The Skyline

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The Skyline
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Whats Inside Volume 56, Number 18 August 30, 2018 ~ ~ Twitter: @nasmeridianms~ page 8 ~Hurricane Lane drenches Hawaii Follow us on www.facebook. com/NASMeridian and Twitter: @NASMeridianMS page 2:Area Happenings page 7:FSBO or Rent: 4BD/2.5 BA One Level Brick Home page 6:WWII Marine aviator page 9:Military spouses meeting Base EventsOperation Get FitAug. 1-Oct.1 at the gym; meal plans included. Call 679-2379.MWR NAF Auction Sept. 12-14 from 3-6 p.m and Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.noon. See page 6 for more details or Call 679-2551.The Great Navy Campout Sept. 21-22 from 5 p.m-10 a.m. at Lake Martha. Camping 101 tutorial provided. Call 679-2526.Teen Board Game Day Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Andrew Triplett Library. Call 679-2326.RP A School returns to NAS Meridian The Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NCSC) will move from Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, to Naval Station (NS) Newport, Rhode Island, beginning in October 2018 with an expected completion by March 2019. NCSC, one of 12 learning centers under Naval Education and Training Command, moved to Fort Jackson in 2009 as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission when the school was known as the Naval has evolved into a headquarters that develops and delivers religious ministry training both in traditional classrooms and at 13 locations through mobile training teams, spanning initial to more advanced courses for the U.S. Navys chaplains and enlisted religious program specialists (RP). RP A School, or initial skills training following boot camp, will begin at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, through a NCSC learning site in February 2019. Resiwill return to its former home at NS Newports Brett Hall in March 2019. nel the opportunity to develop as leaders and Sailors alongside their Navy counterparts attending other training at both locations. Of NCSCs staff, 14 military and seven civilian positions to Meridian. Almost 200 chaplains and 200 RPs graduate from NCSC residence courses each year to prepare them to deliver professional religious ministry to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine. Another 600 chaplains and 300 RPs receive professional development training annually through mobile training teams.--From Naval Education and Training Command Photo by MC1 Chris Liaghat Penny Randall, left, Capt. Brian Horstman, Dan Kalvaitis, Cmdr. Abram Stroot and Lt. Scott Hook, standing in for Lt. Cmdr. Darci Hook, wash the jet outside the Administration building onboard Naval Air Station Meridian, Aug. 17. The team was chosen by military and civilian employees to wash the jet as part of a fundraising campaign for the 2018 Navy Ball Jet WashSenator John S. McCain: Aug. 29, 1936-Aug. 25, 2018A life lived of dedicated serviceDoD Photo U.S. Sen. John McCain, left, is pictured with his father, Vice Admiral John McCain. McCain Field at NAS Meridian is dedicated to Sen. McCains grandfather, Admiral John S. McCain. While we mourn Senator McCains passing, we are eternally grateful for his distinguished service to our nation, his advocacy of the U.S. military and the incredible example he set for us all.Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, By Jim Garamone Defense News Activity United States senator and retired Navy Capt. John S. McCain died yesterday in Arizona after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. McCain chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, but it was his life of service and his heroism in Vietnam that inscribed his name in the hearts of service members everywhere. We have lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country, Defense Secretary James N. brothers-in-arms until they returned home together. McCain, page 4 Photo by MC1 Chris LiaghatDavid Chisolm, left, receives the Navy Region Southeast Public Works Wage Grade Employee of the Year Award from Naval Air Horstman in front of the water plant onboard NAS Meridian, Aug. main lines and associated valves over the entire base. This was a monumental task and required numerous hours tracing water/ PW Civilian of the Year Photo by Adam Prince presents the Junior GS Civilian of the Quarter award to Curtis Johnson, a Facilities Fuels Operations Specialist at NAS Meridiand. Johnson was selected as the Junior Civilian of the Quarter by Naval Facilities Command for the Southeast Region. Mr. Johnson is an outstanding employee and were proud to be able to recognize him in this way, Caldwell said.Supply Award


Area Happenings8: Variety Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Meridian Little Theatre. There will be a little bit of everything for sale. Great prices. Call 601-482-6271. 14: Barrel Racing at 7:30 p.m. at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. Training 5 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. $3 gate fee for spectators. Call Lisa at 601-482-8498. 18: How to navigate the path of a lay caregiver from 10 a.m.-noon at the Meridian Community College Workforce Center. This is a free seminar for professional caregivers and lay caregivers. Call 228-679-8233. 20: Brown Bag Lunch at The MAX from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. Spend your lunch hour at the Citizens National Bank Courtyard at The MAX with entertainment by AaKeela Hudnall. Free and open to the public. Call 601-581-1550. 22: Governors Ride for Wounded Warriors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ride starts in Hattiesburg and ends in Gulfport. Proceeds go to the Mississippi Wounded Warrior Project. Call 601-482-4131. 27: Chicks with Hits at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center. Three top country music stars sit on stage with acoustic guitars, making you feel like you just dropped by their house for a little music, a few stories, and a lot of fun. Tickets are $52; call 601-696-2200.8-14: Queen City Fair from 4-10 p.m. at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. The fair features the areas largest midway with over 30 thrill rides for all ages. Entertainment includes: the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, chainsaw artist, petting zoo and Little Miss Queen City Fair Pageant. $7 gate admission; Call 601-934-4867. 11-16: Singin in The Rain at the Meridian Little Theatre. Performances run Thursday through Tuesday nightly at 7 p.m. with the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $22 or $20; military discount available; call 601-482-6371.Earths Bounty from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Singing Brakeman Park. Event 601-485-1944. Meridian Art Walk from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1901 Front Street. Event is The Skyline ~ August 30, 20182 e Skyline ~ Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. Capt. Brian S. Horstman Cmdr. J.P. Falardeau Command Master Chief ~ CMDCM Maurice Sutherland Penny Randall Adam Prince MC1 Chris Liaghat This DoD newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. government, the Department of Defense, or NAS Meridian, Mississippi. The Skyline is pubMeridian, Mississippi. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the NAS sources. It reserves the right to edit material selected for publication. The deadline for material is 4:30 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Send submissions to: The Skyline, 255 Rosene-mail: or For more information, call (601) 6792318 or (601) 679-2809. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or The Meridian Star of products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handiHotlines & Helpful NumbersSAPR Victim Assistance: 601-604-3037 SAPR Civilian Victim Assistance: 601-486-3122 SARC: 601-481-4274 SAFE Helpline: 877-995-5247 Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 Military OneSource: 800-342-9647 CEAP (DoN Civilian): 844-366-2327 EAP (NAF Civilian): 800-932-0034 FFSC Meridian: 601-679-2360 Chaplain: 601-604-2015 NMCRS Duty Cell: 601-604-2206 EEO (NAF): 866-295-0328 EEO (GS): 904-542-2802 Photo of Week Photo by Sgt. Aaron S. Patterson Participants run through a cloud of colored powder during the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiments 5K Color Dash at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 18. A Day in Naval History ~ Sept. 1, 1942 ~The United States Naval Air Force, Aubrey W. Fitch assumes duties of this administrative command that replaces the commands Carriers, Fleet. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief, United States of various administrative functions for ~ Aug. 28, 1942 ~One hundred twenty women are commissioned as ensigns or lieutenant junior grades as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and report to USS Northampton, Smith College, Northampton, Mass. WAVES was established on July 21, 1942 by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 30, 1942. This authorized the U.S. Navy to accept women into the Naval Reserve of the war plus six months. The purpose men for sea duty and replace them with women in shore establishments. NAS Meridian NMCRS from 8 a.m.-noon & Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 601-679-2504. Administration Building 255, Suite 283 The Marine at the center of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) search in the Mindanao Sea since August Currier. On Aug. 17, Currier who was previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) was declared deceased. Currier, a New Hampshire native and a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief, enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 2015 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, in November of that year. He completed School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Aviation and A&C School in Pensacola, Florida; and Center for Naval Aviation Training in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Currier was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, and was deployed at the time of his disappearance with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, 13th MEU, aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). Curriers awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Our hearts go out to the Currier family, said Col. Chandler Nelms, commandis felt by our entire ARG/MEU family, and he will not be forgotten. The extensive search effort concluded, covered more than 13,000 square nautical miles with more than 110 sorties and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region. During the deployment, military medical personnel will work alongside our partners to provide needed medical assiseach stop. The USNS Comfort support in Colombia was requested by the Colombian government to relieve the pressure of inon their national health system. This mission is a symbol of what can be accomplished when partners work together to aid people in need, said Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment. Because this mission is humanitar ian in nature, it will focus on the people were assisting, on the nations were partnering with, and on the region were supporting together. This marks the sixth hospital ship deployment to the region since 2007 and mitment of friendship and solidarity with the Americas. --USNS Comfort supports humanitarian mission in Latin America signed to Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) and Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) visited the San Antonio Brookdale Assisted Living Facility to wish Blondina Porter, a World War II Navy Nurse, a happy 100th birthday, Aug. 15. Capt. Maryann Mattonen, commandNurse Corps birthday letter to Porter on behalf of Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director, Navy Nurse Corps, and commander, NMETLC. Mattonen read aloud the letter signed by Davidson: On behalf of the Navy Nurse Corps, Happy 100th Birthday! On behalf of all Navy nurses past, present and future thank you for serving our nation and our Navy as a Navy nurse. Eight months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, you entered active duty as a Navy nurse, volunteering to serve during one of the tory. You put country before self, serving from Aug. 7, 1942 to Sep. 28, 1948. From hospitals and clinics on both US coasts and in Hawaii, your service as a Navy nurse made a difference, touching countless lives while blazing a path for future Navy nurses and our Navy Nurse Corps. and they are there for its last. Just as important, they are there for all the years in between, helping patients breathe easier, the countless patients you have helped, and thank you for being there for our Sailors, Marines and Soldiers serving, some who perhaps were taking their last breath. May this birthday be your best. --By MC2 Shayla D. Hamilton, Navy Medicine Training Support Center


The Skyline ~ August 30, 2018 3 There was a naval aviator designation ceremony Aug. 24 on board Naval Air Station Meridian. Eight aviators received their Wings of Gold during the ceremony. The naval aviator designation ceremony but has emerged as an honored product of the rich heritage of naval tradition. It marks the culmination of nearly two years of specialized training, which has precombat and carrier operations -earning each the title of Naval Aviator and the right to wear the coveted Wings of Gold. Winging, page 8Eight aviators earn Wings of Gold in August pinning ceremony Bruno Blakenship Jr. Duden IV Albrecht Rusek Sharp Warner HowardPhoto by MC1 Chris LiaghatMississippi Council of the Navy League member Arjen Lagendijk, left, presents the Golden Stick award to Royal Naval Aviator Lt. Thomas Warner during a winging ceremony at the chapel onboard Naval Air Station Meridian, Aug. 24. The award is presented to the student aviator from a graduating class with the highest composite score. Golden Stick Photo by MC1 Chris LiaghatNaval Air Station (NAS) Meridian Sailors receive awards during the monthly command quarters at the Air Operations building onboard NAS Meridian, Aug. 16. Presented during the ceremony were three Navy and Command Quarters Submitted photosished annual maintenance at Sea Ray Target Range reshaping the target recently. This included realigning and painting 3,000 tires, disking the target area and reshaping the target with a dozer. Middle: Joey Parry and Josh Maxwell hydro excavate and repair a broken underground pipe at near the health clinic. Hydro excavating prevents any unnecessary underground utility strikes near the facility. Bottom: Eric Public Works U.S. 2nd Fleet re-established Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) revealed a new mission, Aug. 22, prior to the establishment ceremony on Aug. 24 in Norfolk, Virginia. pose of C2F. The logos centerpiece is a shield divided into two points. The top of the shield, the chief, is while the bottom of the shield, the base, is divided and peace. the Navys mission in addressing changes in the security environment. Atop the shield is perched a bald dominant talons representing the lethal maritime capabilities of the command. The shield is supported by a trident, an ancient symbol of the sea representing power and control over the ocean. Furthermore, the crest is emblazoned in full color on a geographical map centered on the North Atlantic Ocean, adjoining land masses signifying our enduring relationships with partners and allies. The three stars signify the rank of a vice admiral, who will command C2F. and dedication of the command, which maintains and equips maritime assets enhancing interoperability and lethality against foreign and domestic enemies who threaten regional or national security. newed focus on naval operations on the East Coast and North Atlantic, said Vice Adm. Andrew Woody Lewis, commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. Building from our rich legacy, we wanted to pay homage to the old 2nd Fleet by including some aspects of the original crest the eagle, the trident, the shield, and the map mission going forward, which addresses a new secuU.S. 2nd Fleet, to be headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and the North Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will naval forces for maritime employment and operations around the globe. C2F will report to USFF.--From Naval Education and Training CommandU.S. Navy graphic illustration U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F), which will report to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. U.S. Naval Fleets: East: 2nd Fleet (HQ Norfolk, Virginia) Homeland Defense, North Atlantic Ocean. 3rd Fleet (HQ San Diego, California) 4th Fleet (HQ Mayport, Florida) South Atlantic 5th Fleet (HQ Manama, Bahrain) Middle East 6th Fleet (HQ Naples, Italy) Europe 7th Fleet (HQ Yokosuka, Japan) 10th Fleet (HQ Fort Meade, Maryland) Fleet Cyber Command.


