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VOLUME 69, NUMBER 50

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND

DECEMBER 20, 2012

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous New New Year. U.S. Navy photo by David Cardinale

Mrs. Clause and Santa stopped by for story time at the Navy Recreation Center Solomons on Dec. 15. The Clauses also had cookies with the youths during the annual Cookies with the Clauses event.


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NAS Pax River CO wishes team happy holidays U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Along with stocking the more typical poinsettia varieties in 6-inch and 10-inch pots, the Navy Exchange at NAS Patuxent River also offers the Winter Rose specialty poinsettia.

The colors of Christmas By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

Joel Roberts Poinsett may never have imaged that the vibrant red and green plant that enchanted him during a visit to Mexico in 1825 would one day become the best-selling potted flowering plant in the U.S. Today, the poinsettia is a staple of the Christmas season with more than 80 million sold each year, totaling $250 million in sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Poinsett, the son of a physician who himself attended medical school, was an avid amateur botanist who noticed the plant during a visit to theTaxco region of Mexico, while serving as U.S. ambassador. Intrigued, he sent home samples to friends and botanical gardens. Originally known by its botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, the term poinsettia didn't become popular until sometime around the mid-1800s. Poinsettias are actually a small shrub, native to Mexico, capable of reaching heights of 10 feet or more that bear dark green leaves and colored bracts. The bracts are often mistaken as flowers, but are actually modified leaves. The true flower of the poinsettia plant is the

small greenish-yellow bud in the center of the bracts. Although the red bract is favored by 75 percent of buyers, more than 100 cultivars are available today offering consumers a variety of colors that include creamy white to shades of pink, orange, burgundy and purple. Some bracts are flecked, marbled, rounded, jagged and even ruffled. Most of the poinsettias grown in this country come from California, North Carolina or New York. Each year, the Navy Exchange at NAS Patuxent River typically begins receiving its supply of poinsettias the week before Thanksgiving. "We order ours from North Carolina and we've sold over 300 so far," said Brad Hoover, NEX hardlines division manager. Hoover said the NEX stocks the more typical varieties, but also offers a specialty poinsettia called Winter Rose, which features bracts that are puckered and down-curving, somewhat resembling the shape of a rose. With varietal names like Christmas Cookie, Santa Claus Candy, Peppermint, Plum Pudding, Jingle Bells and Red Elf, it's obvious the poinsettia has firmly ensconced itself as a permanent fixture of the Christmas season.

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s 2012 comes to a close, by any measure the PatuxentRiverCommunity has had a remarkable year. We've accomplished much in the past 12 months and we should be pleased that we've done it all safely and with high regard for our shipmates. With your resilience, determination and commitment to service, we will continue to be successful in carrying out our respective missions, and we will continue to be an integral part in ensuring that our Navy and Marine Corps team can do the same. Although this is a joyous time of year, the holidays can be stressful too as we travel, cater to additional family and friends or do a number of other activities in preparation for the celebrations. Remember to so slow down, relax, be safe and take time for yourself. Consider your coworkers too. They may be having a hard time this holiday season and by simply asking, "How are you doing?" shows them you care, and it might relieve them of some of the stress or

Capt. Ted Mills NAS Patuxent River commanding officer anxiety they may be facing. Finally, as we gather with our friends and families to celebrate the holidays, take time to remember our brothers and sisters at arms who are not able to be home for the holidays. They are serving in harm's way around the world so that we may enjoy our freedoms at home. I ask that you keep them and their families in your prayers. From my family to yours, have a happy, safe holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Clinic sends season’s greetings

U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Nathan Sheddy

Sailors and civilian employees from the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River's Administration Directorate gather with Santa on Dec. 5 to wish all of NAS Patuxent River a happy holiday. The Administration Directorate provides administrative, operations, logistics and facilities support to NHC Patuxent River and branch health clinics at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va., Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Md., and Naval Air Facility Washington at Joint-Base Andrews, Md.


