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Webster Field archaeological dig unearths artifacts By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Centuries collided at Webster Outlying Field as the thunder from helicopters flying overhead smothered the faint sounds of digging and scraping at the archaeological site below. In October, as part of a cultural resources mapping project, archaeologists from Louis Berger Group, working in conjunction with representatives from the conservation division at NAS Patuxent River, conducted shovel test pits on the installation in an open grassy area known as Old Chapel Field. “They went down about three feet, as far as they could dig by hand but they kept finding artifacts, so they opened a more formalized unit to see what else was under the ground,” said Mike Smolek, archaeologist and cultural resources manager at Pax River. “It is believed we may be in a cellar that has been filled in. Some preserved wood was

found and other evidence suggests it may have had a wooden plank floor.” Wine bottle glass, ceramic shards from storage jars and dishware, pipe bowls and stems, pieces of glazed brick, animal bones and large oyster shells were among the items painstakingly unearthed at the site, which is believed to date from the early to mid-1700s. One artifact discovered was a well-preserved piece of pipe bowl clearly displaying the maker’s mark—the initials WR. “There has been a lot of research done on pipe makers,” Smolek said. “So if we can identify this particular maker’s mark, it will assist in dating the site.” The Webster Field property, acquired by the Navy in 1942 from the Society of Jesus, was originally part of St. Inigoes Manor, a self-sufficient thriving acreage that included a manor house for priests, a servant’s plantation and tenant farms.

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U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

All excavated dirt is hand-screened through 1/4-inch screen to recover artifacts that are separated into strata and levels.

In the wake of the storm: Hurricane Sandy skirts Pax

Above: The pier at Harper's Creek was submerged around noon Tuesday. The installation survived Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed. There were a few limbs blown down and minimal damage.

U.S. Navy photos by Gary Younger

Left: Tuesday afternoon, winds caused waves to still batter the sea wall near the Goose Creek Campground and fishing pier. Fleet Weather Center reported 8.29 inches of rain fell aboard NAS Patuxent River between 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Maximum sustained winds recorded at Pax River were 33 knots, or 35 mph, gusting to 44 knots, or 50.6 mph. The peak wind of 50 knots, or 57.5 mph, occurred at 6:52 p.m. Monday.


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Mentoring stage one: Goal setting By Robin Burt Mentoring - Externally Directed Team Editor's note: this is part one of a threepart series on mentoring. For the Naval Air Systems Command novice or journeyman, seeking a formal mentor can be a daunting task. An initial thought may be, "What am I looking for in a mentor?" or "What can I expect from this relationship as a mentee?" Let’s focus on goal setting, the initial stage of finding a mentor. To start, it's important to know what to seek. Finding the right mentor can open the door to a number of benefits. The right mentor can clarify career goals, help identify strengths and overcome professional shortcomings, give candid information about the organization, or provide a sounding board for testing ideas and plans. Finding the right mentor can also provide personal solutions to workplace challenges and issues, a realistic perspective of the workplace, and encouragement and support on an individual basis. There are a variety of benefits when a person is successful at choosing a skillful mentor. When a senior member of the NAVAIR workforce is approached with the request to be a mentor, they often ask, "What is it that you are looking for?" Investing time before making the request demonstrates determination and focus on the mentee's part. Those seeking a mentor should think of a minimum of three goals and objectives a mentor can to help him or her achieve. Clarifying career goals, increasing understanding of the organization and providing opportunities for increased visibility are additional areas where a mentor can assist. Those three goals are important for a successful mentoring relationship. Initially, they provide the foundation for selecting a mentor. They set the tone for the relationship—demonstrating the mentee's respect of a senior member's time.

Transportation and facilities services reductions coming By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler

Kathy Mattson thanks mentee Vincent Petrillo after a successful speedmentoring session Oct. 23 at NAS Patuxent River. The event served to match potential mentors with mentees and showcase the resources employees have to make the most of their careers. By bringing at least three goals or objectives to speed-mentoring sessions, mentees can help potential mentors know where to assist. The goals provide the mentor the "stick and rudder" of activities for the duration of mentoring relationship. They also provide metrics for tracking success, and finally a potential point for transition to a new mentor when the goals have been achieved. Mentees should not hesitate to have peers review potential goals. Peers can help ensure the goals have clarity and are broad enough to provide optimum opportunity. In fact, they may want to share these goals as a starting point for developing their own. It is recommended every workforce member have at least two mentors. Selecting one from within his or her competency

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is ideal for knowledge transfer, advice on career development, increased visibility and career progression. Selecting one from outside his or her competency can provide a "big picture" understanding of the organization, different insights into the organization, and a confidential setting to overcome professional shortfalls. Mentees should use those goals to help them choose the mentor that can best assist them in their professional journey. To browse current registrants, and use the matching functionality, visit the iMentor Tool at l/mentoring.

