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Drew Barrymore welcomes baby girl CNN

It’s a girl for Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman. “We are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, born September 26th, healthy, happy and welcomed by the whole family,” the couple

said in a statement. “Thank you for respecting our privacy during this most special time in our lives.” In a recent interview with, Barrymore said, “I can’t wait until I have my children.” “I love the idea that they don’t have to do something

that they have no interest in, that they can do something completely opposite if they want to,” she continued. “I will be so surprised if they don’t want to do something involving food or wine or art, but I’ll be OK with it. I just want to build fun, great things for my family.”

The actress, 37, and Kopelman, an art consultant, wed on June 2 at Barrymore’s Montecito, California home, according to People. She wore a custom Chanel gown by Lagerfeld, who said, “She knew what she wanted … and she got it. For someone who is pregnant she looked perfect.”

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October 4, 2012

From the brink Facing retirement, career continues at last minute

MCSN Hunter S. Harwell

U.S Navy Photo by MC3 Tamara Vaughn

What is your rank and name? PRAN Dominic Bates. What is your hometown? Virginia Beach, Va. How long have you been in the Navy? One year and five months. Why did you join the Navy? To carry on a family tradition. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? As a Naval Flight Officer. What has been your greatest achievement since joining the Navy? Saving a man’s life at my college. He had an asthma attack and no one knew how to respond. What has been your most re-

warding/exciting experience since joining the Navy? Being able to serve with my father and uncle. What are some of your personal goals? To make rank and get my jump wings at my next command. Who are your heroes? My father. What are your hobbies outside of work? Playing paintball and working on my house. What is your favorite quote? You are either first or last. What is your favorite sports team? The New York Yankees.

Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Heather J. Deardorff sat in a PSD waiting room, reflecting on her life in the Navy, to include the nearly 7,500 days of honorable service she served and amazing experiences shared with unique people all over the globe. She thought of the training she received and opportunities she was given after walking into a recruiting office and signing on the dotted line 19 years and 10 and one half months earlier. Deardorff cherished the Navy and her Sailors, but now she waited... In five minutes, the door to the waiting room would open and she would be face to face with another piece of paper and another dotted line. For the first time in 20 years, she was going to be a civilian. Then, her phone rang. “Instantly, the tears hit my eyes and I stood up and started pacing around,” said Deardorff. “The woman at the front desk asked me, ‘are you alright?’ and it took everything in me to get the words out. I had been selected.” Deardorff had been selected to become a chief petty officer. She had taken the E-7 advancement exam several times before and she had almost given up hope. She was now faced with a choice, retire or reenlist? For her, the decision was easy. At the onset of her naval journey, Deardorff had set a goal for herself. “I wanted to be a chief,” said Deardorff. “They were always the people to go to. They were the ones you would ask a question and if they didn’t have an answer they could get you an answer. It was complete respect. They were leaders, someone you wanted to be.” “I’m happy for her because that’s a big decision,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Darrell Hannibal. “You wouldn’t have to put on chief, you could take the money and run, but she felt

U.S Navy Photo by MC3 Jonathan Vargas

Chief Electrician’s Mate Heather J. Deardorff gets pinned to the rank of Chief Petty Officer during the Chief Pinning Ceremony at Vista Point aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 14.

the dedication to be a bigger leader, to be a chief, and I commend her for that.” Deardorff’s ‘lead by example’ approach resonates in the attitudes of her junior Sailors. When she was facing the end of her career, Deardorff still showed support and motivated her team to be the best they could be. To her, the most rewarding experience has been her time with her Sailors. “My inspiration is my kids, my Sailors,” said Deardorff. “I like training them and hopefully give them the tools that they need to continue to be successful in life. Everyone wants to succeed, they want to grow and do something amazing. They want to be part of something and I want to be a part of that something.” In November, Deardorff will be leaving

the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), after five years aboard, and taking orders as a Recruit Division Commander at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. “It’s an amazing feeling being able to engage them [recruits] and have them understand their importance,” said Deardorff. “Everything they do is important, regardless of what it is. Hopefully, I will be able to guide them, show them the right way to go and provide them with some knowledge to carry with them through their career.” With her positive attitude and a familiar smile on her face in tow, Deardorff takes her next journey. She will always remember how only five minutes made the difference between being a civilian and creating the next generation of Sailors as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy.

