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Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield exercise preparations under way

All hands New chaplain involvement on station ensures success in Navy-wide By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River security test Public Affairs Whenever Lt. Jeff Augustin found himself walking through one door, others kept opening. He continued to follow that path and it recently led him here. Augustin, the new NAS Patuxent River chaplain, arrived on station Jan. 2 excited and ready to reach out to Pax Pros. “I enjoy getting out, knocking on doors and building relationships with people,” he said. “Just being a friendly face and being supportive.” While being a Navy Chaplain allows him to do what he loves, he admitted that becoming a Navy Chaplain was never his plan. After high school, the Philadelphia native went to college for a short time before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He served four years as a forward observer with the Second Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. After his enlistment, Augustin headed back to college, but this time with a little more discipline, which he believes led him to successful studies. “My experience in college before the Marine Corps and then after the Marine Corps was a night and day difference,” he said. “My studies were very successful, which may be part of what led me to where I am now.” During his senior year at

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By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs You’ve seen the signs at the airport that say, “If you see something, say something;” a crucial motto when it comes to combating terrorism. At Naval Air Station Patuxent River, it’s an adage everyone should adhere to more than ever as the Navy leaders enter the final planning stages for the largest Navy-wide anti-terrorism exercise, Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2013. Led by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, and Commander, Navy Installations Command, the exercise is designed to enhance the

U.S. Navy photo

Faux-testers picket along Three Notch Road outside Gate One during last year’s Navy-wide Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield exercise held in March. The 2013 exercise is slated to kick off in February. While scenarios could include another round of faux-testers, the exercise will test the vigilance of all Pax Pros and the security of the installation. training and readiness of Navy Security Forces by test-

ing the ability to respond to threats aimed the installa-

tion, units, personnel and families nationwide. Solid

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Improving Pax River one project at a time By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer Part of the mission of Naval Facilities Engineering Command is to deliver and maintain quality, sustainable facilities, and the Public Works Department Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) at NAS Patuxent River is responsible for doing just that.

NAVFAC’s FEAD, comprising the acquisition branch, project management and engineering branch (PMEB) and FSC management and facilities services branch, serves all of Pax River’s tenant commands by managing the design, construction, maintenance and repair of installation facilities. “Depending on the size of the project, there can be

a long development and approval process” said Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Kwok, FEAD director. Most new construction projects costing $750,000 or more fall under the auspices of Military Construction, referred to as MILCON, and require Congressional approval for funding, a process that can take as much as five years to complete, Kwok explained.

“Even major repair projects can take as much as two to three years to get underway,” he said, “although customers with their own budget funding can sometimes shorten the process.” Once a construction project has been requested, vetted and approved through the proper channels, it moves to Design/Development, part of PMEB, where a request for proposal pack-

age is prepared to include conceptual drawings and design specifications. Next, the package moves to acquisition where it is solicited and a contractor is selected for project award. Prior to construction commencing, the job is assigned to a construction manager or an engineering technician. This

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Region selects Cedar Point employees as MWR’s best By Connie Hempel NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Two Cedar Point Golf Course employees proved to be the best in their field as they earned two MWR annual awards. Dave Burkhart, golf course superintendent, and Kevin Conlon, golf course manager, were presented their awards during a ceremony at the golf course in late December from Capt. Ted Mills, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, and Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Patuxent River executive officer. Burkhart was named Naval District Washington’s MWR Manager of the Year, and Conlon was named Naval District Washington’s MWR Practitioner of the Year. “These awards don’t come easily,” said Tami Tiell, installation N9 director. “These two go above and beyond every day and I’m glad they could be recognized for their work.” Both Burkhart and Conlon agree being able to work in a field that they enjoy is only part of their success. “It’s really a testament to the people who work with us,” Burkhart said. “We have a great team here and even through we’re the ones receiving these awards, it wouldn’t have been possible without our team,” Conlon said. Dave Burkhart: NDW MWR Manager of the Year As the superintendent, Burkhart is responsible for the maintenance of the turfgrass on the golf course. It’s a job that’s easier said than done too. Maintaining and growing turfgrass is a science-based process that involves various agronomic practices and constant monitoring year round. “His concern with the environmental health of the golf course and the sporting needs of golfers is noted in his keen observation and management of natural weather patterns, environment and other influences that affect the playing areas and landscapes,” Tiell said. The teamwork between Burkhart and the golf course manager, Conlon, has employees calling the Cedar Point Golf Course “positive work environment that is contagious,” Tiell said. Kevin Conlon: NDW MWR Practitioner of the Year Even before Conlon took the reigns as the golf course manager just over a year ago, he had his sights set on turning what was once a losing program into one that is profitable, Tiell said. A goal he was able to accomplish within a year. To help him with this feat, Conlon developed a new orga-