MCRAE REALTY COMPANY ROLLING HILLS SUBDIVISION APARTMENTS FOR RENT:r fnntbntr nbb rnbtbnbrbbnbbrTHANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE 110010-1 The Skyline ~ August 30, 20184 I have a drawer loving gifts from my husband, Francis. They are things he picked up while on military travel or deployments during his 28 years in the Navy. He would arrive home, and no matter how travelweary he was, hed gather up our family and give each of us a memento of his trip. What were these precious items that Francis so thoughtfully picked out for us while he was away? Czechoslovakian crystal, you ask? No. Italian leather goods? Naw. Japanese pearls? Nope. Mexican silver? Huh uh. Chinese silk? Negative. African art? Well, yes, if you count those bongos we had to throw away because they smelled like rotten animal hide, and those clay masks that scared the bejesus out of the kids. While I must admit that Francis did give me a lovely set of enameled jewelry from an airport in Kuwait, a suitcase full of Polish pottery after a trip to Warsaw, a bottle of pisco from Chile that could sprout hair on your chest, and Persian rugs that put us deeply in debt, the most common souvenir Francis brought home from his trips were more economical items. And by economical, I mean free. You see, that drawer of gifts from Francis is actually in our bathroom. Its tiny bottles of lotion, shower caps, sewing kits and shoe mits. He also brought us consumables like hotel teabags and air line snacks mostly pretzels or cookies, because he couldnt resist the peanuts. When the kids were little, Francis thoughtfulness was charming. Sometimes hed put the hotel and airline freebees in trinket boxes hed buy cheap from street vendors. Other times, hed just use the vomit bags from the airplane seat backs, which were the perfect size. When the kids would open their bags or boxes, they would squeal with delight. Lilly would use the tiny bottles and soaps to play house with her American Girl doll. The sewing kits went to Anna, who was obsessed with fashion design from an early age. And Hayden got airline snacks, which he was only too happy to rip open and consume on the spot. But as the kids grew older, the novelty wore off. Another trinket box? Anna would complain. These cookies are stale, Hayden would comment. Heres more soap and shampoo, Mom, Lilly would say, handing it all over to me for the bathroom drawer. Although I sometimes dreamed of Francis coming home with an Italian leather handbag or an exotic piece of Asian art, I couldnt deny that the free stuff came in quite handy. We never wor ried about running out of lotion or toothpaste. And when guests came to visit, I would make them a hospitality basket and place it beside their bed. Nothing says class like funky Korean teabags and a shoe horn from Holiday Inn Express! In fact, I received so many hotel-sized toiletries from Francis over the years, I became quite the connoisseur, which is a fancy way of saying that I developed a strange case of OCD. I would sort the items in the drawer, putting only the best quality matched sets out for guests, and squirreling the rest away. I couldnt wait for someone to forget a toothbrush or ask for lotion so that I could open my drawer and solve their problem. Finally, after my drawerful PCSed with us twice, I knew I needed to dial back my hotel-toiletry obsession. Our church was doing its annual drive for items for the homeless, so I donated the whole lot, cold turkey. The drawer is full again, because even though Francis can afford to buy me nice souvenirs, giving hotel freebies has become our tradition. Ever since Francis transitioned from the military to the corporate world, he stays at better hotels with cooler stuff to swipe. When Francis went to Boston last month, I got mango ginger tea bags and a tiny loofa sponge. Not too shabby. Francis travel gifts may not have a price tag, but the way I see it, the luxury of having a shower cap when you need one is truly priceless. Lisa Smith Molinaris self syndicated columns appear she recently co-authored Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life Follow Lisa@MolinariWrites.The price-less gifts brought home from deploymentsLisa Smith Molinari COLUMN For Sale By Owner/Militaryrfntn bnn3BR/2BA. Beautiful, brick home on large fenced corner lot in quiet subdivision -The Meadows. Separate dinette, 10 ft. ceilings, triple crown molding throughout. Stained glass Central vac syst. Master bath has oversized Jacuzzi tub, sep. shower & sep. water closet for toilet. Energy heat pump, two (50) gal. hot water heaters. Stainless steel appliance and washer and dryer stay. Large walkand underground sprinkler system. rr rrPlease note, that in MS there is no property tax levied if buyer is 100% VA service connected LARGE tax deduction!48702-1 McCain McCain, the grandson and son of four-star Navy admirals, was captured in North Vietnam in 1967. He was wounded in ejecting from his aircraft. The North Vietnamese sought to gain propaganda by torturing him into asking for an out-of-sequence release. He refused to leave. He spent more than Passionately committed to our country, Senator McCain always put service to the nation before self, Mattis wrote. He recognized that for our experiment in democracy to long endure, people of action and passion must serve. In this he represented what he believed, that a shared purpose does not claim our identity -on the contrary, it enlarges your sense of self. McCain graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He trained as an aviator and volunteered for service as a Navy pilot in Vietnam. it means to be a warrior and dedicated public servant, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a written release. ber of Congress, he was a lifelong and tireless advocate for the men and women of the U.S. military. Upon returning from Vietnam, McCain underwent months of grueling physical therapy and was returned to squadron in Florida and then served as the Navys liaison to the U.S. Senate. He retired as a captain in 1981. His military decorations include the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star medals, two Purple Hearts and the Prisoner of War Medal. McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and then to the U.S. Senate from Arizona. He joined the Senate Armed Services Committee in 1987, and championed getting soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen what they needed. He also took the time to listen to their concerns and went directly to the frontlines to hear from them. Senator McCain recognized the sacand their families can experience and proudly served as their champion in Congress, Dunford said. He visited our nations wounded warriors around the country to offer encouragement and to thank them for their service. Through the Senate, he fought hard to ensure our armed forces remained strong and had the support and resources needed to succeed when placed in harms way. PAO File Photo Senator John McCain, his wife and daughter are joined by Capt. John Wood, former commodore of Training Air Wing One, left, and Capt. Russell Knight, former NAS that the base was hosting that weekend. By MC2 Jonathan Jiang A 94-year old World War II veteran received his long over due medals during a ceremony at the Louisville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 23. Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, former Program Executive War II Victory Medal and American Campaign Medal during Louisville Navy Week. In his opening speech, Jabaley spoke about the importance of honoring our surviving World War II veterans. There are not many of them left and the ones that are, we need to treasure, and we need to take every opportunity to make sure they get the recognition that they so richly deserve, said Jabaley. Gilbert was drafted into the U.S. Navy from January 6, 1943, until his honorable discharge in January 11, 1946. He served as a Stewards Mate aboard the South Dakota-class ing the medals he would receive 72 years later. He put in a lot of work, said Bruce Coleman, Gilberts veteran. VA psychologist, Gina Salisbury, learned about the issue on her initial visit with Gilbert and helped him take action. Salisbury consulted with VA geriatrics and extended care social worker, Tina Strobel, who worked with the National Ar chives to retrieve the medals. Its probably the coolest day at the VA that Ive ever had, and Ive worked here for over 10 years, said Salisbury. It just really makes my job meaningful, being able to give back to veterans that have served our country. Friends and family were at the ceremony to share in this moment, including his son, Bruce and daughter-in-law, Wanda. Im overjoyed, said Wanda. I wish all my children couldve been here to witness this. I wish that everybody that I know could witness this. Im just overjoyed. After the awards, Gilbert addressed the audience, expressof perseverance. Never give up, said Gilbert.94 year-old veteran receives World War II medals after 72 years Now Leasing 1-2 Bedroom Apartments 2-3 Bedroom Homes 601-402-9090131675-1 Photo by MC2 Jonathan Jiang`Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley pins the AsiaticMedal and American Campaign Medal on William Edward Gilbert at Louisville Veterans


By Pfc. Ryan Persinger 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Sam Folsom, born July 24, 1920 in Quincy, Massachusetts, rine Fighter Squadron 121 tasked with defending Guadalcanal. He is also one of the last living Marine Corps WWII combat pilot. It was the summer of 1941, while Folsom was attending a sonville, Florida, that the unthinkable happened. I was lying in my bunk in Flor ida, Folsom recalled. I turned on the radio and it blared out Pearl Harbor has been attacked, so I did what any patriotic American wouldve done. I jumped to my feet, got dressed and ran to the door as fast as I could. Folsom completed training at the end of 1942 and received orders to Miramar, California, where he checked into his new unit, VMF-122. Later, the squadron was combined with another to form VMF-121. Folsoms assigned F4F Wildcat which he trained in for months before his unit was sent overseas to New CaledoGuadalcanal in early September, 1942. I spent six or eight months on the west coast in a squadron with about 40 pilots and only eight or 10 planes, so as you can imagine none of us got much training, Folsom said. Folsom arrived to the Island Oct. 8. were rough for Folsom. In training the highest they had ever and previously Folsom had only exercise. Then suddenly his unit was sent on a mission dispatched at 30,000 feet where they found themselves above a Japanese for mation of G4M Betty Bombers When they dived down to attack Folsom lost control. After recovering and regaining control, he closed in on the bombers and altitude the unit didnt realize that lubricating the weapons becant at this high of an altitude. I never remember being frightened, he said. Just mad as hell going through this with your life on the line and having my Folsom and the other pilots had to return to base considering the conditions of their weapons. Towards the end of the squadrons tour, the pilots received of combat operations than they ever did through their training. Later, Folsom and his squadron had found themselves above another bomber formation. The bombers had already attacked and were returning home when Folsom dived down and closed in on the two bombers. I closed in on two Japanese bombers, one of which was directly in my sights and I shot him down, Folsom said. I pulled over to the side and I shot down the other one. It was just like a training exercise. Eventually, Folsom was completely out of ammunition and ers closed in on Folsom. Folsom out any means of defense. His plane was shot multiple times, but he still managed to escape and make it back to base. Folsom said that wasnt the only time he found himself in a On one occasion, Folsom was attacked by approximately six Japaged his plane and wounded his left leg. After his three-month tour in Guadalcanal he was transferred to Samoa, ending his time with VMF-121. During Folsoms time with VMF-121 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions in Guadalcanal. In total, he shot down two Japanese Betty er plane. He continued his career in the Marine Corps and served nearly 18 years, retiring in 1960 as a lieutenant colonel.The Skyline ~ August 30, 20185 OOORAH! Pfc. Nathaniel SantiagoMATSS-1 StudentHometown: Jersey City, N.J. Pfc. Daniel PateMATSS-1 Student Hometown: Temple, Texas Pfc. Santiago joined the Marine Corps March 19 looking to take on new challenges and push himself past his limits. His most memorable experience from boot camp happened more than once. I remember getting yelled at by every Drill Instructor because I smile too much. His positive outlook is evident is his approach to being a Marine. It doesnt matter where I get stationed after MATSS-1; as long as I can be a Marine, Santiago said. He admires Capt. America. Hes a selfis morally right and never gives up, he said. Pfc. Pate joined the Marine Corps Dec. 8, 2017, hoping to provide a better future for his family. He enjoys playing football for the physicality and making music for the mental and emotional rewards. His most memorable experience for boot camp was trying to roll his sleeves just like his drill instructors. I remem ber being very frustrated because I He hopes to become a better person and Marine throughout his career. I looking forward to becoming a well-or ganized, suitable role model for others, he said. TANDUO BEACH, MALAYSIA an amphibious raid with U.S. Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Courtesy photo during his time of service in Guadalcanal in late 1942. His squadron, Marine Fighter Squadron 121, was the highest scoring citation. During Folsoms time with VMF-121, he shot down three total enemy aircrafts and received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. CAMP PENDLETON CALIFORNIAPhoto by Lance Cpl. Noah Rudash Recovering service members, veterans, volunteers and their loved ones surf during the 12th Annual Operation Amped Surf Camp at San Onofre Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 18.