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NAVAIR, FRC leaders get ‘Wow’ed

NAS Pax holiday gate manning NAS security department holiday leave has reduced manning slightly at the gates until Jan. 11. Please allow extra time for access to the installation by departing your residence at least 30-45 minutes early. Gate services are: Gate One • Open and augmented to expedite traffic: Dec. 20-21, Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-10. • Open with no augmentation: Dec. 24, Dec. 2628, and Dec. 31. • Closed weekends, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. • Normal manning resumes Jan. 11: 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Gate Two • Normal operations with limited augmentation. Gate Three Three • Open 5:30-8:30 a.m. for inbound and outbound traffic. Open 3:30-5 p.m. for outbound traffic only. • Closed weekends, Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.

U. S. Navy photo by Gary Younger

Leslie Taylor, Naval Air Systems Command director of Flight Test Engineering, center, and Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, look over a project during the "Wow! That's Engineering!" event Dec. 1 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers Baltimore-Washington Section, the event brought nearly 100 middle school girls from Southern Maryland, Washington D.C., Baltimore and West Virginia to show them possible career opportunities as engineers.

News briefs On base: Clinic holiday schedule

Monday: Medical Home Port Clinic, Immunizations, Radiology and the Laboratory are open until 4:30 p.m. The Pharmacy will be open until noon. Tuesday: Clinic closed. Dec. 31: Medical Home Port Clinic, Immunizations, Radiology and the Laboratory are open until 4:30 p.m. The Pharmacy will be open until 5 p.m. Jan. 1: 1 Clinic closed.

NEX holiday hours

The Navy Exchange is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and is closed Tuesday. It is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1.

No Tester issue Dec. 27 or Jan. 3

Duetotheholidays,the Tester isnotpublishedDec.27orJan.3.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event

Jan. 17, 11 a.m. to noon Center Stage Theater Help recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions and his dreams of freedom and peace for all Americans. Master Chief Leon Thompson will speak of King's accomplishments and how his principles shape our lives today. There is also an Esperanza Middle School Choir performance. Event is sponsored by the NAS Patuxent River Chaplain's Office and the Naval AirWarfare Center Aircraft Division Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Sittercity Military Program

Sittercity memberships, funded by the Department of Defense, offers active-duty and Reserve Navy families help in securing care during the holidays. Families have access to more than 2 million in-home caregivers across the nation including babysitters, senior caregivers, pet sitters, housekeepers and tutors. In some instances, these caregivers are other military families. Military families can activate their membership at www.SitterCity.com/dod.

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 www.Tutor.com/military.

Scholarships for Military Children

Submission deadline, Feb. 22. Applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program are now available at the NAS Patuxent River Commissary and online at www.MilitaryScholar.org. Applications can be submitted to any 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 www.WingsOverAmerica.us.

Where's Gnorman?

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. Congratulations to the last "Where's Gnorman?" winner, Ian Moore. Call the Tester staff at 301-342-4163.

Free classified advertisements

Having a yard sale? Have something sitting at Auto Rama? Trying to get your house rented or sell it? Did you know military service members can advertise in the Tester classifieds for free?

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Webster Field Field • Only the main gate will be open through the holiday period. The back gate will be closed. NRC Solomons NRC Solomons • Open through the holiday period.