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During a December ceremony at the Cedar Point Golf Course, Capt. Ted Mills, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, left, and Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Patuxent River executive officer, right, presented Kevin Conlon and Dave Burkhart with Naval District Washington annual awards. Conlon, second from left, is the golf course manager and was named the region’s MWR Practitioner of the Year. Burkhart, golf course superintendent, was named the region’s MWR Manager of the Year. nization structure and made several changes in golf outings, tee times, beverage cart services and developing a contract for tournaments to hold tournament organizers accountable. Conlon also enhanced the golf course’s customer service by emailing golfers notices about rounds of play, scheduled

tournaments and tee times. “His personnel management is directly reflected in the numerous positive comments received both verbally and in writing,” Tiell said. “Great service results in continuous repeat business.”

Clinic frocks new third, second class petty officers

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

The Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River celebrated its newly promoted petty officers during a frocking ceremony Dec. 7. The frocked Sailors were, from left: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Christopher Stewart, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Justin Willis, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Corina Fluker, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jared Stoffer, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jarrett Neie and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Miguel Barajas.


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Pax People: Darryl Randall On-duty firefighter, off-duty football coach By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer When Darryl Randall isn’t on duty as a firefighter with NAS Patuxent River Fire and Emergency Services, he can be found coaching one of his two teams from the sidelines of a football game. As the assistant offensive coordinator for the DC Generals as well as an assistant coach for the Leonardtown High Raiders, football consumes most of his off-duty time. “I love football,” said Randall, a 22-year veteran firefighter who arrived at Pax River in 1996. “I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything.” DC Generals is a semi-professional level team of competitive players with fulltime careers in law enforcement or fire and medical emergency services. The team belongs to the non-profit National Public Safety Football League whose team members volunteer their time to raise money for two charitable organizations: the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation and the D.C. chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. “For the Generals, I assist in calling plays for the offense,”

Randall explained. “Basically, the offensive coordinator and myself determine what is working best for the team and tell them what to run.” Last year was Randall’s first with the student team at Leonardtown High. “I coached the secondary for varsity,” he explained, “and this year I was the defensive coordinator for the freshmen until we combined with junior varsity. When that happened, I assisted with the defensive calls for the junior varsity team.” While Randall says that all of his players give 100 percent on the football field and share a love for the game, he recognizes that there are differences between coaching men and teens. “When I coach the Generals, everything moves at a much faster pace so my decisions have to come quicker,” he said. “With Leonardtown, things are much simpler, but harder to explain due to their level of experience.” Between travel, practices and studying the play books, Randall figures he devotes 20 to 30 hours per week to football; making him pause to consider his unsung teammates—his wife and children. “I love coaching, and I support the charities the Generals play for,” he said, “but I spend a lot of time away from home and without the support of my wife, Amanda, and my family, I would not be able to do this. I’m lucky.” In addition to football, Randall is a personal trainer at World Gym in Leonardtown and is the regional Wellness/Fitness Initiatives coordinator, a program which strives to improve firefighter health, wellness, fitness, safety and performance.

