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JANUARY 24, 2013

NAVAIR teams with Brooke Army Medical Center One year later, command leaders continue to help Fort Sam’s wounded warriors find jobs

By Emily Funderburk Naval Air Systems Command Total Force Communications Support For Army Reserve veteran Jason Rosenthal, the prospect of finding a new home and a new job was daunting. Rosenthal, a wounded warrior who transferred to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Sam Houston after 11 years of active duty, was ending his tenure at the unit—without a civilian job or home to return to. But after a two-day NAVAIR hiring event at Fort Sam in May 2012, Rosenthal said his life changed for the better. “In a matter of weeks, the fear of unemployment and potentially being homeless was no longer a reality I needed to consider,” he said. In July 2012, he became a program analyst for the Support/Commercial-Derivative Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207) at NAS Patuxent River. Despite lacking formal training and education in federal acquisition policies and directives, today Rosen-

thal has attained a working proficiency with program management and contract data requirements list tools and has earned a level 1 certification in program management. “The veterans returning have a wealth of experience in leadership, task organization, program management and critical thinking,” he said. “Sometimes, it takes some creative understanding of the warrior’s duty assignments and a willingness to push for the best possible outcome, but your actions could be a life-changing event to a warrior.” Since November 2011, NAVAIR has worked with Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam, the Department of Defense’s primary care and rehabilitation center for wounded warriors, to help wounded warriors like Rosenthal transition to the civilian workplace from the military. Most recently, NAVAIR hiring managers and human resources personnel, along with Navy Human Resources Service Center personnel, converged from sites across the nation at BAMC Nov. 14-15 for a quarterly hiring event similar to the event Rosenthal attended. This was the third event this year NAVAIR has conducted at BAMC.

U.S. Navy photo

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Left: Army Reserve veteran Jason Rosenthal was recently hired as a program analyst as a result of NAVAIR’s partnership with the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. Since November 2011, NAVAIR has worked with the medical center to help wounded warriors such as Rosenthal transition to the civilian workplace from the military. Right: Today, Rosenthal has working proficiency with program management and contract data requirements list tools as a program analyst for the support/commercial-derivative aircraft program office (PMA-207). Led by NAVAIR Wounded Warrior Program Manager Capt. James Litsch and

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MWR programs promote sensible weight loss in 10 weeks By Donna Cipolloni Tester Staff writer Arthur Bryan and Christine Crawford both wanted to lose weight, so when they heard about the 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks Challenge offered by MWR at the Drill Hall, they signed up, hoping it would work for them. “Between the PRT [physical readiness test] standards and my own ambitions, I knew it was time for me to get in shape,” said Bryan, who is an aircrewman second class with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. Bryan arrived at NAS Patuxent River a year ago at 200 pounds and had already dropped weight working out at the gym three to five times per week. He hoped the 10-week challenge would help him with those hard-to-lose final pounds he wanted to shed. Crawford, the spouse of a retired Sailor, said she wanted not only to look better, but to feel better physically and emotionally. “The class challenged participants to lead a healthy lifestyle and lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks,” said Jillann Hamilton, assistant fitness coordinator and certified personal trainer. “In the beginning, everyone was given a packet of information about calories and exercise. There was a weigh-in each week and an hour-long workout that

included kickboxing, strength class, circuit training and Zumba.” According to Bryan and Crawford, the class taught them how to eat, how to exercise and the simple message of accountability. “I learned that by cutting out 500 calories per day, I could lose a pound a week,” Bryan said. “That was the basis for the number of calories I’d eat in a day or a week. They’d also challenge us to avoid sweets, or fast food, or soda for the week. This wasn’t a diet, it was a lifestyle change.” Exercise played another important role. “The exercise classes were challenging, but I also found myself having fun,” Crawford said. “Having a different type of exercise class each week helps you decide what you enjoy; which ones you can tolerate and what classes are just not for you.” Their families supported their efforts by joining them in healthier eating. Bryan and his wife further tweaked their diet by using smaller plates to control their portion size. It wasn’t easy. It required motivation and “a lot of prayer,” quipped Bryan. But it worked. Bryan reached his goal by dropping another 13 pounds and now fluctuates between 150 and 155. Crawford lost 15 pounds the first time she took the challenge and

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U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Assistant fitness instructor Jillann Hamilton, right, leads Kerry Davis and Chris Garrison, center, through a suspension workout which builds functional strength and improves flexibility, balance and core stability. Known as TRX, this is one of a variety of exercises to which Hamilton might introduce participants in her 10-week weight loss challenges.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

A ‘Hush Rush’ keeps the T-45 flying

By Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Propulsion and Power Test Methods and Facilities Division has a reputation for meeting challenges. When a recent potential shortage of engines for the T-45A Goshawk trainer fleet threatened to impact the Navy’s ability to train its strike aviators, the team was called into action. The T-45 is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy and Marine Corps pilot training program. Safety problems with the Low Pressure Turbine blades in the F405 engine that powers the T-45 forced a redesign of the old blades, which ended production early last year. But the redesign created a new dilemma. “The problem was that the newly redesigned blades were not yet fully qualified by U.S. Navy standards and could not be used immediately and the stockpile of old blades was forecast to be depleted by April,” explained Greg Muschlitz, lead engineer for the NAWCAD Propulsion Systems Evaluation Facility here. In order for the redesigned blades to be fully qualified, a 1,000-hour Accelerated Simulated Mission Endurance Test (ASMET) would have to be completed. The test simu-

