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Father of the the U.S. Navy CAPT.. JOHN PAUL CAPT PAUL JONES JONES July 6, 1747-July 18, 1792

Volume 69, Number 28

Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

July 12, 2012

Life-saving heroes lauded By Doug Miller Tester staff writer Feb. 27, 2012, started out like many other days for Rusty Medford as he headed to the Drill Hall for a few games of racquetball. Little did he know he would soon be fighting for his life. Had it not been for the quick response of Drill Hall managers Harold "Hal" Willard and Chuck Jacobs, Medford might have lost that battle. Flash forward to July 2, when elected and base officials honored Willard, the Drill Hall fitness and sports director, and Jacobs, assistant director, at the Frank Knox building for their life-saving response. Medford wasn't present to see his rescuers recognized, because he was celebrating his new lease on life with a family vacation in Ireland. He said, however, in an email, "Because of their quick response and exceptional efforts I am able to live a normal life."

In the late morning of Feb. 27, Willard recalled, a gym staffer appeared in his office to alert him to "a situation" on the racquetball court. Willard said he didn't initially grasp the severity of the problem. "Usually, when you hear of a situation on the court, somebody's blown out a knee or gotten hit in the eye with a ball or caught a racquet in the back of the head." Medford, however, had suffered a heart attack. Willard and Jacobs found Medford — whom they recognized as a longtime patron — face down against a wall of the court. They saw that he was not breathing and beginning to turn blue. Willard told Jacobs he was going back to his office to retrieve the CPR mask he had in his desk. Jacobs, meanwhile, began administering CPR. By the time Willard had returned with the mask, a Naval District Washington Fire/Emergency Services ambulance crew had arrived, continuing CPR. At

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Elected and base officials honored Drill Hall managers Hal Willard and Chuck Jacobs July 2 for their life-saving response during an incident in February at Drill Hall. From left, State Sen. Roy Dyson, Drill Hall managers Hal Willard and Chuck Jacobs, and Bay District Volunteer Fire Co. Firefighter Keith Fairfax. first, the crew was not getting a pulse and administered a shock from an automated external defibrillator. Medford's heartbeat returned, but he was having difficulty breathing. The crew suctioned his airway and used a bag valve. They then

took Medford to St. Mary's hospital. He was airlifted the next morning to Washington Hospital, where he underwent angioplasty to clear two partially blocked arteries. "They tell me I did not specifically have a heart attack but had a sudden cardiac arrest, where my

Helping Afghan women, children with Operation Warmth

heart basically had an electrical malfunction and stopped," Medford said. Doctors installed a defibrillator, and after three days in intensive care they sent him home. He

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News Briefs Naval Health Clinic on Facebook Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is on Facebook. Keep up with the latest news by "liking" us on Facebook at Facebook page contains information on services, special events and other topics affecting our beneficiaries and customers. More detailed information is also available on the Clinic website, MedHm.aspx.

Want Sunday Evening Mass on base? The NAS Patuxent River Chapel is considering adding Sunday Evening Mass. For information contact Father Mike Dolan at 301-342-3811 or email thomas.harrald

Health Care Consumer Council meeting

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Federally Employed Women Pax River Chapter collected more than 15 bags of women's and children's clothes in May and June in support of Operation Warmth. The donated items are sent to Afghan orphanages and women's shelters. FEW is planning another drive in the fall. Pictured from left are: Emily Clifton, Sharmella Riggs, Jeannie Facemire, Teri Branch, Rachel Buckner and Debbie Sztubinski.

Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River conference room TRICARE beneficiaries are welcome to attend. To view the meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes, go to the Naval Health Clinic website at /sites/paxriver/ Pages/hccc.htm. For information contact Lt. Cmdr. Allison Faith at 301-995-3681 or

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Thursday, July 12, 2012


Logistics Day focuses on opportunities Strengthening a professional team through mentoring, standardization and continuous learning By Rachel Lytle NAWCAD Public Affairs Intern and Kelly Burdick NAVAIR Logistics and Industrial Operations Public Affairs Officer Opening the NAVAIR Logistics and Industrial Operations', or AIR 6.0, "opportunity of a lifetime" event June 12, AIR 6.0 Assistant Commander Rear Adm. (select) CJ Jaynes was the first, but certainly not the last, to stress the importance of learning from and about our colleagues' progress. AIR 6.0 leaders cleared their schedules for the day to provide updates on technical initiatives, host a picnic and awards ceremony, and provide career-planning sessions. This first "Logistics Day" marked an occasion of "continuous learning points," as Jaynes greeted the NAVAIR professionals and faculty with optimism about improvements in all AIR 6.0 areas and mentoring opportunities. The day began with an array of booths outside of the theater auditorium filled with NAVAIR's strategic Defense Acquisition University partners, who were also sponsors of the event. NAVAIR's Airwaves "Year in Review" video touched on fleet advancements and development, as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program available for children enrolled in agreement-partnered schools. Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis Department, or AIR 6.8,Technical Director Roy Harris took the podium to convey the key goals and objectives of NAVAIR's Command Information Cell. After explaining all of the sustainment metrics that are being tracked, he confirmed that the AIR 6.0 CIC is up and running, and is poised to improve readiness and reduce sustainment costs. "This is a data-driven method to identify targets of opportunity across the acquisition value stream and fleet readiness," Harris said, describing the CIC's ability to identify areas for improvement. "By taking an analytical approach, we can focus on systemic issues and work collaboratively with programs and other competencies to improve NAVAIR performance." Robynn Hebert, director of logistics for Fleet Readiness Center, or FRC, East in Cherry Point, N.C., followed with an update on Commander FRC, or COMFRC, refinement and consolidation efforts. These efforts unite level two and three FRCs and evaluate work and commonalities - while continuing to equip naval aviation, at the same time improving cost and schedule. Hebert spoke of standardized training and command policies and processes that would reach everyone in the same manner to ensure efficient and effective support. "We want to be sure that we're doing everything consistently across the sites," she said. Capt. Art Pruett, for the Logistics Management Integration Department, or AIR 6.6, continued the standardization theme. "The key is learning from your mistakes," Pruett said. Establishing a Center of Excellence in order to tap into resources and improve and prevent previous problems is the goal. "That's the theme of 6.6 . standardizing what we do," in order to make it easier and more efficient, he said. Capt. Brian Jacobs' passion for the 6.7 department was evident, advocating the importance of being there for one another. "We're all logisticians," he said, recounting that there were seven divisions created for a reason: to make their customers' job easier and more effective. "That's what we're here for, the customer," Jacobs said. Dan Nega, AIR 6.8 director, spoke to the team about impending budgetary challenges and the need for standardized tools, efficiency measures and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to supporting the fleet. As part of theTeammate Appreciation Month, an employee picnic lunch followed the morning sessions, with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the First Class Petty Officers and the Chiefs manning the grills. With rain clouds approaching, the awards ceremony was moved inside and employees were recognized with Length of Service awards. A surprise to employees was revealed at the ceremony: the NAVAIR 6.0 Innovative Logistics Excellence Award. New in fiscal year 2012, this was designed to recognize and acknowledge both military and civilian employees whose innovative pro-