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Darryl Randall, firefighter with NAS Patuxent River Fire and Emergency Services, coaches from the sidelines of a DC Generals football game. A semiprofessional level team, the DC Generals players are full-time police officers or firefighters who volunteer in their off-duty time to play football for charity. The Leonardtown High junior varsity team finished their season with a 3-5-1 record. The DC Generals get underway again on March 9 against the Philadelphia Blue Flame. For more information and a schedule for the DC Generals, visit

News briefs NAVAIR 4.2 offers training for better programs:

The Naval Air Systems Command 4.2 Cost Department offers acquisition professionals supporting NAVAIR programs courses aimed at improving project management skills, providing cost savings and getting products to the fleet faster. Trainers are former Program Managers and Integrated Product Team leads. Classes are six days of instruction and content ranges from basic project management principles to the tools, skills and methods to communicate with contractors. The courses are offered multiple times per year at the Frank Knox building. For more information, contact Greg Silvernagel at 301-757-9040 or

On base: 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 Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Equal Employment Opportunity Office. To request special accommodations, contact Johnny Clark at 301-995-4328. For sign language interpreting services, email

Pilot Ground School

Jan. 28 through May 20, 5-8 p.m. Building 336 off of Cedar Point Road A Patuxent River Navy Flying Club Private Pilot Ground School course meets Mondays starting Jan. 28. The course prepares students for the FAA knowledge test, a pilot certificate prerequisite. The course is also accepted by Naval Air Systems Command in partial fulfillment of the required biennial 80 hours of professional training. Visit the Patuxent River Navy Flying Club or contact Joe Dziewit at 301-862-1110 or Al Piranian at 301-342-8555.

Junior Sailor Organization chili cook off

Jan. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Religious Programs Center Who makes the best chili at NAS Pax River. Entry fees are: $5 for non-military and E6 and above military; free for E5 and below military. Samples are available for $5: one bowl of chili, corn bread and a drink, or four chili samples with corn bread.

Contestants must register by Friday. Contact Aviation Machinist’s Mate Christian Yambao at

Influenza vaccinations

Active-duty military can receive their flu vaccine at the Naval Health Clinic Preventive Medicine Department from 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eligible TRICARE beneficiaries can get their flu vaccine from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, or from 7:30 to noon Wednesdays at the Immunization Clinic. For more information, call the Clinic’s Influenza phone line at 301-342-7894.

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. Call the Tester staff at 301-342-4163.

Off base: STEM Expo

Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Leonardtown 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, or contact Tracey Heibel at 301-475-5511 ext. 135.

NAWCWD Weapons 101 classes

Jan. 28-31, April 29 through May 2, and Aug. 5-8, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. China Lake, Calif. The Weapons 101 class offers an overview to weapons development and an opportunity to meet the subject matter experts. The class provides employees with the bigger technical picture of weapons by exposing students to the past, present and future of weapons development. Free for those in the Engineer and Scientist Development Program, recently hired journeymen scientists and engineers, and employees of other Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Sea Systems Command. For more information, contact Joleigh Rafalski at 760-9393588 or

Chesapeake Public Charter School tours

Tuesday, 5-6:30 p.m. and Jan. 24, 6-7:30 p.m. 20945 Great Mills Road Application and admission information for the Chesapeake Public Charter School is offered during the Prospective Student Information sessions/tours and online at http://schools. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year are due Jan. 31. Call 301-863-9585, ext. 1.

Christmas tree recycling

Calvert County and St. Mary’s County residents can take their live Christmas trees and wreaths to county convenience centers for recycling at no charge through Jan. 31. Trees and wreaths must be free of all decorations, metal frames, lights and metal stands. Calvert County residents: locations and operating hours at; St. Mary’s County residents: go to the St. Andrew’s Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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

Expanding Your Horizons Southern Maryland

Interested in helping the next generation girls get excited about math and science? For the first time, an Expanding Your Horizons chapter is being brought to Southern Maryland on March 2 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. This one-day event dedicated to promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for middle school girls. Email to or visit www.etouches. com/ehome/52690/EYHSoMD.

STARBASE-Atlantis Mentors

Become a mentor for the STARBASE 2.0 After School Mentoring Program at Spring Ridge Middle School. Sessions are 2:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays until March 20. Mentors are paired up with two to three students to assist them with group projects using LEGO MINDStorms Robots and NXT programming. An “In-House” competition is also being planned. Call 301-342-2789.