lates the usage an engine would experience over its lifetime. The Navy granted approval to begin implementing the redesigned blades into the fleet after completing only 100 hours of endurance testing. That’s where the propulsion and power team faced their challenge. “The ASMET program was awarded to the Propulsion System Evaluation Facility on January 20,” Muschlitz said, “leaving only two and a half months to prepare for what typically takes four to six months for just the set up prior to testing.” Testing of the F405 engine with the redesigned blades was conducted at the NAS Patuxent River Aircraft Test & Evaluation Facility, known as the “Hush House.” The test program was led by NAVAIR’s Test Methods and Facilities Division with key members from the Support Equipment and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Group at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and the Patuxent River Outdoor Test site. “The 100-hour deadline was met on April 11, allowing the new blades to be deployed and preventing an impact on T-45 availability,” Muschlitz said. The remainder of the 1,000-hour testing was performed throughout the summer and completed Oct. 23, several weeks ahead of schedule and several million dollars under budget, saving critical program funds.

U.S. Navy photo

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Propulsion and Power test team keeps the T-45 Goshawk flying with the latest design of engine turbine blades. The T-45A aircraft is flown in intermediate and advanced Navy/Marine Corps pilot training for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions.

Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

NAWCAD selects 2012 Sailor of the Year

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

A program celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was presented Jan. 17 at the Center Stage Theater. Attendees were entertained by the Esperanza Middle School Festival Chorus and watched an old newsreel of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech before Vice Cmdr. C.J. Junge, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, introduced keynote speaker Master Chief Air Traffic Controller Leon N. Thompson Jr. In his speech, Thompson reminded everyone that people are more alike than different, and while America has not yet completely eradicated racism, sexism and prejudice, America has catapulted further than it has ever been before by King’s dream; and we, as a country and a people, will never turn back.

Courtesy photo

Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, left, and Command Master Chief Sean Carolan, right, present Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (AW) Ryan Kirk with the 2012 NAWCAD Sailor of the Year Award during a ceremony Jan. 15. Kirk is assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 as the Government Inspection Office Leading Petty Officer for hangar 109.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

NAWC or NAVAIR: Which do you work for? Commentary by Al Kaniss Guest contributor A question I hear periodically is: “Are you NAWC or NAVAIR?” While the answer is simple, “both,” the explanation gets a little complicated. You may remember a series of commercials where people are arguing whether CERTS was a candy mint or a breath mint. After going back and forth a few times, the announcer’s voice settled the argument by declaring, “Stop. It’s both a candy mint and a breath mint.” You may also remember the parody commercials on “Saturday Night Live” where Dan Akroyd and Gilda Rad-

Al Kaniss ner play a husband and wife arguing about whether a product called “Shimmer” was a floor polish or a dessert topping. Chevy Chase happily settled the argument by declaring it’s both. NAVAIR is short for Naval Air Systems Command. NAWC is short for Naval Air Warfare Center. To help

News briefs On base:

Flu shot at NEX

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River is offering influenza vaccinations free of charge for anyone with a CAC card or affiliated with the DOD—military, family members, DOD civilians and DOD contractors. For more information, call the Preventive Medicine Department at 301-342-4062.

NEX hours to change Monday and Feb. 1

The Navy Exchange is conducting its annual inventory Monday and Feb. 1 which will affect its operating hours. Monday hours are: Main store, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; barber shop/ beauty salon, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; jewelry shop, flower shop and uniform shop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and mini mart, normal hours. Feb. 1 hours are: Mini mart, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., pay at the pump available; main store, barber shop/beauty salon, jewelry shop, flower shop and uniform shop, normal hours.

Pilot Ground School

Monday through May 20, 5-8 p.m. Building 336 off of Cedar Point Road A Patuxent River Navy Flying Club Private Pilot Ground School course meets Mondays starting Jan. 28. The course prepares students for the FAA knowledge test, a pilot certificate prerequisite. The course is also accepted by Naval Air Systems Command in partial fulfillment of the required biennial 80 hours of professional training. Visit the Patuxent River Navy Flying Club or contact Joe Dziewit at 301862-1110 or Al Piranian at 301-342-8555.

PMA-202 change of command ceremony

clarify things, it’s important to know that the term “NAVAIR” actually means two different things. First, it means just NAVAIR headquarters, NAWC’s parent activity. But, NAVAIR also refers to the headquarters plus all of its field activities, including the two NAWCs and the Fleet Readiness Centers. While this may sound confusing, it’s similar to another term that has multiple meanings: “Hawaii.” Hawaii can mean the entire state of Hawaii and it can also mean the biggest island in the Hawaiian island chain, also known as “The Big Island.” Fortunately, the subtlety of whether an employee works for the NAVAIR head-

quarters or a NAVAIR field activity is usually transparent. We all support the same customers, most notably the U.S. Naval Fleet, and work on the same programs and products. But, there are times where legal and fiscal subtleties require a distinction. For example, NAVAIR headquarters employees fall under the older General Schedule while NAWC employees fall under the Science and Technology Reinvention Lab system. Also, NAWC employees are funded under the Navy Working Capital Fund and headquarters employees are funded by the Expense Operating

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Lincoln Military Conference Center Sailors E-5 and below are invited to the free Red and White Ball Sweetheart Dance. DJ music, prizes for the best dressed couple and the best dressed single male and female, photos provided, finger foods, punch bowl, chocolate fountain and child care. Register for child care at the religious programming center in building 401 from 6-10:30 p.m. by emailing

Scholarships for Military Children

Applications due Feb. 22 Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program are now available at the NAS Patuxent River Commissary and online at Applications can be submitted to any military commissary.

