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“Honoring our Sailors’ Service & Sacrifice”

April 2011



Volume I Issue 4

NOSC Avoca Honors the Memory of the First Female CPO Story and Photos By MC2 Katrina Parker

US Navy Engages Libyan Vessels

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt and USS Barry engaged the Libyan Coast Guard vessel Vittoria, March 28.

SEALs Honor their Past

Past and present SEAL Team 1 members gathered at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado to witness the unveiling of the new command quarterdeck, April 15.

Wounded Warrior Salute Kicks Off

Navy Safe Harbor and Wounded Warrior Regiment enrollees and their families were recognized for their sacrifices at National Harbor, Md., April 10.

USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka

The foward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington returned to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, April 20.

Master Chief Constructionman Vito Malacari (left) and Senior Chief Yeoman (EXW) Joann Barnes present the National Ensign during a Wreath Laying and Rededication Ceremony for Loretta Perfectus Walsh.

BLAKELY, Penn. -- Sailors and distinguished guests honored the life and legacy of the Navy’s first female chief petty officer (CPO) during a Wreath Laying and Rededication Ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Blakely, Penn., April 2. Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Avoca hosted the ceremony to pay tribute to Loretta Perfectus Walsh, who was also the first woman to enlist on active duty in the U.S. Navy. As the first Yeoman F, or “Yeomanette,” to enlist in World War I, Walsh was a trailblazer with a clear desire to serve her country in a turbulent time. “We couldn’t pick a better day to honor Chief Walsh’s contribu-

tions; last month was Women’s History Month and yesterday was the 118th birthday for Navy Chiefs,” said NOSC Avoca Commanding Officer Lt. Ronald Fauntleroy. “Almost 94 years ago, on March 17, 1917, Loretta Walsh became the first woman to enlist in the Navy. In addition, she was the first woman Chief. Please take a moment to consider the historic gravity of her enlisted service; She volunteered to serve her country at a time when she wasn’t even allowed to vote.” Walsh, like many Americans, had hopes and aspirations to achieve her highest potential. When a fair chance to enlist was presented, she was the first in line, and now, almost a century after her historic

enlistment, there are over 52,000 women serving in the Navy. Today, nearly every Naval community is open to women, who make vital contributions ashore and afloat. Although long and arduous, the progress for women in the Navy has been persistent and progressive. 25 years after Walsh’s enlistment, the Navy commissioned its first female officer; by 1974, the first Navy woman earned her gold wings in Naval Aviation. In 1980, the first class of women graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. By 1990, the first female commanding officer was assigned to command a ship. In 2010, Rear Admiral Nora W. Tyson became the first female to command a carrier strike group. Continued on pg. 3

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NOSC Greensboro Inspects NJROTC GREENSBORO, N.C. --NOSC Greensboro Commanding Officer Cmdr. Tim Wachendorfer and 1st Sgt. Hiawatha Clark from the Inspector Instructor Staff Greensboro, N.C., were the official party for the Page High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Annual Parade and Inspection on March 16. There were 127 students represented and over 300 family members. Wachendorfer had the opportunity to speak to the students about the Navy’s Core Values as well as the importance of hard work and discipline while studying in High School. Photos courtesty NOSC Greensboro.


McDonald’s grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit A woman in California is suing McDonald’s for using toys to lure her children into its restaurants.

William and Kate Pez for $13,000 A fan of Britain’s Prince William and his finacee Kate Middleton paid $13,000 for a Pez dispenser in their likeness.

World’s Most Advanced Toilet

Kohler has come out with a new toilet that has a motion-activiated lid and seat, deodorizer, feet warming, music and a remote control.

Richmond Navy League Hosts Honors Night Story and Photo Courtesy NOSC Richmond

seph D. Creed, Commanding Officer of USS NORMANDY (CG 60). The RichmondNavy League has adopted four ships from Hampton Roads: USS Nassau (LHA 4), USS Carter Hall (LSD Cmdr. Mullen, LS1 Hasse, Col. Barfoot, Mr. Mullins 50), USCGC and Mr. Hassell pose for a photo during Honors Night. Northland RICHMOND, Va. -- On March (WMEC 904), and Normandy. At 24 the Richmond Navy League the banquet, awards were given to hosted its annual Honors Night. the Sailors of the Year, worthy MaThe principal speaker was Capt. Jo- rines, and even two Sea Cadets.

Honored from NOSC Richmond was Reserve Sailor of the Year Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW) Andrew Hasse, a recent Individual Augmentee who drills with Defense Logistics AgencyLogistics Assist Team, a unit assigned to Defense Supply Center Richmond, commanded by Cmdr. Steve Kilpatrick. Hasse received a Letter of Commendation from Governor Robert McDonnell and a check from the Richmond Navy League. Attending the banquet for NOSC Richmond were Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Mullen and Command Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/EXW) Wilson Dupree, along with Hasse and his wife, Stacey.



