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Volume 69, Number 10

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

March 8, 2012

Groundbreaking for U.S. Colored Troops Memorial By Chris Basham Tester Editor When our nation--and Southern Maryland--were painfully divided by the Civil War, nearly 700 AfricanAmerican residents of St. Mary's County served in the United States ColoredTroops. Of those men, two were awarded the Medal of Honor. Pvt. William H. Barnes and Sgt. James H. Harris were awarded the nation’s highest honor for their gallantry in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, also known as the Battle of New Market Heights (Sept. 1864) in Varina, Henrico County, Va. As we near the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, St. Mary's County has reason to again be proud: Sgt. Harris, Pvt. Barnes and all the African-Americans who joined the United States Colored Troops to fight for the Union and for their own freedom are being recognized. The Unified Committee for

Afro-American Contributions, after years of fundraising, political action and other community efforts, broke ground on the United States Colored Troops Memorial on March 4. The memorial, located on land donated by St. Mary's County at John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, is designed by nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel.The monument is estimated to cost more than $200,000 in State of Maryland bond bill funding and matching private donations. "By erecting this monument we will educate the citizenry," said Dr. Janice Walthour, in her remarks on the history of the USCT and the monument. "The lives of these American heroes will have the full recognition they deserve." Idolia Shubrooks has been working for that recognition for the past 20 years, since finding her own grandfather's muster papers for the USCT in the attic of her family

home. That discovery led her to work toward building the USCT Memorial. "I answered the call of Idolia Shubrooks," said State Senator Roy P. Dyson (D-Dist. 29) "In the Maryland Black History course I took, this never, ever was mentioned. I had to have that great historian, Idolia Shubrooks, come to my office and tell me a little about St. Mary's County history. At the Archives, there was very little information about this point in our Maryland history, but it's there now. In just a few months, this memorial will be a part of that." St. Mary's County Commissioner President Francis "Jack" Russell called Shubrooks, "Madame Mover and Shaker from the South," in his remarks at the groundbreaking. "It is behooving of all of us people (to build this monument). It's a great idea, a great thing for community

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From left, Cmdr. Wayne Whitlock of the Sons of Union Veterans; Dr. Janice Walthour of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions ; Maryland State Delegate John L. Bohanan Jr., (D-St. Mary's); former St. Mary's County Commissioner Dan Raley; Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions cofounder Elmer Brown; NAS Patuxent River Executive Officer Capt. Ben Shevchuk; Maryland State Senator Roy P. Dyson, (D-Dist 29); monument organizer Idolia Shubrooks; St. Mary's County Commissioner President Francis "Jack" Russell; Mr. Tyrone Harris, St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks representative and Nathaniel Scroggins of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions break ground on the United States Colored Troops Memorial on March 4. The memorial, to be located at John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, will be dedicated at the 2012 See Memorial, Page 5 Juneteenth celebration on June 16.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society kicks off annual fund drive By Gary Younger NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs The Sailor next to you may have financial difficulties and need help. Since 1904, Sailors and Marines have turned to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society for assistance.The NMCRS is now turning to you to help fund its programs during its 2012 Active Duty Fund Drive, which runs through April 19. “You don’t really hear about what we do because for the most part, what we do is confidential,” said Maureen Farrell, director of the NAS Patuxent River NMCRS, as she kicked off the fund drive on Monday. In 2011, more than $236,000 went to Pax River clients, including nearly $52,000 in Quick Assist Loans to 180 people with short-term needs. This was in spite of having only $115,000 in donations available. Aid typically is greater than donations. “Thankfully most assistance is in interest-free loans,” Farrell said. “I remember when I was a young 3rd Class petty officer,” said Command Master Chief R. Mark Cummings, NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief, during the kick-off. NMCRS provided him with funds to allow traveling from theWest Coast to his home in Pennsylvania so his wife and young daughter could see Cummings’ grandmother before she passed away. “I guess she hung on until she could see my daughter one last time. I’ll never forget what the Relief Society did for me,” he said. The Pax River NMCRS last year assisted Sailors and Marines with more than $14,000 in emergency transportation assistance because of deaths in the family. Statistically, food and shelter expenses are the biggest

News Briefs Blue Cross/Blue Shield at Pax

The BC/BS CareFirst representative, Bill Gray, will be at Patuxent River today, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at theTotal Force Strategy & Management Department, Bldg 1489, Rm 101. To schedule an appointment, please contact Sebastiane Toney at (301) 342-6685 or sebastiane.toney., or walk in for a 15-minute visit. If you have a detailed claim to discuss, schedule two 15-minute time slots.

JSO Soup du Jour II

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Maureen Farrell, director of the NAS Patuxent River NMCRS, briefs volunteers on this year’s annual fund drive at a kick-off meeting held March 5. needs here at Pax River. More than $102,000, almost 43 percent of aid, went to those having difficulties meeting their everyday expenses such as food, rent, utilities and child care. Following close behind was more than $81,000 for emergency car repairs, gas, car insurance and registration. In addition to cash loans and grants, the NMCRS offers financial workshops and counseling to assist clients in making sound financial decisions. Naval and Marine Corps retirees are still eligible for Society assistance and are encouraged to participate in the fund drive as well. For information, call the Pax River office at 301-342-4739. The office is located at 22187 Arnold Drive, Building 401.

The famous soup sale is back! NAS Junior Sailor Organization will have its 2nd Soup du Jour today, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Religious Programs Center, Bldg. 401. Popular favorites are returning such as the famous Zuppa Toscana and lobster & crab bisque, alongside new entries such as southern style gumbo, tortilla, Jamaican red peas and more. Prices are as follows: Single Bowl of Soup- $2, 4 Soup Bowl Sampler- $3, Soup/Salad/Bread/Drink-$5, Salad- $1.50, Drink-$1.00; For information contact Yeoman Seaman Kerrick Williams at 301-757-0636 or Support your Junior Sailors!

St. Mary’s County Board of Elections Public Logic and Accuracy Testing

The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will conduct Logic and Accuracy Testing on the AccuVote Touch ScreenVoting Units on March 9 at 10 a.m. at the Election Warehouse at 47382 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park (Old Carver Elementary School). For information, call Wendy Adkins at 301-475-7844 ext. 1613.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012


BEYA recognizes 18 at NAVAIR for STEM accomplishments By Emily Funderburk Total Force Strategy and Management Department

Photo courtesy of BEYA

NAVAIR senior leaders and awardees at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference in Philadelphia Feb. 16-18 included (from left) Leslie Taylor, Marla Singleton, Xavier Rose, Brittany Spellers, Walt Augustin, NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Architzel, James Carter, Tommy Sadler, LaTonya Bowles, Gabriel Ngounou, Rear Adm. (sel) CJ Jaynes, Wadson Felix, Clifford Laguerre, Bryant Craig, Larry Wilkerson, Lawrence Ames, NaShaune Simmons, Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr, Gernai Bledsoe, Larry E. Hollingsworth, Jackie Powell, Dr. Ronald Smiley, Petra Robinson and Michael Cohn.

Change in military sick call process

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By Capt. Sandra Hearn Navy Counselor Effective Monday, March 26, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River’s Military Medicine department will no longer offer sick call hours. This change is intended to improve access to care and eliminate unnecessary time spent in the sick call queue at military medicine waiting to be seen. Scheduled appointments will be available for active duty service members who have either a non-urgent (routine) or urgent(acute) health concern. Service members should call the appointment line at 301-342-1506 or Military Medicine Clinic

at 301-342-1429 to request an appointment. To schedule a Periodic Health Assessment/Birth Month Review, call the Deployment Health Clinic directly at 301-757-7025. All PHA's are performed in the Deployment Health Clinic for any service member not on flight status and not receiving flight pay. Overseas, Sea Duty and Individual Augmentee screenings are also seen in the Deployment Health Clinic. Screenings are performed on a walk-in basis every day except Wednesday between 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday hours are 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Individuals seeking this service must have their orders in hand to be screened. For information, call 757-7025.

