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November 8, 2012

Virtual trainer tests security response By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs A new virtual trainer is giving police officers at NAS Patuxent River hands-on experience tackling some of the most dangerous scenarios they could face in a not-so-dangerous place. After eight months in the works, the VirTra—a 300 degree, wrap around simulator with surround sound—was installed last month, providing security personnel useof-force and firearms training in a secure environment. With the new system, police can train for difficult real-world situations, such as active shooter, suicides and hostage situations. "This is a top-of-the-line system that will expose our law enforcement officers to many different variables they could face on any given day," said Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Patuxent River executive officer. "Our security forces will encounter realistic scenarios in this device without getting in harm's way and that's a good thing." There are about 50 different types of incidents, all of which are based on real police reports, and each contains hundreds of different responses from the characters on screen.

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Master-at-Arms 3rd Class William Reynolds, front, and police officer Marc Villaruel test their response to a domestic violence call using the new 300-degree, wrap-around simulator, VirTra. Last month, NAS Patuxent River security forces installed the system, which holds more than 50 different real-world police scenarios, to provide police officers realistic training in a safe environment. "Different scenarios bring out different emotions and responses in the officers," said Police Sgt. James Williams, Naval DistrictWashington police officer assigned to NAS Patuxent River. "The controller can change the scenarios based on how

the officer responds and reacts. The commands they give and their body language can trigger the scene to go one way or another as the controller makes the bad guy either comply or attack." The officers can use four differ-

ent weapons during the training: M9 pistol, OC Spray, M500 shotgun or M-16 rifle, and use of the wrong one at the wrong time ends the scenario. At that point, the controller discusses any errors and lessons learned from the event.

"This puts them in real-life scenarios," Chief Master-at-Arms Blake Poole, NAS Patuxent River Security Department Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer, said about the

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Pax Teen Council mentors Great Mills High School students By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs It's your first day at school and as you're walking along the halls in search of your class, you start to worry about being the new kid... again. With an average moving rate of every 2.5 years, it's not unheard of for military kids to have attended eight or more schools by the time they graduate; a unique challenge indeed. Aimed at easing this hardship is the student-led, school-managed Student-2-Student Program where peers help transitioning students adjust to their new school. "They're a welcoming committee for new students," said Dawn Simpson, NAS Patuxent River school liaison officer. "They will take a new student under their wing and show them around, help them make friends and be someone to eat lunch with the first day."

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Rassieur Youth Center Teen Council members reestablished the Student-2-Student Program at their school, Great Mills High School, this year after realizing its need following the Naval District Washington Youth Council Summit in September. Teen Council members here are, from left, Annika Anderson, Brice Benz, John "JP" Caniban, Jacqueline Yannes, Ayana Hewitt, teen coordinator Sabrina Barnes, and Kyle Medlock. At Great Mills High School, members of the NAS Patuxent River RassieurYouth CenterTeen Council recently re-established the S2S Program with the help of the school's principal, Jake Heibel, as a way to

support all new students with getting a solid start at a new school. Heibel, who has been the school's principal for the past two years, said it was important to create the program at Great Mills for

three reasons. First, to help the freshmen transition into high school; second, to help military transfer students adjust; and lastly, to mentor and help resolve conflicts between students.

The RYC Teen Council members, who are also GMHS students, said they realized the need for S2S at their school after having attended the Naval DistrictWashingtonYouth Council Summit in September. "At the summit, we learned about different ways to help make military kids feel comfortable in a new area and one of those discussed was the S2S Program," said JacquelineYannes, RYC Teen Council member and GMHS freshman. Alessandro Bayola, NAS Patuxent River RYC Teen Council member and GMHS senior, said he wanted to get the program going because throughout his four years at Great Mills he's seen many students come to school and not really know what to do. Now, as an S2S Program mentor, Bayola said, "I'm able to help people who just came in by taking them around the school, showing them what to do and how to go about their school day."

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Supply Department: Keeping the fleet moving forward By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer "Keeping the fleet moving forward" is a phrase that might have a variety of implied meanings, but when it comes to supply and warehousing, it should be taken literally. Base Supply Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Monica Agarwal, is in charge of logistical supply for NAS Patuxent River and its tenant commands, officially known as Naval Supply Systems Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk Detachment Patuxent River. "We handle personal property (household goods), the fuel farm, material (warehouse), and Aviation Support Division," Agarwal explained. "We serve all active-duty and retired service members and DoD employees."

Personal property

Whenever a household needs moving, the individual can coordinate their own move by visiting for information and online forms. Agarwal said the personal property area serves as a front office for the person moving by answering questions, providing information and tracking requisitions. The personal property office also has a kiosk on the first floor of building 588, so people without access to a computer can connect to the Internet and track their move, Agarwal added.

Fuel farm The




U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Logistics Specialist Seaman John Tran and Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Arnaz Purter ready a piece of depot level repairables equipment from the Aviation Support Division warehouse for shipping. pipelines that snake throughout portions of the base provide a variety of fuels that power aircraft and government vehicles. "A barge comes in once or twice per month and will offload fuel to storage tanks in the fuel farm,"

Agarwal said. "Tankers then take the fuel out to the hot pit on the airstrips for use in refueling aircraft."

Material warehouse

One material warehouse and one Aviation Support Division

Building 409 parking lot closed for repair

warehouse hold a combined total of 13,000 line items, both consumable and repairable; everything from a 1 cent screw, to flight clothing, to larger mechanical items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A staff of 76 civilian and military personnel

keeps things moving in and out on a regular basis with high-priority parts being delivered within the hour, Agarwal said. "We supply parts for all six squadrons and for 51 type model series aircraft here at Pax but we also support the fleet all over the world," she said. "Sixty percent of our shipped parts go out to places such as Guam, Afghanistan and Asia." The material warehouse takes initial deliveries, processes shipments for commercial carrier pickup, employs woodworkers to build custom crates for shipping oversized items, and stores receipts for all issues. The ASD warehouse contains depot level repairables, or items repaired for reuse.These may include radar receivers, built-up tires, brakes, internal computers and other circuit cards for aircraft, helicopter blades and landing gear. "It's cheaper to repair than purchase new," said Lt. Elliot Riley, ASD division officer. Riley said there are more than 2,000 DLR's in the warehouse with a dollar value in excess of $95 million. Additionally, Riley said ASD is the single point of contact for supply needs of all the squadrons. And with that responsibility comes paperwork. According to Agarwal, in fiscal 2012, there was an average of 5,000 requisitionsprocessedformaterialreceived, more than 3,000 requisitions processedformaterialissuedanddelivered,and1,200requisitionsformaterial shipped out—per month.