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Bad-to-the-bone guest speaker Sharie Bourbeau surprised the Logistics Day audience by entering the event to the classic '80s hit in motorcycle garb. She used this first impression technique to open her discussion about mentoring; stating that those exact impressions might negatively affect our leadership abilities. grams and/or projects have had a positive impact within the AIR 6.0 competency, NAVAIR program offices and U.S. Naval Air Forces fleet units. While the morning session was focused on the technical work of the competency, the afternoon embraced the audience as individuals and professionals. AIR 6.0 Deputy Assistant Commander Garry Newton said, "It's important to invest in our employees and make sure we cover planning and training for their professional and personal development." Dr. Teresa Fazio spoke on behalf of NAVAIR's LogU, or Logistics University. "LogU is the alignment of all the information we've been talking about all day," she said. The goal of LogU is to take the 29 logistics focus areas and create a way to improve our professionalism and manage one's own career. Lainie Rodriguez provided an overview of the 2012 NAVAIR Career Guidebook, which is a self-help tool to assist NAVAIR employees with career planning. She discussed how it can better enable employees to make deliberate, connected and careeroriented education, training and developmental decisions. For the AIR 6.0 community, the guidebook lays the foundation for LogU, and allows employees to be more competent, capable, and versatile to provide the best support to theWarfighter. The remainder of the afternoon centered on mentoring relationships. Mentoring Externally Directed Team Lead Michelle DeMoss-Coward said, "You have to take initiative." DeMoss-Coward stressed that in order to debunk myths and unlock potential, selecting a mentor is key. "Find a mentor, become a mentor," she said. To wrap up the engagement, lively guest speaker Sharie Bourbeau, principal executive for program development with U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security, provided the grand finale with her inspirational leadership presentation, entering the theatre dressed to impress. With a stereotypical Harley outfit and song to match, she opened up her discussion about the power of first impressions, communication, and how to manage the obstacles that those create.Throughout her dynamic presentation, her message to "acknowledge your obstacles, don't empower them" was evident, as was her support for mentoring. Claiming her father as her first mentor, "There's no doubt that I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have mentors along the way," she said. She highlighted four attributes that make great role models: credibility, fair mindedness, inspiration and competence. Bourbeau went on to describe experiences in her life that most people can relate to all too well, and the importance of not letting previous negative experiences and impressions force you to miss the current opportunities. "For me, a mentor will help you see the picture. You can't see the picture if you're in the frame," she said. "That's what a mentor can do for you. So have a mentor and be a mentor!" Feedback received at the conclusion was very encouraging and indicates this forum provided excellent insight for AIR 6.0 employees into the bigger picture of their day-to-day activities and will be used to plan future events.

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Garry Newton (left), the deputy assistant commander for NAVAIR's Logistics and Industrial Operations, and Rear Adm. (select) CJ Jaynes (right) presented the first 2012 NAVAIR 6.0 Innovative Logistics Excellence Award to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rob Willis and Duane Cole during the AIR 6.0 Logistics Day June 12.

Willis, Cole earn Innovative Logistics Excellence Awards The first AIR 6.0 Innovative Logistics Excellence Award recipients were recognized June 12 at the AIR 6.0 Logistics Day. New in fiscal year 2012, this award recognizes and acknowledges one military and one civilian employee whose innovative programs or projects have had a positive impact within the AIR 6.0 competency, NAVAIR program offices and U.S. Naval Air Forces fleet units. The 2012 Military Award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rob Willis, a Marine who works with the AIR 6.7 group. Willis was selected for his innovative efforts leading the Current Readiness/End-To-End Team. "I was truly humbled by this recognition," Willis said. "This award means a lot to me personally, but when coupled with the NAVAIR Commander's National Award that my team (Current Readiness End to End Alignment) received, it is even more powerful. To know that our positive impact on the fleet has been recognized is a great feeling. I will retire in a couple of weeks after 25 years of service and I could not be more proud of the efforts of this team. It has not always been easy, but they stayed the course, doing what they knew was right for the future of Marine Aviation. The results show it." The 2012 Civilian Award was presented to Dwayne Cole, PMA-231 Advanced Hawkeye Automated Logistics Environment lead, for his innovative efforts working E2D ALE. "The award was a complete surprise," Cole said. "E2D ALE development and fielding has been a team effort with tremendous support from program leadership and collaborating PMAs, competencies and industry partners." Nominees for the annual award are evaluated on not only their commitment to logistics excellence through innovation, but also on the overall effectiveness and application of their projects and process. The identified processes, technologies or the innovative application of legacy processes should generate readily demonstrable cost savings, marked improvement in readiness as well as the potential for improvement of the overall logistics delivery schedule. Additional criteria includes the ability to affect the performance quality of the system along with improvement in overall work environment quality of life. Courtesy of AIR 6.0 Public Affairs Office

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NAVAIR training day teaches 'innovation through diversity' By Emily Funderburk Total Force Communications Support Approximately 300 employees across the Command learned how diversity and inclusion can propel innovation and organizational results at NAVAIR's first national Diversity Training Day June 26. The event featured a diversity roundtable discussion with four guest panelists, keynote speaker Frans Johansson, author of "The Medici Effect," and presentations from each of NAVAIR's three diversity advisory teams - the Women's Advisory Group, Hispanic Engagement Action Team, or HEAT, and the Individuals with Disabilities, or IWD, Action Team - which serve as focus groups for identified areas of low participation. The advisory teams support NAVAIR's Executive Diversity Council, a senior leadership group formed in April 2011 to provide guidance, advocacy and support in areas related to workforce diversity and inclusion. The day ended with NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Architzel, Executive Diversity Council chairman, receiving the Department of the Navy's first Diversity Leadership Award. The award recognizes NAVAIR's and Architzel's creation of a workforce culture where everyone is respected and more productive and all can contribute, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Civilian Human Resources Pat Adams, who presented the award. "Sir, your efforts and accomplishments are significant," Adams told Architzel. "Thank you for your passion and commitment, and thank you for your leadership for building a cornerstone for not just NAVAIR, but for the rest of the Department of the Navy to build upon." Guest panelist retired U.S. Navy Capt. Ken Barrett, chief diversity officer for General Motors, stressed the influence that senior leaders, such as Architzel, have in ensuring a diverse, inclusive workplace. "If you want to see growth in any organization, it has to start at the top," he said during the roundtable discussion. Event speakers emphasized