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echoes from our past The beginnings of NAS Patuxent River Editor’s note: We are defined by our past. While NAS Patuxent River is on the cutting edge of naval aviation today, this reputation was forged by the many in our history that have come before us. In honor of the installation’s 70th anniversary this year, the Tester will welcome a guest contributor each month to tell the stories of our beginning so we can reflect on the past, appreciate where we came from, where we are and where we have yet to go. This week’s contributor is Michael Smolek, the NAS Patuxent River Cultural Resources Program Manager and NAVFAC Washington Regional Archaeologist.


orld War II was looming. Publicly, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took a neutral stand but, behind the scenes, war preparations were underway and NAS Patuxent River was being conceived. In late 1939, the Navy, seeking to consolidate aviation test programs being conducted at several stations, proposed a plan for a combined flight test unit. By March 1941, a flight test center was included in a program of shore facilities needed “to support the expanded naval air strength,” a statement pointing clearly to an un-stated preparation for war. In September 1941, a board was appointed by the Chief of Bureau of Aeronautics to study available sites for the Experimental Flight Test Center. Two months later, and only a month before the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, the board recommended land at Cedar Point—as the project was originally known—for “immediate purchase or condemnation.”

U.S. Navy photo

This photo of the West Patuxent River sea plane basin, dated January 1944, shows and arrow indicating the sea plane control tower in the corner of hangar 301 and the sea plane ramp. After the Japanese attack, the pace of acquisition and development of the test center accelerated dramatically and two weeks after the invasion, the Cedar Point development was authorized and forwarded to the Bureau of Docks for design. The initial plans and layout took only two weeks to design and on Feb. 18, 1942, they were approved and a contract was awarded for the first increment of construction, even though the Navy did not yet own the property. The original specification for the 6,000 acre base was a mere three pages—a couple of budget pages and a single layout drawing. By the end of February, the Navy had condemned the land and the court granted possession of the unoccupied land as of March 1. The contractor was authorized to proceed with construction mobilization and setting up field offices. The Navy legally took possession of the remaining occupied land on April 1, 1942, and three days later, ground was officially broken. By today’s standards, that schedule seems impossible, but it proves that the extreme pressure of war can produce Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Playgroup at Glen Forrest Playground

Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Parents and caregivers are invited to come out with little ones from babies to preschool/kindergarten age.

Anger Management

Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 2-4 p.m.

Free clinical counseling All classes are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center on Bundy Road, building 2090, 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

The Fleet and Family Support Center offers free clinical counseling services. Counseling can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family members by addressing the stressors facing today’s military: family hardships, money concerns and frequent moves, to name a few. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 202-685-6019.

U.S. Navy photo

This photo from May 1943 shows hangars 110 and 111 under construction, and the East Patuxent Seaplane Basin. extreme results. All around the world, about 2,300 airfields were constructed during World War II, so the quickened pace of acquisition and construction seen at Cedar Point occurred repeatedly throughout the war. By the time of its dedication on April 1, 1943, the name NAS Patuxent River had been chosen over the original Cedar Point, reportedly to avoid potential confusion with the Marine Corps air station being built at Cherry Point, N.C. The selection of the site at Cedar Point reflects on some of the thinking from that time period about the future of naval aviation. While some ideas turned out to be true, others did not survive the test of time or changing technologies. Three sea plane basins with ramps were built and still exist today. There was also a large seaplane operating area marked by buoys in the Patuxent River and a separate control tower attached to hangar 301 to help control seaplane operations. While the role of seaplanes was important in World War II, they proved not to be the future direction of naval aviation.

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Free financial counseling

The Personal Financial Educator at the Fleet and Family Support Center can help individuals work towards managing their finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals: getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement. For free assistant on learning how to take control of finances, reduce money-related stress and overcome the financial challenges of military life, make an appointment by contacting Jim Walsh at 301-342-5442.

Ready Navy

Stop by the Fleet and Family Support Center for a free information packet on how to prepare for winter and other emergencies.

Disabled American Veterans Representative

Appointments with a Disabled American Veterans Representative can be made by calling the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911.