Niccum promoted to lieutenant

Courtesy photo illustration

The parking lot for building 409, corner of Cedar Point and Tate roads, is closed until Monday for a repaving project. This closure affects customers visiting services such as the Personnel Support Detachment, legal office and the NAS Command Career Counselor. Building 409 customers and employees must park at either the library or next to the credit union, as indicated on the map.

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Lt. Troy Niccum, NAS Patuxent River security officer, has his new rank pinned on by NAS Patuxent River Executive Officer, Capt. Ben. Shevchuk, Nov. 1.

Thursday, November 8, 2012



St.Mary's College Chemistry Program partners with NAWCAD

Dr. Geoffrey Eldridge, Naval Air Systems Command, recently oversaw a visit from students in St. Mary's College of Maryland's Chemistry Instrumental Analysis Class to NAS Patuxent River. During the visit, students were able to conduct tests at the Fuels and Lubricants Chemistry Laboratory. Eldridge, left, and student, Leo Carino-Herrara, review data from the Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer. This spectrometer analyzes relatively non-volatile samples such as oils. Here students learned about using LCMS to analyze aviation turbine oils used in advanced jet engines.

U.S. Navy photos by Kathy Glockner

St. Mary's College of Maryland students, Kaiolani Siregar, left, and Alexandra Moore, weigh an Yttrium solution using an analytical balance to prepare a sample for the Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer, or ICP-OES. The ICP-OES measures the amount of dissolved metals in fuels or lubricants samples down to sub part per million levels, or ppm. A ppm is the equivalent of the weight of one paper clip out of a ton of material. The college visit exposed its students to the analytical laboratory equipment used in fuel analysis. a

St. Mary's College of Maryland student Tessa Scheckelhoff, left, prepares a sample of tri-cresyl phosphate, or TCP, for analysis on a Gas Chromatograph as Associate Professor Dr. Randy Larsen, looks on. Some TCP isomers, or molecules with chemical groups in certain positions relative to the main structure, are believed to be toxic to humans and may be implicated in "toxic cabin air syndrome." The GC-FID device shown here can be used to measure which isomers are present in the TCP formulation and their relative concentrations. The education partnership between St. Mary's College of Maryland and Naval Air Warfare Center Aviation Division affords students the opportunity to use test equipment previously not available to them, which better prepares them for real-world chemistry experience.

News briefs On base: Clinic and Pharmacy hours

Friday and Monday The Clinic and Pharmacy close at noon Friday and are closed all day Monday. Normal Clinic and Pharmacy operations resume Tuesday. For more information, call the Customer Relations Officer at 301-995-4980.

Thanksgiving holiday gate hours

Nov. 23 Gate One and Gate Two will have two inbound lanes open from 6-8:30 a.m. with one Sentry per lane Nov. 23.TheWebster Outlying Field back gate is closed Nov. 23. Outbound lanes, GateThree and theWebster Outlying Field main gate will have normal operations Nov. 23.

Where's Gnorman

Be the first to call in Gnorman's location in this week's Tester and receive two free Center Stage Theater tickets, good for any Center Stage movie. Contest calls are not taken after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The same person cannot win more than once a month. Congratulations to the last Find Gnorman winner, Ann Dickens. For a chance to win, call the NAS Public Affairs Office at 301-757-3343.

Military Child of the Year nominations

Due by Dec. 15 Operation Homefront is accepting nominations 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

Installation heating and cooling systems

Week of Nov. 13 Heating systems for facilities at NAS Patuxent River, Webster Outlying Field and Navy Recreation Center Solomons without automatic controls are projected to be activated.

NAWCAD Commander's award ceremony

Nov. 20, 1 p.m. Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building Atrium Rear Adm. Randolph L. Mahr, Naval AirWarfare Center Aviation Division commander, presents the NAWCAD Commander's Award to 19 teams and two individuals, and the Innovation Award to three teams during the 12th annual ceremony. The NAWCAD Patent of theYear Award is also being presented. The ceremony recognizes military, civilians and contractors at NAS Patuxent, Lakehurst, N.J., and Orlando, Fla.

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 VietnamWar veteran, address the theme, "A StrongWorkforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" Kraft is now a consultant for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combat stress control programs and works with active-duty military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pimentel is a nationally known expert on disability education and attitude change. Cost is $10. Register at For special accommodations or more information, contact Johnny Clark at 301-342-6674 or Kathy Finkbeiner at 301-342-6671.

Pax River Toastmasters

Dec. 6, noon to 1 p.m.; register by Nov. 29 Building 2109 Enhance communication skills and learn how the fundamentals developed inToastmasters can be applied to daily life. Meeting is in the Sand Piper meeting room on the second floor. To register, contact Johnny Sipes at

Toys-for-Tots Marksmanship Competition

Dec. 13 and 14, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoor Pistol range Individuals and teams can now enter for 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. Bring a donation and 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 For more information, contact William Plath at or

Wings Over America scholarships

Family members of Sailors in Naval Aviation—officer and enlisted, active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased—can now apply for aWings Over America scholarship. For more information or to apply, visit

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP is a DoD program addressing the special needs of NAS Pax River military families. Service members with an Exceptional Family Member with special needs, such as a

See News briefs, Page 8


Thursday, November 8, 2012


Meet the FFSC professionals By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer For the next few issues, the Tester is highlighting the instructors, facilitators and counselors from the NAS Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support Center. FFSC offers a variety of classes, workshops and seminars free to active-duty and retired military and their families; and if space available, to DoD employees, their spouses and contract employees. For a complete class schedule or to be added to the monthly Beacon newsletter distribution, which includes class schedules, call the FFSC at 301-342-4911. This week, meet Angela Armer and Jim Walsh.

Angela Armer

Transition Assistance Program Manager

Jim Walsh

Personal Financial Manager

Walsh holds a master’s degree in finance with a concentration in Personal Financial Planning.Hisbachelor’sisalso focusedonFinance.Walshhas completed the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education course work and testing to become a certified financial planner and

Armer is a Certified Federal Career Coach and a Global Career Development Facilitator. Time at Pax Pax River: River: 2 years, 8 months. Armer has been with FFSC for 10 months. Classes taught: Effective RésuméWriting, Interviewing Techniques, How to Work a Job Fair, 10 Steps to a Federal Job, TAP Facilitator, Job Search. Skills participants participants learn from fr om classes: Participants in my classes can learn about the different tools for their professional tool box. What

type of résumé is right for their experiences; how to interview effectively; what are the requirements for a federal résumé; what federal jobs do they qualify for. TAP teaches Sailors the skills they need to transition successfully to the civilian sector. Next class? Ten Steps to a Federal Job on Tuesday Exper xpertt tip or advice? My area of expertise is career coaching and military transition, and because I am a military spouse as well as prior military, I can relate well to all our clients.