PHILADELPHIA - Eighteen NAVAIR employees earned Special Recognition and Modern Day Technology Leadership Awards at the 26th National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competitiveness Conference here Feb. 16-18. "One of the most important assets we have is our corps of technical leaders," said NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Architzel. "They are the technical conscience of our organization, and our programs depend heavily on their expertise and experience to deliver new capabilities to fleet warfighters." A study by the National Science Board released in 2010 showed the average percentage of graduates earning STEM degrees in China was 47 percent; in South Korea, 38 percent and in Germany, 28 percent. The same study showed only 16 percent of graduates in the United States earned a STEM degree. The Navy put $54 million toward STEM initiatives in 2010 and will in-

crease its investment to $100 million by 2015. Kami Carter, a NAVAIR chemist, was one of two NAVAIR employees to receive a BEYA Special Recognition Award for most promising engineer. Based out of Jacksonville, Fla., Carter oversees a program that maintains quality and integrity of electroplating, cleaning and surface finishing processes used in military specifications. As lead analyst, she has helped find a suitable cleaning alternative for aviator breathing oxygen and has also worked on a solvent substitution Navy environmental sustainability project for replacing Freon, a known ozone-depleting substance. Growing up in a military family, Carter said she faced constant change and struggled in school in her early years. "I may not have been the smartest student, but I always worked hard," she said, later testing into advanced science and math classes. "Today, I'm making my mark in Navy aviation and in the Department of Defense." NewTechnology Insertion Engineer Ben Thompson also received a Special

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Ask the CO My question is about Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, scheduled for March 19-24. If I'm not on the Mission Essential Personnel list and I come to work anyway on March 23, will I be prohibited from coming onto the base? Response by Capt. Ted Mills: The purpose of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is to test the effectiveness and response of Naval force protection and anti-terrorism efforts across the United States. This is a critically important mission, so we need everyone's help to not impede this task. If your supervisor has not identified you as Mission Essential Personnel, please make every effort to remain off the Naval Air Station on March 23 in accordance with arrangements made with your organization. Some employees have been pre-approved for telework or work from alternate locations, and I strongly urge them to take advantage of that opportunity. Many firstline supervisors are placing their employees on a Compressed Work Schedule day or other schedule that allows them to not be at work on Friday, March 23. While many aspects of the exercise will be transparent, enhanced security at the entry gates will be very evident. Those coming to work that day should expect significant delays at all gates during the period of enhanced force protection conditions. The more people who try to

enter the gates, the longer the delay will be for those who truly need to be on base. For those who are MEP and are required to be at work on March 23, my biggest piece of advice is: pack a lunch. There will be few if any onbase food options aboard base that day. Departing and trying to re-enter needlessly adds to the already significant delays expected that day. We will be publishing a list of limited services that will be available on that day. Please don't confuse MEP and mission importance. Everyone here at NAS Patuxent River is important to the Navy, regardless of your job. However there are times and situations that only certain people (e.g., security personnel, first responders, and other critical mission personnel) should be on base. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, March 8, 2012



Ask the Lawyer: Computer misuse can compromise security clearance By Mathew B. Tully

Q. How bad is it for me to use my government computer for non-work matters? A. There is a type of computer program called a "Trojan horse." It usually comes to users as a benign message or link, but once opened it wreaks havoc on the computer system.You can view any misuse of your government computer, regardless of how innocent it seems, as a Trojan horse unleashed on your security clearance. The System Authorization Access Request Navy (SAAR-N, OPNAV 5239/14) outlines the conditions of use, user responsibilities and prohibited uses relating to Navy information technology systems. SAAR-N prohibits users from, among other things, accessing commercialWeb-based e-mail such asYahoo! and introducing or using on any Navy IT equipment unauthorized hardware, firmware or software. Under SECNAV M5510.30, a user's failure to adhere to a rule, procedure, guideline or regulation could threaten his or her security clearance.

SECNAV M-5510.30 provides a laundry list of ways the misuse of IT systems can cause security clearance problems. A few disqualifying activities include illegally accessing IT systems or doing so with without authorization; modifying, destroying, manipulating or denying access to certain information; and improperly introducing, removing or using hardware, software or media on or from an IT system. Other misuses may also include conducting personal business on government time stock trading, Internet purchases, and the like. Know your employer's rules about personal use of its computers. And avoid the obvious - porn sites and other prohibited sites such asWikileaks. Simply clicking onto the link of an untrustedWeb site while at work is enough to trigger a security clearance emergency due to the fact that this activity could expose Department of Defense systems to malware or viruses. Using an IT system to snoop on co-workers - or even what the government knows about you - would also call into question your trustworthiness and reliability. Under SECNAV M-5510.30, Navy personnel could mitigate security concerns about IT use by showing that the misuse was

Celebrating a great leader Just before I entered the CMC program, I did a two-and-a-half year tour as C5I Department Leading Chief Petty Officer as an Electronics Technician Master Chief Petty Officer onboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5). There were many highlights to my twoand-a-half years onboard but one of my best experiences was serving under the senior leadership of Capt. Nora W. Tyson, first as my Executive Officer and then as my Commanding Officer at the tail end of my tour. During our time together on Bataan, we successfully completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and after my transfer in 2005, Capt. Tyson would lead the Bataan through the disaster relief efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1979, she went through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and gained her commission as a Naval Officer. She then went through flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and earned her wings as a Flight Officer in 1983, the year I enlisted in the United States Navy and began my Naval career. Since 1983 and in addition to her time on USS Bataan, now Rear Admiral Tyson, served three tours in Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in-

Mathew B. Tully is an IraqWar veteran and founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC . E-mail questions to The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

History and Heritage note

CMC Corner By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief

minor, inadvertent, unintentional, happened a long time ago, or was an isolated incident. Navy personnel could also mitigate concerns by immediately reporting to a supervisor any unintentional or inadvertent misuse of their government computer. Navy personnel who have run into security clearance problems should immediately consult a national security law attorney, who could help them raise these mitigating factors during the adjudication process.

cluding one as Commanding Officer; served as assistant Operations Officer aboard the training aircraft carrier, USS Lexington (AVT 16), as Navigator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65); on shore assignments as Airborne Communications Officer Course instructor, officer in charge at Naval Air Maintenance Training Depot 1079, NAS Patuxent River, political-military planner on the Joint Staff in the Asia-Pacific Division of the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, as executive assistant for the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as director of Staff for Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander 6th Fleet, executive assistant for the chief of Naval Operations, and CTF-73, Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific, in Singapore. Adm. Tyson had already experienced a very successful Naval career but the best was yet ahead because in Jan. 2010 she was selected to become the next commander of the Norfolk, Va.-based Carrier Strike Group 2, which includes the carrier George H.W. Bush. With this selection, Rear Adm. Tyson became the first woman in Navy history to command a carrier strike group. In celebration of Women's History Month, I can think of no better person to exemplify the successes of women serving our Navy than Rear Adm. Tyson. I count it a privilege to have been one of the thousands and thousands of Sailors who have served under her leadership.