Wings over America scholarships

These college scholarships are for family members of Sailors in the U.S. Navy’s Aviation community: officer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased. Eligible applicants must be a high school senior or already enrolled in college. Prequalification forms are now available at

Free tutoring for military families

Family members of National Guard, Reserve and activeduty military in grades kindergarten through 12 are eligible to receive one-to-one academic support 24/7. Help is available in 16 subjects, including algebra, physics, history, grammar and essay writing, plus advanced placement classes and test preparations. Students can get step-by-step homework help or ask a tutor to just proofread their work. For more information or to connect with a tutor, visit

Wednesday, 1 p.m. Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building atrium Capt. Nora Burghardt takes command of the Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202) from Capt. Roger Ligon during the change of command ceremony. The guest speaker is Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, deputy program executive officer at the Joint Strike Fighter Program Executive Office. All NAVAIR and NAS Patuxent River personnel are invited to attend. Military guests should wear their uniform of the day; civilians should dress in business attire.

Where’s Gnorman?

Lincoln Housing Fire Safety Campaign

St. Mary’s County education legislative breakfast

Wednesday and Feb. 6, 10 a.m. Center Stage Theater Learn how to keep you and your family safe. Learn fire safe habits in your home and work place. Learn how to talk to your children about the hazards of fire. Presented by the Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services, Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Attendance by at least one adult member of each household in Lincoln Military Housing is mandatory per the NAS Commanding Officer.

Junior Sailor’s ‘Sweetheart Dance’ Feb. 8, 7-10 p.m.

Somewhere in this issue we’ve hidden Gnorman the gnome. Be the first to call in his location and receive two free Center Stage Theater movie tickets; good for any Center Stage movie. Contest calls are not taken after 4:30 p.m. Friday. The same person cannot win more than once a month. Call the Tester staff at 301-342-4163.

Off base: Monday, 8 a.m. Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County and the Southern Maryland legislative delegation meets for breakfast to discuss legislative initiatives for the upcoming legislative session. For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 177.


Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center

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Countdown to Solid Curtain/ Citadel Shield

26 Days Force Protection Conditions:

What they mean to employees on base By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is looming and part of the exercise will likely involve an increased force protection condition (FPCON), but what does that mean and how will the employees and contractors at NAS Patuxent River be affected? FPCON is a terrorist threat system that describes the measures needed to be taken by security agencies in response to various levels of terrorist threats against military facilities, and reduces the risk of terrorist attacks and other security threats to Department of Defense personnel, property and activities. There are five progressive levels of increasing measures, from Normal to Delta, which incrementally raise protection preparedness. Routinely, the FPCON posted at the entry gates each day for NAS Patuxent River is Alpha—a situation where there exists an unpredictable threat of small and general terrorist activity. The most heightened condition is Delta, a situation where a terrorist attack has just occurred or is determined to be imminent. Between the two are Bravo and Charlie. “Force protection conditions are determined by the direction of NORTHCOM (U.S. Northern Command) and can be affected by local, nationwide or worldwide activity,” said Isaiah Woodruff, anti-terrorism officer for Pax River. The NAS commanding officer has the authority to increase a force protection condition if necessary, based on local activity or threats, but is unable to reduce a condition determined by NorthCom, explained Woodruff. The first result of any FPCON measure will be noticed at the entry gates. “Whereas employees normally present their official ID to gain access, “ Woodruff said, “during a heightened condition, additional security will be evident such as physical barriers controlling traffic flow, 100 percent ID check of everyone in a car, or random searches of cars.” Once inside the installation, dependent on which FPCON is posted, employees might see the presence of increased security, fire and emergency services personnel; police dogs conducting searches, locked down buildings; closed streets or parking lots; and barriers detouring traffic to different routes. “They might also be questioned before entering a building and have their personal bags or packages checked,” Woodruff said. “Some situations call for a building to lock its main doors and have people shelter in place.” Whatever situation we might encounter during Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield, keep in mind that it is for our own safety. And while CS/SC is only an exercise, we should remember to remain vigilant always. “Never say it can’t happen here,” Woodruff warned. “If you see something, say something. Don’t be afraid to make a call.”



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bautro receives Army Commendation Facing a shortfall: DOD prepares

for yearlong continuing resolution By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Continuing resolution. Hiring freeze. Furloughs. These are the buzz words around DOD lately as the possibility of operating under a yearlong continuing resolution at fiscal year 2012 rates looms. But, many may be left wondering, “What does it really mean?” An all-Navy message released by the Secretary of the Navy on Jan. 11 offers clarification and guidance regarding the fiscal year 2013 budget planning, and the impacts to Navy operations if a yearlong continuing resolution (CR) was imposed. “Given the great uncertainty we face, we must enact prudent, but stringent belt-tightening measures now that will permit us to operate the Navy and Marine Corps through the rest of this fiscal year if the CR is extended,” Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, said in the Navy-wide message. Without a fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill, the Navy has been operating under a CR that was established in October at fiscal year 2012 levels. While this CR is set to expire March 27, the president can sign an extension for it to run the remainder of the fiscal year should Congress not be able to pass an appropriations bill. According to the SECNAV’s message, this scenario would leave a funding shortfall in meeting Navy and Marine Corps requirements as operating funds were planned to rise this year from the fiscal year 2012 level; a projected shortfall of more than $4 billion for base operations and maintenance accounts. Funding shortfalls such as this are not

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

Capt. Mike Vernere, left, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer, presents Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Boone Bautro with an Army Commendation Medal during a ceremony Jan. 18. Bautro was deployed as an Embedded Training Team Mentor with the Afghan National Police in Herat Province, Afghanistan, in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. HM1 Bautro is assigned to the Clinic’s Preventive Medicine Department.