Accredited Financial Counselor. During the last 10 years of his 26-year Navy career, Walsh was the lead Command Financial Specialist. Time at Pax Pax River: River: 1 year, 1 month. Classes taught: I teach many classes throughout the year with topics ranging from opening your first saving account to estate planning. All are Brown Bag lunch classes, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where attendees can bring their lunch and eat while listening. I also provide free one-onone financial counseling with active-duty and retired service members and their families. For more information contact me at 301-342-5442. Skills participants participants learn from fr om classes: My classes can help participants prepare for

a lifetime of beneficial personal financial planning. The tools learned are useful, realistic and easy to work into one’s regular routine, and help gain control over the financial impact of choices made. Next class? Credit Management on Nov. 14. Free oneon-one financial counseling for active-duty and retired military and their families are available by appointment. Exper xpertt tip or advice? Develop spending plans! How can one know where his or her money is going without spending plans? After that, develop financial goals along a short-, medium- and long-term timeline.Ihaveoftenobserved,without spending plans, financial goals and the specific plans for meeting them, we drift along andleave our future to chance.

Resources support spouses on job hunt By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs The military lifestyle often leaves spouses with having to overcome the unemployment hurdle. At NAS Patuxent River, Michelle Stubblefield, Family Employment Readiness Program Manager, said she hears their stories of frustration time and again. “Many are frustrated with the lack of jobs, the time it takes to find jobs they qualify for and not being employed in this high cost of living area,” she said. “Due to the remote geographical location of our area and the

unique military programs aboard NAS Pax River, finding employment as a military spouse is especially difficult.” What’s more, the need for employment outnumbers the opportunities for employment here. Although the government offers military spouses a hiring preference for federal jobs when they move with their service member, sometimes that’s not enough. “Many spouses relocate to the area believing this program (spouse’s preference) will be enough to locate a job within a reasonable amount of time,

See FFSC, Page 5

SAPR Refresher Training

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.

Nov. 15, 1-3:30 p.m.

Suicide Awareness/Prevention

Scream Free Parenting, session four

Nov. 15, 3-4 p.m.

Wednesday, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Welcome to Pax

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

Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m.

Transition Assistance Program Nov. 26-30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ten Steps to a Federal Job

Budgeting for Baby at building 401

Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

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 the NAS Patuxent River Facebook page at

U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Michelle Stubblefield, Family Employment Readiness program manager, can help with résumés, interviewing and the job search both individually and in a classroom setting.

Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to noon

Credit Management


Wednesday, 9-10 a.m.

Nov. 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

Holiday Stress

Return and Reunion

Wednesday, 9-10 a.m.

Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to noon

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Williams, Irvin take on six more

Chaplain's corner:

Whatever happened to patience? By Al Kaniss Guest contributor

U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nathan Williams, left, and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Alan Irvin repeat the Oath of Enlistment after reenlisting officer, Cmdr. Christopher McHugh, Air Operations Officer, during a ceremony Nov. 1. Williams and Irvin signed on for six more years of Navy service.

VIRTUAL Continued from 1 trainer. "It increases the officer's awareness, verbal skills and weapons skills into an environment that's very realistic. Whether it's a dog barking or someone walking down the street behind them and yelling, they have to actually turn and look to see what's coming and determine if it's a threat." Twelve-year police veteran, Sgt. Shawn Demory, NAS Pax River Security Department Training Sergeant, said it's the

YOUTH Continued from 1 Along with showing new students around campus, Simpson said the mentors can also connected new student with school advisors of extracurricular programs such as the drama club, music and sports. S2S support goes beyond the school yard, too. According to Kyle Medlock, RYC Teen Council member and GMHS senior, while the idea for S2S is help new students transition into their new school, S2S mentors also show them a little bit of the community. "Part of that includes telling them about some of the events happening around the area like the county fair and the oyster festival," Medlock said. "Generally just being

FFSC Continued from 4 however, that’s not always the case,” Stubblefield said. “But there is hope. Many spouses aren't aware of other programs available or the resources they can tap into. Preparedness plus opportunity equals success. It's my honor to aid in that preparation and offer undiscovered opportunities that can lead to successful employment.” The Fleet and Family Support Center offers free individual résumécoachingwhichincludeswritingassistance,résuméand interviewing workshops, and classes on searching and applying for federal jobs by certified trainers.They also help with formatting both private industry and federal employment résumés. Zandra Doran is no stranger to the job hunt struggles experienced when moving to this area or the support offered at the Pax River FFSC. A nurse for 13 years, Doran said she’s never had problems finding employment because their previous military assignments all had big hospitals nearby--places such as Hawaii, Cal-

most realistic training device he's seen so far in his career. "It's above and beyond any gaming system out there," he said. "Except for the actual scenarios this is as realistic as you can get." In the future, the security department plans to upload its own scenarios with scenes from Pax River into the system. Additionally, the system can be used for security personnel quarterly qualifications. NAS Pax River is the second installation in Naval District Washington to have the VirTra; the first was Dahlgren with a 180 degree system. friendly and having time to really help them." S2S was developed about 10 years ago by the Military Child Education Coalition and trains S2S Program mentors—students, school advisors, teachers and installation school liaison officers—on how to help students have a positive transition experience. S2S is available to all new students. Other RYC Teen Council members who helped re-establish S2S at Great Mills are: Brice Benz, Aaron Britto and Julius Rosales. For more information on S2S at Great Mills High School or any other school, contact the NAS Patuxent River School Liaison Officer Dawn Simpson, at 301-757-1871. For more information on the RYC Teen Council or the NAS Patuxent River Rassieur Youth Center, contact Youth Director Keetje Straub at 301-342-4498 or Program Lead Sabrina Barnes at 301-995-4177.

ifornia and Pennsylvania.Yet, when her family relocated to Pax River in June and she started looking, she said she soon realized how limited her options were. “I was worried and frustrated,” Doran said. “I felt isolated and didn’t know how to find employment.” After a couple months of searching on her own, Doran turned to the Fleet and Family Support Center. “I had no connections, I didn’t know anyone here or have anyone to talk to about work,” she said. “I was hoping they could help me look at and apply for jobs.” Having moved five times during her career, Doran felt her résumé was another obstacle. “Beingrelocationloaded,Iwasafraidemployerswouldassume I’d relocate in a couple years and not give me a chance,” she said. Her worries were soon put to ease after meeting with Stubblefield. After trimming a three-page résumé down to one, Doran said meeting with Stubblefield was, “an eye opener.” “My résumé didn’t really represent my skills or who I was,” she said.“She helped me put 13 years of work in one page; she taught me how to highlight my skills and offered suggestions on what I should focus on.” The two also reviewed job postings for the area and worked