By R. Mark Cummings NAS Patuxent River Command Master Chief Do you know about the Navy’s “ironclads?” An ironclad was a steam-propelled warship used in the later part of the 19th century, protected by iron or steel armor plates. It was developed as a result of the vulnerability of wooden warships to explosive or incendiary shells. The first ironclad battleship was French; the French Navy launched the La Gloire in Nov. 1859. The British Royal Navy followed suit and in 1861 made the decision to move to an all-armored battle fleet. After the first clashes of ironclads (both against wooden ships and with one another) took place during the American Civil War, it became clear that the ironclad had replaced the unarmored ship of the line as the most powerful warship afloat. At the time of the American Civil War, the U.S. Navy had no ironclads; its most powerful ships were six steam-powered, unarmored frigates. The bulk of the Navy remained loyal to the Union but the Confederacy wasn’t about to concede defeat. Instead, it sought advantage in the Naval conflict by acquiring modern, armored ships. The Confederate Congress voted to invest two million dollars in May 1861 to buy ironclads from overseas and to begin construction and conversion of wooden ships that summer. On Oct. 12, 1861, the CSS Manassas became the first ironclad to enter battle, when she fought Union warships on the Mississippi. She had been converted from a commercial vessel in New Orleans for river and coastal fighting. In Feb. 1862, the larger CSS Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) joined the Confederate Navy, having been rebuilt at Norfolk. Once a conventional warship made of wood, Merrimack was reconstructed with an ironcovered casemate when she entered the Confederate Navy. By this time, the Union had completed seven ironclad gunboats of the City class, and was about to complete the USS Monitor, an innovative design proposed by the Swedish inventor John Ericsson. The Union was also building a large armored frigate, the

USS New Ironsides, and the smaller USS Galena. And so, the stage was set. The first battle between Union and Confederate ironclads happened on March 9, 1862, as the armored Monitor was deployed to protect the Union's wooden fleet from the ironclad ram Virginia and other Confederate warships. The following account of what took place is from the Naval History and Heritage Command website: "At dawn on 9 March 1862, CSS Virginia prepared for renewed combat. The previous day, she had utterly defeated two big Federal warships, Congress and Cumberland, destroying both and killing more than 240 of their crewmen. Today, she expected to inflict a similar fate on the grounded steam frigate Minnesota and other enemy ships, probably freeing the lower Chesapeake Bay region of Union seapower and the land forces it supported. Virginia would thus contribute importantly to the Confederacy's military, and perhaps diplomatic, fortunes. However, as they surveyed the opposite side of Hampton Roads, where the Minnesota and other potential victims awaited their fate, the Confederates realized that things were not going to be so simple. There, looking small and low near the lofty frigate, was a vessel that could only be USS Monitor, the Union Navy's own ironclad, which had arrived the previous evening after a perilous voyage from New York. Though her crew was exhausted and their ship untested, the Monitor was also preparing for action. Undeterred, Virginia steamed out into Hampton Roads. Monitor positioned herself to protect the immobile Minnesota, and a general battle began. Both ships hammered away at each other with heavy cannon, and tried to run down and hopefully disable the other, but their iron-armored sides prevented vital damage. Virginia's smokestack was shot away, further reducing her already modest mobility, and Monitor's technological teething troubles hindered the effectiveness of her two eleven-inch guns, the Navy's most powerful weapons. Ammunition supply problems required her to temporarily pull away into shallower water, where the deep-drafted Virginia could not follow, but she always covered the Minnesota.

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

Hours of Operation

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

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the special needs of NAS Pax River military families. Sailors with an Exceptional Family Member with a medical or educational disability must enroll in the EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs through appropriate assignments and by providing helpful information and referral resources. NAS Patuxent River would like to learn more about the needs of the local EFMP population through a short, voluntary and anonymous survey at QGD75R5 Look at the MWR E-News for future EFMP topics and events. For EFMP information contact James Lettner at

Clinical Counseling Services

FFSC Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their families by addressing the

stressors facing today's military caused by family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors, and other difficulties. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 202-6856019.

Veterans Benefits Assistance

Meet with a Disabled American Veterans Representative or a localVeterans Affairs Representative. Call 301-342-4911 to schedule an appointment.

CARIT Brief March 14; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Atlantic Fleet Career Information Team from Anacostia conducts a mandatory CARIT brief to all honorably separating military members to receive the necessary page 13 required for separation outprocessing.

Market yourself for a second career

Submitted by Fleet and Family Support Center A professional development lecture for active duty service members who are in transition, or will mentor/counsel a subordinate through the process. April 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Spouses are cordially invited. Learn about: • Your competition for finding a job. • Perceptions civilian employers have of military personnel. • A plan for your job search. • Resumes, cover letters, broadcast letters,

etc. • How employers read your resume. • Networking and penetrating the hidden job market. • Preparing for and conducting a successful interview. • Salary negotiations and benefit packages. Lecturer - Colonel Brian Anderson, USAF (RET) • Served 26+ years on active duty. • In-depth experience in the officer assignments and compensation policy areas of military personnel. • Extensive research, writing, and lecturing about programs affecting military personnel transitioning to the civilian work force. Call to register: 301-342-4911

Suicide Prevention

March 15; 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Learn the issues surrounding suicide: the warning signs, how to respond to a suicidal person and how to access local resources. A video combines narration and scenarios to illustrate the above topics.

Play Group at Glenn Forest Community Center

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

Return and Reunion

March 19; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Facilitate a smooth transition for military personnel from the combat environment to family, community and workplace. Spouses are encouraged to attend..

Stress Management

March 21; 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Manage your stress by learning what it is, what causes it and how to get a handle on it.

Welcome to Pax

March 21; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Take a windshield tour of the NAS Patuxent River complex, and attend a class jampacked with information about the base and surrounding communities.

SAPR Advocate Training

March 26 - 29, 8 a.m. - 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 will prepare volunteers for the initial contact with victims to help them through the investigative, medical, and judicial processes that they opt to pursue. Current advocates can also earn refresher hours. SAPR Liaisons, call for information.

Thrift Savings Plan

March 28; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. TheThrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings program for military members and civilian federal employees. How can you get an advantage? Get answers to that question and more during this one-hour session.

Budgeting for Baby @ Bldg. 401

March 28; 10 a.m. - Noon The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will illustrate the hidden costs of a growing family. All Navy and Marine Corps service members who attend will receive a new layette worth more than $100.

Ombudsman Basic Training

March 29 - 30; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Are you a newly appointed Command Ombudsman? If so, please join us for this 2day, required training at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Learn all that you need to be a successful Ombudsman.

Zentner commissioned

US Navy photo by Aviation Electrician’s Mate Chief Petty Officer (AW) Washington Madeiros

Rear Adm. (select) Cindy “CJ” Jaynes, the Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command, admires newly commissioned Aviation Electrician’s Mate Chief Petty Officer (AW) Shawn Frank Zentner after his commissioning ceremony, held March 1 at the Boat House. Send pictures of your commissioning, promotion, retirement, reenlistment and other important events to to share them with Tester readers. For more photos, visit the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at We’d love it if you’d Like us.

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Is there history waiting in your desk? OOH-RAH and Happy

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

"Rocky" LoPiano left his wallet at Pax River in 1947. Sixty-five years later it was found again and will soon be sent to his family in New England. By Chris Basham Tester Editor

Center Stage Theater Movies

NAS Patuxent River is closing in on its 69th birthday.While most focus on the newest programs, the fastest and most capable aircraft, and the latest changes, once in a while there is a small reminder of the earlier days at Pax River. On March 7, an employee in one of

the installation's oldest buildings opened a drawer to a desk in a nearby cubicle, looking for a pencil.What she found, instead, was a time capsule from 1947. Inside a mouse-chewed wallet there was just enough information to track down its owner: two temporary identification cards, four photographs, records of a run-in with Navy discipline, a shopping list with a cryptic and romantic note on the reverse, and a claim check from a jewelry store in Massachussetts. A short Internet search revealed that the wallet's owner, Fred J. LoPiano, had passed away in 2008. LoPiano's daughter-in-law, Karen LoPiano of Nashua, New Hampshire, expressed regret that the family won't be able to "give him a lot of gentle ribbing," about the photographs and love note found in the wallet, which he left at Pax River at the age of 22, long before marrying his wife, Jean. Karen LoPiano called her father-in-law, "one of the nicest people you ever would meet in your life." The wallet and its contents are on their way to New Hampshire.The history remains right here at Pax. Do you have some interesting piece of Pax River history in your office? We'd love to hear about it at the Tester.