6 The Skyline ~ August 30, 2018 Facility Phone Numbers On the Web: Facebook: Fitness Center 679-2379 Liberty Center 679-3760 Tickets 679-3773 McCain Rec Center 679-2651 Equipment Rental 679-2609 Library 679-2326 Rudders Pub & Grill 679-2780 CDC/CDH 679-2652 SAC 679-5252 SLO 679-2473 P.C. Golf Course 679-2526 MWR Admin. 679-2551 MWR Jobs Line 679-2467 McCain Rec Centerursday, August 30 5 p.m., Surfs Up, PG 7 p.m., Pulp Fiction, RFriday, August 31 5 p.m., Little Rascals, PG7 p.m., Godzilla, PG13Saturday, September 1 1 p.m., e Lorax, PG5 p.m., Fatal Attraction, R7 p.m., Godzilla, PG13Sunday, September 2 1 p.m., Surfs Up, PG 5 p.m., Pulp Fiction, R7:30 p.m., Fatal Attraction, R Monday, September 3 5 p.m., Ice Age, PG7 p.m., Deadpool 2, R Tuesday, September 4 5 p.m., Coraline, PG7 p.m., Planes, Trains and Automobiles, RWednesday, September 5 5 p.m., Ferdinand, PG 7 p.m., Tully, R ursday, September 6 5 p.m., Ice Age, PG7 p.m., Deadpool 2, R McCain Rec CenterFriday, September 7 5 p.m., Coraline, PG7 p.m., Planes, Trains and Automobiles, RSaturday, September 8 1 p.m., Ferdinand, PG 5 p.m., Tully, R7 p.m., Planes, Trains and Automobiles, RSunday, September 9 1 p.m., Ice Age, PG5 p.m., Deadpool 2, R7 p.m., Fatal Attraction, RMonday, September 10 5 p.m., Surfs Up, PG 7 p.m., Pulp Fiction, RTuesday, September 11 5 p.m., Storks, PG7 p.m., Platoon, RWednesday, September 12 5 p.m., Sherlock Gnomes, PG7 p.m., Life of the Party, PG13 ursday, September 13 5 p.m., Surfs Up, PG 7 p.m., Pulp Fiction, RFriday, September 14 5 p.m., Storks, PG7 p.m., Platoon, R 2018 MWR NAF AuctionViewing and bidding are open on all dates to individuals with general base access. e Friday (14th) and Saturday (15th) auctions are also open to the general public, but only those who follow special access request procedures. To request access, email by noon on September 3. Successful bidders will be notied on September 17. Payment and item pick-up will be available that week, September 17-21, during the hours of 8am-6pm. All items must be payed for and picked up by 6pm on September 21. Auction will include (but is not limited to): campers, jon boats/canoes, pool tables, restaurant equipment and supplies, tables/chairs, vehicles, outdoor equipment and indoor appliances


The Skyline ~ August 30, 2018 Listings in the Sale...Or column are free for anyone who works at NAS Meridian. You can purchase an ad for a business or organization in The Skyline, by calling The Meridian Star at 601-693-1551 -ask for Advertising or email: 7 Sale... Or2017 Keystone Avalanche 365MB (5th wheel) motor home. Sleeps eight; great living quarters; includes cables, hoses and septic lines. Asking $49k. Call 586899-6429. 2018 Mallard M185 Travel Trailer. Sleeps 4 with 1 queen bed/2 bunks. Easy to tow at 3,575 lbs; only selling because military member is moving overseas. Great living quarters with lake view. Hooked up and ready to live in, including cables, hoses, septic lines, plus the $500 towing kit. Asking $17,000. Call 360-434-3035 2010 Ultra Classic Harley Davidson 29K miles 96cc Screaming Eagle Engine. Excellent condition. Asking $10,500. Call 601-527-4981. 2010 Polaris Ranger 800XP Browning Edition, camo color. roof, windshield, winch, extra set of wheels/ tires, and dual gun scabbard. Asking $7,800. Call Pete at 601-678-3458. 2013 Harley Davidson Switchback, Asking $8,000; only one owner; still under warranty; all maintenance done by Harley Davidson. Call 505-658-1675. 1982 Harley Davidson FLHS, 80 C.I. Shovelhead Engine w/4-Speed Transmission. Nice Antique Bike -just cant ride anymore. Call 601-527-9756/601-986-8378 2004 Honda TRX450R four wheeler $2,600; 2005 Honda TRX250EX four wheeler $1,600; 2002 Yamaha TTR-125L dirt bike $800; and 2006 50SX-F dirt bike $2,200. All in good shape ready to go. Overseas move forcing sale. Make offer ready to deal! Call Ben at 843-597-4221. 2010 Buick Lucerne, Asking $8,500; 121,000 miles, loaded, excellent condition; garage kept with new tires. Call 601-739-3264. 2017 Camaro Gen6, 4k miles, 50th anniversary limited addition; like-new condition. $38,500. Call 601-6861027. 2012 Honda Civic, 47k miles, $9,200. Call 601-4903835. FSBO or Rent: 4BD/2.5 BA One Level Brick Home in Briarwood cul-de-sac with vinyl fence, granite and stainless. Asking 249,900 or $1900/month rent. See Zillow for pictures and specs. Call 904-254-5345. For Rent: 3 BD/2 BA home in Collinsville. Located in West Lauderdale School District. Call Joseph at 504421-8757 or email at For Rent: 3 BD/2 BA home 15 minutes from NAS; pets allowed with deposit. $1,200 per month; $1,000 deposit with option for 3-year lease at $1,100 per month. Available Aug. 1. Call 334-654-0571. For Sale: 3 BD/2 BA Ranch style home in Northeast School district; less than 10 minutes from NAS. roof in quiet neighborhood. Asking $160k. Call 601-4544990. For Sale: 4BD/3.5BA Lakefront home in Schamberville Estates. Lots of amenities, including upstairs 4th BD w/ full BA that could be bonus room and three-acre peninsula lot boasts appx 1,000 ft. of shoreline & features an expansive sprinkler system using lake water. Call Jenny Ziemba at 601-4805969 or 601-282-5261. For Sale: 4 BD/3.5 BA, Spacious lake front home with bonus room over the garage. Clarkdale school district (ranked #1 within local area). Amenities include tops, custom crown molding, plantation shutters, lots of closet/storage space, architectural brick accents, gas lanterns, and more. Asking $374,000. Call 601-723-0741 for a private showing. For Sale: 4 BD/2 BA, 2490 square ft. home in Southern Oaks Subdivision, Northeast Lauderdale School District, 12 ft ceilings, heartland pine in closets, walk-in pantry, granite countertops, alarm system, quiet and safe neighborhood. Asking $310,000. Call number 601-917-0379. Riding Lawnmower used less than one summer. Asking $850. 42 cut blade. Call 601-482-2276. Womans Converse Composite Toe Trainer Safety Shoe Size 10, brand new in box, $65. White with gray & teal trim. Call Teresa 601-616-9251 (Please no calls after 8 p.m.)To submit an item to the Sale...Or column, e-mail Deadline is the Thursday prior to publication. MOTORCYCLES/GEAR/ATV AUTOMOBILES, ETC. HOMES/APARTMENTS MISCELLANEOUS BOATS/CAMPERS/TRAILERS Sports at the Fitness Center NOFFS Box Join us for a test of strength, edurance and functional T HIIT COMPETITION FLAG FOOTBALLCAPTAINS CUP REGISTRATION: AUGUST 27 SEPTEMBER 27 LEAGUE PLAY: OCTOBER 1 DECEMBER 13MONDAYS & THURSDAYS For questions, or to register, call (601) 679-2367. LIFT THE GYM SEPTEMBER 1 OCTOBER 31 PARTICIPANTS MUST LOG THEIR HEAVIEST WEIGHT LIFTED EACH SESSION (MACHINES OR FREE WEIGHTS) AND SUBMIT IT TO THE TRAINER ON STAFF OR THE FRONT DESK. TOTALS MUST BE LOGGED ON THE DAY OF COMPLETION TO COUNT. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER DAY. THE TRAINERS/FITNESS SUPERVISOR WILL TALLY THE TOTAL POUNDS AND MAINTAIN INDIVIDUAL LOG SHEETS FOR EACH PARTICIPANT. WEEKLY TOTALS WILL BE POSTED ON MONDAYS ON THE FITNESS INFO BOARD.THE GYM = APPROX. 20,000 POUNDS By MCSA Sophie Pinkham An aircraft carrier in the United States Navy plays steel frame that encompasses the ship is a crew which executes the roles vital to the mission. The ships air and is an imperative asset to the crew. Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Shanterica Green promptly found out that it would be a completely different lifestyle than she expected when she checked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Her basic or A-school provided her with the fundamental knowledge to perform her job, however, the on-the-job training she has received since her arrival has been the critical hands-on experience necessary for her to excel. deck, so coming to V-3 was a complete shock, said Green. I didnt know what the hangar bay was, I didnt know exactly what to do or what exactly my job was going to be. V-3 divisions responsibilities include keeping the hangar bay in good condition and maintaining the air craft that are in it, along with moving them around For Green, being an ABH in the hangar bay is the best of both worlds. We have enough free time to think and to study versus a lot of other people on the ship, said Green. At the same time, we get very exciting jobs like when were moving an aircraft in the middle of the hangar bay and the waves are out of control. Thats some real excitement. On the other hand, Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Shelby Falsetti who reported to the Ike two weeks before the ships last deployment in I found out I was going to V-3 when I came to the boat, said Falsetti, but I really wanted to be on the Falsetti did everything that she could to show her wanted to be. I would work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day and then tions until they were over, said Falsetti. As an ABH in V-1, Falsetti plays a role in controldeck. Knowing that billions of dollars worth of air craft are in her hands is an enormous responsibility. Whether it be aircraft, catapults, or arresting gear, there are many different moving parts requiring her to keep her head on a swivel. As a part of the crash and salvage team, shes responsible for any type of Its fast-paced. Theres always something going on, and the days go by a lot quicker because youre always doing something, said Falsetti. I was in V-3 for a month and down there the majority of the work down for maintenance, or if that bird is not operable at the moment for whatever reason.One rate, many jobsAfter-School ArtsThe Meridian Museum of Art is local students. Classes begin at 4 p.m. at the museum from Sept. 6 through Nov. 29. skill-based art lessons in a studio setting. Students will receive instructor with focuses in drawing, painting, pottery and multi-media. The Meridian Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Call 601-693-1501.


The Skyline ~ August 30, 20188 Winging Those earning their wings include: Lt. j.g. Ethan Joel Albrecht, USN, was selected as VT-9s Student of the Month for January 2018, and he earned one Navy E for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine. Lt.j.g. Mark Andrew Blankenship Jr., USN, selected E-2/C-2 and underwent Multi-Engine Training in Corpus Christi, Texas, before beginning training in Meridian. Blankenship will be completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine. Lt. j.g. Jason Nicholas Bruno, USN, was selected as VT-9s Student of the Month for November 2017, and he earned one Navy E for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He pleted Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine. 1st Lt. Henry Richard Duden IV, USMC, was named to the Commodores List during Primary Flight Training and earned one Navy E for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Traincompleted Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven. 1st Lt. Brandon Michael Howard, USMC, earned three Navy Es for bombing accuracy during Bush (CVN 77) Aug. 9. Howard completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven. Lt. j.g. Jakub Jan Rusek, USN, was named to the Commodores List during Primary Flight Rusek completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine. Lt. Thomas William Sharp, Royal Navy, joined the Royal Navy in 2010 and after completing 45C onboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) June 26. Sharp completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine. Lt. Thomas Michael Warner, Royal Navy, joined the Royal Navy in 2010 and after completing Basic Fast Jet Training in the UK, he moved to Meridian in 2016. Warner was selected as VT-9s Student of the Month for March 2018, and he earned one Navy E for bombing accuracy during Ad(CVN 77) June 26. Warner completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.Mattis: U.S. military becoming stronger, more lethal, more agileBy Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department is its three strategic lines of effort outlined in the National Defense Strategy issued in January, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters today. The secretary praised the strong bipartisan support in Congress that resulted in the $717 billion budget authorization for 2019. And our military continues to grow stronger, more lethal, more agile, and certainly more deployable than a year ago, he said. The Fiscal Year National Defense Authorization Act is named for the late Sen. John S. McCain, and it meets all of DoDs critical needs, Mattis said. Today, the United States is being challenged across the global stage, Mattis said. [We] are witnessing a world that is awash in change, and maintaining readiness in the face of looming threats is a responsibility that we owe the next generation, the secretary said. The Defense Department is working hard to meet those challenges, he said. Were going to put our activities into a strategic framework that we have provided in the National Defense Strategy, Mattis said of the three lines of effort: increasing lethality, strengthening alliances and building