As fiscal 2013 gets underway, employees will soon feel the pressures of this year's tightened budget. At NAS Patuxent River, two areas affected by DoD's budget constraints are the contracted transportation services and facilities services. "Manyoftheseserviceswerefundedentirely by Naval DistrictWashington's Regional operations and maintenance budget," said Lt. Cmdr. DustinKwok,NavalFacilitiesEngineeringCommand Washington, Public Works Department Patuxent River. "After reviewing the numbers, NDW had to make a decision on what should and shouldn't be funded anymore." According to Kwok, there are three transportation-related services directly affected: the Bethesda/Walter Reed shuttle, the driver's licensing program, and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, or DRMO, transfer station. "Since these services were determined not to be Regional responsibilities, NDW decided to stop or reduce funding to these services to save costs," Kwok said.

Transportation services

Changes to the shuttle service include reducing the number of trips and destinations. As of Nov. 1, the shuttle will only travel to and from the installation and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport twice a day. It will no longer travel to the NavyYard or the Bethesda/Walter Reed National Medical Center. "This is a service we wish we could continue to provide but can no longer afford to," said Capt. Ted Mills, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. "We will continue to take care of our active-duty service members. I know this affects family members and retirees negatively and I'm sorry for that. If we can offer this service again in the future, we'll make every effort to do so." Regional funding changes will also affect the driver's licensing program here. As of Nov. 1, tenant activities requiring operator

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NAVAIR Sailors of the Quarter

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Employees at Naval Air Systems Command Atlantic Test Ranges show off their pink ATR shirts in support of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign. ATR members wear their pink ATR shirts every Tuesday to support breast cancer awareness. So far, ATR has raised $536 through shirt sales, which will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. From left, back row, are Wayne Dernoncourt, Donovan Farrell, Brian Straub, Wayne Oliver, Mike Kerr, Allen Miles, Debra Wood, Kevin Wright, Brad Bailey and Carol Trudo. In the front are, from left, Janet Frawley, Vi Evans, Darlene Woolford, Joe White, Mary Ellen Young and Bob Phillippi.

U.S. Navy photo by Jennifer Neal

Naval Air Systems Command recognized its Sailors of the Quarter during a ceremony Oct. 25 at the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building Atrium. Pictured from left are NAVAIR Junior Sailor of the 4th Quarter, Yeoman 2nd Class Joseph Traw; NAVAIR Commander, Vice Adm. David Dunaway; and NAVAIR Senior Sailor of the 4th Quarter, Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (Air Warfare/Surface Warfare) Wesley Meredith.

Thursday, November 1, 2012



The unbreakable code Native American dialect baffles the enemy at war Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command As celebrations get underway for November's Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, it's important to remember how their culture led to success for America's Armed Forces during battle. Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines Corps conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945 and served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language, a code that the Japanese never broke. The idea to use Navajo for secure communications came from the son of a missionary to the Navajos, Philip Johnston. Johnston was raised on the Navajo reservation and was one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. As a World War I veteran, he knew the military was in search of a code that would withstand all attempts to decipher it. He also knew that Native American languages, notably Choctaw, had been used in World War I to encode messages. JohnstonbelievedNavajoansweredthemilitary'srequirementforanundecipherablecode because it is a complex, unwritten language. It has no alphabet or symbols, and is spoken only on the Navajo lands of the

American Southwest. Its syntax and tonal qualities, not to mention dialects, make it unintelligible to anyone without extensive exposure and training. In early 1942, Johnston met with Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Clayton B. Vogel, the commanding general of Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet, and his staff to convince them of the Navajo language's value as code. Johnston staged tests under simulated combat conditions, demonstrating that Navajos could encode, transmit, and decode a three-line English message in 20 seconds. Machines of the time required 30 minutes to perform the same job. Convinced, Vogel recommended to the Commandant of the Marine Corps that the Marines recruit 200 Navajos. In May 1942, the first 29 Navajo recruits attended boot camp at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Here is where this first group created the Navajo code. They developed a dictionary and numerous words for military terms. The dictionary and all code words had to be memorized during training. Once a Navajo code talker completed training, he was sent to a Marine unit deployed in the Pacific theater with the primary job of talking and transmitting information on tactics and troop movements, orders and other vital battlefield communications over telephones and radios. They also acted as messengers, and performed general Marine duties. Praise for their skill, speed and accuracy accrued throughout the war. At Iwo Jima, Maj. Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have tak-

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Navajo Native American Code Talkers, Marine Corps Private 1st Class Preston Toledo and Marine Corps Private 1st Class Frank Toldeo, relay orders over a field radio using their native tongue July 7, 1943. The two were cousins attached to a Marine Artillery Regiment in the South Pacific. en Iwo Jima." Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received more than 800 messages, all without error. The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lt. Gen. Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the

Marines. In 1942, there were about 50,000 Navajo tribe members. As of 1945, about 540 Navajos served as Marines. From 375 to 420 of those trained as code talkers; the rest served in other capacities. Navajo remained potentially valuable as code even after the war. For that reason, the code talkers, whose skill and courage saved both American lives and military engagements, only recently earned recognition from the Government and the public.