Thursday, March 8 6:30 p.m.: Red Tails Rated: PG-13; 2 hrs. 5 min. A crew of African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

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Friday, March 9 6:30 p.m.: Man on a Ledge Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 42 min. As a police psychologist talks down an ex-con threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. 9 p.m.: The Grey Rated: R; 1 hr. 57 min. After their plane crashes in Alaska, seven oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Soon after noon, Virginia gunners concentrated their fire on Monitor's pilothouse, a small iron blockhouse near her bow. A shell hit there blinded Lieutenant John L. Worden, the Union ship's Commanding Officer, forcing another withdrawal until he could be relieved at the conn. By the time she was ready to return to the fight, Virginia had turned away toward Norfolk. The first battle between ironclad warships had ended in stalemate, a situation that lasted until Virginia's self-destruction two months later. However, the outcome of combat between armored equals, com-

Saturday, March 10 4 p.m.: One for the Money Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 31 min. Unemployed and newly divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past. 6:30 p.m.: Man on a Ledge Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 42 min. 9 p.m.: The Grey Rated: R; 1 hr. 57 min. Sunday, March 11 2 p.m.: The Muppets Rated: PG; 1 hr. 40 min. (FREE FOR ALL) With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Monday and Tuesday, No Movies Wednesday, March 14 6:30 p.m.: One for the Money Rated: PG-13; 1 hr. 31 min. Movies coming soon: Big Miracle, Chronicle, Woman in Black


Birthday! Local Marine celebrates 90th birthday

US Navy photo by Chris Basham

Les Gooding celebrates his 90th birthday at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center on March 7 with his son, Les Gooding III, left and Sgt. Major Wallington Sims. By Chris Basham Tester Editor While working at theWashington NavyYard, Les Gooding enlisted in the Marines in June 1944. He served with the First Marine Division at Okinawa in 1945 as a Forward ObserverArtillery, and later participated in the occupation of China. After his discharge in 1946, Gooding returned toWashington,

pared with the previous day's terrible mismatch, symbolized the triumph of industrial age warfare. The value of existing ships of the line and frigates was heavily discounted in popular and professional opinion. Ironclad construction programs, already underway in America and Europe, accelerated. The resulting armored warship competition would continue into the 1940s, some eight decades in the future." In this engagement, on what was the second day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the two ironclads repeatedly tried to ram one another while shells bounced off their armor. The battle attracted attention worldwide, making it clear that the wooden warship was now out of date and the ironclads were here to stay, changing our Navy forever.

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MEMORIAL Continued from 1 effort," Russell said. NAS Patuxent River Executive Officer Capt. Ben Shevchuk spoke at the groundbreaking, praising African-Americans, "who answered their country's call." Shevchuk read from a letter sent by a USCT soldier and former slave to his wife, during the war, in which he said he was fighting for a future of freedom for himself, for her, and for all. "To reach that future required great sacrifice," Shevchuk said. Work on the monument will begin soon.

Liberty Programs The Liberty program sponsors free or reduced-price events for Pax River activeduty E1-E6. Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For information call 301-342-4208. Pax River's Liberty program's manager, Mindy Mackey, can be reached at 301-3423565 or at

March Weekly Tournaments Bowling with Liberty

March 12; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Come to the Bowling Center Lanes and bowl for 3 hours as we cover the cost. Free pizza and soda until 8 p.m. Open to ALL E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty and 1 guest 18 or older.

Free Pizza and Movie Night Every Thursday at 6 p.m.

ing from the Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Register at MWR ITT office by April 10. E1-E6 Single or unaccompanied active duty military only.

Text 2 Connect Program Come to the Liberty Center for some free Papa John's pizza and sodas. Movie is selected by a majority vote. Open to all eligible E1-E6 patrons.

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

Go Kart Grand Prix Dulles, VA

Texas Hold 'Em Tuesdays

March 31 Register at the ITT Office by March 27 Cost $50 For E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty only For information call 301-342-3565.

Capitol Tour Washington, DC

April 14 Join us as we tour our Nation's Capitol. Cost of $5 includes transportation depart-

6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center Whether you are new to the game or not, come and enjoy a fun time! Prizes for the first, second, and third place winners. Please register by 6:15 p.m. E1-E6 only.

Game Night Every Wednesday

Wednesday at 6 p.m. Play board games, ping pong, pool, lawn games, video games, or card games. We play a different game every week.


BEYA Continued from 2 Recognition Award for outstanding technical contribution. Working at Fleet Readiness Center East in Cherry Point, N.C., he led the first installation of the only operating Automated Rotor Blade Stripping System, the DoD's first robotic laser stripping system for a composite aircraft structure. Previously, he worked as a radioman, gunner, and electronics and communications technician while serving as a Navy reservist. "Throughout my life, I've seen many technical advancements come to fruition," Thompson said. "The next big breakthrough can come from historically black college and university graduates. This is your dawn." In addition, NAVAIR had 16 Modern Day Technology Leadership winners: Gabriel Ngounou, Brittany Spellers, Clifford Laguerre Jr., LaTonya Bowles, Lawrence Ames, Mike Cohn and Bryant Craig from NAS Patuxent River;

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Tester Gernai Bledsoe and Petra Robinson from Orlando, Fla.; Wadson Felix from Jacksonville, Fla.; Tommy Sadler, James Carter and NaShaune Simmons from Cherry Point, N.C.; and Jackie Powell, Xavier Rose and Marla Singleton from Lakehurst, N.J. "Today's winners have earned this recognition through hard work, determination, and a personal and professional commitment to excel," Architzel said at the Modern Day Technology Leaders Luncheon Feb. 17, where the awards were presented. "They symbolize NAVAIR's commitment to developing leaders at all levels of the organization." Powell, who was also named a Technology All-Star at theWomen of Color STEM Conference in Nov. 2011, began her 37-year government career as a sales store checker at the Fort Dix commissary. She has risen in the ranks to become deputy assistant program manager of logistics for carrier visual landing aids at NAVAIR Lakehurst, an accomplishment Architzel said "speaks volumes about your fortitude, strength of character and dedication." The conference, spon-

sored in part by NAVAIR, included more than 20,000 STEM attendees and featured opportunities for training, recruiting, interfacing and building partnerships with historically black colleges, other federal agencies and private industry. The event also placed an emphasis on mentoring and its importance to young people. Eighty-two flag officers and Senior Executive Service members, including several NAVAIR leaders, participated in the Navy's youth/flag mentoring session Feb. 17. "At NAVAIR, we believe that mentors make all the difference," Architzel told students. "We encourage every member of our workforce to participate in formal and informal mentoring programs, because we know that this is a proven method for developing solid leaders." BEYA was founded in 1985 by Tyrone D. Taborn, Chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, and has been co-sponsored by 14 deans of engineering from historically black colleges and universities. The next BEYA conference is

Scoreboard as of March 2

Intramural Graybeard Basketball League W.W.D. 10-0 Lunch Crew 9-1 VX-23 5-4 The Crew 5-5 MAG-49 3-7 FRC 3-7 PAXSCA 2-6 Team Fear 1-8

Intramural Basketball League

Monday/Wednesday Division Grind Time 10-0 Ballsohard U 7-2 eEite 7-3 Slamdunkskis 4-5 VX-22 3-6 Scarlet & Gray 2-7 Shadows 0-10

Tuesday/Thursday division All Stars 10-0 VX-1 8-3 A/O 6-4 MAG-49 5-5 Bomb Squad 5-6 ASD 2-8 Aviators 2.0 0-10

Intramural Bowling League

Big Ten 64.5-19.5 WSI 55.5-28.5 Retired 53-31 Hot Sauce 53-31 Hand ‘em High 49.5-34.5 High-n-Low 42.5-41.5 Goat Locker 34-50 Spare Time 33.5-50.5 Rollin’ Thunder 32.5-51.5 Down Unders 31-53 WAFWOTS 30.5-53.5 Lucky Strikes 23.5-60.5

Intramural Volleyball League

Triathlon Training

Crafters and Vendors for NAS Patuxent River’s Spring Fling Crafts Fair on April 28, may register at Customized Creations. Cost per space is $60. Tables and chairs are available to rent. For information call Dhyana Mackenzie at 301-342-3569.

picture time with Peter Rabbit, music and dancing and more, for toddlers to 12 yrs old. First 100 children will be able to dye an egg and participate in the hunt. Bring a white tshirt to make your own spring time tie-dye. E1-E5 $4.50, all others $5. First 100 IA's and their family members will be admitted free. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Lincoln Military Housing and ITT Excelis.*

The MWR Aquatics Department's special, 2-month program to help triathletes refine their swim technique and increase their stamina. Experienced staff will observe swimmers' stroke technique and make recommendations for improvement. They will also provide advice and guidance on workouts to enhance endurance. Saturdays; 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Indoor Pool Cost:: $25 for full session, $5 for individual passes Next Session: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 For information or to register, call the Fitness & Sports Office at 301-757-3943.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Something on a Stick Dinner

Spring Festival at Mattapany

March 14: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Be Irish for this dinner! Corned beef and cabbage, beer-battered cod, potato soup, shepherd's pie, Irish soda bread, salad bar and desserts. Members $13.95, non-members $16.95, children 6-11 $6.95, five and under $1. Reservations recommended at 301342-3656.