new partnerships internationally, and reforming how DoD does business to achieve the best use of taxpayers money. [We] have no room for complacency in any domain, the secretary said. We recognize cyberspace domains on par with air, land and sea. And these two domains were made contested domains by the actions of others, so as a result we have elevated [U.S.] Cyber Command to full combatant command status and we have worked with Congress and the White problem that we confront. DoD is also putting into place the National Defense Authorizaspace command, in line with the presidents vision for a Space Force, while revising its vision for defending its assets in space and revising antiquated acquisition processes. We are working now with Congress on our way ahead with regard to needed legislation for a separate department, Mattis said. We have released our Nuclear Posture Review, outlining the necessary steps we are taking to strengthen Americas nuclear deterrents so these weapons are never used, nuclear war being a war that cannot be won and must never be fought, he said. DoD, also has added new standards to improve deployability of and win at any time across any domain, the secretary said. The No. 2 line of effort goal is to improve consultation, cooperation and burden-sharing with alliances and partnerships so we can best deter threats and competition, because we are stronger alongside like-minded nations, Mattis noted. Democracy is working, and we will be continuing to work with our friends from Ottawa to the southern tip of South America, for cooperation is critical for realizing the shared vision of democracy, prosperity and security, he said. The last NATO summit yielded tangible results with 29 partner nations, which are now spending more on defense in the organization, Mattis said All recommitted to spending 2 percent of [gross domestic product] on defense by 2024, he added. The secretary said DoD also gained full commitment to whats called the four 30s: 30 air squadrons, 30 naval ships and 30 combat battalions, all available to goal now, he said. The departments No. 3 line of effort is reforming how it does business. We understand we cannot have lasting security for our country without solvency, Mattis emphasized. We are conducting the problems. Its the only way we will be able to craft effective solutions. That ensures that DoD upholds the trust Congress and the American people have placed in the department to spend their tax dollars wisely, he added. DoD reform efforts have produced nearly $4 billion in savcan be applied to more lethality, the secretary said. We initiated the repeal of several hundred unnecessary regulations across the ciency and making it easier for industry to work with us and without compromising performance or accountability, the secretary told reporters. Mattis pointed out that DoD gressionally directed split between its acquisition and sustainment and research and engineering ofthe technology and equipment of today and tomorrow. The secretary said the bottom among the three lines of effort, and [that] our strategic framework is proving applicable across erations, and we will continue to drive results in the months and years ahead.DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Aug. 28. Hurricane Lane becomes tropical storm after drenching Hawaii Hurricane Lane was a 130 mph wind speed, Category 4 storm when it hammered Hawaiis Big Island with three feet of rain Aug. 23, but today the once-mighty hurricane has been downgraded to a much-tamer tropical storm with 65 mph winds. The National Weather Service said Tropical Storm Lane is currently moving north-northwest near 3 mph, about 135 miles south-southwest of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The storm is expected to make a westerly turn later today, according to the NWS. Maximum sustained winds associated with Tropical Storm Lane remain at 65 mph near the center, according to the NWS. Lane is forecast to gradually make a turn toward the west this afternoon, passing south of Kauai, one of the western inhabited Hawaiian Islands. Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump authorized that federal emergency aid be made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by Hurricane Lane, according to a Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency release. The Presidents action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emer gency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe. This declaration is for Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties and the City and County of Honolulu. Hawaii earlier this week activated its emergency operations center, and Hawaii National Guard planners are working there to coordinate personnel and resources efforts. The National Guard is ready to support local Hawaii authorities with search and rescue, debris removal and incident awareness and damage assessments, National If the National Guard supports storm recovery efforts, the personnel will remain on duty as long as needed. Although Lane will continue to weaken, forecast through the weekend, according to day for all the Hawaiian Islands. The wet half of next week across the western end of in from east to west through midweek. The latest radar imagery showed the heaviest rainfall continuing to focus over Maui County and the Big Island this morning, with 1-3 inches of rain per hour expected during the heaviest activity, the NWS said. Later today through Sunday, the shift westward toward Oahu and Kauai. Next week, trailing tropical rain is forecast to hold over the western end of the Lane turns northward well west of Kauai, according to the NWS. This will keep the place, mainly for Kauai and Oahu. A gradual drying trend is anticipated from east to west through midweek. Tropical Storm Lane is forecast to make a turn toward the west and pass south of Kauai tonight, the NWS said. Heavy precipitation associated with Lane will continue to fall over the coastal waters, through the weekend. Surf will remain elevated along exposed shores through today as Lane begins to move off to the west, according to the NWS. Heights along the south shores will likely lower into average range no later than Sunday. East shores will remain elevated beyond today due to expected strong onshore --From DoD News, Defense Media ActivityNOAA photos Aug. 23. The storm was later downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before dumping more than 50 inches of rain on parts of Hawaii.