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Returning Warrior Workshop Focuses on Communication Story and Photos By MC2 Katrina Parker

This Month In

NAVAL HISTORY April 1, 1893

Navy General Order 409 establishes the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of this date

April 4, 1949

Establishment of NATO

April 6, 1917

U.S. declares was on Germany

April 9, 1943

Dr. Heidi Kraft speaks to active and Reserve personnel during RWW. BOSTON – More than 130 active duty and Reserve personnel and their families attended the Navy Region Mid Atlantic Reserve Component Command’s (NRMA RCC) Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) at the Hyatt Harborside Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass. April 8-10. RWWs are a support program initiated by the Navy Reserve Force to assist with the reintegration of Sailors and reunions with their families upon returning from an individual augmentee (IA) deployment in support of combat operations. The workshops are also designed to recognize those Sailors as they return home. “We are here to honor you,” said

NRMA RCC Deputy Commander Capt. Todd Morgan. “We want to recognize, honor, celebrate and thank you for your service and sacrifice, and treat you like the VIPs you are.” Funded by the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Program and hosted throughout the country by Reserve component commands, RWWs focus on psychological health and provide expert speakers, interactive group discussions and private counseling. Dr. Heidi Kraft, Navy psychologist, author of Rule Number Two: Lessons I learned in a Combat Hospital, and a former IA herself, encouraged participants to share their deployment experiences.

“It does not matter what kind of group I talk to, whether they are active duty, Reserve, or veterans. We all have something in common,” Kraft said. “We are all hoping to collectively heal from what has now been a long time at war. The way we are striving to do that best is through story telling.” An important aspect of the RWW is that it enables Sailors and family members to openly discuss their experiences. A majority of time during the weekend was spent in breakout sessions, where attendees could speak in a more private environment and communicate with others they can relate to. Topics included couples reconnecting, stress management and considering reContinued on pg. 5

CAREER COUNSELOR’S CORNER CPO Selection Board Preparation All correspondence should be on plain white paper and paper clipped (no staples, binders, folders or tabs) and submitted under cover letter to the President of the board. Candidates must verify the correct subject line and board number is on their cover letters to ensure their packages appear before the proper board. Member’s full name and last four digits of SSN must be affixed and legible on all documents.

FTS/AGR/CANREC CORRESPONDENCE MUST BE ADDRESSED TO: Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center President FY12 Reserve E7 Selection Board #335 (SELRES/ADOS/ADT/Mobilzation/Presidential Recall) #336 (FTS/AGR/CANREC) 5640 Ticonderoga Loop Bldg. 768 Rm. E 302 Millington, TN 38055 ACTIVE DUTY CORRESPONDENCE MUST BE ADDRESSED TO: Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center President FY12 Active E7 Enlisted Selection Board #360 5640 Ticonderoga Loop Bldg. 768 Rm. E 302 Millington, TN 38055

Re-establishment of Commodore rank

April 26, 1869

The Good Conduct Medal was authorized

April 30, 1798

Congress establishes Department of the Navy


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Lt. Cmdr. Bedermann holds three flowers, repre- YNC Pokorny Golden and YNCS Barnes per- Tina Conti Donovan speaks about Loretta senting honor, courage and commitment. Walsh’s legacy. form the wreath laying ceremony.

“This is the legacy that Loretta Perfectus Walsh leaves behind,” Fauntleroy said. “She was a pioneer who led the way for many generations of women to follow. It is both a privilege and an honor to recognize her service and the high standards of the Navy that she’s lived up to.” Following Fauntleroy’s comments, Navy Reservist Lt. Cmdr. Jeanette Bederman laid three roses on the gravesite of Walsh. Each rose represented a core value that Walsh embodied; honor, courage and commitment. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Senior Chief Yeoman (EXW) Joann Barnes, assigned to the Third Navy Expedition-

Lt. Cmdr. Bedermann Walsh’s gavesite.


ary Logistics Regiment in Ft. Dix, N.J. Barnes said Walsh’s contributions to the Navy should inspire all women, young and old, to take charge of their lives and let nothing keep them from accomplishing their goals. “Loretta is a role model,” Barnes said. “She was the first. She paved the way for the Yeomanettes and several other rates. She paved the way for women in the Navy. Loretta is the prime example of what you can do when you set your mind.” Tina Conti Donovan, the greatgrand-niece of Walsh, thanked the members of NOSC Avoca for organizing the ceremony. She said she was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to her and her family by