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NAVAIR's first Diversity Training Day included guest speakers (from left) General Motors Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett; Jo Linda Johnson, an attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Vice President of Diversity for Health Care Market and Government Services Division of Sodexo, Inc., Karen Penn; NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Architzel; and Dr. Steve Robbins, creator of the "unintentional intolerance" concept. that inclusion is about a sense of belonging and acceptance. "Diversity is not about numbers; it's about changing cultures and changing and maintaining an environment of inclusion," said Kal Leikach, NAVAIR deputy commander. Architzel agreed. "If we are interested in our mission here, it will help us overcome our biases, because we have a common goal," he said. "At the end of the day, it's taking our strengths and bringing them together."

'Diversity drives innovation'

Innovative teams are not foreign to NAVAIR. The command operates using a competency-aligned organizational structure, which provides the ability to develop and draw upon NAVAIR-wide pools of talent and enables employees to work on multidisciplinary teams, operating seamlessly across organizational boundaries. "Diversity drives innovation," Johansson said. "Diverse teams can unleash an explosion of new ideas." As an example, he cited Mick Pearce, who helped design an office building that uses no air con-

ditioning in Harare, Zimbabwe. Pearce, an architect with an interest in ecology, based his designs on how termites cool their towerlike mounds of mud and dirt. The result? By combining architecture and ecology, Pearce is now known for launching a new field of innovative design. "Some measure of diversity was involved in every groundbreaking idea," Johansson said. "Use diversity of all kinds to find unexpected connections."

The need for change

Recruiting and hiring are at the forefront of creating innovative, diverse teams that can work together to forge new ideas. "Make the effort to pick someone not like you, someone who doesn't think like you," Barrett advised, stressing the need for managers to choose the best and brightest to fill job openings. Finding the best and the brightest could mean looking at different recruiting avenues and methods of recruiting, speakers said. Once on board, managers also need to be aware of barring against feelings of exclusion to retain their diverse teams.

"It's not just about recruitment; it's about building a culture of inclusion, and that's what we're here to do," said Dan Nega, co-chair of the IWD Team. Demographics, such as an increasing Hispanic population, demand the need for organizations like NAVAIR to change their recruitment tactics, Barrett said. As part of the HEAT presentation, Jose Rodriguez told the audience that when he was an 11-yearold Puerto Rican immigrant in the United States, he felt left out, worrying that his accent was a barrier and he would be ridiculed. He became quieter and more reserved; a stark difference to his extroverted, outgoing personality back home in Puerto Rico. But one day, a group of white neighborhood boys asked him to play. "That was the turning point for that little boy, because he no longer needed to be 'different.' He was being accepted," Rodriguez said. "Now, he's living the American dream." When someone feels excluded, the same part of his brain lights up as it does when he experiences pain, explained Dr. Steve Robbins, creator of the "unintentional intolerance" concept and a roundtable

Texas Hold'Em Tuesdays

The Liberty program sponsors free or reduced-price events for Pax River active-duty E1-E6. Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. If you have questions, call 301-342-4208. Pax River's Liberty program manager Mindy Mackey can be reached at 301-342-3565 or at Some of the exciting trips being planned are:

Text 2 Connect Program

Want to 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. New subscribers may join by texting "PAXLIBERTY" to 30364.

Dive-In Pool Party

July 28, 6:30 p.m., NRC Solomons Come enjoy a movie, snacks and some competition at the pool. The Liberty Center will be running a shuttle from 6-7:30

panelist. Robbins, with a background in communication, sociopsychology and cognitive neuroscience, said the brain identifies patterns and creates "mental models," which can sometimes be negative and result in biases against skin color, gender, age and the like. "Diversity is not the problem; closed-mindedness is," he said. "We have diversity all around us. Are we going to use it for good reasons, or are we going to waste it?" The roundtable panelists engaged in an open dialogue during the morning session about such hot-button topics as the lesbiangay-bisexual-transgender community, hidden bias and white privilege. "This isn't about victimizing or leaving anyone out, but making it an inclusive environment where we respect individuals and we don't judge," said Karen Penn, vice president of diversity for the Health Care Market and Government Services Division of Sodexo, Inc. We can combat exclusion by challenging our own confirmation bias, which is our tendency to favor information that confirms our own beliefs, explained Jo Linda Johnson, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission director for training and education. "One of the easiest ways to dive into a difficult conversation is to challenge your confirmation bias," she said. "Put your judgment, put your opinions away, and just seek to understand." Most important, Penn advised that by following the "platinum rule" — treat others the way they want to be treated — employees can begin to acknowledge, understand and leverage individual differences among their teammates. "[Diversity is] a continuous effort, just as important as any business effort," she said. While managing diversity is a business imperative, the speakers indicated that it is also an important part of creating an inclusive environment fostering sensitivity, dignity and respect and protecting those rights for all employees. "We are all part of the same team," Architzel said. "While you are one of many, you are all of value."

6:30 p.m., Liberty Center; register by 6:15 p.m. Free tournament, prizes for first, second and third place. Whether you are new to the game or not, come and enjoy a fun time. E1-E6 only. p.m., and again after the movie is over.This is a free event. Register at the Liberty Center or contact Mindy Mackey at 301342-3565 or

Virginia Beach

Aug. 4, departs at 7 a.m. Walk on the boardwalk, play games, rent a surfboard or spend the day lying out on the sand. Cost is $5 and covers transportation to and from Virginia Beach. Register at MWR ITT Office by Aug. 1. For E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active-duty military only.

Game Night Wednesdays 6 p.m., Liberty Center Various board games, table tennis, pool, lawn games, video games and card games. We play a different game every week.

Free Pizza and Movie Nights Thursdays, 6 p.m., Liberty Center Free pizza and sodas. Movie is selected by a majority vote. Open to all eligible E1-E6 patrons.


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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.

Operation Prepare

For a free information packet on how to prepare for hurricane season and other emergencies, stop by the Fleet and Family Support Center at 21993 Bundy Rd., Bldg. 2090.