Intramural Spring Golf Organizational Meeting

March 21, 1 p.m. at the Golf Course Club House Intramural programs are open to Active duty, Reserve and retired Military and Fitness and Sports members. Call 301-757-1194 for information.

NRC Solomons Easter Eggstravaganza

March 24: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Come early for the egg hunt and then join the bubble making, arts and craft activities,

March 28: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Chicken kebabs, shrimp skewers, jasmine rice, Asian beef sate, veggie kebabs, chocolate fondue, crab soup, fresh salad bar, and more. Members $12.95, non-members $15.95, children 6-11 $6.95, five and under $1. For reservations, call 301-342-3656.

Career Launch at the Rassieur Youth Center

March 28, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Summer Work Wise (ages 15-18) and Leadership in Training (ages 13-14) Programs meeting will present job hunting and interviewing strategies and a "how to dress and give a proper handshake" workshop. Attendance is mandatory to be part of our summer work program. For information call 301-3421694.

Patuxent River 10-Mile Relay Race

March 30: 11:30 a.m. Run a 10-mile course along the beautiful

Tuesday/Thursday Division Servin’ It Up 28-2 STK 17-13 Brew Crew 12-15 Full Throttle 11-19 Set Blast Deflectors 4-23

Intramural Racquetball League In Passing Team #2 Team #3 Team #4 Team #5

4-1 2-2 2-3 2-3 2-3

Monday/Wednesday Division Shaw Road Redemption

Patuxent River waters. Teams include 2-5 runners; each runner will run 2-8 miles, depending on team size. Each team will designate a team captain. Awards will be given for each division (male, female, and co-ed) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Cost is free; $10 for a t-shirt. A minimum of 10 teams must register by March 18. Registration forms will be available in the Drill Hall. For information call Jillann Hamilton at 301-342-5449.

Arts and Crafts Spring Fling Vendors Needed

18-12 VX-23 17-10 Notorious D.I.G. 12-15 Grateful Digs 10-20

March 30; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Come to the historic grounds of Mattapany for an Easter Egg roll, field games, food and the Easter Bunny. For information call 301-757-3121. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman.*

Easter Brunch at the River’s Edge April 8 Celebrate the holiday with an extensive menu guaranteed to please everyone and create lasting memories. Choose from herbcrusted lamb with pomegranate sauce, Champagne chicken, sauted salmon with fresh basil, glazed ham, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, a French toast station, fresh salads, pastries and desserts. Adults $21.95, children 6-11 $10.95, 5 and under $3. Gratuity not included. Reservations are required. Seatings are at 11:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Coupons not redeemable) Call 301-342-3656 for reservations.

Month of the Military Child Field Day

April 9; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., Base Track In celebration of April’s Month of the Military Child, MWR Fitness invites youth for a Field Day event with lots of fun, team activities. For reservations call 301-995-3869 or email

Active Parenting - Ages 5-12 (3 Sessions)

April 12, 19, 26; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Eliminate power struggles with discipline skills that really work, while you develop your children’s pride, inner strength, and sense of responsibility. Video and discussion format. Reservations necessary; call 301-342-4911.

NRC Solomons Learn to Swim Registration

April 13 - 15; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Register your child for swim lessons. Three 3-week sessions. Lesson times vary depending on child’s skill level. For information call 410-286-8365.

Parent Information Fair at the NEX

April 14; 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Get connected with local services, activities, and opportunities, on and off base, to keep your kids active and entertained.

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

Great Wolf Lodge Tickets May 5 Enjoy your mini-getaway. Room sleeps 6 people and includes 6 water park passes and $8 in arcade tokens. Price is $217 per room. Purchase your tickets at the ITT Office. Call 301-342-3648 for information.

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NAWCAD employees support Calvert County’s first Science and Engineering Expo Story and photos By Karen Lane Education Outreach Office Naval AirWarfare Center Aircraft Division employees “lit the spark” for young scientists and engineers in Calvert County when they participated in the first Science and Engineering Expo at Calvert Middle School on Feb. 25. Yovonda Kolo, Supervisor of Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, said the idea was to mix the old with the new. “The Science Fair has a long history and was a good platform to showcase the new STEM activities like the Robotics Clubs.” Teri McCleaf, Science Fair and Robotics Coordinator, said that VEX Robotics teams from all Calvert high schools, as well as LEGO Robotics teams from Windy Hill and Barstow Elementary Schools, and Calvert and Mill Creek Middle Schools, demonstrated their robots at the Expo, which also included student projects developed for the event, including a demonstration of how green technology could be used to rebuild after a hurricane. The education outreach office organized several demonstrations for the Expo.. Avionics department engineer Emily Stump enjoyed seeing students make the connection between the interferometer she demonstrated and their own exper-


Students “fly” the F/A-18C Hornet using Dr. Steve Naylor’s desktop simulation.

Dr. Frank Narducci explains the properties of liquid nitrogen.

iments. “I want to give them the experience of interacting with engineers that I didn’t have in high school,” Stump said. Dr. Linda Mullen, also from the avionics department, said “It was good to interact with students and their parents. Parents asked questions about how they can guide their children in these (STEM) career paths.” NAWCAD engineers and scientists Dr. Steve Naylor, Dr. Frank Narducci, Brandon Cochenour, Katie Day and Holly Kellogg also participated in the event. Project Lead theWay teacher Jon Vandeventer said the most rewarding aspect for him was seeing his

on STEM courses that prepare students to be innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.” PLTW and its middle school component, Gateway to Technology, are being implemented across the county, with the curriculum available at all middle and high schools beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. Other STEM events open to the public in Southern Maryland include: April 12 -- Youth in Technology Summit at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus; April 14 -- Regional LEGO Robotics competition at College of Southern

students spending a Saturday sharing their interest in engineering with a population that ranged from elementary school kids to engineers with doctorate degrees. “I was even more impressed that I had students thanking me for allowing them to be a part of the event. I could tell that the more involved the students were the more fun they had during the event. I'm not a parent, but I definitely felt a parent's pride after seeing my students doing a great job representing a program that we're all building together,” Vandeventer said. The PLTW curriculum is a nationwide program that, according to their website, “provides middle and high schools with engaging, hands-

Maryland La Plata campus; April 19 -- Elementary MESA Competition at Huntingtown High School; April 20 -- Middle and High School MESA Competition at Huntingtown High School; May 5 -- National Defense Education Program robotics challenge at North Point High School. The education outreach program has been involved with the CCPS for several years, making realworld connections to classroom lessons. Scientists and engineers interested in participating in Calvert county programs should contact Karen Lane at Karen.lane.ctr@n Employees interested in outreach to St. Mary’s county students may contact Kathy Glockner at

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Get your vehicle ready for summer By Teresa S. Boucher Naval District Washington Traffic Safety Program Manager Despite this week's snow, it's not too early to get your vehicle ready for summer's heat, dust and stop-and go traffic. Here are some tips to get you started: Air Conditioning: If your system is marginally operating, have it examined by a qualified technician now and beat the rush. Cooling System: Overheating is the greatest cause of summer breakdowns. Most manufacturers recommend that the cooling system be completely flushed every two years. Hoses and Belts: Open the hood and check every hose and belt you can reach. If cracked, brittle or soft - replace them. Oil: Your owner's manual will specify when to change your oil and oil filter (usually every 3,000 miles). Engine Performance: Your manual should also cover when to replace air, fuel and other filters. Windshield Wipers: Replace worn wipers and keep the wiper fluid tank filled. Lights: Replace burned-out bulbs and keep lights clean for best visibility. Tires: Rotate tires every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressure once a month. Brakes: Have the brakes inspected by a qualified technician, following your manual's recommendations. Battery: Keep the battery clean of corrosion. Avoid direct contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves. Have battery replaced if it is weak. Emergencies: Be prepared! Carry basic tools including a first aid kit, flares and a flashlight. Also consider carrying a cell phone, but pull off the road before using it.