Seven Tips from the Security Officer offers a safer, more expeditious commute:

1. Adjust your work schedule, as able, to come in 30-45 minutes earlier or later than normal. This will better distribute the volume of vehicles accessing the base. 2. Have your window down and ID ready to present to the sentry. Those few seconds you save by not having to locate your ID add up over the course of the morning and will reduce traffic delays for everyone at the gate. 3. Avoid multitasking—eating, last-minute makeup, changing radio stations and especially talking on cell phones and texting—while proceeding thorough the Entry Control Point. Those distractions combined with winter darkness and potentially inclement weather increase the likelihood of not seeing the sentries posted on both sides of the roadway. 4. Please be courteous to the sentries. They are doing the best they can to process as many people through the Entry Control Points as possible while still verifying base access authorization to ensure the safety and security of the installation and our mission. 5. Plan for the worst and hope for the best by leaving your residence 30 to 45 minutes early. If you get through the gate quickly you can enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast on the shore line and set the tone for a great Pax River day. 6. Do not block the intersections at Route 235 and installation's gates in attempt to "beat the stoplight." Cross the intersection only when you have sufficient room for your entire vehicle to be completely clear of the intersection. Blocking the intersection is dangerous and only compounds backups on an already congested roadway. Local law enforcement has issued citations for this in the past. Don't block the box. 7. Turn off headlights while proceeding through gate if possible. Headlights can blind sentries to oncoming traffic. Also turn off your car stereo while entering the base as music may prevent you from hearing verbal directions from the sentry.


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Government vehicles get free preventive maintenance Mechanics onboard offer convenience

‘Is this money for the poor?’ By Lt. Ken Amador NAS Patuxent River Chaplain

By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs With only a handful of employees and mechanics responsible for the maintenance of 350 government vehicles on NAS Patuxent River, daily operations can become a little hectic for the small staff. All government vehicles are managed by the General Services Administration, which establishes the guidelines for their use and maintenance throughout the federal government's motor fleet. At Pax, Jim Brandenburg, the base support vehicle and equipment director, and his colleague Don Jones are responsible for ensuring the vehicles assigned to the installation and its tenant units receive the proper care to meet GSA requirements. The GSA vehicle contract requires government vehicles to receive preventive maintenance, or PM, such as oil changes, at predetermined milestones set by GSA, and these costs are automatically included in the GSA rental rate. "When the maintenance is kept up on these vehicles they run longer, stronger and cost less to own in the long run," Brandenburg said. "And we get penalized when you don't have the scheduled maintenance done." When the base support vehicle and equipment office completes any PM, GSA pays for that service; however, when preventive maintenance isn't done as scheduled, GSA charges the BSVE office for failure to complete. "For every PM missed, we lose money; it can't be made up," Brandenburgsaid."You,thecustomer,willgetbilledbackforany missed PM and any other needed maintenance that is not accomplishedduetoneglect—ignoringtheserviceremindercalls." Because GSA tracks all maintenance performed on its vehicles, any service performed but not reported results in lost money too. "It is very important to communicate all services done on these vehicles to our office if it is done at other facilities," he said. Money is just one side of the coin when it comes to PM for the vehicles. Neglecting maintenance could make the vehicle unsafe. To make things easier, Brandenburg said the BSVE office calls

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U.S. Navy photo by Connie Hempel

Kenny Coombs, a mechanic with the vehicle maintenance contractor IEP, runs a diagnostics check on a government vehicle to determine why the check engine light is on, at the transportation building, building 534, Dec. 14.

Did you know GSA pays for one car wash a month, including vacuuming, for government vehicles? Go to any local car wash and ask if they accept the GSA credit card. government vehicle operators when maintenance is due to schedule an appointment. "All maintenance is done here on base," he said. "And we offer loaner vehicles on a first come, first serve basis." Once the vehicle is in, normal PM maintenance takes it out of commission for only a day, as long as there are no major issues—brakes, tires—identified. And, the services provided by the BSVE office aren't limited to preventive maintenance. "If you hear the vehicle making funny noises or you see anything unsafe, bring it in," Brandenburg said. The GSA contract for vehicle services also offers roadside service. If travelling off base and the vehicle breaks down or gets a flat tire, a tow truck can be requested by calling the 800 number of the back of the GSA credit card. "There is someone available at that number for services 24/7," Brandenburg said. For more information about the maintenance of government vehicles, contact Don Jones at 301-995-4294 or Donald.E.Jones@navy.mil, or Brandenburg at 301-757-1680 or James.Brandenburg@navy.mil.