Return and Reunion

July 16, 9 a.m.-noon Return and Reunion is designed to facilitate a smooth transition for military personnel from the combat environment to family, community and workplace. Spouses are encouraged to attend.


Anger Management

July 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23 Join this workshop for a better understanding of anger and how to manage it. The emphasis will be on recognizing sources of anger and modifying behavior.

Budgeting for Baby

July 25, 10-11 a.m., Bldg. 401 The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society will illustrate the hidden costs associated with a growing family. Each Navy and Marine Corps service member who attends will receive a new layette worth more than $100.

ROTH TSP option: Is it for you?

July 18, 1-2:30 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.

July 25, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The federal Thrift Savings Plan added a new ROTH option in the fall. In this workshop, explore what the ROTH is and how you could benefit. Eligible to both uniformed services and active federal employees.

Welcome to Pax

Renting versus home buying

July 18, 9 -11 a.m. Take a windshield tour of the NAS Patuxent River complex and attend a class jampacked with information about the base and surrounding communities. Local information packet provided.

July 31, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Renting is a good option for the military lifestyle. This workshop offers a look at its flexibilities that home ownership does not provide. We will also discuss roommates, leases and insurance needs.

NHC holds frocking ceremony

Chaplain's corner:

Give Your Heart By Lt. Ken Amador NAS Patuxent River chaplain

I have spent much time in my past articles encouraging individuals to guard their hearts. Protect the important things such as integrity, character and their work ethic. Unfortunately, this is only half of the story. Living like this is a life on the defense. We find ourselves always watching our flank, forever on guard, cautious. We seem to be compelled to hold back in order to protect ourselves. But in order to balance out our character we must do more than just guard our heart. To be authentic, we must also give our heart; share what makes us special with others who desperately need it. I like how Christian apologist C.S. Lewis put it: "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless-it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all dangers, of love is Hell." There is so much more to life than just being safe. I'm so glad that the Bible is full of exhortations and illustrations pointing us to the importance of letting ourselves go, being who we are, and giving what we can. What is the point? Proper living requires that we give big chunks of our heart to oth-

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Photo by Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Edward Sturdivant

Newly frocked Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo poses with his wife, Stefhanye, after a frocking ceremony at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River June 8. Giraldo is assigned to the Clinic's manpower administration department.

was back at work in another week. Battalion Chief Charles Adams credited the actions of Jacobs and Willard as "a link in the chain of survival." Keith Fairfax of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Co., on hand for the July 2 ceremony, said that even people who have had training in CPR often fail when encountering such situations, and gave Willard and Jacobs credit for being prepared. Jacobs said this was not the first occasion on which he administered CPR in a

Lt. Ken Amador ers. In fact, Scripture promises that we shall be rewarded in the same measure we give ourselves to others. This may be a scary thought, but nevertheless it is true. A heart that is permanently closed keeps people at a distance. A heart that risks being open invites them in, has nothing to hide, promotes generosity, prompts vulnerability and demonstrates love. If you wish to leave this earth a better place than you found it, bringing the best in others, you'll want to give your heart. Otherwise, what's the point? We could spend our entire life gathering things and avoiding people and never make a difference in anyone's life. My encouragement to you today is to get up and get out and make a difference in your friends’ lives. Make a difference in your work center. It's when we give our heart to others that we punch through the humdrum of life. When we live a givingstyle life, it gets pretty exciting and worthwhile. So give it a shot and give your heart! real-life emergency. Asked whether this was his first success with it, he replied, "My winning percentage is pretty good." The ceremony came as a surprise to the two men, who said they'd been summoned to the Knox Building to attend a meeting. State Sen. Roy Dyson and St. Mary's County commissioners Francis Jack Russell and Todd Morgan awarded each proclamations from state and local governments. Pax River Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Mills presided. "Part of what's great about being part of a service organization is that you get to see people do extraordinary things," he said. "Not because they want to be a superhero, but because that's just who they are."

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Trailblazing Lightning II test pilot hits the road By Victor Chen Program Executive Office Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs Officer "Lightning 8" is signing off, at least for now. The senior F-35 military test pilot who ensured the safe execution of flight test from the delivery of the first F-35B in 2009 and sea trials on USS Wasp (LHD 1) last year is moving on. "[Lt. Col. Fred "Tinman" Schenk] has poured his heart and soul into this team for nearly four years," said Navy Capt. Erik Etz, government director of test for F-35 naval variants. "He consistently provided outstanding leadership and guidance for our team of more than 800 personnel, and he's been a vocal advocate for always doing the job right." Schenk, or "Lightning 8," left the F-35 Integrated Test Force and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on June 29. As the government flight test director, and one of the first test pilots qualified to fly the F35 at NAS Pax River, Schenk can list a number of "firsts" under his name, including the first vertical landing aboard Wasp. "My time here (at Pax River) has been a real privilege," Schenk said. "All test pilots dream about working on the newest aircraft and being a part of the first sea trials. It has been the pinnacle of my career, and I am truly honored and humbled to have been a part of such a professional team." One of his teammates and former commanding officers praised him. "I have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to work with truly incredible people, and Tinman ranks high on that list," said Marine Col. Art Tomassetti, former commanding officer of VX-23 and current vice commander of the 33rd FighterWing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. "He has been the kind of Marine, the kind of officer, the kind of pilot and the kind of human being that you want on your team, on your wing and as your friend." Schenk's achievements at the F-35 ITF belie the intense program scrutiny he withstood during his tour, evidence of which is

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Marine test pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk begins his last scheduled F-35 test flight June 26 in BF-4 at NAS Patuxent River. Schenk concluded his tour as government flight test director June 29 and was the first pilot to land the short takeoff and vertical landing version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on USS Wasp (LHD 1) in October 2011. The F-35B for the U.S. Marine Corps and international partners is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet. visible with one visit to his relatively spartan office. A handful of the military coins on his desk yield a constellation of stars and top military brass, including the secretary of defense, the commandant of the Marine Corps and the chief of naval operations. In addition to the coins, Schenk received a personal letter from the commandant upon his departure, congratulating him on his "monumental" contributions to Marine aviation. Schenk's parents, who live in White Lake, Wis., were on hand for his last sched-

uled test flight. "We couldn't be any prouder," said his mother, Dorothy Schenk. "The contributions he made to the team will never be forgotten," Etz said. "I'm sure we'll be reading about his leadership on the team and test pilot capabilities in the air in Navy and Marine Corps history books yet to be written." Each test pilot qualified to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter gets a "Lightning number," a distinction currently held by only 40 pilots. The F-35B and F-35C naval variants of the Joint Strike Fighter are undergoing test and

Register teens ages 13-17 at the Rassieur Youth Center for one of five teen camp weeks. Teen Camps are 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 17-19, July 24-26, July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-9. Cost of the camp is $80 per teen per session.The Aug. 7-9 session is $130 as it includes an overnight. For information call 301-342-1694.