Hours of Operation Monday –Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paying for Those Holiday Bills

Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Looking for ways to deal with holiday spending? Focusing on paying off those bills is a good idea for getting the New Year off to a good start. This workshop explores tips to help get on the right start, easing the holiday debt-load.

Interviewing Techniques All classes and seminars are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center unless otherwise noted. Workshops and seminars are open to and free for active-duty and retired military and their family members. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 301-342-4911. The FFSC is always looking for a few good volunteers, too.

Feb. 6, 1-4 p.m. Prepare for job interviews by practicing personal presentation skills: answering common interview questions, writing follow-up and thank-you letters and negotiating job offers.

Smooth Move-Home or Abroad Feb. 7, 9-10 a.m.

unique to the Navy and Marine Corps as other armed services are also tightening their budget belts. While fiscal year 2013 funding is expected for overseas contingency operations, the Navy is taking cost-saving measures that are prudent and reversible and have minimal impact to forces operating forward. Some of the prudent measures aimed at mitigating budget risks by decreasing overhead costs include: Curtailing administrative contracting support services Reducing information technology and administrative budgets Minimize all non-mission essential travel and training to the greatest degree possible, effective through April 1. Foreign Military Sales funded travel is exempt from these restrictions. The first flag officer or senior executive service civilian in the chain of command will determine whether travel is mission essential.  Postponing scheduled, governmentsponsored conferences until April or beyond. Re-approval is required for conferences that cannot be easily delayed, are considered absolutely mission essential, or required to maintain professional license or certifications. Implementing a government-wide hiring freeze. While a hiring freeze is now in effect for Navy commands, hiring actions may be performed for mission essential billets, as determined by Command leadership. These decisions will be made in close collaboration with customers and programs to minimize

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This class is designed for those moving anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. Receive expert information about the travel and pay, household goods shipments, stress management, budgeting for the move, housing concerns, moving with kids, cultural adaptation, plus specific overseas information.

Marriage is a Work of Heart

Feb. 7, 3:30-5 p.m. The goal of this class is to provide couples with new ideas and tools to help them continue to build together the marriage they envisioned. Practice Speaker-Listener Technique to enhance communication even on the toughest issues.

Playgroup at Glen Forrest Community Center

Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Moms, dads, and caregivers are invited to bring their children for playtime at the Glen Forrest Community Center.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


NAVAIR, women engineers gather for summit of support By Gary Younger Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers Public Affairs To succeed in the workplace, women don’t need to be “men in high heels,” said Leslie Taylor, Naval Air Systems Command’s director of flight test engineering. “The key is being authentic and effective,” Taylor told a group of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) senior leaders and executives from the Society of Women’s Engineers. The two groups gathered at NAS Patuxent River River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center Jan. 10 to collaborate on ways to increase recruiting and retention within their professional ranks. Taylor was echoing a point made by Betty Shanahan, CEO and executive director of SWE, with which the naval organization has partnered for more than a decade. The groups strategized on how to increase the number of women engineers within NAVAIR. While there are more than 21,000 members of SWE worldwide, fewer than two dozen are at Pax River, organizers said. “We want to make sure we’re building a diverse candidate pool and we’re reaching out to quality talent in a variety of professional organizations,” said Tania Dawson, NAVAIR recruiting and retention program manager. By aligning itself with professional organizations such as SWE, NAVAIR has supported its employees through outreach, education, networking and awards. Despite SWE’s name, men are welcome to join the organization, Shanahan said, noting that men make up about 4 percent of its membership. At this SWE meeting, three men from NAVAIR’s senior leaders showed

their support at the event—Jesse McCurdy, deputy assistant commander for Research and Engineering; Jerry Short, comptroller; and Gary Kessler, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Shanahan, an electrical engineer, said groups such as SWE provide support for their members throughout their careers. “I’ve been a member of SWE since I was in college, and I can point to distinct points in my career where if SWE hadn’t been there for me, I would have left the profession,” she said. Without employer partnerships, SWE would not be as effective in positively affecting a person’s career. “The employers are the ones who create the environments … and the opportunities, so the more we can do to partner with the employers of women, the more our mission is achieved,” she said. “Meetings like this are valuable to us. This is key to us accomplishing our mission.” The Women’s Advisory Group, known as WAG, also provides support for professional women at Pax River. The group is championed within NAVAIR by Taylor; Jerry Short, comptroller; and Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers and NAVAIR assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations. Leaders within both organizations said they found themselves facing the same challenge: helping their members succeed without feeling the need to change who they are. Some call it the “imposter scenario,” where one may have fears, old beliefs or habits that “take control” when under stress. Many women feel their success has come from working hard, some luck and “fooling people,” Shanahan said. “They may think,

Simmons enlists for two more years

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate-Handling 2nd Class (AW/SW) Andrew Simmons commits to two more years of Navy service during a reenlistment ceremony Jan. 14. Simmons has been in the Navy for 12 years.