All classes are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center building 2090 on Bundy Road, unless otherwise noted.To register for a class or to volunteer with FFSC, call 301-342-4911. More information on FFSC classes are available at www.Facebook.com/NASPaxRiver. 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. • Playgr laygroup oup at Glen Glen Forr Forrest est - Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. • Personal Communication Communication - Jan. 8, 2-5 p.m. •O OmbudsmanB mbudsmanBasicTr asicTraining aining-Jan.9-11,8:30a.m.to3:30p.m. • Welcome to Pax - Jan. 9, 1-3 p.m.

Kids say the funniest things! While stationed in Sicily, I often shopped at the commissary with my then7-year-oldson.Aswe were checking out with our groceries, my son said to the baggers: "Is this Lt. Ken Amador money for the poor?" I was horrified, but the baggers howled and thought it was funny, responding with, "You could say that." I'm so glad that they received his innocent statement with gracious hearts. But my son's insightful question caused me to wonder about our general attitude toward others in need. While living overseas, we were often approached by a needy person.When this occurred, we often wondered, "Is this a real need or a sham to get my money?" If you've lived overseas, then you've seen various desperate individuals asking for money; you've probably seen it here in the U.S., too. While overseas, I classified the Roman beggars into three categories: First level: level: These were the folks selling trinkets, toys, pirated CDs or scarves. They tried to make a living by mostly annoying people, but were generally healthy, if not somewhat shady. Second level: level: These were women with babies who sleep a lot. I was never sure where they got the babies, but I was convinced they were from www.Rent-A-Baby.com! These individuals tugged at the heartstrings, but were generally healthy, if not somewhat sad. Third Thir d level: level: These were the truly pitiful people. They were the old and feeble beggars who were stooped over on the sidewalk. They were beyond unhealthy and were truly wretched. What do we do with these decrepit individuals? Mark 9:41 puts it this way, "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward." How often do we stop to consider our responsibilities to care for the less fortunate? As children of God, we learn that when we give a cup of water in his name we will receive a reward for that kind action. I also like what Matthew 25:40 has to say, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." It's important to remember that when we do kind things for others who are struggling, we have done it unto God. How about you today? What is your attitude toward those aroundyouwhoarestruggling?Doyougooutofyourwaytobe

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Counselor’s corner:

Navy suspends Enlisted Early Transition Program By Chief Navy Counselor (SW) David J. C. Waters NAS Patuxent River Command Career Counselor

The rules have changed and Sailors considering separating under the Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP) must now look to other programs. In accordance with a Naval Administrative Message—NAVADMIN 359/12— released Nov. 30, Navy Personnel Command is no longer accepting requests to separate under EETP except for requests submitted and received prior to Nov. 30. Sailors with a 90-day early out request that was approved by their commanding officer prior to Nov. 30 are still able to separate up to 90 days prior to their Soft Expiration of Active Obligated Service. For auditing and separation processing purposes, Sailors should retain copies of chits showing approval dates before the effective date of NAVADMIN 359.12. The EETP was originally implemented in 2008 allowing Sailors to request to separate up to 12 months early. In April 2011 the EETP was updated to allow Sailors to separate up to 24 months early. The cancellation of the EETP points to a larger trend in the Navy's management of the force. For some time now we've been talking about operating in a "force shaping environment." Programs