Skynyrd at Six Flags

Sept. 22; rain date: Sept. 29 Naval District Washington Defenders of Freedom Appreciation Day offers DoD civilians and military members a chance to enjoy a day at Six Flags amusement park for $18. The first 5,000 tickets sold will also be good for admission a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Ticket price increases to $20 after Aug. 16.

Tickets are non-refundable. For information call 301-342-3648.

Missoula Theater's "Cinderella" auditions

School Age Care registration

Thrill of the Grill Night

Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30, 7 a.m., Cedar Point Beach Just show up and MWR Fitness will work you out! Tuesdays will be for all station personnel.Thursday's will be active duty only. Includes plyometrics and strength endurance. Call 301-342-5449 for more information.

Throw out Three Golf Tournament

Station golf championships

July 14, 7 a.m.-noon Cedar Point Golf Course Throw out the three worst holes in this tournament. Register before tee-off and reserve a tee time between 7 a.m. and noon.

Schenk departed for his next tour to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, or ICAF, where a select group of military officers and civiliansprepareforseniorleadershippositions. According to its website, the college conducts postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with national power, materiel acquisition and joint logistics, and national security strategy for peace and war.

pairings; requested will not be accepted. This is a 36-hole stroke play, two-day competition. Flights are by handicap. Registration through July 22. For information call 301-342-3597.

July 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Enjoy freshly grilled beef, chicken and fish selections featuring new flavors from grilling experts around the globe. Cost is $14.95 for members, $17.95 for non-members, $7.95 for children age 6-11, and $1.95 for children ages 5 and younger. Reservations recommended by calling 301-342-3656.

Beach workouts

What’s Next

Cost is $10. Compete for gross and net prizes using 50 percent of handicap. Open to all authorized patrons with a valid USGA handicap. For information call 301-342-3597

July 23, 7:45-9:45 a.m. Center Stage Theater Open auditions for children grades 1-12. Children should arrive by 7:30 a.m. and must stay for entire audition. First rehearsal begins 15-30 minutes after auditions. The director will cast 50-60 children. Not all children who audition are guaranteed a role. Register at

Teen Camp 2012

evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.

July 28-29, Cedar Point Golf Course Open only to Pax River orWebster Field active-duty military members. Must have a valid USGA handicap. Entry fee is $50 and includes green fees. There are assigned tee times and

July 30: Current SAC members July 31-Aug. 1: Military families Aug 2: DoD civilian families Aug 3: Contractor families

Surf and turf

Aug. 22; 5:30-7:30 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Freshly carved flank steak to order, fried shrimp, lemon-basil tilapia, chicken vinaigrette, and more. Cost is $13.95 for members, $16.95 for non-members, $6.95 for children ages 6-11, and $1.95 for children ages 5 and younger. Reservations recommended by calling 301-342-3656.

10 pounds in 10 weeks

Begins Sept. 12; register by Sept. 11 This10 week program will challenge you to lose 10 pounds. It includes free workout every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Drill Hall and weekly weigh-ins. Open to military and DoD civilians and their family members, and members of the Sports and Fitness program. Free for active-duty military, $10 for all others. Organizational meeting on Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Drill Hall Bowling Center. For information call 301-342-5449.



Heat Stress Flags:

Heat Exposure:

Certain medicines lead to heat stress illness By George E. Revoir NAS Patuxent River Safety Office

Monitoring outdoor activity exposure risks

• Certain psychiatric medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics. • Seizure medicines and anticonvulsants. • Diuretics, called "water pills." • Diet pills, laxatives and illegal drugs.

Medicines are intended to help your body function better. Heat, however, can adversely affect certain medications and cause unintended side effects. Some medications can impede the body's ability to cool off or may cloud a person's judgment, either of which can put the person at risk for having a heat stroke. Drugs known to affect the way the body reacts to heat, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic websites, include: • Cold and allergy medicines containing antihistamines, diphenhydramine, triprolidine or chlorpheniramine. • Stimulants and decongestants, including amphetamines, pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine. • Blood pressure and heart medicines containing betablockers or vasoconstrictors.

Medications that can cloud a person's judgment and can make one slower to realize you need to get out of the heat include sedatives, diazepam, alprazolam and opioids, which include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine. Alcoholic beverages fall into this category too. They can increase dehydration, making it difficult for the body to produce sweat, one of the body's natural ways of cooling off. Products containing caffeine, including coffee and sodas, can also increase dehydration. These are just some of the medications that can lead to overheating or heat stress. Anyone exposed to high heat should check with his or her doctor about their medication.

By Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman Marie Kilcoyne Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River The Preventive Medicine Department at Naval Health ClinicPatuxentRivermonitors the environmental temperatures on the base to obtain heat-stress indices and post the current conditions with different-colored Heat Stress Flags: white, green, yellow, red andblack.Theseflagsareused toinformpeoplewhattherecommended work/rest and water consumption is, based on the temperature outside. The heat indices are applicable to all outdoor activities. Special consideration and attention should be given to

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Heat Stress Flags indicating the daily heat index are located at:

• Clinic on the corner of Buse and Cedar Point roads • Drill Hall • Clinic's webpage at Pages/indexMedHm.aspx • NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at children and elderly, as they are particularly vulnerable to dehydration. They should be checkedonoftenandencouraged to drink lots of water.

Things to remember with hot weather:

• Somemedicationshamper the body's ability to keep it cool. • People who are overweight are more prone to heat illnessbecauseoftheirtendency to retain more body heat. • If spending time outdoors, wear loose, light-colored clothing. • Use the "buddy system" when working in the heat by monitoring co-workers; have them do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can causeconfusionorlossofconsciousness. If this happens,

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of water, wrap the person in a wet sheet or spray the person withahose.