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Leslie Taylor, Naval Air Systems Command’s director of flight test engineering, center, explains a point to Karen Horting, deputy executive director of Society of Women Engineers, left, and Betty Shanahan, executive director and CEO of Society of Women Engineers. NAVAIR and SWE leaders met Jan. 10 at River’s Edge to further enhance a partnership that has already been in existence for more than a decade. ‘I’m not as good as people think I am and this whole house of cards is about to come down when they figure out I’m not as good.’ This has all kinds of manifestations, both for the individual and the organization. If I think I’m not that good, I’m not going after that next position. That not only hurts me but it also hurts the organization.” Taylor said when she’s mentoring, she implores women to consider their “likeabil-

ity factor.” “When you talk about being ‘men in high heels,’ that’s not the most likeable connotation sometimes,” she said. “I talk to my women about being likeable and credible. Don’t be that [person] no one wants to work with. I don’t care whether you are male or female.” For more information on SWE, visit

New employee emergency reporting procedures in place By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs A new instruction for employee reporting procedures for NAS Patuxent River was put into place this month, providing all employees aboard the installation a guide on what to expect when adverse weather or any other emergency situation could impact normal base operations. NAS Patuxent River Instruction (NASPAXRIVINST) 12610.7G spells out what procedures employees are expected to follow when a disruption changes normal operations. The instruction also identifies which employees are considered “critical employees” and which employees are considered “mission essential personnel.” Those in doubt after reviewing the instruction should contact their supervisor for guidance. Supervisors should also ensure all employees are aware of their status. NASPAXRIVINST 12610.7G can be found by using an NMCI computer, logging on to the MyNAVAIR website and searching under Instructions and Notices. Employees without access to MyNAVAIR should obtain a copy from their supervisor. While the base is always open, if a situation arises that could alter base operations during non-duty hours, employees can get

Critical Employees: Critical employees are those employees performing duties that are critical to the continuity of operations in the areas of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety and other crucial operations. Table 1 of NASPAXRIVINST 12610.7G offers further guidance in the designation of critical employees who are required to report to work in accordance with supervisor guidance or agency policy. Mission Essential Personnel: Mission Essential Personnel are those personnel assigned to specific duties and/ or responsibilities who are required to achieve their command’s primary missions which directly support Critical Fleet Operations and conduct specific mission essential functions deemed by the Commander/Commanding Officer to be essential. base status information by calling (301) 342-BASE (2213), tuning to local radio and television stations, or by viewing the installation’s website, Patuxent or Facebook, NASPaxRiver. During work hours, information will also be relayed through the employee’s chain of command. AtHOC messages are another way for employees to receive emergency messages.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

11:30 a.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. Party into shape with this Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Feel the music and let loose. Group exercise fees apply.

River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center

Free Home Buyers’ Seminar

Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frank Knox Building, room 154 A free First-time Homebuyer class offers insight to the entire home-buying process: personal finances, credit and credit scoring, qualifying and applying for a loan, choosing the right home and what to expect at a loan closing. Class is presented by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Register by calling 301-342-3846.

Second Annual Arts and Crafts Spring Fling

Registrations Feb. 7, 11 and 19 Military, DOD civilians, contractors or sponsored guest interested in participating in the Second Annual Spring Fling can register based on the following schedule: activeduty or retired military, Feb. 7; past crafters, Feb. 11; and DOD civilians and contractors. Spaces are $60 and tables and chairs are available for rent. Register at Customized Creations or call 301-342-3569.

Energy Zone

To learn more about classes and to register, stop by the Drill Hall Fitness and Sports Office or call 301-995-3869. Body Pump and Body Step launches Feb. 2 - 8 a.m.-Body Step Launch 9 a.m.-Body Pump Launch Experience the new releases of Body Pump and Body Step. Classes are team taught with several of top notch instructors. Light refreshments are provided and participants can enter a drawing for prizes. Zumba® classes Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Thursdays,


For more information and to make reservations, stop by River’s Edge or call 301-342-3656. Tailgater Sunday Brunch Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price reduced. Come to the River’s Edge for Sunday Brunch: omelet bar, make-your-own waffle station, wings station, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruits and more. Cost is $14.95, adults; $10.95, children ages 6-16; $3, children 3-5; and free for children ages 3 and younger. Price includes champagne, Bloody Mary, orange juice, fountain drinks, milk, and coffee. Reservations recommended. Very Special Valentine Dinner Feb. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your Valentine to the River’s Edge for a romantic dinner. Menu features a selection of Italian favorites: gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, veal parmesan and a pasta bar. Wine tasting packages are also available. Cost is $14.95, members, and $16.95, non-members; coupons are redeemable.

Drill Hall

For more information and to register for classes, stop by the Fitness and Sports Office or call 301-757-1194. Intramural Table Tennis Tournament Feb. 5, 10 a.m. Active-duty, Reserve and retired military, and members of the Fitness and Sports Program are invited to participate in the Annual Table Tennis Tournament. A pre-tournament meeting is before the tournament begins with play immediately upon conclusion of the meeting. Points to Fitness Program Register by Feb. 5 Feb. 12, 10 weeks The person with the most points wins a grand prize. Participants earn points by logging food intake, working out daily, weighing in weekly, losing pounds and making their goal weight. A free workout is offered 4:30 p.m. 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. For more information, call 301-342-4208 or 301-342–3565. Feb. 2: Snowboard/Ski Trip Feb. 3: Superbowl Party Feb. 14: Cupids Revenge Feb. 23: Snowboard/Ski Trip Tuesdays: Texas Hold ‘em Game Night : Wednesdays Movie and Munchie Night : Thursdays Cost is $10 for active-duty military and $20 for all others. Pre-registration is required. Organizational meeting is 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in Bowling Center. Intramural Dodgeball Tournament Feb. 6, 10 a.m. Teams for this tournament must be represented at the Organizational Meeting. Open to active-duty, Reservists, retired military, their family members and members of the Civilian Fitness and Sports Program. Mission Nutrition Feb. 7 This free one-day class is for active-duty only, although spouses are welcome. Topics include: weight control, mindless and emotional eating, planning meals, shopping and eating out, supplements, sports nutrition and more. A group exercise class is offered during lunch hours once a month: March 6, April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 5.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free Sneak Preview Thursday, Jan. 24 6:30 p.m., Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (3D) In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Rated: R (1 hr, 28 min) No recording devices permitted. First come, first served seating. Admittance starts at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 6:30 p.m., Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (3D) Two young people journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D tech-