Toys-for-Tots Marksmanship Competition

tions. This is not mandatory for CFC pledges; employees can still use the paper contribution forms. For more information, visit the St. Mary's County CFC website, www.StMar, or contact Doreen Talbott at or 301-995-3810. Naval Air systems Command employees should contact Patricia Ridgell at or 301-757-6604.

News briefs On base: Nov. 23 Gates One and Two will have two inbound lanes open from 6-8:30 a.m. with one Sentry per lane Nov. 23. The Webster Outlying Field back gate is closed Nov. 23. Outbound lanes, Gate Three and the Webster Outlying Field main gate will have normal operations Nov. 23.

nations for Military Child of the Year. This award recognizes military children who demonstrate resilience, leadership and achievement. One child from each branch of service is selected for the award and receives $5,000 and a laptop. Nominations may be made by parents, family members, teachers, counselors, coaches, community and church leaders, neighbors and others. For more information or to nominate a child, visit

Open Season Health Benefits Fair

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Holiday gate hours

Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building 1489 lobby Representatives from several benefits carriers will answer questions prior to the Health Benefits Open Season, slated for Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. For more information, contact Cristina Rodriguez at or 301-342-4032.

Holiday Safety Standdown

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-11 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Center Stage Theater An American Sign Language Interpreter is at the Nov. 7 morning session. Event is mandatory for all Naval District Washington personnel. All base personnel are highly encouraged to attend. Featuring: Holiday fire safety, winter driving and car preparation, using the Travel Risk Planning System, driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence, distracted driving, financial planning, and stress and suicide awareness.

Military Child of the Year nominations

Due by Dec. 15 Operation Homefront is accepting nomi-

Tuesdays until Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Naval AirWarfare Center Aircraft Division, Building 2185 lobby Hotdogorhamburgermeal,$5;hamburger, $3; hot dog, $1.50; drinks and chips, $1. All mealsincludechipsandadrink.Proceedsgoto the annual NAS Patuxent River Holiday Party.

Disability Employment Awareness, Wounded Warrior Care Month Event

Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. River's Edge Catering and Conference Center Keynote speakers, Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, a former Navy flight and clinical psychologist, and Dr. Richard Pimentel, a Vietnam War veteran, will address the theme, "A Strong Workforce is an InclusiveWorkforce:What CanYOU Do?" Kraft is now a consultant for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combat stress control programsandworkswithactive-dutymilitarywith post-traumaticstressdisorder.Pimentelisanationally known expert on disability education and attitude change. Cost is $10. Register at For specialaccommodationsormoreinformation, contact Johnny Clark at 301-342-6674 or Kathy Finkbeiner at 301-342-6671.

Dec. 13 and 14, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoor pistol range Individuals and Teams can now enter for the the Sixth Annual Charity Marksmanship Competition. A $15 donation or equivalent in new, unwrapped toys lets you test your shooting skills while helping the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots Campaign. Just bring a donation and the desire to help a good cause, everything else is supplied. Trophies and bragging rights go to the winning individual and team. Event is sponsored by the NAS Patuxent River Public Safety range personnel. Register at http://prtoys4totscharityshoot.e . For more information, contact William Plath at, or Mary Picard at

General election absentee ballots

Absentee ballot requests are available at www., click on Get Started and the Register to vote/Request absentee ballot. Once the form is complete, print it out and send it to the local election office. Those who have already applied for an absentee ballot but haven't received a State ballot yet, use a FederalWrite-In Absentee Ballot as a back-up ballot by visiting www., click on Get Started and the Get my Ballot Now to complete the FWAB. For information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process, contact FVAP at or call 800-438-8683.

CFC features Employee Express

New to the Combined Federal Campaign this year is "Employee Express," a feature that allows employees to make electronic dona-

Clinic and Pharmacy hours change

The Clinic is now open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.The Pharmacy is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Nicole Quinn at 301-995-4980.

New legal assistance hours

The legal office is open from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays. The legal office is located in building 409 on the second floor.While there is not a permanent JAG on station, appointments are available via phone. For more information or legal assistance, contact Legalman 1st Class Tanika McFadden at 301-3421934/7510. The Naval District Washington and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling offices are available for face-to-face support. For more information, call NDW at 202-685-5569 or JBAB at 202-767-7588/7599.

Wings Over America scholarships

Family members of Navy service members in Naval Aviation—officer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased—can now apply for a Wings Over America scholarship. For more information

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Hundreds enjoy Pumpkin Carnival

SERVICES Continued from 2 and licensing services will be required to pay for those services themselves. The final transportation service to be affected by budget constraints is the DRMO transfer station currently operating aboard NAS Patuxent River. Kwok said people can expect to see DRMO operations reduced by half, either in terms of its operating hours orthenumberofpeoplestaffingit.Whenadeterminationismade on how its operations will be reduced, a notice will be posted in the Tester and in the Plan of theWeek, he said.