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You can lead from wherever you sit By Emily Funderburk Total Force Strategy and Management

Prepare yourself for career opportunities, because you never know when they’ll come knocking. That was the message four NAVAIR and NAVSEA senior leaders delivered to 350 NAVAIR employees at the career progression brown bag session held here Feb. 22. “The future is ahead of you — what are you doing about it?” asked Tom Rudowsky, director of NAVAIR’s Air Vehicle Engineering Department. Panelists Rudowsky, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Manpower, Personnel,Training and Education Steffanie Easter, NAVSEA Director Above Water Sensors Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems Jimmy Smith and Director of Flight Test Engineering Leslie Taylor discussed the benefits of participating in formal leadership programs, having and becoming a mentor, writing an individual development plan (IDP), networking and job shadowing. One theme remained clear: You are responsible and accountable for your own career development, but there is a lot of help available along the way. “Seize the opportunity. Have a plan and make the most out of it,” Smith said. Below are some of the actions you can take to enhance your career.

Develop a Plan

The first step is creating a career plan. NAVAIR offers an online IDP form for its employees to jumpstart the process. “IDPs start with you. You’re the one who is the most interested in your career,” said Diane Wallace, Career Development Office Director. “Write down your goals to bring clarity and focus to them so others can help you reach your goals.” Rudowsky reiterated that the IDP is a living document used to have conversations with your supervisor and mentors about your career path. “If it’s not changing, you are not using it to its fullest extent,” he said. “Your view of what you want to be will change over time.” Participate in Formal Development Programs Another tool in the career growth toolbox is participating in a formal development program. NAVAIR offers two: the Journey Leadership Development Program (JLDP) and the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program (NLDP). “Leadership programs capture the elements that are instrumental to success,” said JLDP and NLDP Program Manager Stephanie Peppler, including understanding your strengths and weaknesses and seeing the big picture. “With JLDP, you can understand NAVAIR as a whole and not just your piece of the world,”Vicki Leonard, a NAVAIR business financial manager and recent JLDP graduate, said. Roland Thorpe, a NAVAIR pro-

U.S. Navy photo

Tanaya Bondon, far right, president of the Patuxent River Alumni Extension Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, described the society’s mission to mentor, tutor and volunteer. The society co-sponsored a NAVAIR career progression brown bag session Feb. 22, featuring panelists and senior leaders Tom Rudowsky, Steffanie Easter, Leslie Taylor and Jimmy Smith. gram manager and current NDLP participant, said the program affords “tremendous opportunities” to gain exposure to senior NAVAIR leaders and see the Command’s inner workings. “It’s an exciting and dynamic leadership development experience to enhance you professionally and personally,” he said.

Find and Become a Mentor

No matter your age or where you are in your career, mentors — and the network they offer — are crucial. “I wouldn’t be sitting here today without all the mentors I’ve had throughout my career,” Easter said. Smith has developed an acronym,TALK, to describe the four tenets of a successful mentoring relationship: trust, access, mutual liking, and knowing each other (“If I don’t know you, I can’t help you,” he quipped). To be a good protégé, you must be ready for your mentor, Easter said, and have an idea of your strengths and weaknesses.You must accept critical feedback and establish a level of trust. “This person is there to lift you up and encourage you, not tear you down,” she said.

John Johnson, Director of Operations and Maintenance Comptroller for NAVAIR, agreed. “The best advice I’ve been given has been the most candid, and that’s come from mentors,” he said. NAVAIR employees can use the online iMentor tool to match mentors with protégés, giving the Command the opportunity to share and spread acquired knowledge and learning. “We all benefit just from talking to other people who have been there and done that,” Easter said. “It’s about each one teaching one and carrying them along the way.” Identify Rotational Assignments and Shadowing Opportunities Whether you spend a day shadowing or weeks or months on a developmental assignment, you can renew your perspective by walking in another person’s shoes. NAVAIR’s Career Development Office maintains an online Developmental Assignment Registry, where employees can post their resumes and search and apply for rotational assignments. For employees interested in shadowing someone, there is shadowing etiquette guidance available online. Shadowing is a great way to network while learning and experi-

encing new competencies, Wallace said. Taylor recommends working with your network and mentors to determine what you want to get out of a job shadowing or rotational assignment, where you can gain vital hands-on experience. “Get out of your comfort zone,” she said. “You just have to do it and take a leap of faith sometimes.”

Build Diverse Teams

Panelists reiterated the need for diversity in the workplace. “We need huge diversity of thought,” Taylor said, quoting Gen. George S. Patton: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” Smith agreed. “If you think you can go to one place all the time to get the best, you’re wrong. Go where the talent is,” he said, with regard to recruiting, hiring and retaining a high quality workforce.

Hone Your Leadership Skills

NAVAIR’s myriad resources not only help develop careers but also help shape employees into future leaders. Easter cited several skill sets that will help people grow into leaders:

critical thinking, knowing your strengths, the ability to influence others, confidence and collaboration. Strong leadership requires a vision, Easter said, and to be a strong leader, “you need the ability to convince people your vision is worth following.” Growing and finding good leaders will help shape the future of the Command. “In the environment we’re in right now in the Navy, a fiscally constrained environment, it’s crucial to do more with less,” Easter said. “We need creative leaders all throughout the Navy. Any investment in the people we can make in the people coming up, who will lead the Navy, is a great investment.” Thorpe agreed.“The capabilities and different products we work on at NAVAIR are very important to the mission of the Navy and Marines,” he said.“To make sure their mission is met, we need good leaders.” Sponsored by NAVAIR’s Career Development Office and the National Society of Black Engineers, Patuxent River Alumni Extension Chapter, the event was held at the Frank Knox Building and broadcast nationally via video teleconference.

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Naval Test Wing Atlantic recognizes four By Brian Seraile Naval Air Systems Command Communications Support Calling them “richly deserving of recognition,” Naval Test Wing Atlantic honored four members of its organization at a Feb. 9 awards luncheon at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center. The organization named Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Radocaj Test Pilot of the Year; honored Craig Nixon as Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year; selected Lt. Cmdr. Cecily Walsh as Test Naval Flight Officer of the Year; and praised Greg Miller as Flight Test Engineer of the Year. “We have the privilege of bringing into the test community some of the brightest stars of their respective military and civilian communities,” said Marine Col. Roger Cordell, commander of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, which supports the development and acquisition of naval aeronautical and related technology systems. “They relentlessly pursue their tasks without any promise of recognition because it is inherent to their character. These awards allow us to thank them for their dedication, and to highlight their contributions, which we hope will encourage

U.S. Navy photo by Greg L. Davis

Attendees of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic Awards Luncheon include, from left, Greg Miller, Flight Test Engineer of the Year; Lt. Cmdr. Cecily Walsh, Test Naval Flight Officer of the Year; Craig Nixon, Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year; and Col. Roger Cordell, commander of Naval Test Wing Atlantic. The luncheon was held Feb. 9 at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Not pictured is Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Radocaj, who was selected as Test Pilot of the Year. others to follow in their footsteps.” Test Pilot of the Year Radocaj led a team of 25 engineers, technicians and aircraft maintainers to plan the first aircraft launch from an electromagnetic catapult. After flying the historic first launch in an