them would be catastrophic. Inside the factory can also be found the factory’s crab-like Chief Executive Officer, the beguiling serpent-haired receptionist, Celia, and the sarcastic chameleon monster, Randall Boggs, who schemes to replace Sully as Monsters, Inc.’s top Scarer. Visiting from the human world is Boo, a tiny girl who turns the monster world upside-down. Rated: G (1 hr, 32 min) nology that allows them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers. Rated: PG (1 hr, 31 min) 9 p.m., The Hobbit (3D) The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome

dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands. Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession

of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all middle Earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 50 min) Saturday, Jan. 26 4 p.m., Monsters, Inc. (3D) Monsters, Inc. is the largest scare factory in the mon-

ster world and the top kid Scarer is James “Sully” Sullivan, a huge intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His Scare Assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski, a lime green, opinionated, fiesty, one-eyed monster. Scaring children isn’t such an easy job—monsters believe children are toxic and that direct contact with

6 p.m., Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (3D) 8:30 p.m., The Hobbit (3D) Sunday, Jan. 27 2 p.m., The Hobbit (3D) Monday and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, Jan. 30 6:30 p.m., The Hobbit (3D)



Ask the lawyer:

Can the government make my spouse disclose confidential conversations?

By Mathew Tully Guest contributor

Q. If I told my spouse about something wrong I did, can the government make him or her testify against me?

A. Generally in the military, what a married couple confidentially tells each other is not the business of the government. Under the Military Rules of Evidence, a married service member and his or her spouse are afforded a “spousal incapacity privilege.” This means the spouse can refuse to disclose or prevent the disclosure of any information that was confidentially communicated between them while they were married. If the couple later divorces, confidential communications made during the marriage are still covered by this privilege. However, spousal incapacity privilege is not an absolute privilege. According to the Military


Mathew Tully Rules of Evidence, spousal incapacity privilege can be taken away when “one spouse is charged with a crime against the person or property of the other spouse or a child of either, or with a crime against the person or property of a third person committed in the course of committing a crime against the other spouse.” So, if a service member is accused of assaulting his or her spouse or sexually abusing his or her child, the government can compel the spouse to testify against the service member. Also, the child against whom the

crime was committed must be either a biological or adopted child, or ward of either spouse for the spousal incapacity privilege to be revoked. Spousal incapacity exemption also applies to “a child who is under the permanent or temporary physical custody of one of the spouses, regardless of the existence of a legal parentchild relationship,” according to the Military Rules of Evidence. Cheating spouses should not expect this privilege to protect them. As the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals noted in U.S. v. Jason Taylor, adultery, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “strikes directly at the institution of marriage.” This offense, the court held, constitutes “a crime against the person of the other spouse” and, consequently, “the marital privilege does not apply to communications involving the adultery.” Taylor, for example, in-

volved a Marine Corps sergeant who confessed to his wife about having an affair with a 15-year-old girl. The sergeant was found guilty at court martial of carnal knowledge in violation of Article 120 and adultery. On appeal, he argued the military judge erred in allowing his wife to testify against him, but the court upheld the findings of guilty, noting that the spousal incapacity privilege did not apply to this adultery case. Service members facing any type of criminal charge and concerned a spouse may be asked to testify against them should contact a military law attorney. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer could attempt to suppress such testimony based on the spousal incapacity privilege. Mathew Tully is an Iraq war veteran and founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC. E-mail questions to The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This week in US Naval History

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo

Here is the bathyscaphe Trieste as it’s hoisted from the water by a floating crane, during testing by the Naval Electronics Laboratory in the San Diego, Calif., area in the late 1950s. On Jan. 23, 1960, Trieste made history when it reached the deepest part of the world’s oceans, descending 7 miles to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench off Guam. Trieste, a deep-diving research bathyscaphe, was first launched in 1953 near Naples, Italy, by Swiss scientists. In 1958 it was purchased by the U.S. Navy and transported to San Diego, Calif., where it conducted tests in the Pacific. In 1963, it went to the Atlantic to search for the lost submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) and taken out of service soon after completing that mission. Trieste is now on exhibit at the Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Clinic Veterans Administration representative recognized


Local teen earns 4-H military youth award

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

Capt. Mike Vernere, left, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer, recognizes Newell Quinton for his service as the Veterans Affairs representative for the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) program. The IDES program provides a smooth transition for wounded, ill and injured service members who can no longer continue serving on active duty. Quinton is also the Veterans Service Representative for Southern Maryland.