Chief Navy Counselor (SW) David J. C. Waters such as the EETP, Enlisted Retention Board, Perform to Serve and others pointed to the Navy's need to "shape the force" by reducing its numbers. We've now moved from "shaping" to "stabilizing." Though the EETP is no longer available, there are other options for Sailors who wish to separate early such as the Early Career Transition Program. This program provides early release from active duty, but requires a Navy Reserve commitment. See NAVADMIN 088/11

for more details on this program. Additionally, commanding officers can still authorize 90-day early separations for reasons listed in Naval Military Personnel Manual 1910-102 and 1910108, such as to pursue education. When the EETP was updated in April 2011, the Navy was experiencing high reenlistment and low attrition rates. Due in large part to the aforementioned programs, the Navy's gone from 35 overmanned ratings in April 2011, to only 7 now. What does this mean for you? We've just completed one of the most successful advancement cycles in recent years. In my last column, we talked about an increase in skills eligible for a Selective Reenlistment Bonus.We'll also begin to see more opportunities for Sailors to serve at sea as we work to fill the gaps there and put the right people in the right jobs. All of these points to increased opportunities for success, but also a renewed emphasis on sustained superior performance. A leaner force requires versatility and adaptability of its members. Keep this in mind as you seek opportunities for training and qualifications, and as you negotiate for your next duty assignment! These continue to be challenging times for the Navy and its Sailors, but with the right tools and the right outlook, they can be our most rewarding yet.

Clinic gets Sailors in ShipShape By Mindy Ashton Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Wellness Clinic Weight control is difficult for many individuals. To help those at NAS Patuxent River with what can be a somewhat challenging task, the naval health clinic here is following the Navy's lead in the weight loss war by implementing the ShipShape program, which starts Jan. 16. ShipShape is an eight-week Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery-Approved Weight Management Program. It provides participants with the best tools available so they can be successful with weight loss. While it can help any adult who is overweight, it is specifically designed to help active-duty military meet the Navy's body composition standards. It can also serve as an intervention for family members and retirees who exceed healthy body weight or have weight-related health problems. The program takes a healthy, permanent approach to weight loss by providing basic nutrition information, stress management, physical activity and behavior modification techniques to lower and maintain a healthy body weight. Active-duty military interested in participating in the ShipShape program during duty hours and those enrolled in the Fitness Enhancement Program must contact their

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ShipShape weight loss program starts Jan. 16 at the Clinic. command fitness leader to obtain a recommendation and referral from their commanding officer or officer in charge. For more information about the program, call the Clinic's Health Promotion Department at 301-342-4050. 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 301342-4208 or visit www.Facebook.com/NASPaxRiver. • Monday - Liber Liberty ty Christmas Christmas Eve Eve party party • Tuesday - Chr Christmas istmas Day Day at the Liberty Liberty Center Center • Dec. 31 - Liber Liberty ty Up All Night Night • Jan. 6 - BCS Championship football game • Jan. 12 - National Aquar Aquarium ium trip trip • Jan. 14 - Bowling with Liberty Liberty • Jan. 19 - Sno nowboar wboard/S d/Ski ki trip trip

Moms on the Move! (Dads welcome too)

Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Drill Hall A fitness class for stay-at-home-parents beginning Jan. 4. This free 60-minute class includes cardio training, strength work and flexibility through circuit training, boot camp workouts and more. Kids are welcome, but parents are responsible for them at all times.

Sunday Brunches at River's Edge

Select Sundays in 2013, 10 a.m. and noon Brunches are offered in two seatings and are limited. Jan. 6 is the New Year's Brunch with grilled barbecue chicken, glazed ham, scrambled eggs, omelets, potatoes, bacon, sausage, waffles, salads, vegetables and assorted pastries and desserts. Cost is $19.95, adults; $10.95, children ages 6-11.To register, call 301-342-3656.

Winter Intramural Sports organizational meetings

Jan. 7-9, 1 p.m. Drill Hall Intramural Sports are open to active-duty, Reserve and retired Military, their family members and guests enrolled in the NAS Pax River Fitness and Sports Program.Winter sports organizational meetings are: Jan. 7, basketball; Jan. 8, volleyball and Jan. 9, racquetball. For membership information, visit Drill Hall or call 301-757-1194.