It's ironic that the faster computers and networks get, the less patience we have with them. We get so used to instant response that any delay now seems intolerable. That's an important aspect of designing a real-time computer system—knowing if the user doesn't get an immediate response when pressing a butAl Kaniss ton, the user will naturally think the button wasn't pressed hard enough and will press the same button again. The result can be anywhere from annoying to disastrous. It's also amusing how software designers handle non-instant computer response. The hourglass "wait" icon is gradually giving way to the spinning circle icon; both are equally annoying to me. At least some software, such as the Defense Travel System feature that validates your Common Access Card, actually tells you what it's doing when it displays the spinning circle. God's word teaches us a lot about the importance of patience. The fifth chapter of the book of Romans tells that enduring our sufferings results in patience, which results in building character, which in turn leads to increasing our hope. The first chapter of James tells us much the same thing. Psalm 27 tells us the importance of waiting on the Lord. Some of the most famous Bible characters showed extreme patience. Joseph—an innocent man—patiently waited for years to get out of prison. Jacob—despite being tricked—patiently waited 14 years to marry Rachel. And Job is noted for being a man of patience as he dealt with all the devastating losses in his life. Sadly, Abraham and Sarah ran out of patience despite God's promise of a son and heir. After waiting 10 years, they got impatient and decided that Abraham should use Hagar, Sarah's handmaid, as a surrogate. A child, Ishmael, was born, but this was not the child God had promised Abraham. That would be another 15-year wait for Isaac. I often wonder if patience still has a place in the world? We live with instant banking, fast food and microwave ovens. A coast-to-coast trip has gone from six months by covered wagon in pioneer days to six hours by airplane. The sound barrier has been broken by someone parachuting to earth from 24 miles up in nine minutes. Many new Navy programs call for "rapid deployment." I hope as we speed things up, we still take the time to make sure they work and are safe and secure. Hopefully, as the beat goes on, we can still follow God's ways and not the world's when it comes to patience. What was that old joke about the guy who cries out to God: "Lord, please give me patience and I want it now!" Resist the urge to do things on your own schedule, but always wait on the Lord's perfect timing for your life.

to match Doran’s skills with employers’ needs. A few weeks after their meeting and résumé’ makeover, Doran received a call from St. Mary’s Hospital for an interview. “When I got called in, I had it ready and I was confident to hand it in,” she said about her polished résumé. Doran is scheduled to begin her new job soon. The Fleet and Family Support Center can also provide leads for on- and off-base employment opportunities, assist with exploring education and career training options, and direct them to resources for starting their own business. Spouses interested in the priority placement program or spouse’s preference here or at their new location must register with the Government’s Military Spouse Program at the Fleet and Family Support Center. FFSC staff can explain how these two programs can be used for federal employment and the registration process. For more information on employment services or any other life skills service offered free of charge at the Fleet and Family Support Center, visit, click on Fleet and Family Readiness and then Support Services, or call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tester International to prevent or alleviate symptoms of combat stress or post traumatic stress disorder. The class is 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

River's Edge Thanksgiving Dinner packages

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

Yoga Warriors at the Energy Zone

Tuesdays in November, 4:15-5:15 p.m. This class is based on a program developed byYogaWarriors

Today, 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

Register by Wednesday This nine-week weight loss/maintenance program starts just in time for the holidays. Participants are weighed weekly to see who has maintained or lost weight, with prizes awarded weekly. Free for active-duty military and $5 for all others. Preregister at the Fitness and Sports Office in Drill Hall.

Fall Dinner at River's Edge

Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. An early celebration with traditional Thanksgiving dishes: Roast turkey, herbed stuffing, cranberry sauce, ham, candied sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, green beans, rolls, assorted salads and desserts. Cost is: $13.95, members; $16.95, nonmembers; $6.95, youths ages 6-11; and $1.95, children ages 5 and younger. Reservations made by calling 301-342-3656.

Santa's calling

Registration starts Nov. 15 Operators are standing by at the North Pole to put names on Santa's telephone list. Calls are planned for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Registration forms can be picked up at any MWR facility beginning Nov. 15. Forms must be turned in by Dec. 11 to an MWR drop box: Youth Center, Bowling Center, Movie Theater, MWR ITT Office, Child Development Center and Child Development Center annex or building 467. To volunteer or for more information, call 301-342-1694. [JUMP]Create a Vision Board

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The Liberty Program sponsors free or reduced-price events forPaxRiveractive-dutyE1-E6.LibertyisacomponentoftheSingle Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unlessotherwisestated.Formoreinformation,call301-342-4208.

Spy Museum Trip Saturday

Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 22

Bowling Night Dec. 10

Texas Hold 'em Tuesdays

Game Night


Movie and Munchie Night Thursdays

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, Nov. 8 6:30 p.m., House at the End of the Street Newly divorced Sarah and her daughter, Elissa, find the houseoftheirdreamsinanupscale, rural town. When startlingandunexplainableevents begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 41 min) Friday, Nov. 9 6:30 p.m., Trouble with the Curve Gus Lobel has been one of

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the best scouts in baseball for decades, but age is starting to catch up with him. The one person who might be able to help is his daughter, Mickey. Against her better judgment, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 51 min) 9 p.m., Dredd (3D) America is an irradiated waste land. From Boston to Washington, D.C., lays Mega City One—a vast metropolis


where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the "Judges:" judge, jury and instant executioner. Dredd is the ultimate Judge,challengedwithridding the city of its latest scourge. Rated: R (1 hr, 38 min) Saturday, Nov. 10 4 p.m., Trouble with the Curve Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 51 min) 6:30 p.m., Dredd (3D) Rated: R (1 hr, 38 min)

9 p.m., End of Watch Young Los Angeles police officers, Taylor, and, Zavala, patrol the city's meanest streets of Los Angeles. The action unfolds through footage fromhandheldHDcamerasof thepoliceofficers,gangmembers, surveillance cameras and citizens caught in the line of fire creating a portrait of the city'smostdangerouscorners. Rated: R (1 hr, 49 min)

Sunday, Nov. 11 2 p.m., Frankenweenie (3D) After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky,Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life, with just a few minor adjustments. Rated: PG (1 hr, 27 min) Mondays and Tuesdays No Movies Wednesday, Nov. 14 6:30 p.m., End of Watch Rated: R (1 hr, 49 min)

Free Sneak Preview Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Rise of the Guardians (3D) Jack Frost is a carefree boy who has no responsibilities in the world aside from bringing winter wherever he goes. But everything changes when Pitch, the Nightmare King, begins his plan to engulf the world in darkness. Rated: PG (1 hr, 37 min)



Ask the Lawyer:

Can a driver ever legally flee an accident scene? By Mathew B. Tully Guest contributor

Guaranteed Ride Home expands to St. Mary's

Continued from 3 ical or educational disability, should enroll in EFMP so the Navy can do its part in caring for any EFM needs. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301342-4911.