Courtesy photo

John Caniban, a member of the NAS Patuxent River Rassieur Youth Center Teen Program, was awarded the Maryland 4-H Military Youth of the Year Award on Jan. 20 for his work on the Navy Teen Council. Caniban is one of 10 teens who represented military teenagers Navy wide trying to bring teen issues to the forefront. Caniban stayed in communication with the Commander, Navy Installations Command during biweekly teleconferences.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mattapany Day Camp registrations open early Courtesy of the MWR Marketing Department In response to numerous requests registration dates for the 2013 Mattapany Day Camp have been moved up this year to allow people the opportunity to register in other community programs should their needs not be met within the MDC program. Enrollment and registration dates are: Feb. 25-March 1 for youths currently enrolled in the School-Age Center; March 4-8 for military; March 1115 for DOD civilians; and March 18-22 for DOD contractors. Registrations are accepted at the Rassieur Youth Center, building 1597, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a twoday process. The first day for a review of registration packet information to ensure it is complete; this includes sponsor’s signatures and all forms filled in. Once enrolled, an appointment is made to return to make the necessary payment. Registration packets are

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

Mattapany Day Camp counselor Kristin Kauffman tell a story about the tomahawk her group made during an arts and crafts session at the 2012 MDC. Along with arts and crafts, the outdoor summer day camp offers nature walks, swimming activities, day trips and other special events. available at the Rassieur Youth Center and online at; click on Fleet and Family Readiness, Support Services and then Youth Center. All medical action plans require a health professional’s signature and must be completed before attending camp. Youths requiring any

medications to be administered at MDC by camp personnel require proper documentation which must be completed prior to the child attending/entering camp. Medication, including overthe-counter medicines, must be in an original box that labels the prescription and expiration date.

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The STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—Expo is an opportunity for parents, students, community members and anyone else interested in St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ STEM Academy to ask question and talk with current STEM students and teachers. Student work samples and exhibits are on display during the Expo. For more information on the STEM Academy, visit www.smcps. org/stem, or contact Tracey Heibel at 301-475-5511 ext. 135.

HR offers Planning for Retirement

U.S. Navy photo by EJ Hersom

The U.S. Navy Band marches down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday. The band, along with more than 2,100 service members from each of the five branches, marched in the Inaugural Parade with approximately 5,000 supporting the inauguration.


Continued from 1 Individuals with Disabilities Action Team champions Steve Cricchi and Dan Nega, the hiring event team met with 45 wounded, ill and injured service members from all the armed services to share information about NAVAIR’s missions and programs, give career advice and conduct interviews for job openings. This and previous BAMC events are the result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in January 2012 by leaders of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam, the Navy’s Office of Civilian Human Resources, and NAVAIR. This MOU cemented a partnership committed to helping the growing number of our nation’s disabled and wounded veterans find meaningful careers in the government or private sector. “The first anniversary of the signing of NAVAIR’s MOU with BAMC gives us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of NAVAIR’s commitment to finding meaningful careers for the nation’s wounded warriors,” Cricchi said. “We’ve learned that while the entire nation stands behind the philosophy of taking care of our wounded, ill and injured service members, and plenty of companies visibly promote programs to do so, the reality is that many service

members face separation without a job offer in hand.” For Rosenthal, the partnership hits close to home. “The majority of the men and women I knew at the warrior transition unit at BAMC wanted to continue serving,” he said. “Validating the sacrifice of a warrior by allowing them to continue supporting the warriors they served beside is a crucial element in healing.” In fiscal year 2012, NAVAIR hired 188 wounded warriors and has hired 12 BAMC wounded warriors. NAVAIR’s Patuxent River and Cherry Point, N.C., sites are among the top locations where the Navy Dept. has hired veterans in fiscal year 2012, according to department hiring statistics. Rosenthal advises wounded warriors separating from active duty to refrain from underestimating themselves and to use all the resources available to them, such as resume writing classes and career counselors. Most important, he tells them to take a chance and ask for help. “Whatever illness or injury, you are still, and always will be, a warrior,” he advised. “That means you are a member of an elite group of Americans. Your skills are desperately needed, because you acquired them under the toughest conditions with the greatest risk.” For more information on NAVAIR’s Wounded Warrior Program, visit or email

Feb. 21-22; April 25-26 and June 12-13; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington Navy Yard, building 22 The Human Resources Office-Washington is offering Planning for Retirement seminars for Federal employees with 10 years or less to retirement eligibility. Get an overview of federal benefits and financial goal setting for a smooth transition into retirement. To register, submit an approved SF-182, training request document form, to Janie Harens at

St. Mary’s County education budget

Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Central Administration Building 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown The St. Mary’s County Board of Education seeks public input for 2013-2014 operating budget. SMCPS employees and community members are invited to participate in this Budget Forum. Speakers are encouraged to provide comments in writing to allow the Board to give consideration to all inputs. For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 177.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Help others this tax season by becoming a VITA volunteer. Training is available online. First, create a user ID at; then, go to www.irs. gov/Individuals/Link-&-Learn-Taxes and select “click here” to see course contents, or go to vita/sitemap.jsp to begin training. The Volunteer Standards of Conduct course and the beginner’s certification level are mandatory. Submit these certificates to base legal by Jan. 28. Contact Chief Legalman Stacey Mincey at or 301-342-1041.

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Active-Duty Dental Program:

Supporting Sailors’, mission readiness Commentary by Lt. Paul M. Edwards Having dental pain? Deploying soon? Operational Dental Readiness is our primary mission, and the Active-Duty Dental Program is here to help us help you. ADDP provides timely and efficient access to care, as well as specialty care, by referring eligible beneficiaries to the private sector at no cost. ADDP referrals are made on a case-by-case basis for mission-essential dental needs that can’t be efficiently met by the dental clinic on base, due to either limited resources or manpower of the dental clinic. Elective and cosmetic needs cannot be addressed through ADDP. How does the process work? During dental exams, patients are told all of their treatment needs and offered recommendations. Based on their treatment needs and the judgment of the attending dentist, an ADDP referral and a list of eligible private sector clinicians are given. From there, the patient is responsible for selecting a provider and scheduling the planned treatment. With the referral, treatment at the private sector office is done free of charge for the active-duty patient; however, failure to appear for that appointment can result in a “no show” charge.