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person, working with contracting personnel, is responsible for maintaining customer requirements while following the appropriate project management processes to ensure work is completed per the contract. From the largest to the smallest project, the duties of PMEB include quality assurance, organizing regular progress meetings with contractors and customers, conflict resolution, on-site inspections, upholding safety requirements, and monitoring project timelines and budgets. “There are currently 118 active construction and repair projects at Pax with a budget of $143 million overall,” said Monica Griffitt, PMEB branch head. “Thirty of those projects are budgeted at more than $500,000 each.” Two of the largest projects currently under construction at Pax River are the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance test and evaluation facility, which includes a hangar, administrative space, communications rooms, lab spaces and a mission control system; and the Child Development Center, which will house classrooms, administrative areas, support spaces, and a kitchen. Both projects are expected for completion in spring 2013. Other jobs include a resurfaced parking lot and new roof

Energy Zone

Register for classes and get more information by calling 301-757-1194. Free Open House Saturday, 8-11 a.m. The Energy Zone showcases several of its classes with a 30 minute demo during its open house. Participate in one or all of the classes: Zumba, Body Pump, Spinning, WillPower and Grace, and more. Light refreshments and a prize drawing. Body Pump and Body Step Feb. 2 8 a.m.: Body Step 9 a.m.: Body Pump Experience the new release of Body Pump and Body Step classes. The classes are team taught with several of the Energy Zone’s top-notch instructors. Light refreshments and a prize drawing.

Drill Hall

Register for classes and get more information by calling 301-757-1194. Mission Nutrition Feb. 7 This monthly one-day class is free and limited to activeduty military and their spouses. Topics include: weight control, mindless and emotional eating, planning meals, shopping and eating out, supplements, sports nutrition and more. Group exercise classes also offered during lunch hours. Class dates: March 6, April 4, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 5. Register by calling 301-342-5449. Intramural Table Tennis Tournament Feb. 5, 10 a.m. Active-duty and retired military, Reservists and Fitness and Sports Program members are invited to participate in the annual Table Tennis Tournament. Intramural Dodgeball Tournament Feb. 6, 10 a.m. Teams for this tournament should be represented at the Organizational Meeting. Open to active-duty and retired military, Reservists, family members and Civilian Fitness and Sports Program members. Points to Fitness Program Feb. 12 This 10-week program challenges participants to earn as many points possible by logging food consumption, daily workouts, weekly weigh-ins, losing pounds and making their goal weight. The person with the most points receives a grand prize. Weekly workouts offered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Drill Hall. Program is limited to 50 participants. Cost is $10

U. S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

The new Child Development Center off Cuddihy Road, shown here, is near completion and slated to open April 2013. The new 38,000-square-foot facility enables the CDC to serve an additional 150 children. at building 409, and repairs to building 416 from damage sustained in the 2011 earthquake. The smallest jobs might involve replacing a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, or replacing electrical components in a hangar. for active-duty military and $20 for all others. Organizational meeting is 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Bowling Center. Register by Feb. 5. Couch to 5K Training Program Feb. 12, Drill Hall This free 11-week program is open to all base personnel. Program geared for individuals who are thinking about running their first 5K, those who haven’t run in a while and those looking to improve their short distance pace. Group meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Training is just in time for the Earth Day 5K. Contact Kerry Davis at 301-995-3869 or

River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center Reservations are recommended and can be made at the River’s Edge or by calling 301-342-3656. Superbowl Brunch Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get ready for the game with a River’s Edge brunch. Cost is $19.95 for adults and $10.95 for children ages 6-11; member coupons are redeemable. Very Special Valentine Dinner Feb. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your Valentine to the River’s Edge for a romantic dinner Feb. 14 featuring a selection of Italian dishes: gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, veal parmesan and a pasta bar. A wine tasting package is also available. Cost is $14.95 for members and $16.95 for non-members; member coupons are redeemable.

Customized Creations classes Register at Customized Creations or by calling 301-3426293. Forever Flower Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how to recycle and “upcycle” cups, dessert and dinner plates, candlesticks and other glass items into flowers that bloom through the seasons with instructor Tammy Vitale. Cost is $30 per student plus a $15 materials fee. Students should bring clean glass bottles—wine, beer or soda—to class. Participants must age 13 or older. Register by Jan. 17.

