e Missile Express e Missile Express June, 22nd 2017 Vol. 1 No. 6 The o cial Newsle er of Naval Weapons Sta on Earle Photo by K.C. Wisley/FEMA Ge ng to Know a partner: FEMA Naval Weapons Station Earle Public Affairs Nestled on the corner of Esperance and Saipan road on Naval Weapons Station Earle is a large grey building most only know as building C-54. Inside is one of the most critically important disaster respon se centers for the New York, New Jersey area. The building serves as the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) for the Federal Emergency Management AgencyÂ’s Region II. Â“The RRCC is essentially our Emergency Operations Center for the region,Â” said Don C aetano, external affairs director for the region. FEMA Region II is headquarte red in New York City, and is responsible for disaster relief efforts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Â“When thereÂ’s a storm headed for, or potentially headed toward the Caribbean, we activate the RRCC if we feel the islands are in the probability zone.Â” In between emergencies, FEMA uses the RRCC as a close out center, handling much of the administrative tasks of emergency mitigation projects, and public assistance projects from previous disasters. Caetano said that on any given day the center can have 75-100 people working there to handle various disaster close-out projects. And if a full activation were to occur, he said the facility would accommodate another 100 people to fully activate and man it. Federal Emergency Management Agency employees train at the Region II Re gional Response Coordina on Center at Naval Weapons Sta on Earle. In a real world disaster, the facility acts as the Emergency Opera ons Center for the agency in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Fred King bids Farewell to Earle Fred King, Installation Plans, Programs & Read iness Integrator will retire June 30 after 35 years of Federal Civil Service, all at Naval Weapons Station Earle. King, who served in the U.S. Army as a Musician, has a tota l of 39 years of combined federal service. He began his career here at Naval Weapons Station Earle in October 1981 as a Clerk Typist for the Station Resources and Planning Department. He was promoted to a Program Analyst and later to the Administrative Officer for the Comptroller/Resources Department. As a result of the regionalization of installations, King was realigned to the Commander, Navy Region Northeast Public Safety Program. After the Navy Region Northeast was disestablished, his next position was as the Command Support Specialist and later Supervisory Command Support Specialist/Business Manager for Naval Weapons Station Earle before taking on his most recent role as Installation Plans, Programs & Readiness In tegrator in 2016. Continued on page 3
2 Civilian Spotlight: Wayne Loving This monthÂ’s spotlight is Wayne Loving, A Management and Program Analyst with Naval Munitions Command Atlantic, Detachment Earle. A resident of Toms River New Jersey, he graduated from Kenwood High School in June of 1983 and served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1983 to 2007, retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Can you tell us a little bit about what you do for NMC? I manage several key programs to include all training assets and certifications for the employees who handle the material out in the ordnance area. What type of training do you oversee? They must be certified as explosive handlers, they must be certified as explosive drivers, they must be trained in the various regulations for handling explosives and all the proceedures that go w ith how to load, ships, magazines, trucks, things like that. How do you like your job at Earle? I really like my job, itÂ’s really rewarding. We get an individual in here with no training and we get them to be a productive part of the wheel that makes Weapons Station Earle happen. IÂ’ve been here for ten years now, and I love the work. I enjoy that feeling of knowing that ships leave the pier and they can do the mission that theyÂ’re designed to do, which supports our country. You had a pretty eclectic militar y background, can you tell us a little about that? I started as an Operations Specia list, which is mostly radar, for the first five or six years of my Navy career. But thereÂ’s not too many radar installations ashore, so you tend to want to seek other things to do once you go ashore. I had the opportunity to do other things, like law enforcement (as the Chief of Police for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove, PA) and even as a Recruit Division Commander, which is really a Drill Instructor for the Navy, I did that for 3 1/2 years. How do you think that experience has prepared you for what you do now? The experience you get as the Chief of Police, or Anti-Terrorism Officer or Recruit Division Commander, or just a gate guard, all of that allows me to come here and do the job here more effectively. It lets me speak to a lot of different areas. What are some of your favorite actives