F/A-18E, he coordinated with multiple organizations to open the envelope to a wide range of aircraft, identifying several previously unknown compatibility issues. Nixon, the Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year winner, serves as a

flight instructor, aircraft monitor, exercise monitor and flight curriculum manager at United States Naval Test Pilot School. As the primary aircraft monitor for the UH-72A, he led a team to design, test, document and install the first flying qualities and per-

formance instrumentation system into a military aircraft certified by the FAA. Test Naval Flight Officer of the Year Walsh was the lead flight-test naval flight officer for the P-8A Poseidon program. She led more than 120 personnel in integrated test teams through

the initial stages of a rigorous test program at Patuxent River and Seattle. She also wrote four major test plans and executed more than 500 hours of mishapfree ground and flight test events. Miller, who won Flight Test Engineer of the Year, was recognized for his work with the MH-60S Airborne Mine Neutralization System at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ONE, or (HX) 21. Officials said Miller’s leadership of a multi-organizational team and his technical expertise played a critical role in designing, developing and testing Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures systems, which required extensive software and hardware integration as well as developmental ground and flight tests. Jonathan “Sven” Stevenson, Naval Test Wing Atlantic’s operations officer, said the four winners are a microcosm of the organization’s talent. [The winners] “represent a small number of the absolute professionals who are conducting tests here at Pax River, but their performance and accomplishments are richly deserving of recognition,” Stevenson said. “I wish we could award all our candidates because they are worthy of recognition.”

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Navy reaches key milestone with aviation-support equipment system By Rob Koon AIR 1.0/Program Executive Office Tactical Aircraft Programs Public Affairs The Navy's next generation of aviation-support equipment took a major step toward reality after recently completing its Critical Design Review. The electronic Consolidated Automated Support System, or eCASS, is a technologically advanced, automatic test system that is planned to replace all mainframe CASS systems throughout the Navy. "eCASS will replace the aging mainframe CASS systems with a modern technology system that will maintain all current test/repair capabilities while providing for reuse of approximately 700 CASS Test Program Sets," said Capt. Fred Hepler, program manager for the Aviation Support Equipment program office, known as PMA-260. "ECASS will also provide the ability to rapidly infuse future platform technologies [via an open architecture] to support emerging weapon system test requirements." The CDR assesses the system's performance and engineering requirements and supports the program's design readiness review. The eCASS CDR was completed Jan. 25 at the Orlando, Fla., offices of Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics, the prime contractor. "Successful completion of the critical design review is another key step in commitment to delivering the required capability on cost and on schedule," Hepler said. "By using a focused risk-based approach, the team is leveraging rigorous program management and systems-engineering processes that enable the government and industry partnership to succeed." This key review was eight months after the system's preliminary design review and was an


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The electronic Consolidated Automated Support System, or eCASS, the Navy's next generation of aviation-support equipment took a major step toward reality after recently completing its Critical Design Review (CDR) Jan.25. opportunity for the NAVAIR Technical Review Board (TRB) to review the system design, with particular focus on hardware and software integration and program risks. "This review went very smoothly," said Rich Muir, TRB chairman. "The eCASS design

demonstrated the appropriate readiness and maturity for a NAVAIR Systems Engineering Critical Design Review." This review marks the completion of system design and allows the program to move forward with manufacturing and software coding ef-

forts. The first eCASS engineering design model is scheduled for delivery in Florida in the spring. eCASS is scheduled to complete testing and achieve Initial Operating Capability, or operational use, in 2016.

Thursday, March 8, 2012



Mentoring Minute By Lonnie Snead Naval Air Systems Command Mentoring-Externally Directed Team Findingmentorsisimportant,andyouwill no doubt have several over the course of your life.Choosethemwisely.Yourmentorissomeone to whom you'll commit a great deal of time and attention and who ideally will take a very focused and determined interest in you. Selectingamentorbeginsfirstwithaclear view of your goals, both professionally and personally. Ideally, a mentor represents both what you want to become in a particular area of life and what you want to do.Your mentors todayshowwhatyoumayaspiretobeanddo later in life. Selecting a mentor is not just a matter of finding someone you like or with whom you identify. Below, a few tips to select a mentor: - Make sure the mentors you choose have a genuine history of success and have achieved goals similar to your own. - Choose mentors who have overcome some of the same obstacles you're facing. Make sure the mentor has been where you want to go. - Learn from your mentor's experience; it can serve as a model for reaching your most significant goals in the most important areas of your life. - Select a mentor with whom you can spend time and with whom you enjoy having

conversations and exploring ideas. Become a student of the mentor's work and life. Don't just admire him or her; genuinely learn from him or her. Motivation, self-improvement and personal development serve as a catalyst for you toreachyourpotentialthroughtherightmentoring relationship. Your career will benefit from a well-chosen mentor. Takeaminutetoconsidertheprofessional benefits of mentoring. To learn more about NAVAIR'S Mentoring Program, visit Donna Belcher (NAVAIR'S Mentoring Program Manager) at 301-342-5096. To share a personal mentoring success story, contact Veronica Miskowski at 301-757-8391 or Lonnie Snead at 301-757-8252.We'd love to hear from you.

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MARINE Continued from 5 DC and his position at the Navy Yard. "When I returned to the Navy Yard, there were rumors theYard was going to close. I applied for a jo at Bureau Ordinance," Gooding recounted in an email. "I was responsible for the procurement of missiles and launchers. I was originally at the Munitions Building on Constitution Avenue and subsequently moved to Crystal City, Va."

Gooding retired on Jan. 12, 1980. "Other than going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, I've been loafing ever since," gooding said. "You can't beat it." On March 7, Gooding celebrated his 90th birthday at a surprise luncheon at the River's Edge Catering and Conference Center, surrounded by friends, family and fellow "gym rats." "I see him at the gym all the time," said Sgt. MajorWallington Sims of the Marine Aviation Detachment.

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By Derek Nelson Head, Media Division Communications and Marketing Department Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Va. This week's Summary of Mishaps offers a special issue about climbing up ladders (and ladder substitutes). Come to think about it, it isn't so much about climbing as descending. An E-3 in Maryland was at a party when he was asked to replace a light bulb out in the garage. Not sure why he got assigned this task, but he was willing. He was also primed with an unspecified amount of beer, and he had one of those ladders that don't distract you with "Not a Step" labels because they are normally called "chairs." This one had the added feature of folding when not in use. Unfortunately this time, it folded when in use, depositing him on (and through) the glass top of a table. He sliced up his shoulder and arm. Stitches and eight days of light duty ensued. A mechanical engineer in Rhode Island had to hang an award on his office wall. Ladderless, he figured a wooden chair would provide the necessary elevation. It did, until one of the chair's front legs broke, abruptly dumping him on the floor. A painful impact between his ribs and the arm of the chair highlighted his downward progress. He didn't break his own leg along with the chair's leg, ironic as that would have been. X-rays were negative, and he just ended up with some aches and pains. He "returned to work with no restrictions," the report said. We hope this wasn't precisely true-ideally, he had a restriction on what he would climb up on as a work stand.


We assume he wasn't hanging a safety award; if he was, we hereby formally request that this award be forwarded to the Summary of Mishaps Museum A.S.A.P. Also, please send along the chair-we'll label it "Not a Ladder," fix the leg, and install it just below the award for tired Museum visitors. In San Diego, a couple of Sailors were disassembling cubicles. To reach higher, one of them used a small file cabinet with wheels as a step stool. Predictably, he lost his balance and fell onto the other Sailor, who tried to break his fall. To make matters worse, the cubicle tipped over and hit the second Sailor in the forehead. This is known as "punishment of the innocent." Also in San Diego, a civilian sheet metal mechanic had a pair of 4-foot step ladders, side by side. He had climbed to the top of one and, the report said, was "standing on the platform at the top." He crossed over to the other ladder, missed a step and toppled, banging his knee on the ladder and his elbow on a machine. A week of limited duty ensued. Until we meet again, remember that when you need to get to something that is out of reach, your first and only choice for that needed elevation is a ladder, not something disguised as a ladder. Your last choice is something that rolls or swivels. And for the record, when a ladder says "Not a Step," it also means "Not a Platform."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bishop Earns High Naval Civilian Service Honor

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Barbara Bishop receives a Naval Meritorious Civilian Service Award March 1, for her leadership and management of the CNO-governed NAVAIR tasker system. Her contributions set the standard and garnered NAVAIR recognition as the Navy benchmark by the Director Navy Staff/CNO Tasker Program Manager. Presenting the award, from left, are Gary Kurtz, NAVAIR Assistant Commander, Corporate Operations and Total Force, and Lt. Randall Lavern, NAVAIR Flag Secretary.