Mattapany Day Camp registration begins Feb. 25 through March 1, current school-age program participants March 4-8, active-duty military March 11-15, DOD civilian employees March 18-22, contractors Mondays and Wednesdays are the registration days. Thursdays and Fridays are for payment appointments. Registration packets are available after Feb. 1 at the Rassieur Youth Center or online at; click on Fleet and Family Readiness, Support Services and then Mattapany Day Camp. MDC runs June 10 through Aug. 16.

The Liberty Program sponsors free or reduced-price events for Pax River active-duty E1-E6. Liberty is a component of the Single Sailor Program. Civilian guests are not allowed to participate unless otherwise stated. For more information, call 301-342-4208 or visit Saturday: National Aquarium Trip Monday: Bowling With Liberty Jan. 19: Snowboard/Ski Trip Feb. 2: Snowboard/Ski Trip Feb. 23: Snowboard/Ski Trip Tuesdays : Texas Hold ‘em Wednesdays: Game Night Thursdays: Movie and Munchie Night


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Curtain/Citadel Shield 2013 is slated for kickoff in February. During last year’s exercise, held in March, Navy leaders tested mission essential personnel procedures and Force Protection Condition changes at installations throughout the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility. Pax showed its ability to change to and sustain increased security measures for two consecutive days while keeping mission essential people on hand. Capt. Ben Shevchuk, NAS Pax River executive officer, recalls the success of the 2012 exercise. “We had superb tenant participation in last year’s Solid Curtain exercise, with all levels of leadership involved in the decision to have only Mission Essential Personnel on board during heightened FPCON Charlie,” Shevchuk said. “We need to use this year’s to refine our C2 (command and control), while preparing our security forces to keep up a vigilant posture.” Following last year’s exercise footprint, this year’s training will test the installation’s security department and tenant units in their ability to increase FPCONs. Whether the base is tested through simulated malicious surveillance, simulated gate runners or a simulated active shooter event, the installation’s successful response to all Solid Curtain terrorism threats will take all hands, Shevchuk said. Exercise planners have announced that this year’s test of mission essential personnel procedures will be different from 2012. “Many remember last year’s exercise when we maintained FPCON Charlie for nearly 48 hours and exercised our mission essential personnel procedures AOR-wide,” said Adm. William Gortney, Commander of US Fleet Forces. “In order to maintain the momentum from last year’s extensive MEP planning effort, we will be exercising MEP again this year as a table top exercise.” Simply put, the installation is not expected to test another FPCON change requiring mission essential personnel to be on hand for 48 hours. Through this year’s Solid Curtain events, NAS Pax River leadership will exercise its reporting, deterring, defending against and recovering from terrorist attacks. Navy-wide, Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield objectives assess the regional commander’s battle space management and decision making—threat analysis and a fusion of intelligence— in response to events that drives FPCON “trip wires,” also known as commanders’ critical information requirements, FPCON escalation and determination of force posture. The exercise also tests processes for requesting additional services from other entities in the Navy, local, state or federal government, or from sister services in a way that expands multi-agency coordination. Solid Curtain identifies communication gaps in command and control too by evaluating coordination between directed in-port security plan integration with installation security plans.



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Thursday, Jan. 10 6:30 p.m., Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2 After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 56 min) Friday, Jan. 11 6:30 p.m. Red Dawn A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 34 min) 9 p.m. Killing Them Softly Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order


Sunday, Jan. 13 2 p.m. Life of Pi (3D) A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor—a fearsome Bengal tiger. Rated: PG (2 hr, 8 min) Mondays and Tuesdays No Movies after three dumb guys rob a Mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min)

Saturday, Jan. 12 4 p.m., Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2 Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 56 min)

6:30 p.m. Red Dawn Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 34 min)

9:30 p.m. Killing Them Softly Rated: R (1 hr, 37 min)

Wednesday, Jan. 16 6:30 p.m. Red Dawn Rated: PG-13 (1 hr, 34 min)