Heat Exhaustion

This is a milder form of heat illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and lack of fluids. The elderly, people with high blood pressure and peoplewhoworkorexercisein a hot environment are most prone to heat exhaustion. Symptoms include: • Heavy sweating • Muscle cramps • Dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting Heat exhaustion can be treated by helping the person cooloff.However,ifsymptoms worsen or last longer than an hour, the person should seek medical care.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps usually happen after sweating a lot during exercise or strenuous activity. While low salt level in the muscles could be the cause, heat cramps can also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. The cramps usually happen in the stomach, arms and legs. If this happens, stop all activity immediately, sit in a cool place, and drink clear liquids or sports drinks. Do not return to exercising or strenuous activity for a few hours. If the cramps don't resolve within an hour, seek medical attention. During the week, the Heat StressFlagsindicatingthedaily heat index can be found in front of the Clinic on the corner of Buse and Cedar Point roads,andattheDrillHall. Itis also posted on the Clinic's webpage at /indexMed Hm.aspx, and on the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at www.Facebook .com/NAXPaxRiver. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has a Heat Plan and an Extreme Heat website at http://dhmh.maryland.gove/ extremeheat/sitepages/home. aspx. Marylanders who need a cooling center or assistance can call their local Health Department. Questions,callthePreventive Medicine Department at 301-342-1418.

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Energy Zone group classes

NEWS BRIEFS Continued from 1

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Thomas Potts memorial service

Today at 7 p.m. at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pax River Naval Air Museum Association in memory of Potts for the new museum building fund at

Cmdr. Christopher Hammond retires

Friday, 10 a.m. Moffett Building, Bldg. 2272, atrium Cmdr. Christopher Hammond's retirement ceremony is Friday. To register email 4hamms@ or call 301-862-2556.

Mobile Career Center visits libraries

U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jennifer Talbot

One of the group fitness classes offered at the Energy Zone is Zumba, a high-calorie burning dance class set to Latin music. The Energy Zone, located in Bldg. 1586 on Keane Road, offers more than 30 group exercise classes Monday through Saturday, starting as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. Classes are free for active-duty, reservist and retired military members. For others, cost is $4.50 for one class, $26 for eight classes, $55 for 20 classes, and $120 for a six-month pass. All passes must be purchased at the Fitness and Sports Office inside Drill Hall. For a schedule, visit For information call 301-995-3869.


July 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lexington Park Library July 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Leonardtown Library The Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center offers employment, reemployment and employer's services to those searching for jobs or those with workforcerelated needs. For information call 301-8802800.

International Test and Evaluation Association presentatiion

July 19, 11:30 a.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center The Southern Maryland Chapter of the InternationalTest and Evaluation Association, or ITEA, luncheon presentation featur-

ing guest speaker Leslie D. Taylor, Flight Test Engineering Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation and Test Department for the Naval Air Systems Command director. Taylor will present, "Capabilities Based Test and Evaluation." Cost is $15. RSVP by Monday: Becky Morris at

Register to vote

The 2012 General Election will take place this November; register to vote at the NAS Pax River Voting Assistance Office, open 1-3 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Gate One Pass & ID office, Bldg. 2189. For information visit

NAS Pax River blood drive

Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Moffett Building, Bldg. 2272, atrium The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is sponsoring a blood drive.To schedule an appointment, go to or For information contact Charles L Johnson at 301-3422753, or Catheryn Adens at 301-295-1560.

Rassieur Youth Center

The Rassieur Youth Center is an accredited facility that runs before- and afterschool programs for children ages 5-12. SAC programs incorporate both Boys and Girls Club and 4H programs in their curricula. Clubs include Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood, photo, math, reading, science, theater, the arts and sports clubs and more. Other clubs serve the community by collecting food and visiting the senior and veterans homes. Registration forms are at /Fleetandfamilyprograms/supportservices; click the Rassieur Youth Center link. For information call 301-342-1694.


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Scaling Down

157 pounds later, team shares the skinny on their weight-loss program Aimed at promoting a fitter workforce, the Aviation Support Equipment Program Office recently launched its own version of TV's "Biggest Loser" weight-loss contest. The program focused on four areas, as depicted in these photos by some of the top participants: knowing your metrics, or measurements; eating healthful foods; getting enough sleep; and exercising.

Story by Shannon Slaughter NAWCAD Public Affairs Intern Photos by Kelly Schindler NAS Patuxent River Photographer

Lt. Dewayne Irvin Job Title: Title: Consolidated Automated Support System/Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System Sustainment deputy integrated product team lead Weight At Star Start: t: 257 pounds Weight At End: 238 pounds Favorite Favor ite Exer Exercise: cise: Bike, elliptical Food I Crav Craved, ed, But But Couldn't Couldn't Have: "There wasn't really any food I craved. I just made sure to eat fruit throughout the day, and ate my vegetables first at meals; that way, I was never very hungry and controlled my portions of the not-ashealthy part of the meal."

When Capt. Fred Hepler took on new duties leading the Aviation Support Equipment Program Office last year, he quickly found an opportunity to scale back — but not by trimming his budget. Instead, Hepler, the program manager for PMA-260, went for its belly, emphasizing the importance of a fit workforce as one of his priorities at his first all-hands meeting in August 2011. Hepler's vision inspired the department to develop its own version of the popular TV weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser." Cmdr. Robert Farmer, executive officer for PMA-260, organized a 10-week program from March to May that pitted 12 participants against each other in a race to lose the most weight and become the organization's "Biggest Loser." PMA-260's contest focused on four areas: knowing your metrics, or measure-

ments; eating healthful foods; getting enough sleep; and exercising. The 12 participants lost a combined 157.1 pounds and an average body fat of 3.53 percent. Farmer recognized the top four winners at an informal ceremony May 31 in the Moffett Building, where PMA-260 is headquartered. Along with bragging rights, winners received gift cards for their hard work. "Cmdr. Bob Farmer was the chief architect who masterminded the Biggest Loser competition idea," Hepler said in a phone interview. "He took this wellness initiative to the next level, exceeding my expectations!"

Drop and Give Me 20

Ever since the highly rated "Biggest Loser" reality TV show burst onto the scene in 2004, modified versions of the weight-loss competition have sprung up as people look for creative ways to shape up and shed pounds.

Focusing on a healthier lifestyle can have long-lasting benefits, said Jillann Hamilton, fitness coordinator for NAS Patuxent River. "If you make exercise a priority and remember to choose healthy foods while cutting back on portions, these little things will go a long way towards you having a long, healthy, happy life," Hamilton said. "When you're idle most of the day, sitting in a program office environment, it's easy to get into bad habits." With high-stress jobs, frequent travel and lots of "working" lunches and dinners, finding time to exercise and get enough sleep can become a challenge for military workers. A 2008 survey by TRICARE, the health-care program for uniformed service members, retirees and their families, revealed 60 percent of all DoD military personnel were considered overweight, with 13 percent considered obese.