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MCPON Rick D. West’s last HOOYAH, MCPON Mike D. Stevens takes helm Navy News Service

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/ SW) Rick D. West gave his last ‘HOOYAH’ during the changeof-office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 28. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the guest speaker for the ceremony and highlighted MCPON West’s accomplishments during his naval career while thanking him for his leadership. “MCPON West, you made the Navy better through your willingness to listen and learn,” said Greenert. “I watched you firsthand in the Pacific Fleet, at U.S. Fleet Forces, as VCNO, and I had the honor to serve with you for one year as CNO. MCPON West had the heartbeat of the Navy. Sailors communicated with him. He challenged Sailors and they loved it.” The ceremony marked the end of a nearly 32-year career for West, who had served as the 12th

Commanding Officer Capt. Dorian F. Jones Executive Officer Capt. Fredrick J. Nielsen Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) David Randall Public Affairs Officer MCC(SW/AW) Hendrick Dickson Assistant Public Affairs Officer MCC(SW/AW) Tommy Lamkin Editor MC1(SW/FMF) Chad V. Pritt Photojournalist Staff MC2(SW/AW) Tom Henderson MC3 Corbin Shea MC3 Jonathan Vargas MC3(AW) Tamara Vaughn MCSN Hunter S. Harwell

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens delivers remarks during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony at the Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard. Stevens replaced retired MCPON Rick D. West as the 13th MCPON, and was selected while serving as the U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief.

MCPON since Dec. 12, 2008. During his time as MCPON, West instituted the Senior Enlisted Continuation Board, introduced CPO 365, and implemented the mandatory enlisted warfare designation. “MCPON West made a difference and led by example. He made a tangible improvement in our Navy,” said Greenert. “I say to you and Bobbi (wife), thank you very much and our nation and our Navy thanks you.” West did not discuss personal accomplishments during his retirement remarks, instead focusing on thanking family, friends, shipmates and mentors who helped shape him into a leader and the memories he’ll take with him of his years of service. “There is simply no way I can mention you all. Just know that if you are here today, you played some part in the success that I have enjoyed,” said West. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve our great Navy for nearly 32 years and especially to serve as MCPON for the last four. Thirtytwo years is a long time, but when you are talking about the end of a fantastic journey, it was just a

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West, right, passes the cutlass to MCPON Michael D. Stevens during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony at the Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard. Stevens replaced West as the 13th MCPON, and was selected while serving as the U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief.

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim

Prospective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike D. Stevens talks with Mrs. Ima Black, wife of the first MCPON, Delbert Black, during a Navy enlisted leaders’ social at the United States Navy Memorial. The social was part of the 2012 MCPON Leadership Mess Symposium, a gathering of command, force, and fleet master chiefs from throughout the fleet.

“flash of time.” I’ve never had a “bad command” because I feel commands are what you make of them and how you choose to seize the opportunities.” “The thing I’m going to miss the most is, by far, the people and the energy and innovation of our Sailors and families. The ‘engine’ that truly drives our Navy is our people. Our Sailors are what makes our Navy the best that’s ever sailed

the world’s oceans,” said West. MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens took the helm of the enlisted force as the Navy’s 13th MCPON after receiving the ceremonial cutlass from MCPON West. “I was honored to pick MCPON 13,” said Greenert. “It was not an easy task. MCPON Stevens is a proven and effective leader. This is a guy ready to lead our Navy and I look forward to

your insight and perspective.” Stevens, a native of Montana, joined the Navy in 1983 and most recently served as Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk. His previous Command Master Chief tours included U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. MCPON Stevens thanked Admiral Greenert for his trust and faith in his selection as MCPON. “I am both humbled and honored to have been provided this magnificent opportunity to lead and serve our Sailors, their families and our government civilians as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Stevens.

Stevens thanked West for his service, leadership and friendship and spoke to the Navy, saying he is excited about the future and looking forward to serving the Navy as MCPON by working together to carry out the Navy’s mission. The MCPON serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to boards dealing with enlisted personnel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Kiona Miller

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West delivers remarks during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony at the Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard. MCPON Michael D. Stevens replaced West as the 13th MCPON.

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