Facilities services

In August, Commander, Navy Installations Command informedallNavyshorecommandsofreductionstocommonoutput levels,orCOL,forfacilityservicesfrom3to4,withafewexceptions. Simply put, "Service levels are being reduced in order to save costs," Kwok said. "Given the current financial considerations, it's the responsible thing to do because the resourcing isn't there." The two areas impacted that will catch most people's attention are the janitorial services and grounds maintenance. While the actual start date for these reductions has yet to be determined due to contracts currently in place, Kwok said when they do take effect, employees can expect to see decreased cleaning, reduced removal of trash and recycling, and the condition of the grounds may appear to become "unsightly" as landscaping maintenance will be reduced. "Although there will be reductions in services, there are currently no plans to transfer overall performance of any facilities services functions to military or civilian personnel," Kwok said. "However, on an individual basis, people will be responsible for basic housekeeping tasks in their workspaces such as taking their office trash/recycling to a central collection point where the contractor will pick it up and for cleaning break rooms." In accordance with regulations and policies, some facilities, such as the child care center, are exempt from these services reductions because of the nature of their function. Kwok said commands can submit a formal waiver request for services above COL 4, but they will be responsible for fully funding the additional requirements. For more information on waiver requests, call the Public Works department at 301-757-4829.

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Second place for the Halloween Door competition at the annual carnival was the Naval Test Wing Atlantic door. Adding to NTWL's ghosts and goblins are Amanda McKinley, left, and Lexie Trader. With the help of more than 50 carnival volunteers, families at the Oct. 26 event enjoyed games, trick-or-treating and other family activities. Hours of Oper Operation ation Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Playgroup at Glen Forrest Community Center Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.

Anger Management

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Holiday Finances

Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sponsor Training All classes are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center, building 2090 on Bundy Road, unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation or to volunteer, call 301-342-4911. For more information on FFSC classes, visit, click on Fleet and Family Readiness and the Support Services.

Monday, 9-10 a.m.

This year, 10 units at NAS Patuxent River entered in the Halloween Door competition during the Rassieur Youth Center Pumpkin Carnival Oct. 26. Taking first place was the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Pictured here, from left, are: Katrina Sullivan and her dad who helped design the TPS door, Aviation Electronic Technician 1st Class Dwayne Sullivan.

Interviewing Techniques Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

Scream-Free Parenting, sessions three and four Nov. 7 and 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.

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A small collection of some of the thousands of artifacts found on the site. On the left, a collection of ceramics including stoneware, earthenware and two pieces of a yellow earthenware cup handle made in Staffordshire, England. Items on the right include three bone fragments from large mammals. In the plastic bag to the far right is an 18th-century spoon handle fragment.

DIG Continued from 1 “This entire area once served as the headquarters for the Jesuit mission in English North America,” Smolek said. Smolek went on to explain how an act passed in 1704 to prevent the growth of “Popery” and stamp down the spread of Catholicism, forced the closing of the large Jesuit “Brick Chapel” located in St. Mary’s City. “In 1705, that chapel was dismantled and the bricks relocated down here to Old Chapel Field,” he said. “We don’t know for sure if they used them to build another chapel, or perhaps built a house with a smaller chapel attached, which would’ve allowed them to stay within the law by worshipping in private and not publicly.” The Old Chapel Field site is being evaluated to see if it is eligible for inclusion on the National Historic Register. If it meets the specific criteria—if it is deemed likely to yield information important to American history—then the Navy will make a recommendation to the State Historic Preservation Office, which implements the federal program. “The Navy has a strict and careful program for managing its cultural resources and it takes its stewardship very seriously,” Smolek said.

Artifacts removed from a site must be preserved, stored and maintained. “You can’t throw artifacts away or give them away, so you must be careful about what to collect, Smolek said. “Once you change an artifact’s environment by digging it up, it’ll deteriorate quickly, so action must be taken.” The Navy has a relationship with the State Museum of Archaeology Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, located in Calvert County, where thousands of artifacts are stored by a number of federal agencies. If the site is deemed historically significant, the Navy must manage it going forward by either avoiding it, minimizing disturbance of it, or mitigating it. “Contractors working on sites that uncover anything archaeologic must stop working and notify the authorities for evaluation,” said Kyle Rambo, Pax conservation director. “This is all dictated by federal law. It gets expensive to stop a dig. It’s better to find historical sites in advance rather than shutting down a project already under construction. If we know a site is there, we can mitigate it. For example, simply sliding a construction project over 40 feet might save months of delays and thousands of dollars.” To date, more than 200 archaeological sites have been recorded on the properties of the NAS Patuxent River Complex. “Pax is growing all the time,” Smolek said. “It’s important to understand what we have.”

