wiley; second, Tin Men with Joseph Scrittore, Erik Semrud and Mark Wagner; and third, The B52's with Chris Kahl, Scott Herzog and Trent Herzog. Female division: first, Orionettes with Sharon Barbins, Aerielle Bullaro and Katy Giles; second, Honey Badgers with Kate Anderson, Jamie Cosgrove and Jen Uchida; and third, Thrown Together with Holly Graf, Marcela McCracken and Sylvia Taggart. Co-ed division: first, Keep Tri-ing Your Best with Keily Beall, Mark Converse and Perry Rapp; second, Slasher, Dasher and Geezer with Eggs Eggstaff, Doug Isleib and Mindy Johnson; and third, You Can't Handle the Cost with Dave Kelnberger, Allison Palmer and Vern Poole. Family division: first, Team Staats with Anna, Charlene and Kerry Staats; second, Not 2nd Again with Daniel, James and Timothy Jones; and third, Lost in Pace and the Women Formerly Known as Kluth with David Kluth, Ruthann O'Connell and Jessica Tiedebohl.

Eric Gardner secures first place for team Monkey Feet, Donkey Face and Frog Tongue as he runs the last leg of the 24th Annual Pax River Team Triathlon Sept. 8. The team: Robert Fritz, swimming; Scott Giles, cycling; and Gardner, took the first place Overall win with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Vice Adm. David Architzel through the years From the bridge of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Commanding Officer Capt. David Architzel passes a "Good on Ya!" to the crew.

Capt. David Architzel, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) commanding officer, catches up with junior high school classmates, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Architzel's mother taught the boys ninth grade mathematics. Following lunch, Ben & Jerry joined Architzel in serving ice cream to the crew on the mess decks.

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the Vital Voices Conference on Women and Democracy in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 1999, during Rear Adm. David Architzel's tour as commander, Iceland Defense Force/commander, Fleet Air Keflavik.

Barbara Architzel pins the wings on Lt. j.g. David Architzel at NAS Pensacola, Fla.

Midshipman David Architzel, far right, poses with his U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1973 9th Company classmates Scott Hendrickson, far left, Doc Gauge and Randy Blough at an academy function. Lt. j.g. David Architzel, second from left, with crewmembers before a mission in an S-3 Viking while attached to his first squadron, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 30. Courtesy photos Photo illustration by Connie Hempel


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Drill Hall floor gets update

Chaplain's Corner:

‘Dude, where's my car?’ By Lt. Ken Amador NAS Patuxent River Chaplain "Where is our car?" With these words, my Monday began. My family and I had been in Sigonella, Italy, only two weeks when my wife called me on her cell phone searching in vain for our vehicle. As she spoke to me, I frantically tried to remember where I parked it the night before, and with all the confidence I could muster, I gave her the following profundity: "It should be where I left it last night." With that clear-cut, intellectual response, it became obvious to us that the car must have been stolen sometime during the night. Three thoughts went coursing through my mind at that moment: how high is my insurance premium going to skyrocket now; how are we going to accomplish everything we need to do without that car; and why me? Since our particular thief was either merciful or very picky, the car was left abandoned in the mud just a few blocks away from our home. Only the floor mats were stolen and the damage to our rented car was minor. Whew! I would be able to skip the long, apologetic call to the insurance company, and the ensuing groveling. Also, with some help from our faithful temporary

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Clay Morgan with Professional Court Systems sands down the basketball courts at Drill Hall Sept. 10 as part of a floor refinishing project the facility is undergoing. The courts at Drill Hall are closed until Sept. 30. All basketball courts and the volleyball court are being resurfaced with an environmentally friendly waterborne finish. The lines on the courts are being reset to regulation dimensions and colors on the floor are being updated to brighten the facility. The Energy Zone dance floors will undergo a refinishing project with the same environmentally friendly finish, which starts today and goes through Monday. All classes are canceled during these days.

Lt. Ken Amador lodging manager, the rental company was understanding and within a couple of hours we were on the road again with reliable transportation. There, problem solved. But not really. At that point I became suspicious of a repeat performance, and I was nearly maniacal about locking the car and parking it inside the gated parking area each night. Somebody had violated my family and could be out there making further plans. Now, being the "spiritual adviser" that I am, I naturally took the matter to the Lord in prayer and said, "God, why are you doing this to me?!" His answer

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Around Town St. Mary's County events: Introduction to Email

Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., Lexington Park library Adults learn email basics by setting up and using their own email account in this free class. Register by calling 301-863-8188.

Introduction to Excel 2010

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall library Adults learn Excel basics to use for budgets, schedules, calculations and more in this free class. Knowledge of computer and Windows is required. Register by calling 301-884-2211.