the Navy. “It is hard to express how grateful we are to all those within the Navy who have worked to ensure that Loretta’s achievements are not forgotten,” Conti Donovan said. She spoke on behalf of her family, saying they wish for Walsh to always be a person that men and women will look to as a source of pride and strength. Conti Donovan also commented on a dream catcher that was put on Walsh’s grave. “When we arrived here this morning, my father and I had approached her grave, and I was overtaken by seeing a dream catcher on her gravestone. I don’t know who brought that here, but to me it is a striking symbol and

metaphor for Loretta. I think she would be so proud to know that she is someone that women look to with their dreams.” NOSC Avoca Sailors, Walsh family members, the Olyphant and Dickson City American Legion and Friends of the Forgotten participated in the ceremony. The ceremony consisted of the laying of a ceremonial wreath, the playing of taps, a rifle salute by the American Legion and the presentation of the National Ensign to the Walsh Family. The NOSC Avoca CPO mess has committed themselves to continually up keeping and maintaining the memorial to preserve Walsh’s memory on an ongoing basis.

Loretta YNCS Barnes presents the National Ensign to the family members of Loretta Walsh.

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Congressman Murphy Welcomes Home Marines NORTH VERSAILLES, Penn. - On April 8, members of the K Co 3/25 Marines returning from combat in Afghanistan received a warm welcome from hundreds of family members, friends and well-wishers at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Pittsburgh. Before the more than 100 Marines got to the base, Congressman Murphy met with family members and thanked them for the sacrifices they endured while their loved ones were fighting a war halfway around the world. Many were constituents of the 18th District, including the families of Sgt. Ray Wesling, from Jefferson Hills, and Lance Cpl. Chris Little, from Bethel Park. “I want to thank the Marines for all their selfless service and courage, and I’m extremely honored for the opportunity to welcome them safely home,” said Rep. Murphy. “At the same time, I continue to pray for our Armed Forces still in combat half a world away, and sincerely hope we can bring them all home soon.” Photo and cutline courtesy NOSC Pittsburgh.

NOSC Rochester Police Dog Demonstration

Photos courtesy NOSC Rochester


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deployment. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ricardo Quiles-Rosa, a Reserve Sailor who had been mobilized with Marine Aircraft Group 49, based at Ft. Dix, N.J., said the workshop was a comfortable environment where he felt free to be honest about his experiences; whereas in a uniformed command setting, he said he may feel slightly more guarded. “I feel like there is a lot of bravado when it comes to being in the military,” said Quiles-Rosa. “One thing I really like about this weekend is that it focuses on the family issues; it’s not just me who goes off to war; it’s my wife and my kids. This weekend asked me about the problems I’m having.” The RWW also allotted time where participants could provide feedback to NRMA RCC about their personal mobilization and demobilization process. Service members and family members were given a chance to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions during a breakout session called ‘Improving the Process.’ “The mobilization and demobilization process puts people through a lot of stress, and I appreciate the fact that this is the Navy saying ‘we want to hear what’s wrong with

the system and how we fix it,’” said Quiles-Rosa. “This is a really great opportunity for you to say what you experienced and it’s great that we have time to talk and ask questions about it. It’s great to finally have a voice.” Military members and their guests were treated to a Banquet of Honors, which consisted of a gourmet meal, letters of appreciation, a standing ovation by event organizers and facilitators, and even salsa dancing lessons provided by Navy Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Luis Perez. During the banquet, Rear Adm. Robert O. Wray Jr., president, Board of Inspection and survey, gave attendees very personal accounts of the experiences that he and his family have faced during deployments. He spoke of his uncle, a Vietnam veteran, who received no psychological care upon returning home from his mission and the consequences it had. All participants received letters of appreciation signed by Wray, which thanked them for their service and sacrifice. He said the letters attempted to express the level of admiration they deserve, but they can never fully express how he and the rest of the country feel about the service they have rendered.

Rear Adm. Robert O. Wray speaks to RWW participants during the Banquet of Honors. “The United States has a tradition where people have stood up to stand the watch during their time and place,” Wray said. “People have raised their hands and said ‘I will go and I am prepared to do what I have to do. Sometimes, when they stand up and say ‘I will stand the watch,’ it was an uneventful watch. And then sometimes they stand up and raise their hand and all hell will break loose. The honor is not

in what happened while you were on watch; the honor is in the fact that you stood up and said ‘I’ll stand the watch’ when you didn’t know what was going to happen. So I honor, respect and admire all of you because you stood up and said ‘I am going to stand the watch, come hell or high water, no matter what happens.’ You are all heroes, because you raised your hand and said ‘I’ll go.’”

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Around the Region Photos of the Month

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Electronics Technician 1st Class Thomas Beiber Retirement Ceremony. Photo courtesy NOSC Rochester.

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NOSC New York City participates in the Throggs Ne rick’s Day Parade, ck St. PatMarch 14. Photo by LSSN Sulay Gelab ert.

Salsa dancing at RWW. Photo by MC2 Katrina Parker

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