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is required. Call Laura at 301-247-7554 for information or to duct their annual Mini- Professional Development Institute training event 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 21. Cost: $35.00 FOR register. ASMC Members & $40.00 for non ASMC members.

NAS Patuxent River/NAVAIR Catholic Mass is now held at 9 a.m. and CCD at 10:30 a.m., Technology Exposition

Change for Catholic Mass each Sunday.

Town Hall Discussion on Homelessness

Project ECHO is proud to be the local organizer of a Town Hall Discussion focusing on the issue of homelessness in the community on March 12, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the St. John Vianney Family Life Center Auditorium. For information about homelessness, contactTrisha Gipson, Executive Director, Project ECHO at 410-535-0044 or



March 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the South Engineering Center, Building 2187. All military, civilian, and contractor personnel are invited. Discover solutions for every mission. Exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in Audio-Visual Equipment, Blade PCs, Coaxial/Waveguide Switches, Color/Monochromatic Printers, Command Control, Ergonomic Furniture, Fiber Optics, ImagingVideo Systems, Opto-Mechanical Design, Power Distribution Units, Test Measurement, VDI Endpoint Solutions, Video/Graphic Codecs, and more. Complimentary refreshments giveaways will be available while supplies last. For information contact Jennifer Mason at 443-561-2392 or To register for FREE event, visit, click on the “NAS Patuxent River/NAVAIR” link and select the Pre-Register button.

MCAA applications due March 15

Applications for a Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Squadron merit-based scholarship are due by March 15.Tri-county area high school seniors pursuing STEM-based degrees are eligible to apply.Visit and click the "Scholarship Program" button for details.

School Outreach

The Education Partnership Office seeks volunteers with science/engineering backgrounds to support the Calvert County Public Schools LEGO Robotics Competition on March 17 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick. The competition will include teams from middle and elementary schools. Volunteer judges and table referees are needed; training will be provided. For information, contact Karen Lane at or 240-587-1684.

St. Mary's Board of Education Public Forum

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“Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment” is the theme of this year’s St. Mary’s County Commission forWomen Personnel who have not yet signed up for the AtHoc early annual dinner banquet, set for March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. warning system receive an alert each morning and evening James Forrest Career andTechnology Center in Leonardtown. from Chief Wolfe, encouraging them to sign up. If you are receiving those alerts, there is one way to make them stop: sign on for weather and other emergency information through the Come to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center AtHoc system. When the pop-up prompts you to AcknowlOpen House, March 22 at SMHEC, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Step up in edge and Show More Information, click on it and follow the your career, improve your salary, achieve a new career or job, link for a quick, step-by-step process to get emergency warnor succeed in the transition from military to civilian. Join more ings through your email or phone. than 34,000 students who have enrolled in university classes at SMHEC in more than 90 academic programs including doctorate, masters, and upper-level bachelor's. For informaThe American Society of Military Comptrollers will con- tion, go to or call 301-737-2500.

A public forum with candidates for the St. Mary’s Board of Education – Cathy Allen, Marilyn Crosby, Jim Davis, David Kelsey, Trisha Post, and James Tomasic – will be held March 13, 7 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. at Leonardtown High School Auditorium. A question and answer session is part of the public forum. For information please contact Kristen Bergery, program assistant, Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland at 240-895-6432 or

National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Maryland will offer its six-week Basics Education Program in Leonardtown, beginning on March 13. The course is free. Class meets every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Pavilion Building, in the Health Connections office, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. Seating is limited so registration

Our editorial intern is moving on. Email to find out about unpaid editorial and photography internship opportunities here on station and around town.

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Around Town March Classes at Annmarie

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons offers a variety of classes for all ages. Advance registration is required. Call 410-326-4640 or visit for details.

Fish Dinner

On March 9, join St. George’s Episcopal Church for beer-battered cod, hush puppies, St. George's potatoes, coleslaw and beverages. There will also be homemade desserts for sale. Adult dinners are $12/plate; children's (12 and under) are $6/plate; and children under 3 eat FREE. Snow date is March 10. We'll begin serving at 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Larger parties of 5 or more will be seated more quickly at 5 p.m. and after 6:30pm. St. George's parish hall, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee. Call 301-994-0585 for information.

The Women of Sotterley

Discover the farm wives, the mistress, the heiress and the enslaved servants. Tours will run at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on March 10. For information or to purchase tickets, visit

Turkish Film

See a free, international film at 7 p.m. on March 10, in the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center Hall. A free re-


ception follows.

Reading Series

Tree enthusiast and environmental writer Joan Maloof will read from her works on March 8 at 8:15 p.m. in Daugherty-Palmer Commons on the St. Mary's College of Maryland campus. Maloof has published two books, "Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern OldGrowth Forests" and "Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest." She has also published chapters in two other books and has published papers in numerous scholarly journals. Maloof taught biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University, where she is now professor emeritus.

Music for Toddlers

Annmarie Garden presents Family Music, a four-class series for ages 6 months-3 years taught by Jennifer Anderson on March 12, 19, 26; April 9; 10-10:30 a.m. each day. Parents participate with their toddlers as they sing, dance, move, listen, and play simple instruments. Develop a strong musical bond with your children through activities that bridge the natural connection between music, movement, and nature. Learn to play with drums, recorders, cymbals, guiro, guitars, and more. Materials fee includes a complete music kit with a CD, songbook, and toddler percussion instrument. Cost is $56 for non-members; $48 for members;

advanced registration required. Visit or call 410326-4640 to register.

Pax River Toastmasters

Enhance your communication skills in a friendly environment at the Pax River Demonstration Meeting March 15, at 12 p.m. in Bldg. 2187, Room 2350. RSVP by March 13 to Adrienne Latimer at

Raggedy Ann and Andy Play

Performances at College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus are March 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and seniors and $5 for youth in high school or younger. For reservations contact bxoffc@, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd. edu/arts.

4th Annual BECA Benefit and Barn Dance

Support the college or trade schoolbound Class of 2012 at the 4th Annual BECA Benefit and Barn Dance on March 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Bowles Farm (22880 Budds Creek Road, Leonardtown) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This year's event theme is "Sowing Seeds for Scholarships" and includes dinner, silent and live auction with former County Commissioner Dan

Raley and music by GeeZer. Cash bar features local wines by Slack Winery and Port of Leonardtown Winery, and beer by Guy Distributing. Door prizes, contest for best country casual (jeans, boots, and jewels). Price $40 per person. For information contactWendy Schaller at or 240-298-4409.

Ward Virts Free Concert

The College of Southern Maryland welcomes vocalist Jennifer Cooper to perform at 3 p.m., March 11 at the Prince Frederick campus, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Seating is open but limited. Contact 443-5506011, or www.csmd. edu/Arts.

Books, Coffee & Conversation

March 12, 1 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown. Adults are invited to enjoy light refreshments and conversation as well as share books they have read or listened to. Free. 301-475-2846.

Book Discussion

March 12, 6 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park. Discuss Andrea Wulf's book, "Founding Gardeners." Copies of the book are available at the library; 301-863-8188.

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DynCorp International will be holding a Job Fair at the Hampton Inn, Lexington Park, MD on the 17th - 20th of March 2012. The company is preparing for a near future requirement aboard Patuxent River Naval Air Station: Aircraft Engineers (All Disciplines/Entry to Senior Level)

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Front page stories: groundbreaking for United States Colored Troops Memorial; Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society kicks off annual fund drive.