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for purchase. Admission is $20 per person which includes one admission ticket and one pack of cards for 20 games. Additional cards are $5 per pack. Children must purchase an admission ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult. Proceeds benefit St. John's Catholic School. Register by contacting Phyllis at 301-373-5871 or email

Feast in the Fields

Sept. 29, 2-6 p.m., Jubilee Farm, Ridge JoinWinemakerTucker Grube-O'Brien as he pairs fall harvest stand-outs with Slack wines. For more information, visit or call 301-872-5175.

2012 Speaker Series at Sotterley: Dr. Frank Smith

Sept. 27, 2-4 p.m., Charlotte Hall library Adults are introduced to the basics of genealogy: locating and organizing information, using charts and library sources, and helpful websites in this free class. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Register by calling 301-884-2211.

Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Sotterley Plantation Author of "African American CivilWar Memorial and Museum" speaks about his dream of honoring African Americans who fought for freedom as United States ColoredTroops during the CivilWar. Smith is the founder and president of the African American CivilWar Memorial and Museum inWashington, D.C.

Book discussion: 'The Cellist of Sarajevo'

Calvert County events:

Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Lexington Park library "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway. Copies are available at the library. For more information, call 301-863-8188.

Home-schoolers' workshop

Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m., Leonardtown library Students and parents can learn about the resources and services the library offers and how to use them. For more information, call 301-475-2846.

Back-to-School Basket Bingo

Sept. 28, doors open at 6, bingo at 7 p.m. St. John's School Parish Hall Events include door prizes, auction, games and a raffle. Prizes include filled hand-crafted wood baskets; food available




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Comedy night

Saturday, 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Southern Maryland Sailing Association Starring Coach Tom Holaday and Lucas Bohn. Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at Tickets are $23 at the door. For more information, visit

Children's playtime

Wednesday, 10:25-10:55 a.m. Calvert Library, Southern Branch Playtime is a learning and discovery time for children ages 0 to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers. Engage in interactive play and connect with others. Bring a non-battery operated toy to share. For more information, call 410-326-5289.

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Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick This program offers reading, discussion and projects for students in kindergarten to third grade. Register by calling 410535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick Bring quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting or another project for an afternoon of conversation and shared creativity. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Elsewhere: The Civil War Afloat

Saturday, 4 p.m., Surratt House Museum, Clinton, Md. The Surratt House Museum presents programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. "The Civil War Afloat: Secretaries, Strategies, Ships, Sailors, and Key Battles that Shaped theWar on Salt and FreshWater" program, presented by author and naval historian Andrew Jampoler, discusses the various elements shaping the United States Navy and the crews that manned the vessels. Tours of the historic house begin at noon and run every 30 minutes until 3:30 p.m. The event is free, but there is a small admission for the tours.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


Renovations create hybrid engineering facility

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Attending the Patent Award ceremony Sept. 12 are, from left, NAWCAD Executive Director Gary Kessler and patent awardees: Madan Kittur, Mark Silva, Bruce Pilvelait, Donato Russo, Ronald Buratti, David Kayser, Oliviu Muja, Linda Mullen, Alan Laux, El Sayed Arafat, Joshua Hogg and Robert Schindler, standing with awards presenter and NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. Randy Mahr. U.S. Navy photo by Steven Kays

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, left, and NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Mills cut the ribbon for building 1405 on Sept. 13 signifying the completion of the building's renovations. The 6,300-square-foot facility was recently brought up to code after being in disrepair for many years. Originally brought to the Naval Air Test Center around 1959 to support McDonnell's F-4 program as the Phantom entered Navy flight testing, the building has been renovated into a new hybrid engineering facility capable of taking research and engineering through a full development cycle. There is complete engineering efficiency all under one roof, prototyping and engineering evaluations from the computer to a test article to the shop for systems integration.

By Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs Thirty eight inventors were honored at the Patent Award ceremonies held Sept. 11 and 12 in Lakehurst, N.J., and at NAS Patuxent River, respectively. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, or NAWCAD, Commander, Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, and NAWCAD Chief of Staff, David Gleisner, presented the awards. NAWCAD currently holds 147 patents, Mahr said, with 57 of those being active patents, and 17 being patent applications pending at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Additionally, 20 new inventions have been submitted to the command's legal office and

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PEOPLE Continued from 2 to take an office job working with computers and his sign painting was put on hold for many years while he cultivated his new career and raised his family. But a few years ago, as a hobby, he picked up his paint and brushes again, and he's never looked back. Now, Poe designs decorative hand-lettered, hand-painted signs that look 50 to 100 years old, and even constructs them using reclaimed wood from old barns, doors, fences and houses. "I just collected the mantel boards and stair treads from an old 1890s house that was being destroyed," he said. His designs come from his own imagination, but he'll also draw inspiration from local landmarks and points of interest. Some designs are created by request and mean something special to the requester. His tools are simple—assorted quill brushes, sign paint, paint thinner and a glass palette—but the results are not.