Clinical counseling

Fleet and Family Support Center Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today's military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves. Make an appointment by calling 202-685-6019.

Q. Are there any circumstances where a driver could flee from the scene of an accident and not get in trouble?

A. Fleeing the scene of an accident usually involves a split-second decision where a driver's fear of getting caught Mathew B. Tully colludes with his or her belief that he or she can "get away with it." Conceivably, there may be circumstances where a hitand-run accident will not rise to the level of violating Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. According to the Manual for Courts-Martial, fleeing the scene of an accident means the service member must be the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident. Additionally, the driver must know he or she was involved in the accident and must wrongfully leave the scene without assisting injured people or providing identifying information. Lastly, the fleeing must be prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature that brings discredit on the armed forces. It's important to remember that this offense is primarily concerned with property other than the driver's vehicle, and injuriestothirdpartiesratherthanthedriverandhispassenger. The 1994 case of U.S. v. Littleton involved a Marine who pleaded guilty to, among other things, fleeing the scene of an accident.

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Financial counseling

The Personal Financial Educator at the Fleet and Family Support Center can help families work towards managing finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement.These counseling services are available for activeduty and retired military and their family members. Make an appointment by contacting Jim Walsh at 301-342-5442.

Disabled American Veterans representative

Appointments with the Disabled American Veterans representative are available by calling the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

Off base: St. Mary's School Improvement Teams

Quarterly, call for times Each St. Mary's County public school has a School Improvement Team of staff, parents and occasionally students, who meet quarterly for national, state, local education information and to address school-related concerns. Additionally, many school-based and programmatic decisions are made. Parents interested in participating should check their child's school website or contact the school's principal.


Guaranteed Ride Home is a service offered by Commuter Connections to provide people who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, bike or transit, a free ride home in the event of an emergency. It offers commuters a free and reliable ride, up to four times per year, to get home early for unexpected emergencies or to get home late because of unscheduled overtime. For more information, visit

Volunteer opportunities: Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade

Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set up and tear down tables, chairs and stage, man road blocks and satellite parking lots, direct traffic or escort VIPs. Contact Maria Fleming at, 301475-9791 or 240-421-9089.

Read to Carver Elementary students

Tuesday to Nov. 16; register by Wednesday Read to a classroom or two at Carver Elementary during American Education Week. Volunteers can start as early as 8:30 a.m. or as late as 1:30 p.m. Contact Lisa McCoy at or 301-863-4076 by Wednesday.

Big Brother, Big Sister at Green Holly Elementary

Tuesdays, 11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. "Bigs in School" volunteers spend one hour a week at lunchtime in a one-to-one relationship with a student in grades 2-5. A case manager from Big Brothers Big Sisters is on site to coordinate activities, academics and enforce behavioral standards if needed. Contact Kaylee McVerry at 301290-3060.

St. Mary's County public service

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County needs volunteers for various boards, committees and commissions. Applications are available able at, click on Boards and Commissions, or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1320.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Great American Smokeout Nation rallies to clear the air Nov. 15 Commentary by Mindy Ashton Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15 and what better time to plan how you will make an impact. Tobacco kills 4 million people each year with 438,000 U.S. deaths attributed to tobacco use. The Navy Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, advocates a tobacco-free lifestyle. Tobacco use and dependence is a serious problem in the military and DoD.The most recent DoD survey found that 37 percent of Marines and 31 percent of Sailors smoke cigarettes, and 22 percent of Marines and 10 percent of Sailors regularly use smokeless tobacco. The initiation rates of service members beginning to use tobacco while on active duty are one in five. But, there is good news. The majority of Sailors and Marines do not use tobacco, and most tobacco users report they want to quit.

"Tobacco has a serious impact upon readiness," said Capt. Michael Venere, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer. "Those who smoke are more likely to sustain musculoskeletal injuries and to perform poorly on fitness tests. Sailors and Marines who smoke have higher incidence of illnesses, and more lost work days and hospitalizations than nonsmokers. Smoking delays healing, prolongs injury recovery and hurts night vision." Simply put, tobacco use reduces individual and command readiness, and decreases force health protection. DoD spends more than $1.6 billion a year on tobacco-related medical care. During the Great American Smokeout, all smokers are encouraged to put out their cigarettes and "Walk Away for One Day," and perhaps a lifetime. Take the single most important health step of your life: Quit using tobacco. Within 20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette, your body begins a series of

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The most recent DoD survey shows 31 percent of Sailors smoke cigarettes and 10 percent regularly use smokeless tobacco. changes that continue for years: • 20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops.

• 12 hours after quitting the amount of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal. •Two weeks to three months after quitting your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs begin to work better • One to nine months after quitting your coughing and shortness of breath decreases. • One year after quitting your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's. • Five years after quitting your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's. • 10 years after quitting your lung cancer death rate is half that of a smoker's and your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases. • 15 years after quitting your risk of heart disease is like you never smoked. For more information on how to quit, call theNaval Health Clinic at 342-4050, Maryland's Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (7848663) or the American Cancer Society at 800ACS-2345, or visit or