Free Energy Zone Open House

Jan. 12, 8-11 a.m. The Energy Zone is holding an Open House to showcase several different classes offered with 30-minute demonstrations. Participate in one or all of the demonstration classes which include: Zumba, body pump, spinning,WillPower and Grace, and more. Light refreshments and prizes available. For more information, call 301-995-3869.

Classes at the Energy Zone

Intr ntro o to Pilates Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 4, Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30 There are two four-week classes to introduce the principles of Pilates. Learn 10-12 Pilates mat exercises aimed at core abdominal strength, stability and flexibility. Cost is $8 for E1-E6 military and $16 for all others. Ballr allroom oom dancing Mondays, Jan. 4 through Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m. Join this six-week session and learn the fox-trot, waltz, swing rumba, cha-cha, tango and more. Cost per person is $24 for E1-E6 military and $48 for all others. Belly Dancing Dancing Classes with Shahla Shahla Zahr Zahr Tuesdays, Jan. 8-26, 7-8 p.m. Wanttoimproveyourfitnesslevelandhavefunatthesame time? Then Belly Dancing is just what you are looking for. No previousdanceexperienceisrequired.Costforeight-weeksession is $30 for E1-E6 military and $60 for all others. RegisterforEnergyZoneclassesattheDrillHallFitnessand Sports Office. For more information, call 301-995-3869.

Forever Flower Classes

Register by Jan. 17 Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Customized Creations, building 652 Learn how to recycle and "upcycle" cups, dessert and dinner plates, candlesticks and other glass items into flowers that bloom through the seasons with Tammy Vitale. Participants must be age 13 or older. Cost is $30 per student, plus at $15 materials fee. Students are asked to bring clean wine, beer or soda glass bottles to class. Register at Customized Creations or call 301-342-6293.

Mattapany Day Camp registration

Registrations for summer 2013 Mattapany Day Camp is: Returning School-Age Program children: Feb. 25 through March 1; Military: March 3-4; DOD civilians: March 11-15; and Contractors: March 18-22.


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Thursday, Dec. 20 6:30 p.m., Cloud Atlas The film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time. Rated: R (2 hr, 52 min) Friday, Dec. 21 6:30 p.m., Wreck It Ralph (3D) Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the "good guy" star of their

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game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. But the world of the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late? Rated: PG (1 hr, 48 min) 9 p.m., Flight

Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? Rated: R (2 hr, 19 min) Saturday, Dec. 22 4 p.m., Rise of the Guardians (3D) Rise of the Guardians tells the story of a group of heroes—each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit, known as Pitch, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to

protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. Rated: PG (1 hr, 37 min) 6:30 p.m., Wreck It Ralph (3D) Rated: PG (1 hr, 48 min) 9 p.m., Lincoln A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 30 min)

Sunday, Dec. 23 2 p.m., Rise of the Guardians (3D) Rated: PG (1 hr, 37 min) Mondays and Tuesdays No Movies Wednesday, Dec. 26 6:30 p.m., Flight Rated: R (2 hr, 19 min) Thursday, Dec. 27 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 30 min) Friday, Dec. 28 6:30 p.m., Skyfall Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 23 min) 9:30 p.m., Man with the Iron Fists On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend

upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. Rated: R (1 hr, 36 min) Saturday, Dec. 29 4 p.m., Rise of the Guardians (3D) Rated: PG (1 hr, 37 min) 6:30 p.m., Skyfall Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 23 min) 9:30 p.m., Man with the Iron Fists Rated: R (1 hr, 36 min) Sunday, Dec. 30 2 p.m.,Wreck It Ralph (3D) Rated: PG (1 hr, 48 min) Mondays and Tuesday No Movies Wednesday, Jan. 2 Rated: PG-13 (2 hr, 23 min)

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STARBASE 2.0 mentor open house Volunteers ready for Ridge Middle School robot challenge

U.S. Navy photos by Gina Downey

Chief Naval Aircrewman Avionics (NAC/AW) Alan Nelson redesigns his robot to improve the performance of its light and touch sensors for the STARBASE 2.0 robotics challenges held among mentors at the STARBASE mentor training session Dec. 5. Nelson is a volunteer mentor for the 2012/2013 STARBASE 2.0 After-School Mentoring Program.