The Skyline ~ August 30, 20189 FFSC BriefsTo register for any of the following workshops, please call the FFSC at 601-679-2360. The class may not be presented if no one registers, so make sure you call if youre interested! Cant make the scheduled time? Call anyway the workshop facili tator may be able to work with you one-on-one, give you materials, or let you know when the class will ing 405) unless otherwise notedTransition GPS Capstone Sept. 4 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ninety days before their separation from military service, service members will participate in a CAPSTONE event, which will verify that transitioning service members completed the Transition GPS curriculum and achieved Career Readiness Standards. Service members who require additional assistance will be referred to supplemental training opportunities. In addition, through the CAPSTONE event, all service members will be appropriate government agencies and organizations that will be able to provide them veterans. See your command career counselor for more information. IA Spouse Discussion Group Sept. 4 from 11 a.m.-noon FFSC hosts this IA Spouse Discussion tary spouses to talk about the challenges of IA deployment, share survival tips, discuss the impact of deployment on children, remind one just kick back & chat! Welcome Aboard Sept. 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. FFSC welcomes you to Meridian by providing current information and policies regarding NAS. Topics covered will include: Navy career choices, FFSC services, Suicide Prevention, Medical, Dental, Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Program, TRICARE, vehicle regulations, legal services, community services, Chapel & other religious services, MWR, things to do at NAS & in Meridian, and more. Transition GPS Seminar 17-21 Sept. 17-21 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Military personnel who are voluntarily or involuntarily separating or retiring and are within 180 days of separating are required to attend this seminar, held at the FFSC. It is highly recommended that spouses attend. You may also attend if youre up to 24 months away from your separation or retirement date. The following topics will be covered: rsums, job search skills, job interviewing, employment (state & federal), of household goods, TRICARE, emotional military obligations, and more. You must see your Command Career Counselor or Admin obtain several documents that are required for the seminar. Fitness Center Spending time with my family having a cookout.LSSR Jarod MillerNTTC Student Going on the lake with my family to grill out and NATTC Student I plan to take a dive in the pool at the gym on base and enjoy some good BBQ in the galley. ITS YOUR TURN... Fleet & Family Support CenterThis week we asked: How do you plan to celebrate Labor Day weekend?By MC1 Chris Liaghat PSSR William Bingham NOSC Meridian Im going to a family reunion in Tennessee. I havent seen my immediate family in two years.Jennifer Grace Rudders Taking my family at Geyser Falls Water Theme Park. Im going to lay in the lazy river all day. Studies show that when parents are involved in school, their children get better grades and have better self-esteem, better attendance and fewer behavior problems. Teachers also tend to pay more attention to children whose parents are actively involved with the school and with their childrens education. Even if you relocate often or are temporarily deployed, there are ways you can build a relationship with the school and your childs teachers and help your child perform as well as he/ she can. The most important step you can take to support your childs education is to communicate regularly with his/her teacher, before a problem develops. This isnt always easy, especially as an active duty service member with a child in middle or senior high school who has many teachers. But its impor tant to communicate that you are concerned and you want to work with them to help your child reach their full potential. Here are a few tips to help your child succeed: Send notes. Teachers can be hard to reach. But you can use e-mail, or have your younger child take notes to the teacher. Provide a place for the teacher to sign, and have your child bring home the signed note. A note might: let the teacher know if a new baby, a sick relative, or an impending move or deployment is distracting your child. Thank the teacher for special efforts or when your child enjoys a particular study unit or a trip to the local museum, etc. Teachers will be more open to concerns when they also hear praise. Ask the teacher to call you to discuss an issue. Be sure to give your phone number and a time when the teacher can reach you at that number. Request information or a conference. Do not use notes to raise objections, to complain about problems, note to request a meeting where you can discuss the issue. Attend parent-teacher conferences. Schools offer conferences once or twice a year in elementary and middle school. At these face-to-face meetings, your childs teacher will give you a detailed report on your childs behavior and achievement. Be prepared to share infor mation about your child, such as hobbies, interests, and study habits. Let the teacher know if your child has recently relocated or if a parent will be deploying at some point during the school year. Be sure to share any nice comments your child has made about the teacher, as well as your own positive impressions about the teacher and the school year. Its also a good idea to write out a list of questions, such as the following: How does my child get along with classmates? What procedure do you use to tell parents if a child How can we work together to improve my childs schoolwork? What is the best way to reach you if I want to disIf there are problem areas to discuss, avoid blaming the teacher. Try to make constructive comments. Instead of saying, You never listen to my child, ask, What is your classroom policy on giving students opportunities to speak and ask questions? Respond to problems promptly. If a problem does develop, its easiest to resolve if you address it immediately. Ask your child how he/she views the problem. Listen carefully and ask questions to get beyond Then contact the teacher, if necessary, to discuss a coor dinated solution. If your child is disrupting class, struggling to stay with a subject, its better to keep a close eye on the problem rather than wait for a regular conference. You and the teacher may decide to use a daily report card, where the teacher can check off options on a predetermined list to track your childs performance or behavior. This can help you follow up at home. Meet the guidance counselor. At the beginning of high school, schedule a meeting with your teenager and a school guidance counselor to discuss college or work plans. Plan ahead and work together to choose courses that match your childs future plans as well as her interests and goals. Stay involved. Middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools dont always reach out to parents but will respond to your efforts to support the school. You might offer to chaperone school band members at the football game on Saturday or supervise student volunteers at an evening event. If you are deployed and have access to e-mail, use it to stay connected with your childs teachers and school administrators on a regular basis. Staying involved shows your child and the school that you are committed to supporting your childs education. --From FFSCSupporting your child The toughest job in the military should not be done alone!There will be a non-denominational support circle and bible study for all wives of any military branch. Prayer Circle, meditation, non-judgemental fellowship and Christ-centered studies. Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the Balfour Beatty Community Center. Free Information about this event is being communicated as a matter of common interest pursuant to JER 3-208. Participation in this event is purely voluntary. Endorsement of this activity and entities referenced in this e-mail are neither expressed nor implied by NAS Meridian or the DoN.


The Skyline ~ August 30, 201810 119516-1 NAS Sailors of the Quarter ABE1 Sherwin Magat Senior Sailor of the 3rd Quarter Field Support MA3 Chase Herring Blue Jacket of the 3rd Quarter Security AC2 Logan Houston Junior Sailor of the 3rd Quarter Air Operations NEW ERA Baptist Church Sunday: Sunday School 9:30-10:30am Worship Service 11am -12:30pm Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30-8:00pm Youth Group 6:30-8:pm 1525 24th Street, 130552-1 Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, Tuesday, August 21. dition to the USNTPS class 155 syllabus which began last month. Class 155 will be riculum, is a custom tailored C-26A Metroliner equipped with military equipment and subsystems. A custom tailored simulation lab was also built in conjunction with the aircraft to have matching crew stations. ASTARS allows students to familiarize themASTARS III is a game changing capability that further advances the modernized syllabus offered at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, said Cdr. Glenn Rioux, comgreater capability to our historically competitive curriculum. Each year the USNTPS academies combined. In Fall 2015, the U.S. Government gave the C-26A to the USNTPS after it retired from conducting counter narcotics missions along the Mexican border. The aircraft arrived with minimal documentation and maintenance records requiring extensive work in order to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. It also required curriculum. The aircrafts upgrade was a combined effort between a number of organizations: USNTPS, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisions (NAWCAD) AIRWorks, Naval Air Systems Commands Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft program offormation, each group was represented at the hangar on a daily basis by pilots, engineers, artisans, supply chain specialists, program managers, test representatives, and Texas. The project structure reduced programmatic cycle times while maintaining the The amount of proactive collaboration on this project is unprecedented, said Jer The approach is a prime example of the Navys organic capability coordinated by AIRWorks which brings together warfare center talent, industrial partnerships and typing and Production group, AIRWorks has provided the Navy affordable alternatives including rapid prototype and production of the H-60 gunner seat, integration of V-22 ballistic missile protection and C-27 maritime intelligence, surveillance and With facilities in Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida, NAWCAD supports the research and development, engineering, test and evaluation of all Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers.--Naval Test Pilot Schools newest Courtesy photo testing the airframe, avionics and mission system to verify the aircraft and its School in Patuxent River, Md. on August 21.

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