Thursday, January 10, 2013


Navy Test Pilot School graduates 33 new testers By Rich Harris U.S. Naval Test Pilot School The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 142 graduated Dec. 14 at the Rivers Edge Conference Center with 33 students earning a designation as a test pilot, test naval flight officer and test engineer. Class 142 graduates included members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, and service members from Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Italy and Sweden. Vice Adm. W. Mark Skinner, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) and a USNTPS Class 87 graduate was the ceremony’s guest speaker. Skinner, along with Vice Adm. David Dunaway, Naval Air Systems Command commander, and Cmdr. Brandt A. Moslener, USNTPS commanding officer, congratulated each student for completing the 10-month course as they handed each new tester their diploma. Aeronautical Engineering Master’s Degrees Lt. John Debbink, Lt. Alejandro Gutierrez, Lt. Michael Ross and Lt. Wesley Yancey were each presented with a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. The aeronautical engineering degree program is conducted in cooperation with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award Lt. Lindsay Underwood was presented the Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award from Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Holder who was representing the Empire Test Pilot School in Boscombe Down United Kingdom. The Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award recognizes the student who produces the best final report and is symbolic of the long standing and mutually supporting relationship between the Empire Test Pilot School in the United Kingdom and the USNTPS. Sid Sherby Award Lt. Cmdr. David Belew was presented with the Sid Sherby Award. The award is named after Sid Sherby who established the test pilot training division, now the USNTPS, in 1945. It is presented to the student who displays exemplary leadership in the class. Commander Willie McCool Outstanding Student Award Nicolas Arcaute of DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) France was awarded the Commander Willie McCool Outstanding Student Award which recognizes the top performing student in the categories of academics, flight

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Pictured here are the Navy Test Pilot School Class 142 graduates along with award presenters and guest speakers. In all, 33 students were designated a new testers during a graduation ceremony Dec. 14 which included 21 test pilots, eight test flight officers and four test engineers. performance and technical report writing. The Willie McCool Award is sponsored by the Association of Naval Aviation and named after Cmdr. Willie McCool, a USNTPS alumnus who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident. Test pilots Students completing the engineering test pilot course requirements and becoming the newest test pilots were: Lt. Bjorn Anderson USN, Lt. Cmdr. David Belew, Marine Corps Capt. Justin Carlson, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class Rafael Cordoves Ortiz, Lt. John Debbink, Marine Corps Maj. Jason Duke, Marine Corps Capt. Joel Dunivant, Lt. Spencer Fishman, Royal Canadian Air Force Capt. Ross Freeman, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class Clark Hall, Swedish Air Force Capt. Daniel Lundstedt, Lt. Patrick McCarthy, Army Maj. Ryan Nesrsta, Finnish Air Force Capt. Jaakko Nikkanen, Army Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class Charles Parker, Lt. Michael Ross,

Marine Corps Capt. Katherine Spies, Lt. Lindsay Underwood, Air Force Maj. Eric Vanley, Marine Corps Capt. Paul Wright and Lt. Wesley Yancey USN. Flight officers Students completing the engineering test flight officer course were: Lt. Amy Gabriel, Italian Air Force Capt. Giuseppe Gentile, Lt. Alejandro Gutierrez, Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt. James Hagan, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Lovelace, Lt. Blake Lyon, Lt. Evan Mowle and Lt. James Wrightson Jr. Test engineers Students completing test project-engineering course requirements were: Nicolas Arcaute DGA France, Nicholas Michael Buystedt Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Teresa A. Quinliven, NAWCAD, and Cody Lynn Schnaufer, NAWCAD.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Millen retires after 39 years

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

Corpsman gets new medal

From left, Capt. Mike Vernere, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer, presents Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jason White with a Navy Achievement Medal during a ceremony Dec. 21 in recognition of his end of tour at the NHC Pax River. White was a radiology technician and transferred to the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Nathan Sheddy

From left, Capt. Mike Vernere, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River commanding officer, presents Evelyn Millen, with a Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in recognition of her retirement during a ceremony Dec. 28. Millen was the clinic’s TRICARE enrollment coordinator and retired after 39 years of federal service.


Continued from 4 But the Cedar Point planners chose well because the large peninsula location did allow for landings and takeoffs over water, which is still an important feature of the runways today. It also served to prevent encroachment on the airfield by surrounding development. Taking advantage of the natural deep harbor at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the original plans called for a pier in the river

“long enough to take one of our largest carriers” and a taxiway so that planes could be taxied alongside the pier. These were never built. One of the more prescient ideas on the original plan, was a separate “radio field” for radio-controlled aircraft to be constructed near what is now the golf course and old Officer’s Club. While rudimentary radio control of aircraft was used in World War II, one wonders if the planners had a premonition about the future importance of unmanned air systems some 70 years later.