Kit for an additional $15. Adults and youths ages 13 and older must register by today. To register, stop by Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293.

Annual Pax River Canine Walk/Run Arts and Crafts Festival registrations

Vendor registrations for the Dec. 1 Arts and Crafts Festival are now available. Cost is $70. To register, stop by Customized Creations in building 652 or call 301-342-6293.

River's Edge Thanksgiving Dinner packages

River's Edge is not open onThanksgiving Day; however, they are offering Thanksgiving Dinner packages. Special member pricing and discounts are available. For more information, call 301-342-3656/9246/3241.

Beginners' Jewelry Making

Today, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 Learn how to make a simple strung bracelet with toggle clasp and pierced or clip dangle earrings. Cost is $30 which includes tools. Participants bring: strand of beads, beading wire, toggle clasp, ear wires, 2-head pins and 20-gauge wire, or order a Material

Saturday, 1 p.m.; rain date, Nov. 10. Drill Hall Join the 12th Annual CanineWalk, a family event for all base personnel and their canine pets. The course is a 1.5 mile loop from the Drill Hall. Registration is $5 per family. Same day registration begins at noon at the Drill Hall. Canine competitors are eligible for random prizes and treats at post event social.There are no trophies, awards orT-shirts for the canine owners. For more information, call 301-757-1194.

One unit was excavated to a depth of more than 4 feet and is believed to be a cellar that had been filled in. Some preserved wood was found and evidence suggests it may have had a wooden plank floor. Pictured, from left, are Scott Lawrence, contractor at Webster Field; Kathleen Maher, excavator for Louis Berger Group; Pat Woodburn, Webster Outlying Field facilities manager; and Mike Smolek, NAS Patuxent River cultural resource program manager and discoverer of the site 31 years ago.

taught by a Yoga Warriors International certified instructor. Six free drop-in sessions available for active-duty or retired military. No previous yoga experience is necessary.To register, call 301-995-3869.

Art Journaling Class

Nov. 8, 2012, 5:30-8 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 Learn basic skills for creating an art journal. Class is for adults and youths ages 13 and older, Cost is $32 plus $15 for materials. Participants should bring a sketchbook that is at least 8 1/2-by-11-inches. All other materials are supplied. To register, stop by Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293.

Holiday Weight Maintenance

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. For more information, visit, click on Fleet and Family Readiness,ThingsTo Do and then Liberty Programs or call 301-342-4208.

Mount Vernon trip

Monday, 1 p.m. Drill Hall Bowling Center This annual basketball tournament starts the week of Nov. 26 and runs through December. For more information, call 301-757-1194.

Register by Nov. 14 A nine-week weight loss/maintenance program starts just in time for the gluttonous holidays. From Nov. 14 to Jan. 9, participants are weighed weekly to see whose maintained or lost weight. Prizes are awarded weekly. Free for active-duty military and $5 for all others. Preregistration at the Fitness and Sports Office in the Drill Hall is required.

Yoga Warriors at the Energy Zone

New York City trip

Game night

Holiday Basketball Shootout meeting

Tuesdays in November, 4:15-5:15 p.m. This class is based on a program developed by Yoga Warriors International to prevent or alleviate symptoms of combat stress or post traumatic stress disorder.The class is

Nov. 17 Seats are still available for the deluxe motor coach trip to New York City. The all-day trip cost is $60 per person. For more information, call MWR ITT at 301-342-3648.


Spy Museum trip Nov. 10

Texas Hold 'em Tuesdays


Movie and Munchies Night Thursdays


Thursday, November 1, 2012


Thursday, Nov. 1 6:30 p.m., Lawless The true story of the freewheelin' Bondurants brothers, bootlegging siblings who take the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime's first major

gold rush. As the Bondurants' legend grows, so too does the danger, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves. Rated: R (1 hr, 55 min)

ter, Elissa, find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in theshadowsofachillingsecret. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 41 min)

Friday, Nov. 2 6:30 p.m., House at the End of the Street Seeking a fresh start, newly divorcedSarahandherdaugh-

9 p.m., Resident Evil Retribution (3D) The Umbrella Corporation'sdeadlyT-viruscontinues to ravage the Earth, trans-

comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin and his son, Nemo, who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist's office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son. Rated: G (1 hr, 37 min) forming the global population into legions of the flesh-eating undead.Thehumanrace'slast and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facilityandunveilsmoreofher mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min) Saturday, Nov. 3 4 p.m., Finding Nemo (3D) Finding Nemo follows the

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6:30 p.m., House at the End of the Street Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 41 min) 9 p.m., Resident Evil Retribution (3D) Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min) Sunday, Nov. 4 Free showing, 2 p.m., Brave Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Eli-

nor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. Rated: PG (1 hr, 33 min) Mondays and Tuesdays No Movies Wednesday, Nov. 7 6:30 p.m., Resident Evil Retribution (3D) Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min) Free Sneak Preview Rise of the Guardians (3D) Nov. 18, 2 p.m. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Rated: PG (1 hr, 7 min)