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Open House January 29th 8am to Noon

VISIT US DURING CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK Since 1887, Little Flower School (LFS) has been providing a quality Catholic education for our children and building our church community. Dedicated teachers and involved parents form a nurturing environment that encourages students to excel both academically and spiritually. We invite you to lean more about all LFS has to offer.

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Returning STARBASE 2.0 After-School mentor, Jason Hewkin, tests his robot's light sensor threshold calculations to ensure a successful program that will make his robot stop at a black line. There are currently 14 mentors, NAS Pax River military and civilian employees, volunteering to help Ridge Middle School students build and program robots to move using light, touch or ultrasonic sensors for the "In-House" robotics competition with LEGO MindStorms robots.

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Giving shelter animals a second chance By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer

After volunteering for a while at a local southern Maryland animal shelter, Kathy McCullough quickly realized there was a dire need she could help fill. "It was an eye-opener," said McCullough, a seven-year NAVAIR employee working in configuration management for the T700 engine program (PMA-299). "Too many dogs were being euthanized. The shelters try the best they can, but when there are no cages available, there's not much else they can do." That's when Kathy and a core group of friends decided to begin Second Hope Rescue and give animals with grim futures another chance at finding a happy home. "Our focus is rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of hard-to-place dogs, either because of breed bias, undesirable behavior or age," she said. "While we mostly take dogs, we'll also rescue cats that need our assistance." Second Hope Rescue, a 501(c) nonprofit group with seven board members, basically began with a focus on the "bully breeds". "We're strong advocates for pit bulls, American Bulldogs and Bullmastiffs," she explained. "Those are breeds that are not easily adopted from shelters; but that's not all we have. As an all-breed rescue we have everything from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs." On July 2, McCullough received word from a shelter of an un-adoptable Newfoundland

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with badly infected skin and eyes. "He was nearly bald and he had a terrible smell," she said. "If he wasn't a dog in need of rescue, I don't know what would be." After working through his medical issues, McCullough's mission was met. He's once again a healthy, happy dog and has been adopted by the foster care family who initially took him in. Anyone wanting to adopt must complete an application, supply personal references, agree to a home visit and pay an adoption fee, which helps defray any costs in connection with the healthcare and keeping of the dogs. "All of our dogs are tested for heartworm and are on heartworm medication while in our care," McCullough said. "They're also treated for fleas and ticks and every animal is spayed or neutered before being adopted." McCullough and her animals can be found at adoption events at Petco in LaPlata every second and fourth Saturday of the month, and is also working with the PetValu in Leonardtown to hold events there. In the six years that Second Hope has been operating, they have placed more than 800 dogs and cats into permanent homes. Second Hope Rescue currently has nearly 100 dogs and cats seeking adoption. Fifteen of them are being cared for by McCoullough at her own home, while the others are spread among the 10 to 20 homes that assist by providing foster care until a suitable forever home is found. "If you're not able to adopt, or not able to foster an animal in need," McCullough said, "you can still help by volunteering at our adoption events. The more people we have there, the more dogs we can take along. We

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Off base: Maryland Emergency Management scholarships

Submission deadline, April 1. The Maryland Emergency Management Association is offering five $1,000 scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants must be a senior and enrolled at an accredited Maryland high school. Applicants must also submit an essay with their application. Forms are available from high school guidance offices or at a local Emergency Management Office. For more information, contact Verna Brown at 240-313-4364.

STEM Expo

Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m.

Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center 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.

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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 Janie.Harens@navy.mil.