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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Around town St. Mary’s County events

Calvert County events

Poetry Open Mic

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Today, 6:30-8 p.m. Leonardtown library Come share your poetry or listen to others.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lexington Park library Attendees must be age 16 or older. Register by calling 301863-8188.

Learn to use your Kindle Fire

Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Leonardtown library Learn to check out library ebook with a Kindle Fire.

Learn to use your iPad

Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Leonardtown library Learn to check out library ebook with an iPad.

Casino Night Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brass Rail Sports Bar, 20331 Point Lookout Road Free food and fun. Proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Placement Rescue. Must be age 21 or older. Call 301-994-9855.

CHAPLAIN Continued from 1

Cairn University, round two of his college endeavor, his interest in continuing on to seminary school peaked. “When I went back to college I had no desire whatsoever to go to seminary,” he said. “But during my last year, the idea became irresistible.” He credits his involvement with Cairn University’s career group for driving his desire to learn more about the Bible and the ancient Greek and Hebrew languages. So, after graduating Cairn, Augustin enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary where he specialized in Greek and Hebrew, obtaining his master’s degree. He worked at his home church in Philadelphia for two years before becoming a military chaplain, a position he was allowed to pursue by other pastors at the church. Since then, he’s found that he really enjoys the difference between being a Chaplain in the Navy versus one in the civilian world. “In the civilian world it’s difficult for pastors to get out because there is so much to do within the building-finances, meetings, preparing for services-and you get stuck inside,” he said. “But here, you have to go out. That’s part of my job and it’s fantastic.”

Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m Peruse and purchase a large selection of gently used books.


Scoreboard As of Jan. 4 Intramural Bowling League WSI Big Ten Goat Locker Hang ‘em High Rollin’ Thunder Spare Time JMWS Wafwots High-n-Low Lucky Strikes

Monday Morning Movies and More Monday, 10-11 a.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick Bring the little ones for movies and a story.

Yes, You CAN use a computer: Résumés Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Calvert library, Prince Frederick Wednesday, 2-3 p.m., Calvert library, Twin Beaches Learn the basics of formatting a résumé. Training is in small groups and lasts one hour. Registration requested and can be made by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

South Side Sinners-A Chicago Mystery

Intramural Fall Volleyball League Final Standings Servin’ It Up Set To Kill D or No D Brew Crew Set for Life A/O Shaw Road Ginning Grateful Digs Notorious D.I.G. Set Blast Deflectors

Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert library, Prince Frederick A murder mystery set in Chicago during Prohibition. Feel free to dress up in pinstripe suits or flapper dresses as we try to solve the question of whodunit during an evening of murder and mayhem. Registration requested and can be made by calling 410-535-0291. During the past seven years, Augustin has served as a Navy chaplain at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Greece, the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia, Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3 at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in Virginia, and most recently aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD) 44 home ported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia. “I find that with all the billets, I spend the most amount of time with private counseling—marriages, children, work, finances, stress, anger, suicide are the most common issues,” he said. “I have also found that a big part of counseling is effectual listening. Some people just need to be able to talk about their problem. They’re not really coming to get into a discussion about how to fix it or what to do next.” While Pax may present different challenges when it comes to the Sailor versus civilian employee dynamics and the numerous units on the installation, Augustin said he looks forward to overcoming these by outreach. “Being intentional and methodical, going one-by-one getting to know the (unit identification codes), who’s in charge and getting an understanding of the makeup and what goes on on base,” he said. “I’m going to be wherever they’re at a little bit more every day.” Private counseling services with Augustin can be obtained by making an appointment at 301-372-3811. Augustin also leads the 11 a.m. Sunday Protestant service at St. Nicolas Chapel.

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Jan. 10, 2013, Tester newspaper  

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield exercise preparations under way; New chaplain on station; Improving Pax River one project at a time; Region sel...

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