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Building 409 parking lot closes Scoreboard As of Oct. 26, 2012

Intramural Bowling WSI Big 10 Hang 'em High Goat Locker Wafwots Rollin' Thunder Lucky Strikes Spare Time JMWS High-n-Low

The Replacements 2-7 Miracles 2-7 Liberty 0-9 Tuesday/Thursday Division All Stars 10-0 Lost Puppies 7-2 Boat House Lions 7-3 Bomb Squad 4-5 Aviators 4-5 River Dawgs 2-6 Medical 2-7 Punishers 0-8

18-6 18-6 16-8 15-9 11-13 9-15 9-15 8-16 8-16 8-16

Intramural Fall Softball

Dirty Dogs 9-1 Boozin' Ballers 8-2 Drunken Clams 7-5 Softballs of Steel 6-4 Chiefs 4-4 VX-20 2-8 Short Bus 0-12 (Withdrawn)

Intramural Flag Football

Monday/Wednesday Division Grenades 8-0 A/O 6-2 Tigers 6-3 Vick in a Box 5-3 Shaun's Dynasty 5-3

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The parking lot for building 409 is closed Monday through Nov. 12 for a repaving project. This change affects customers visiting services such as the Personnel Support Detachment, legal office and the NAS command career counselor. Building 409 customers and employees will need to park at either the Library or next to the credit union, as indicated on the map.

Ask the CO: Mission essential personnel and base closures By Capt. Ted Mills NAS Patunxent River commanding officer Q:Why Q: Why wasn't Mission Mission Essential Personnel only status announced earlier and why wasn't the base closed during during Hurr Hurricane icane Sandy? Sandy? A: Putting the base in Mission Essential Personnel status or closing

it completely are difficult decisions that must be well timed. Let's look at the second condition first. Barring conditions that make NAS Patuxent River completely uninhabitable, the installation will not close. Closing the base means closing the gates, and stranding or evacuating on-base residents. It also means that that there is significantly reduced ability to respond to all calls for emergency services.

It is possible that the base could go to Mission Essential Personnel, or MEP, posture, but only when conditions warrant. The base will only put out MEP under extraordinary circumstances, and should not be expectedundermostinclementweather situations. MEP has an effect on multiple organizations' ability to adjust manning as specific circumstances require, and therefore may have unwarranted mission impacts

when other safety measures will suffice. Accordingly, this notice will come out late, if at all.We should also note that NAS Patuxent River does not fall within the National Capital Region, or NCR, so an OPM notice that pertains on workplace status or government closure in the NCR does not necessarily apply to us. The most likely inclement weather posture will be an advisory for individuals to verify their work

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For NAVAIR employee, kidney donation marks a personal milestone By Kristine Wilcox Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) Communications Support


aval Air Systems Command aviation training manager Helen Wernecke spends most of her days tracking major acquisition milestones for the Navy. In October,Wernecke marked another key milestone, not measured with databases and engineering metrics, but with grace. The General Training department head for the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) responded to an email in May 2007, and with the click of a mouse, triggered a chain of events that led her to donate a kidney to fellow church member Michael Pipkin. More than five years later, Wernecke and Pipkin celebrated the journey that began with an email request from his wife. In the email, Dawn Pipkin shared that her husband, born with only one kidney, needed a transplant. She asked friends and family with type O blood to consider contacting theWashington Hospital Center to be screened as donors. Five minutes later,Wernecke forwarded the email to her husband, Ray Wernecke, telling him she was interested in becoming a donor. "As soon as I read [the email], I thought 'I'm type O blood,'" Wernecke said. "'How can I turn my back on this man without even giving it some sort of due diligence?'" Pipkin, a lawn and garden wholesales representative, was no stranger to Wernecke. Both families are members ofTrinity Lutheran Church in Great Mills, Md., and their spouses have taught Sunday school together for more than 15 years. "I knew Mike, but not as well as I knew Dawn," Wernecke said. "Mike used to sit directly across the aisle from me at church. When I'd get up to go for communion, he'd wink or give me some sort of greeting."

Screening process

After briefly discussing the email with her husband, Wernecke called the transplant center. She completed its checklist of nearly 70 questions on everything from height and weight to blood pressure and family medical history. After answering all the questions,Wernecke said the woman on the other end of the phone said, "Oh my God, you passed." Next, was a visit to the transplant center, so they could verify the information provided during the phone interview. "I went up to theWashington Hospital Center on my next Friday off because I didn't want to tell anyone yet,"Wernecke said. "They ran all the tests and it wasn't a week later they were calling me again." Wernecke was almost a perfect match for someone who wasn't a blood relative. She and her husband, again, discussed all the options and decided to tell

Understanding the transplant program Today, more than 94,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for a kidney transplant; 1,697 of them in Maryland, according to statistics from the Health and Human Services Department, Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. Patients without a living donor are placed on the waiting list for a transplant from someone who has recently passed away. The organ allocation on the waiting list is based on a point system. When a donor becomes available, the donor’s blood and tissue type is determined. That information is then compared with the tissue typing of all patients waiting for a transplant with that blood type. A computerized list is generated through the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, in Richmond, Va. The UNOS list shows if there are any perfect matches for a particular donor in the country. After the perfect matches are determined, then the remaining patients with that blood type are listed according to their point score. The point system is based on several factors, including the match, how long the patient has been waiting and the patient’s immune status.