H-53 heavy lift helicopter program increases reliability New concept analyzes, translates, organizes data trends, drives down program's cost By Kelly M. Burdick Program Executive Office Air Assault and Special Mission Programs Public Affairs In fiscal 2010, Naval Air Systems Command's CH-53K Supportability Program (PMA-261) was searching for a way to effectively and systematically apply analytical techniques to keep costs down and performance high throughout CH-53K development and in fleet operations. Through due diligence, Bob Leavitt, H-53 logistics director, said he and his team evaluated several successful programs, including a major rail line and public airline operations centers, but Sikorsky's S-92 Fleet Management Operations Center concept proved to be the best suited for the program's needs. Now, this concept serves as the model for PMA-261's Fleet Common Operating Environment, or FCOE. Within two years, the team worked swiftly through contract negotiations and processes to have FCOE fully operational by the close of fiscal 2012.The ribbon cutting for the facility was held at the Sikorsky office in Lexington Park on Oct. 25. A collaborative effort between PMA-261 and Sikorsky, FCOE crunches every imaginable piece of data and trend related to the CH53E in-service. The initial data is provided by maintainers, the fleet, Defense Logistics Agency, suppliers and even the aircraft itself from the aircraft Health and Usage Management System. This data is fed into 19 different Navy and DoD data sources. FCOE takes all the data and with

flexible software, it efficiently analyzes, translates, organizes and presents it to engineers and other stakeholders so they can make predictive decisions that ultimately reduce flight-hour costs and increase performance and reliability. "The FCOE mission is for all stakeholders to use a common set of tools and processes," Leavitt said. "When applied across all PMA-261 programs, this will enable the right technical and business decisions, basedonroot-causeanalysis,todrive operational success while reducing total ownership cost. Reliability drivessupportability,andourfocusis to ensure we understand our actual reliability performance versus our baseline reliability performance." Because FCOE members specialize in maintenance, logistics and engineering, having their knowledge and experience in one room maximizes this team's edge when it comes to forecasting and making recommendations based on the real-time data they review every day. CH-53K is a heavy-lift helicopter designedtobethreetimesmorecapable than its predecessor while being moreaffordable,makingcostandperformance are more critical than ever. H-53 Program Manager Col. Bert Pridgen said he is already encouraged by the results. "The FCOE team is taking what we're learning from the CH-53E and using this new information to drive down costs and increase reliability today," Pridgen said. "Ultimately, the FCOE is about delivering capability at the right cost, at the right time, no matter what the platform may be. We'll do this continuously

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Celebrating the opening of the new Fleet Common Operating Environment; from left, Russell Howard, Headquarters Marine Corps Assistant Deputy Commandant of Aviation (Sustainment); Todd Balazs, Deputy PEO(A); Bert Pridgen, H-53 program manager; George Mitchell, Sikorsky's Military Customer Support vice president; and Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, PEO(A) commander, cut the ribbon while Dan Nega, Naval Air System Command's Logistics and Industrial Operations Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis Director, and Sikorsky's Cyrus Clark assist at ribbon-cutting event Oct. 25. to ensure our new aircraft has the best possible performance at the

best possible flight hour cost. We're using all available technology to dis-

The Fleet Common Operating Environment—Focus on "Common"

Senior leaders from Headquarters Marine Corps, Program Executive Officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs, or PEO(A), and Naval Air Systems Command witnessed several powerful software demonstrations following the Fleet Common Operating Environment ribbon cutting Oct. 25. It was a unanimous conclusion: The FCOE concept is common enough to be adapted to other aircraft platforms. PEO(A) Commander Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags thanked Col. Bert Pridgen, PMA-261program manager, and praised the FCOE team for its efforts. "Somebody always has to go first and you all are leading the way; you always have, starting with getting the HUMS (Health and Usage Management System) into the aircraft," Grosklags said. "You aren't resting,

cover failures as early as possible, well before they occur."

you're continuing to expand your horizons, and this gives more capability to the warfighter." As fiscal realities and schedules continue to challenge the acquisition community, Deputy PEO(A) Todd Balazs sees common value in the FCOE. "The only way we can afford the future is to change the way we do business," Balazs said. "We should not be thinking the way to approach the problem is to ask for an increase in budgets or more people, we need to think about being more efficient." The same perspective holds true from NAVAIR's Logistics and Industrial Operations Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis (AIR 6.8) Director, Dan Nega. "We see this as a best practice that will be leveraged to establish this capability across all platforms," Nega said. "This work is about taking data and utilizing advanced tools and processes to turn that information into actions that will improve readiness and reduce operating costs."

Thursday, November 8, 2012



Disability Mentoring Day takes students behind the scenes High schoolers explore career paths, learn about NAVAIR employment opportunities By Emily Funderburk Naval Air Systems Command Total Force Communications Support Thirty-three high school students explored the sights and sounds of NAS Patuxent River while discovering future Naval Air Systems Command career opportunities during Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 17. This eighth annual event, sponsored by NAVAIR's Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, emphasizes the connection between school and work, and helps students evaluate their personal goals and explore possible career paths. This year had the largest group of participating students. "This event was our most successful yet. Every year, we like to bring students behind the scenes to see what real NAVAIR employees do, with the hope that we'll inspire them to want to return here to work one day. The chance for them to spend some time learning about new opportunities can be an eye opener," said human resource specialist Paula Hummer, who helped

organize the event. Students toured the base via bus and then made stops at the Human Systems Department, VX-20 hangar—featuring the C-130 Hercules and North American T-2 Buckeye aircraft—and the Aviation Survival Training Center. The day also included an invitational meetand-greet session with 16 NAVAIR hiring managers. "My favorite was the dome because I got to try and drive a jet," said Patuxent High School student Chad Mercier. The day was partly sponsored by NAVAIR's Individuals with Disabilities Advocacy Team, which focuses on recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilities. "I was very impressed with the caliber of students that participated in Disability Mentoring Day.They reallytookadvantageoftheopportunity to learn more about what NAVAIR does to support our Sailors and Marines," said Director of NAVAIR's Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation and Test DevelopmentSteveCricchi,whoisalsoanexecutive champion for the Individuals withDisabilitiesAdvocacyTeam."It's gratifying to help them understand

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Cortez Bush from Leonardtown High School interviews with a Naval Air Systems Command hiring manager as part of the annual Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 17 at NAS Patuxent River. During a mini meet-and-greet session, 16 hiring managers helped students evaluate their personal goals and explore possible career paths. how taking science and math classes today can translate directly into an interesting and fulfilling career in the future." Dan Nega, director of NAVAIR's Aviation Readiness and Resource Analysis Department and also an

executive champion for the Individuals with Disabilities Advocacy Team, gave some specific advice to the students: "Challenge yourself in school. Take those hard math and science classes. Follow the science, technology, engineering and math-

ematics path, and then one day get to work on cool stuff here at NAVAIR." Similar activities and programs recognizing Disability Mentoring Day were also held at other NAVAIR sites nationally.

Mentoring spotlight:

Donna Belcher, NAVAIR’s mentoring program manager Courtesy of Naval Air System Command's Mentoring Program Externally Directed Team. This month's mentoring spotlight is on the Naval Air Systems Command Mentoring Program Manager, Donna Belcher.