Using reclaimed wood from old barns, doors, fences and houses, Donnie Poe designs hand-lettered, hand-painted signs that look 50 to 100 years old, such as these shown here, with inspiration from local landmarks or points of interest. "Hand painting signs is a dying art," he said. "It always surprises me that a simple piece of painted wood can make someone laugh or cry. I've been given a gift and I am thankful for it every single day." While at least 50 finished signs hang in his garage shop, none hang in his own home. "My wife, Betty, is so used to these signs,

they'renothingspecialtoher,"hesaidlaughing. One particular sign, Sarah's Bakery & Sweet Shop, hung in his shop for many years. His daughter, Karen, had always said she wanted it but when she never took it, Poe gave it away. He quickly found himself having to trade another sign worth twice as much to get it back, but it now belongs to Karen. His other

daughter, Chandra, displays a sign in her home that is painted with her grandfather's favorite saying, an amusing yet off-color quote not quite appropriate for publication. Poe is demonstrating his skills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 during the Island Cottage Sale on St. George Island at 16291 Thomas Road. The event continues Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Poe will not be in attendance that day. "Donnie'ssignsarealwayswell-received,"said Susan Hill, organizer of the local artisan's event, "andI'vealwaysadmiredhisnaturaltalent." After 43 years at Pax, Poe will retire Jan. 3, 2013. In addition to continuing his decorative sign painting, he intends to enjoy life, hike the Appalachian Trail and volunteer locally with Hospice of St Mary's. "I lost a son to cancer and a lot of people helped with that," he explained. "I'd like to return the favor." Editor's note: Pax People is a new Tester feature intended to introduce our readers to people with interesting talents, skills or hobbies. If you or someone you know has a story to tell, contact Donna at 301-342-4163 or



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Fleet Readiness Center ‘hooks up’ X-47B UCAS


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was, "To remind you of something." Jesus said to his disciples right before his departure from them, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Because we live in a world filled with difficult situations, whether they are financial problems, relationship heartaches or health concerns, we need a constant reminder that Jesus is near and he is not the cause of our troubles, but the provision for our needs. We all face problems every day and the waters of fear and frustration can run pretty deep. It is my prayer that we will all be reminded there is hope and when we look to our heavenly Father we find peace. He has promised us that he has good plans for us and he will use the events of our lives to give us joy and make us more like himself. Wow! Who would have thought losing a rental car could open my eyes to a very important message from the Lord! What is he using in your life right now to remind you of his love?

The Fleet Readiness Center South West, or FRCSW, in California surpassed the call of its traditional line of work to rapidly manufacture parts for a new, unmanned demonstrator aircraft being tested here. In late spring, a team from NAS Patuxent River called on FRCSW at NAS North Island, Calif., to redesign the hook point for the first unmanned aircraft designed to operate in and around an aircraft carrier, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System. To land on the flight deck of a carrier, aircraft need a tailhook to catch one of four arresting wires.When unsuccessful roll-in arrestment tests of the X-47B revealed the need for a modified hook point, the team needed to come up with a plan to make the modifications in order to perform arrested landings and catapult launches this fall. "We reached out to the team at North Island because of their proven history of providing critically needed aircraft components with very short response times," said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS program manager at Pax River. "They have repaired, modified and delivered thousands of high quality aircraft components to the fleet. We knew they could get the job done." Seventy years earlier, North Island personnel were presented with a similar challenge. Prior to the Battle of Midway, a lack of tail hooks, and the inability of the American industrial base to produce them, spurred FRCSW, then known as Overhaul and Repair, to develop a way to forge and manufacture 150 hook throats in just 30 days. The team at FRCSW did not hesitate when asked to redesign this instrumental X-47B com-

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The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft completes a successful roll-in arrestment with a modified arresting hook point designed and manufactured by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Aug.14 at NAS Patuxent River. The Fleet Readiness Center delivered the hook point just 46 days after receiving a request from the Navy UCAS program office. ponent.Within a few weeks of receiving the initial request from the UCAS team, the Fleet Readiness Center signed a formal work order July 10, anticipating the manufacturing and shipping process would take up to one month. The UCAS and FRC teams worked together to overcome a series of complications to ensure the hook points were completed as quickly as possible. For example, machining the first steel part took longer than expected. As a result, the FRC made an investment in a more efficient machine to decrease cycle times. In less than two months, despite the design challenges, the UCAS team received the completed parts from FRCSW in early August, avoid-

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