Living Kidney Donor program

TheWashington RegionalVoluntary Living Donor program offers different options to potential donors than a local transplant center. The process is designed to protect the donor’s and recipient’s health. All donations made through the program benefit the entire waiting list of Washington Regional Transplant Community’s service area. Contact the WRTC at 703-641-0100.

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Advantages of living donors

Helen Wernecke, the General Training Systems department head for the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) at NAS Patuxent River recently marked the five-year anniversary of a kidney donation to a fellow church member. their two children, who were 16 and 14 at the time. "My husband and kids were 100 percent behind me and there was never a doubt in their mind," she said. "That was just the most amazing thing." It was then time to tell the Pipkins. "Mike was really sick that day, and we insisted that they meet us at Panera Bread [in California, Md.]," Wernecke said. "'I need to fess up,' I told them. 'I pursued the 800-number. I'm a match and I want to go through with this. I want to give you one of my kidneys.' It was unbelievably moving." Michael Pipkin said it was a surreal moment for him. "I knew something was up when they called and told us there was something we had to talk about," he said. "I just didn't know what. After Wernecke told me she wanted to give me a kidney, I automatically went into the thought process of 'Will she be OK?' 'How will this affect the [families'] relationship?'" Despite his reservations about knowing his kidney donor, Pipkin said he made peace with the situation. "I was at a time where I had to let go

and I couldn't be in charge," he said. "The right people were put in the right place for this event."


Wernecke and Pipkin began prepping for the surgery, which was scheduled in July, however, during Wernecke's final chest X-ray, doctors discovered a shadow on her lung. "One of the worst moments in this whole process was when Ray called me and said, 'We found something and we have to put the surgery on hold,'" Pipkin said. "It was a terribly emotional day. The hardest part was not being able to talk to Helen and find out how she was. I knew how I was and where I was. I didn't know where she was." A pulmonary specialist confirmed the shadow was the remnant of an old cold working its way out ofWernecke's lung and wouldn't affect her health during surgery, so they rescheduled surgery for Oct. 3. Surgeons removedWernecke's kidney via laparoscopic surgery, performing the operation through small incisions.

"Laparoscopic procedures are now the procedure of choice for donor nephrectomies, [the medical term for removing a kidney]," said Dr. Bryan Becker, transplant physician and former National Kidney Foundation president. "Donors have shorter recovery times, less pain, are able to eat sooner and end up returning to work more quickly." The average surgery to remove a kidney can take anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours, he said.


Wernecke, who has worked for the federal government for 27 years, was back at work two weeks later. Prior to the surgery,Wernecke researched her options for taking time off and found that former President Bill Clinton had signed the Organ Donor Leave Act offering support for federal employees interested in organ donation. The time off comes out of administrative leave.With the support of her supervisor, Wernecke was offered one week of administrative leave to use in conjunction with one week of personal leave.

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Helen Wernecke, General Training department head for the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) at NAS Patuxent River and church-friend Michael Pipkin, recently celebrated their five-year kidney transplant anniversary. Wernecke donated one of her kidneys to Pipkin on Oct. 3, 2007. Pipkin said he noticed a difference immediately. "I felt great," he said. "It was like turning on a light switch. The doctors said the kidney was producing urine before they could even finish the surgery." Within the first 24 hours, the doctors decreased Pipkin's anti-rejection medicine by half. "He'll be on [the medication] for life, but that's how clear of a match we were," Wernecke said. "Less than a year from the time we identified the problem, we had the transplant," Pipkin said. "I was very fortunate for turnaround time. There are many more people on the waitlist than there are kidneys coming in." Becker said the average wait time for a kidney varies based on where the person lives as well as blood type, but can range anywhere from one to more than five years.

A transplanted kidney can function between 10 and 12 years, depending on whether the donor is living, deceased, related or unrelated, according to the National Kidney Foundation, a health organization that focuses on fighting kidney disease.The ideal donor is a living relative, followed by a living non-relative, the group said.