In the broader population, more than one-third of U.S. adults are classified as obese, according to recent data from the National Center of Health Statistics. In Maryland, that number is 27.1 percent, the center said.

Balancing Act

"There's been a lot of talk in the office about striking a good work-life balance," said Chris Giggey, half of Team Pointers, the overall weight-loss champions. "Since I joined PMA-260 10 years ago, I've gained about 50 pounds, so I wanted to take the opportunity to do a contest where I could lose some of that weight." On TV, "Biggest Loser" participants weigh in weekly to track their progress. Similarly, PMA-260 adopted the show's tracking method and used it to foster healthy competition. "Weekly weigh-ins were the best motivation," said Lt. Dewayne Irvin, the other half of Team Pointers. "It's positive self-reinforcement that shows you're doing well and makes you want to do better."

How I Did Did It: It: "I ate lots of fruits and vegetables, focusing on getting 30 grams of fiber every day."

Sam Winters Job Title: Title: Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System integrated product team Weight At Star Start: t: 233.2 pounds Weight At End: 197.8 pounds Favorite Favor ite Exer Exercise: cise: Deadlifts Food I Crav Craved, ed, But But Couldn't Couldn't Have: Have: "I don't think I craved after food very much at all. I did cut down on caffeine a lot. That was very difficult, but I feel much healthier and sleep a lot better now." How I Did Did It: "I began eating better and exercising a lot more; but it was really the competitive nature of our group that kept the motivation up."

Making Progress

Competitors also stayed on course with the help of a weekly spreadsheet, which was updated with participants' progress. "Lt. Cmdr. Jose Montes kept a spreadsheet that published the percent lost each week," said Samuel Winters, the overall champion. "It's nice to have a timeline because otherwise you say 'Well, I'll get in shape,' and then you just let it slide." During the next phase of the program, participants will focus on maintaining their weight loss and fitness, Farmer said. "The participants have seen weightand body-fat percentage loss, but more importantly they have made significant lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and wellness," he said. "The participants dedicated many hours and much effort to exercise and eating well, and they plan on continuing to do so in the future." With the success of the organization's first weight-loss program, Farmer said PMA-260 will likely launch another round in the fall to combat the seasonal snacking that ushers in the holiday season.

Chris Giggey Title: Deputy program manager for Automatic Test Systems Weight At Star Start: t: 257.8 pounds Weight At End: 230.2 pounds Favorite Exer Favorite Exercise: cise: Treading water/swimming Food I Crav Craved, ed, But But Couldn't Couldn't Have: "Buffalo chicken wings Have: with blue cheese." How I Did Did It: "I exercised and practiced portion control when eating."


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301-342-3572 PRICES: $4.50 for an adult (E1-E5) $3.50 - Adult $2.50 for a child ages 6-11 (E1-E5) FREE for 5 and under. $1 extra charged for all 3D movies, includes glasses.

Thursday, July 12 6:30 p.m. - What to Expect When You're Expecting Over the moon about starting a family,TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octanecelebritylivesdon'tstandachance against the surprise demands of pregnancy.Rated:PG-13.(1hr,50min) Friday,July 13 6:30 p.m.- Men in Black 3 Agents J and K are back . in time. J

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home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. Rated: R (1 hr, 26 min) Saturday, July 14 4 p.m. Free showing Madagascar Escape 2 Africa Hoping to return to NewYork via a penguin-piloted plane, the four animal friends crash land in the plains of Africa. Rated: PG (1 hr, 28 min)

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6:30 p.m. - Men in Black 3 Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 43 min) 9 p.m. - Chernobyl Diaries Rated: R (1 hr, 26 min) Sunday, July 15 2 p.m. - Men in Black 3 Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 43 min) Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 - No Movies

Wednesday, July 18, 4 p.m. Toy Story 3 Woody and Buzz accepted that Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their future. Rated: G (1 hr, 48 min) 6:30 p.m. Chernobyl Diaries Rated: R (1 hr, 26 min)

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First external weapons test flight for the F-35C

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with external weapons June 27. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flew CF-1 with inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on port and starboard pylons to measure flying qualities and aircraft vibrations. The F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with its larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear to withstand catapult launches and deck landing impacts associated with the demanding aircraft carrier environment. F-35C is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.


Photo by Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Jheyson Giraldo

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Glenn Billups presents flowers to his mom, Barbara, following his retirement ceremony June 22 at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. Billups was the leading petty officer of the Dental Clinic and retired after 20 years of Naval service.


Thursday, July 12, 2012


Around Town The SuperMagicMan's Big Illusion

Today, 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum auditorium This family magic show stars D.C.'s twotime Comedy Magician of the Year, Reggie Rice. Admission is $4 per person at the door.

Motorcycle Safety Day

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Joint Base Andrews Base Exchange Registration for the Second Annual Motorcycle Safety Day starts at 8:30 a.m. Events throughout the day include riding techniques, briefings on motorcycle specific laws, skills-challenges, demonstrations and contests. For information contact Jamison Kesselring at 240-612-6380 or Jamison.

S.E. Simpson book signing

Friday, 5-7 p.m. Callaway Qutie Pies S.E. Simpson, Mechanicsville resident and author of "Ginger and the Bully" will sign copies. Her book is about Lucretia Virginia Ryan, a fourth-grader nicknamed Ginger, who is dreading starting fourth grade. She and her best friend, Melody, have been split up for the first time since kindergarten, and Ginger has the meanest teacher in school, Ms. Lindell. Just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, they do. For information contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or

Art Blooms Gala Reception

Friday, 6-10 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center Celebrate summer amongst art, including a gathering of floral arrangements inspired by two ongoing exhibits at Annmarie Garden, Treasured: honoring precious and vanishing worlds, and My African Community: A Collection of Photographs and Stories, 20002010.Tickets are $55 per person for Annmarie and Calvert Garden Club members, and $65

per person for non-members. For information call 410-326-4640 or visit

River Concert Series

Friday, July 20 and 27, 8 p.m. St. Mary's College of Maryland Join Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra and their special guest performers for free outdoor concerts. Food and art vendors complete the scene along the St. Mary's River.

Warm Welcome

Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Mary's County Welcome Center Drop by and sample goodies from the nearby Amish Farm Market for a sweet start to the weekend.


Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum See live sharks and sturgeon. The day includes fish face painting, shark crafts, displays by the Fossil Club and shark mural painting. Museum admission applies. Strollers are not allowed inside the museum.