How long have you been the Mentoring Program Manager?

Since June 2007 when I was assigned to the AIRSPEED project team chartered to benchmark government and private industry mentoring programs and take the“best of breed” to develop Naval Air Systems Command’s mentoring program.

Belcher’s professional journey

I began working with the Navy right out of high school as a GS-2 clerk typist in the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, now called PEO U&W, personnel office in Crystal City, Va. Isupportedtheteamthathandled all human resource matters for JCMP personnel: staffing, classification, awards, manpower, performance managementandtraining. Irelocated with JCMP to NAS Patuxent River in 1997 as the training coordinator and later as a team lead for training, awards and Beneficial Suggestions.

Donna Belcher In 2001, my mentor recommended a change, so I left JCMP and became a team lead on the NAVAIR 7.0C staff managing training and awards for 7.0, and later transferred to the NAVAIR Career Development Office. I worked with the Virtual SYSCOM team to develop a Navy-wide skills process then called the Five Vector Model. I developed the NAVAIR Career Development Handbook and assisted with developing a CDO website. In 2004, my mentor encouraged me to take a position at the Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren,Va., as team lead for the military and civilian training program.

I then moved into a supervisory position managing the staffing and recruitment division for NNSOC. After the command was notified in the spring of 2005 that it would be relocated to Norfolk,Va., I lead a team to standup a Command Transition Center offering training and guidance to those affected by the move. Once the team was established, I returned to NAVAIR at Pax River and the CDO. I’m currently responsible for numerous projects; the largest by far is the Mentoring Program.

The program’s evolution from 2007 to today

NAVAIR’s Mentoring Program is the result of months of benchmarking, analysis, and voice of the customer collection during a Black Belt AIRSPEED project. We kicked off the program in June 2007 by asking senior leaders to become mentors and sign up using the iMentor Tool. The iMentor tool is just one of the mentoring tools available to the NAVAIR workforce. iMentor allows users to register as a mentor or a mentee, and can assist mentees in finding a mentor. OnceNAVAIR’s seniorleaderswere registerediniMentor,wecascadedthe request down through mid-management. When there were sufficient

mentors, the program was promoted throughout the command. We currently have almost 4,000 mentors and mentees—or protégés—registered in the iMentor Tool, with many more informal, but meaningful, developmental partnerships established. Since 2007, I’ve deployed “Introduction to Mentoring” training and updated the original iMentor Tool several times. During 2012, I collaborated with several teams to hold mentoring events and introduce speed mentoring to the workforce to increase program awareness. I am currently working on an AdvancedMentoringclassandcomputer-based training. But the biggest change is the new version of iMentor thatwilldeployinearly2013. Ithasan updated look and feel with greater search functionality. It will allow for uploadingphotographsandwillcapture user feedback. A much needed upgrade to our current tool.

Some of the program’s great successes

Itisveryinspiringtohearmentors and mentees share their success stories and how mentorship has helped them personally and professionally. The two mentoring events at NAS Patuxent River and broadcasted na-

tionally this year, “Who Mentored You?”and“NavigatingNAVAIRandBeyond,”broughttogetheravariedgroup ofpresenterswhosharedhowmentoringenhancedtheircareersandhelped themgettowheretheyaretoday. There has also been a lot of interest from other Navy agencies looking to benchmark NAVAIR’s mentoring programandutilizetheiMentorTool.

Belcher’s goals for the program

First, I want the workforce to be aware of the Mentoring Program and its benefits and truly understand how mentorship can enhance their careers. I want supervisors to realize that supporting mentoring improves employee morale, leads to increased productivity and helps with knowledge transfer. We are facing a potential mass exodus in the coming years as baby boomers begin to retire. Mentorship is a great way to capture knowledge that may otherwise be lost. If you had one message for the NAVAIR workforce related to mentoring, what would it be? Find a mentor and be a mentor. Mentorship can open doors and provide opportunities that might not otherwise become available. Participating in mentorship can be a very rewarding experience.




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From Journaling to Canvas

Continued from 6 Create a Vision Board Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 This two-hour class teaches adults and youths ages 14 and older learn how to create a simpleVision Board to keep their goals in sight. Cost is $30 plus $5 for materials. Additionally, participants should bring magazines to tear apart,onesheetofposterboardandagluestick. Allothermaterialsaresupplied.Toregister,visit Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293.

Customized Creations grand opening

Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 652 Customized Creations is inviting everyone to stop into its new shop, meet the team and see the new items. Free snacks and beverages are available, along with artists TammyVitale and Charlie Roach displaying their talents. For more information, call 301-342-6293.

Energy Zone Drop-in Classes

Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pax Pump Pump and Zumba Zumba off thatTurkey Dinner features 1.5 hours of Pump and Zumba. Nov. 24, 8-9 a.m. 'Still 'S till Feeling Feeling the Turkey' Turkey' Spinning Class features a 60-minute Turkey Burn ride with challenging hills. Energy Zone class costs are: $4.50, one class; $26, eight-class pass; $55, 20-class pass; and $120, six-month unlimited class pass. Passes must be purchased ahead of time at the Fitness and Sports Office. For more information, call 301-995-3869.

Create a Dream Mandala

Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 Participants learn how to make a Dream Mandala as a reminder of where they've been and where they're going. Cost is $32 plus $5 for materials. Additionally, participants should bring magazines with photos of things they like, one sheet of poster board, a glue stick and embellishments such as ribbon, lace, rocks or charms. All other materials are supplied. To register, visit Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293.

Register by Nov. 29; classes Dec. 6 and 13, 5:30-8 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 Participants ages 13 and older learn to transfer their art journaling work to canvas for changeable art. Cost is $50 which includes both classes. Students must bring a 16-by-24inch canvas. For more information, call Customized Creations at 301-342-6293.

LaFleur becomes one of world's best powerlifters

Breakfasts with the Clauses

Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. River’sEdgeCateringandConferenceCenter Enjoy a hot buffet while Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with the children. Cost is: $15, adults; and $10, children. Tickets are limited with sales starting Monday. To register, call 301-342-3656.

35th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drill Hall More than 175 vendors are attending this year's festival selling hand-made, original items. The festival is open to the public with free admission. There is free cookie decorating for the kids, and photo opportunities with Santa.Vendor spaces are still available for $70. Places are given on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Customized Creations at 301-342-3569.

Holiday Whobilation at MWR's Whoville

Dec. 7-8, 5-8 p.m. Mattapany Day Camp An MWR Whoville celebration, this year's Holiday WHObilation includes the annual NAS Patuxent River Tree Lighting, caroling and other activities. Cost is $4 per person. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman and Lincoln Military Housing.