Volunteer opportunities: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots

Saturday and Dec. 29, 8 a.m. until done Foodlion in Prince Frederick Volunteers needed to monitor the primary distribution at the storefront. Contact Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry Kepich at 301-379-1557.

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Around Town St. Mary’s County events: Christmas doll and train exhibit

Today through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. St. Clement’s Island Museum Life in the Good Old Days exhibit will depict a simpler time.

Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village and light display

Through Sunday, 5-9 p.m. See the crafts, gifts, candies and jellies for sale, watch the working train display, or visit Santa Friday and Saturday.

Piney Point Lighthouse holiday exhibit

Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recognizing this year’s presidential election the lighthouse has a holiday exhibit with a political flair.

Bella Music School concert Saturday, 2 p.m.

Lexington Park library High school and college students perform a holiday concert. All ages are welcome.

Calvert County events: Holiday concert and sing-along

Today, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Bring the family to hear the “Fathers & Sons” barbershop quartet as they sing holiday songs. Then, join in a sing-along of fun holiday favorites.

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Today, 2-3 p.m. Calvert library, Fairview Learn the basics of formatting a résumé using Microsoft Word.Training is done in small groups. Register by calling 410257-2101.

CDC anticipates severe flu year By Mindy Ashton Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River Wellness Clinic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded this year as being the earliest regular flu season in nearly a decade, offering a prediction of what's to come. CDC estimates more than 112 million Americans have already taken steps in protecting themselves against this contagious disease, which can lead to hospitalization and even death, by getting their flu vaccine. "It's time to get vaccinated if you haven't already been vaccinated," Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director, said during a Dec. 3 press briefing on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates. "While flu is always unpredictable, the early nature of the reported cases suggests this could be a bad flu year." The last early flu season in the U.S. was the 2003-2004 season, which Dr. Frieden said turned out to be a "severe flu year." Aimed at beating the odds and preventing a repeat this season, the CDC offers a "Take 3" action approach when it

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Get a flu vaccine.

• Everyone age 6 months and older should get their flu vaccine. Since children younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated, anyone who cares for them should be vaccinated. • The CDC notes that vaccinating high-risk individuals—young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people age 65 and older—is especially important. Take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

Don't spread germs.

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Dramatic reading of The Polar Express

Friday, 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Gather the children to hear Conductor John read the story of The Polar Express. There are also goodies, sing songs and games to play. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-257-3892 or visit www.cbrm.org.

Old Time Holiday Trolley

Friday, 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Visitors travel back in time to 1900 as they hop aboard the beach trolley and hear about what the holidays were like when Chesapeake Beach was founded. Sing Christmas carols and take a ride around town to view the Christmas light displays, including stops at all the "Brightest Beacon on the Bay" winners. Free and open to the public. Each ride lasts 30 minutes. Register by calling 410-257-3892 or online at www.cbrm.org.

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at least 24 hours after the fever is gone; except to get medical care or for other necessities. • While sick, limit contact withothersasmuchaspossible to keep from infecting them.

Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Patuxent River executive officer, pins Lt. Kenneth Amador, NAS Patuxent River Chaplain, with a Navy Commendation Medal during the NAS command quarters on Dec. 12 for his dedicated service to the installation. Amador has been at Pax since April 2011 and is retiring at the end of December. He is moving to Boston where he will become a professor at Boston Baptist College. The new installation chaplain is slated to arrive in January.

Take flu antiviral drugs.

• Flu antiviral drugs can make the illness milder and shorten the time a person is sick. They are available by prescription only and not over the counter. The CDC said receiving the flu vaccination remains the best thing anyone can do to protect themselves and their family from serious illness. The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River offers the influenza vaccine for activeduty military and all other TRICARE beneficiaries based on the following schedule: Activ ctive-duty e-duty military: 811:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Preventive Medicine Department; TRICARE beneficiaries: beneficiaries: 7 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, and 7 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in the Immunization Clinic. For more information, call the Clinic's influenza line at 301-342-7894.

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