Point Lookout Lighthouse open house

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Point Lookout State Park Visit Point Lookout Lighthouse located at the southern-most tip of St. Mary's County and named one of most haunted lighthouses in America.

The War of 1812: "The Choice"

Saturday, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sotterley Plantation Meet the people who lived and labored at Sotterley during the summer of 1814, and be a part of the drama as slaves make a difficult and daring choice. The program is free, but space is limited. Register by calling 301-3732280.

Summary of Mishaps responded. The Coast Guard launched a search, along with local police and fire department personnel, and a Navy helicopter. The lance corporal's body washed ashore at approximately 9:50 p.m. Here's the latest edition of the Not-SoFunnies. This time we focus on worst-case scenarios at oceans, lakes and streams. You'd be hard put as a Sailor or Marine to avoid being around open water, and as a result, you'd think precautions would be second nature. But sometimes people are overly confident and underestimate the risk. Or they've had a few beers and aren't thinking clearly. Maybe peer pressure proves destructive. Or any of a dozen other lethal reasons. What follows is what can happen next.

Caught in the rip current

Three lance corporals were on liberty. Around noon, they left their barracks room and headed over to a beach. A couple hours later, two entered the water and were caught in a rip current. The third Marine heard them calling for help. He found a life jacket and swam out to try to rescue them. He helped one ashore, but when he returned for the other Marine, he couldn't find him. Someone called 911, and an emergency-services unit

Wad in the water

After midnight on a day in January, a storekeeper second class got into a fight with his wife on a bridge in Florida.The wife's purse got thrown into the water. The Sailor waded out into the 59-degree water to try to retrieve it. He drowned. He was "unfamiliar with Florida waterways and the accumulation of soft vegetation which prevents standing in even shallow water," according to the report.The purse was found under 9 feet of water.

Red flag warning

In April, a 22-year-old airman recruit was on liberty with some friends at a beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida. They swam and drank an unknown amount of alcohol. The Sailor was last seen around midnight, swimming. The local county had issued a red flag on the beach due to strong currents and waves. Presumably, the warning flags might have been hard to see at night, but the rough water should have been evident.The E-2's body was never found.

Abraham Lincoln traveling exhibition

Saturday-Aug. 24 Calvert Library Prince Frederick "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a national traveling exhibition focusing on Abraham Lincoln's struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, is available for viewing. A complete schedule of events is at For information contact Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Calvert Library Prince Frederick

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a national traveling exhibition focusing on Abraham Lincoln's struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, is available for viewing. A complete schedule of events is at For information call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Summertime at the Wine Cottage

Sundays, 1-4 p.m., and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Slack Winery Join SlackWinery andWoodlawn Bed and Breakfast in Ridge, Md., for Sparkling Sundays and Sunset Serenades on Thursdays. Relax and enjoy a cool breeze off the water while listening to local musicians and try a tasting flight of Slack's wines and sparkling cocktails. Event runs until Aug. 26.

Professional Performance: John Sullens with Mad Science

Trustees. For information call the Charlotte Hall Library at 301-884-2211, the Leonardtown Library at 301-475-2846 or the Lexington Park Library at 301-863-8188.

Monday Memory Tours

Mondays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Take a free, guided tour of Point Farm. For information call 410-586-8501.

Minute to Win It!

Monday, 2-4 p.m. Charlotte Hall Library Teens compete in six challenges using household items and, as in the TV show, they have 60 seconds to complete each challenge. The program is free and registration is required. For information call 301-884-2211.

Mini Camps at Sotterley

Monday-Wednesday for grades 6-8 This year's Sotterley Colonial Farm summer mini camps teach students about Sotterley's history as a farming community through team projects, experiencing nature and more in small-group formats. Tuition for youths of Sotterley members is $85, and $95 for nonmembers. Register at

Sea Squirts program

Tuesday and July 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum This free drop-in program is for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.

Monday, 10 a.m. White Marsh Elementary School Monday, 12:30 p.m. Leonard Hall Recreation Center Monday, 3 p.m., Lexington Park Library Explore the world of dreams and the amazing scientists who dared to dream big with John Sullens of Mad Science. The programs are free. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry. Sponsored by the Board of Library

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tained winds of 50 knots or greater expected within 48 hours." As far as the report goes, the actual water conditions are vague. The report indicates "yes" to "influenced by environment," but it goes on to show that the wind direction was unknown. Assuming typhoons are like hurricanes, outer bands of wind and rain arrive way before the actual storm. The report indicates that someone asked the E-3 if he was OK. He replied in the affirmative, "I'm a good swimmer." However, while swimming back to shore some time later, he submerged. He resurfaced and called for help. An E-6 responded but couldn't get there in time. The E-3 went under a second time and didn't come back up. From fiscal year 2007 through fiscal year 2011, 42 Sailors and Marines drowned in offduty mishaps. Of these, 20 were E-3s and E4s, and 24 of the mishaps occurred from May through August. There's no real pattern to the activities that led to disaster. Five of the victims were boating, two others were kayaking and two were whitewater rafting. Three were overcome by rip currents at a beach. Three were very drunk, one jumped off a bridge, another went swimming at midnight. Two were snorkeling, and two others were recreational diving, one in a cave. For the victims, all of the mishaps were unexpected. For the rest of us, in retrospect, most of the mishaps could have easily been foreseen and just as easily prevented. Courtesy of Naval Safety Center.

Some Marines were taking part in a service-sponsored liberty trip to a national park overseas. The park had some waterfalls and pools that were popular local swimming spots. After lunch, two of the Marines got into a pool, intending to swim approximately 125 meters to join a group of Marines on the far shore. Both were a bit worried about the distance, and for one of them, rightly so. He held the minimum swimming qualification required for Marines, and that qualification expired seven months earlier. However, they talked themselves into it based on the fact that they were in good shape and the others had made it. After swimming about a third of the way, the Marine began to slow down and got separated from his partner. He began to struggle and call for help. Marines and civilians started to swim toward him to help; the partner was too tired and too far away. Before the first rescuer could reach the Marine, he had submerged. Hampered by visibility of just 3 to 5 feet in the water, rescuers found the Marine's body on a shelf about 15 feet below the surface, between 8 and 12 minutes later. CPR proved futile.

Typhoon conditions

One evening in May, at an overseas base, an E-3 had the urge to go swimming at a recreational beach on base. The weather was apparently iffy. The base was under typhoon condition 3, which means: "destructive sus-

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