Winter Wonderland Dance

Courtesy photo by Robert Muretta

Wayne LaFleur, range safety engineer with the Atlantic Test Ranges, shows off his championship powerlifting medals. LaFleur competed in the 100 percent RAW Powerlifting Federation's World Championships on Oct. 21, placing first in his age bracket and second in the open division for "push/pull," or bench press and dead lift. The competition consisted of more than 300 registrants from 11 countries. Coached by NAVAIR Contract Specialist, Robert Muretta, LaFleur went through 12 weeks of training for the competition.

Dec. 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Landing Zone Restaurant This event offers dinner, holiday performances from piano students, dancing and an appearance from Santa. Cost is $5; children ages 2 and younger, and adults ages 65 and older are free. For reservations, call 301-342-1694.

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PMA-226 Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

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By Heather Nicely Specialized and Proven Aircraft (PMA-226) Communications Support Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Air Systems Command's Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226) supported the institution's "first flight" of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on Oct. 19. Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry U.S. Navy photo UAVs, expanding the orga- A Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is prepped for takeoff recently at Eglin Air nization's portfolio beyond Force Base, Fla. manned aircraft. "The postgraduate stu- ious payloads for military "The Sentry UAV flight continues supporting the represents a new era for Marine Corps' H-46; over- dents at the school are us- and civilian applications at PMA-226," said U.S. Ma- sees several aircraft at the ing the Sentry UAVs as an the postgraduate school. rine Corps Lt. Col. David U.S. Naval Test Pilot School operational asset where CIRPAS is dedicated to opWalsh, the program man- as well as NPS' Sentry they can apply their thesis erating instrumented reager for the organization UAVs; and manages For- work and perhaps uncover search aircraft in support formerly known as the H- eign Military Sales cases a novel way of using a UAV of the science community 46/T58 Program Office. for out-of-U.S. Navy inven- that has not been done in and military technology "For more than 20 years, tory aircraft, such as the H- the past," Bluth said. test, evaluation and Accommodating variPMA-226 built its reputa- 2 and H-3. demonstration. The research-oriented ous payloads up to 75 tion for sustaining the H"A vehicle like the Sen46/T58 platform. Now, Sentry could boost UAV pounds and with an entry allows you to carry a we're broadening our fo- support to the warfighter, durance of six plus hours, substantial payload," Bluth cus to include programs and has become a valuable the Sentry UAV provides said. "It allows a substanlearning tool for NPS stu- increased performance, relike the NPS aircraft." tial amount of time in the After undergoing a mis- dents, said Bob Bluth, di- liability and payload capasion and name change rector of the Center for In- bility while maintaining an air, giving the flexibility of nearly a year ago, PMA- terdisciplinary Remotely expeditionary footprint. testing things out without 226, which is headquar- Piloted Aircraft Studies, or The UAV can accommo- the cost associated with date a full spectrum of var- other platforms." tered in Cherry Point, N.C., CIRPAS, at NPS.

The Marine, who lacked a valid license and was drunk, got into an accident while operating a borrowed car. He was speeding and being chased by police when he failed to negotiate a turn and hit a curb. With his car damaged, he fled on foot. The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals found the Marine's guilty plea to be improvident because the hit-and-run incident didn't injury anyone other than the driver nor did it damage to any property other than his own vehicle. Consequently, the court set aside and dismissed the guilty finding to the fleeing the scene charge. Causing actual damage or injury is another important component to the Article 134 offense, as seen in the 2007 case of U.S. v. Holbrook which involved a Coast Guard seaman who bumped into the vehicle in front of his own. Both vehicles were stopped at a stop light when the seaman's foot slipped off the break causing his vehicle to hit the other vehicle's rear at a speed of 1 mph. The sea-



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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Around town Sotterley's Legends and Lore

Friday, 6 and 8 p.m. Sotterley Plantation Hear "way back when" stories and recent experiences from those close to Sotterley Plantation. Cost is $15 per person. Advance reservations only. Purchase tickets at

Annual Veteran's Day Parade

Sunday, 10 a.m. Leonardtown Town Square After the parade, stay for the Veteran's Memorial Wreath Laying ceremony, guest speakers and patriotic music. Parking available at County Fairgrounds or College of Southern Maryland lots with roundtrip bus service to the Town Square.

Sundays in the Park

Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Greenwell State Park Come browse the historic Rosedale Manor on the second Sunday of every month. For more information, visit

Pax River Quilters Guild

Monday, 6:30 p.m. Good Samaritan Lutheran Church This meeting celebrates PRQG's 20th anniversary and features a presentation on "Interesting Quilts from Unusual Fabrics." Guests and new members are welcome. For more information,

Calvert County events: On Pins and Needles

Friday, 1-4 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick


Bring quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting or other project for an afternoon of conversation and creativity.

Hear our Veterans' Voices

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Hear veterans share their stories, photos and documents. Participants can interview, write and record personal history for the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project.

Civil Discourse

Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Joinparticipantsinaconversationaboutnaturalgas"fracking."

Book discussion: 'The Age of Innocence'

Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. Calvert library, Fairview "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton centers on an upper-class couple's impending marriage and the introduction of a woman plagued by scandal whose presence threatens their happiness.

Creative Memoirs: Reinventing a Life

Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring 12 doublespaced copies of your memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group.

Book discussion: 'La's Orchestra Saves the World'

Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Southern "La's Orchestra Saves the World" by Alexander McCall Smith. It is 1939. Lavender--La to her friends--decides to flee London to avoid German bombs and escape the memories of her shattered marriage. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra.


St. Mary's County events:


Scoreboard As of Nov. 2 Intramural Bowling League WSI Big 10 Hang 'em High Goat Locker Wafwots Rollin' Thunder Lucky Strikes Spare Time JMWS High-n-Low

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

Intramural Flag Football League Monday/W onday/Wednesday ednesday Division Division Grenades A/O Tigers Vick in a Box Shaun's Dynasty The Replacements Miracles Liberty Tuesday/Thursday Division Division All Stars Lost Puppies Boat House Lions Bomb Squad Aviators River Dawgs Medical Punishers

Intramural Fall Softball League Dirty Dogs Boozin' Ballers Drunken Clams Softballs of Steel Chiefs VX-20 Short Bus (withdrawn)

8-0 6-2 6-3 5-3 5-3 2-7 2-7 0-9 10-0 7-2 7-3 4-5 4-5 3-6 2-7 0-9 9-1 8-2 7-5 6-4 4-4 2-8 0-12




Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012



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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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