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The Active-Duty Dental Program ensures service members receive timely and efficient access to care when services at military dental facilities cannot be provided. This charge is the responsibility of the patient; they are not covered by ADDP. Once treatment is completed by the private sector clinician, the patient must be re-evaluated by the base dental clinic so their records can be updated. ADDP can also help in emergency situations where the service member is not within a 50-mile radius of a military dental clinic. In cases such as this, emergency treatment may be sought at a private dentist without a referral. This benefit is intended only for the relief of symptoms. It only covers nondefinitive, initial treatment. ADDP does not authorize follow-up care outside of a military dental clinic. When the service member returns to his or her dental clinic, he or she will receive definitive dental treatment and referrals are made to retroactively cover


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U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Jackson Road is named in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Donald Gordan Jackson who lost his life in a midair accident over the eastern shore of Maryland on Oct. 6, 1955. Cedar Point Road, one of the few streets on base not named for aviators, is named for the original unofficial designation of this area.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Around town

St Mary’s County events

Calvert County events

Meet the Airplane at Pax

Little Minnows: Sense-Sational!

Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Get to know the airplanes of Pax’s flightline with the first in a series of bimonthly Meet the Airplane events at the Pax River Naval Air Museum. This first session is focused on the E-2. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays. Admission is free and there’s always something for all ages. For more information, call 301-863-1900 or

Appraiser Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Clement’s Island Museum Expert appraisers representing fine arts, jewelry, vintage dolls and U.S. coins are available. The fine arts category includes ceramics, pottery, glassware, artwork/paintings, music boxes and curiosity items. Appraisals in this category are limited to two per person and cost is $5 per item. Other category appraisal fees are $5 for the first two items and $10 per item thereafter. Ten U.S. coins are evaluated for $5. For more information call 301-769-2222 or visit www.

Casino Night

Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Brass Rail Sports Bar, Great Mills Free food and fun with proceeds benefitting the Thoroughbred Placement Rescue. Must be age 21 or older. For more information, call 301-994-9855.

Scholarship Fair

Monday, 4-7 p.m. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Leonardtown Meet scholarship providers listed on the 2013 St. Mary’s County Common Scholarship Application, learn how to complete the application, attend a session on Financial Aid Basics, and ask questions about funding a college career. For more information, call 240-257-2322 or visit

US Naval Academy Alumni dinner

Register by Jan. 31 Event: Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training, Piney Point The Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends of the Academy to its annual Dark Ages dinner. Installation of officers and GSMC president’s remarks to follow dinner. Cost is $37. Register online at www.navyalumni. org and follow the e-invitation directions, or contact Richard Snyder at or 240-298-2279.

Today, 10-11 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum Did you hear that? What’s that smell? Look at that color. Children ages 3-5 old can come and find out how we use the human senses to know the world around us. Cost is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Register by calling 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

Garden Smarter: Starting from Seed

Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Use the full potential of a piece of ground and a handful of seeds. Produce abundant harvests by starting seeds now. Grow healthier plants and unique heirlooms.

Nature’s Explorers: Feeding Time

Sunday, 2-2:30 p.m. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, Prince Frederick Help feed the turtles, watch as crickets disappear in the blink of an eye and see a snake swallow its prey whole. A hands-on activity teaches how different bird beaks are designed for feeding on different foods. There are snacks for kids, too. Designed for youths ages 6-9. Adult participation is encouraged, but not required. Reservations are necessary and can be made at

Calvert Eats Local Winter Potluck

Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Join Calvert Eats Local in a giant potluck celebrating local food. Bragging rights to those who bring the dishes with the lowest number of “food miles.” Bring a plate, utensils, cup and napkin for a truly green experience. Register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Calvert Adult Education ESOL

Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15-11:45 a.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Free Beginning/Intermediate classes are offered for foreign-born adults who want to learn to speak English or improve their English skills. Classes focus on speaking, reading and writing English. There is a skills assessment before entry into class and individual learning plans are developed based on strengths and weaknesses. To register, call the Adult Education Office at 410-535-7382 or 301-855-1834 ext. 7382.

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COMMENTARY Continued from 3 Budget. The good news is the “NAWC or NAVAIR” question doesn’t come up nearly as often as it used to; a sign that the organizations have grown more cohesive and seamless over the years, especially since the headquarters has been co-located with one of its field activities—NAWCAD at Pax River—for the past 15 years. While we’re on the subject of clarifying relationships, there are two other subtleties to keep in mind: first, Program Management Activities (PMAs) and Program Executive Offices (PEOs) are not part of NAVAIR. While PMAs and PEOs have a close working relationship with NAVAIR, these two work for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition. Second, the NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer does not report to either NAWCAD or NAVAIR. The naval air station commanding officer reports to Naval District Washington. Again, these are usually seamless relationships but do have occasional implications where the organizations must be kept separate and distinct. Bottom line, we are one team working together to provide the best products and services to our customers. That is the most important thing to remember.

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schedule impacts. Terminating temporary employees, except temporary employees who are performing mission-critical activities supporting the warfighter Cutting facilities sustainment, except for safety of life Reducing spending on base operating support Curtailing remaining facility sustainment restoration modernization program Canceling any planned facilities demolition, and Delaying all decommissionings and disposals or lay-ups. All of these cost-saving measures are reversible should Congress pass an appropriations bill. The potential for furloughs exists if a yearlong CR is implemented, but all furlough decisions will be made at the White House level and will be government-wide with limited exception. SECNAV will provide guidance when it is received. While there is still a chance for a fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill to pass, the SEVNAV’s message stressed that being prudent and taking action now may prevent a readiness shortfall in the coming months if DOD remains operating under the continuing resolution at the fiscal year 2012 level.

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