Life-changing benefits

For Wernecke, donating her kidney was more than just the right thing to do. "My faith tells me, you don't brag about things; you just do what you've got to do and if something good for someone else comes out of it then that's great," she said. "It brought a lot of people in our church closer together. It made me have conversations with my siblings that I'd never had with them before. It was really

a good thing." Pipkin said this five-year milestone has been a gift of life. "I celebrate every day, but milestones allow you to stop and look at the accumulation of days that became weeks and then years," he said. "For baseball fans, it is like what Cal Ripken said when he reached his milestone of 2,131 consecutive games played. He was grateful to be able to be in the starting lineup every day, and that is what he played for, but what a celebration it was when he reached the milestone. I am grateful for every day that I am in the starting lineup and will celebrate the milestones as long as God chooses to give them to me." Today, the Werneckes and Pipkins are more than just church members. Wernecke receives a platter of baked goods from Pipkin's mother during holidays and

special occasions, and they are invited to each other's family events.Wernecke, a St. Mary's County native, said she teases Pipkin that he's a "county boy" now, since he is not originally from the area. As forWernecke, life goes on much the way it did before she donated her kidney. She manages a busy lifestyle of work, exercise and family commitments. "There was really no effect from this," Wernecke said. "Every once in a while, I'll get fatigued if we're out running around, but I only need to sit for a couple minutes before my energy is renewed. They said unexplained fatigue could be a side effect." Meanwhile, Pipkin's wife and Wernecke's husband continue to teach Sunday school. "Mike's still sitting across the aisle winking at me and I always get a kiss and hug from him now," she said.

Transplants performed from living donors have several advantages compared with transplants performed from nonliving donors: • Some living donor transplants are done between family members who are genetically similar. A better genetic match lessens the rejection risk. • A kidney from a living donor usually functions immediately, making it easier to monitor. Some nonliving donor kidneys do not function immediately and as a result, the patient may require dialysis until the kidney begins to function. • Potential donors can be tested ahead of time to determine the most compatible recipient. Transplant surgery can take place at a time convenient for both donor and recipient. For more information on kidney transplants, how to be screened and living donors, check out the following links: UNOS at; Washington Hospital Center transplant center at body.cfm?id=1291; and the National Kidney Foundation, Maryland site at - Kristine Wilcox



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Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division STEM and Educational Outreach Office are presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on Oct. 18 for their support to the STARBASE-Atlantis and STARBASE 2.0 Afterschool Mentoring Programs. Pictured from left are, Gary Kessler, NAWCAD executive director; Jamaries Benitez, STARBASE volunteer; Julie Guy, STARBASE-Atlantis Academy director; and Scott Buttrill, STARBASE volunteer. Both Benitez and Buttrill volunteered a combined total of more than 100 hours to support the program. They, along with many other military and DoD civilians at NAS Patuxent River, touched the lives of more than 850 students from grades 5-8 during fiscal 2012, encouraging them to expand their horizons and begin setting goals for their future.

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Leonardtown Lions members Mike Payne, left, and Rich Richardson, right, present Marine Corps Col. Gregg Monk, center, Marine Aviation Detachment commanding officer at NAS Patuxent River, with a symbolic $2,000 check for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project helps service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries or illnesses on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and their families.

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Military Appreciation Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair

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Childcare Provider Training

Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Leonardtown library Learn activities to help children get ready to read. Childcare providers receive two continuing education units for this free training. Register by calling 301-475-2846.

Friends of the Library Mini Book Sale

Sunday, 11a.m. to 3 p.m.; rain date, Nov. 11 Leonardtown library

St. Mary's Ryken Open House

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Saving with Coupons

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Leonardtown library Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor, a 30year coupon veteran, explains how to save with coupons and provides strategies to make the most of coupons. Free class. Register by calling 301-475-2846.

Poetry open mic

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Leonardtown library Poets of all ages can read their original poem or a favorite one.

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Brain Games

Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick

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Saturday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Calvert library, Fairview Branch Students in grades 4-6 can participate in this series of events which uses hands-on activities to have fun with reading. This month's topic, Art in the 4th Dimension. Register by calling 410257-2101.

Kids Just Want to Have Fun

Monday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Reading, discussion and projects for students in kindergarten through grade 3. Register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Calvert library, Prince Frederick Small group sessions on how to makes a strong résumé and cover letter. Register by calling 410-5350291 or 301-855-1862.

Writers by the Bay

Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick All writers and would-be writers are welcome to come for critique and camaraderie.

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NAS Patuxent River Sailors and La Plata High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets celebrated the Navy's 237th birthday in October with Charlotte Hall Veteran's home residents. Cutting the birthday cake were, from left, Capt. Gary Powe, Naval Air Systems Command; the oldest Sailor, retired Senior Master Chief Robert Katburg; Lt. Jonathan Richmond, NAVAIR; and the youngest member, Cadet Katelyn Barnes. The celebration at Charlotte Hall is an annual event sponsored by the Navy Supply Corps Foundation Patuxent River Chapter.

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Webster Field archaeological dig unearths artifacts; In the wake of the storm: Hurricane Sandy skirts Pax; Mentoring stage one: Goal setting...