outside of work? I like to kayak, I like to golf, I love spending time in the pool. We do a lot as a family, we camp, we try to do as much as we can. I live in Toms River and I like to kayak right on Silver Bay. ItÂ’s right down the street from my house. Is there anything else about your time here or your time in the Navy youÂ’d like to add? My 24 years in the Navy, I wouldnÂ’t have traded it for the world. The experiences, the places IÂ’ve seen; you canÂ’t put a price tag on dinner in the Eiffel Tower. It barely cost me a dime, other than the dinner itself. So, dinner on the Eiffel Tower, standing on the Pyramids in Egypt, seeing Big Ben in England, the average person doesnÂ’t get to see. Not only did I get paid for it, I made a career out of it. I loved my time in the Navy. Even though IÂ’ve been a civilian for 10 years, IÂ’m still trying to get used to it. Sometimes itÂ’s a little hard for me because I want to fall back on what I know best. I try to apply what I learned in the Navy to my civilian life and adjust as best I can. Wayne Loving, a Management and Program Analyst with Naval Muni ons Command Atlan c, Detachment Earle is a New Jersey Na ve who served 25 years in the U.S. Navy before pursuing a civilian career at Naval Weapons Sta on Earle in 2007. If youÂ’re interested in featuring a Sailor or civilian in the spotlight, please contact the Public A airs O cer at email@example.com Courtesy Photo
3 From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -The Navy joins the nation in recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month throughout June. ALNAV 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. The Department of Defense (DoD) began observing LGBT Pride Month in 2012. Initially established as "Gay and Lesbian Month" by Presidential Proclamation in 2000, LGBT Pride Month recognizes the accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The LGBT community is part of One Navy Team that contributes their diverse talents, skills and service to the strength of the force. "To remain the finest seagoing fighting force, the Navy needs men and women who are the right fit for the right job regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed or gender identity," said Capt. Candace Eckert, Special Assistant for Inclusion and Diversity. "Our goal is to ensure that the mission is carried out by the most qualified and capable Sailors. If an individual can meet the Navy's standards, they should be afforded the opportunity to be part of the One Navy Team." The Navy is committed to recruiting and retaining top talent regardless of race, class, sex or background. A diverse, inclusive environment allows diversity of thought and innovation to thrive. In 2016, the DoD instituted a policy change allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military as their preferred gender. For service members, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011 allowed gay, lesbian and bisexuals to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces. For more information about LGBT Pride Month, visit: http://www.deomi.org/ human-relations/specialobservances.cfm For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit http:// www.navy.mil/local/cnp/ Navy Celebrates 2017 LGBT Pride Month SAN DIEGO (June 28, 2016) Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding o cer of the aircra carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), speaks about the importance of Lesbian, Gay, Bi sexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebra on. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communica on Special ist 3rd Class Alex Millar/Released) Â“If itÂ’s a full activation, we Â’ll call in our emergency support partners Â– thatÂ’s everything from GSA to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Red Cross, the Department of Transportation and our Defense Coordinating Element,Â” he said. Caetano added that the RRCC also serves as a Continuity of Operations Program site for their NYC Headquarters. Â“One of the reasons we use Earle is because the installation has the space to support a large influx of personnel during a disaster. We just simply couldnÂ’t do that in New York City,Â” he added. FEMA cont. 75 Years Later: Honoring the Ba le of Midway Naval Weapons Sta on Earle Sailors, Civilians and guests gathered at Ba le of Midway Park June 7 to commemorate the 75th Anni versary of the historic Ba le of Midway.
4 EarleÂ’s Newest Frockees! Welcome Aboard ENS Joseph Plunke Mr. Je ery Lloyd (IT) HMC Luis Reyes NC1 Erin Mullikin MA1 Robert Linke MASR Abbie Cabrera Farewell LTJG Adewale Adeogun NC1 Vanessa Grimm OS2 Markel Owens MA2 Emerson Fan dialan MM3 Nathan Kander MA3 Victor Lobato USAF Sta Sgt. Ma hew Dubon pins the rank of First Class Pe y O cer to the collar of his brother, Quarter Master rst class Daniel Dubon. Zoey Restoroche pins the rank of First Class Pe y O cer onto the color of her father, Electronics Mate rst class Ra mon Restoroche.Sailors from Naval Weapons Sta on's Security department pin the rank of Second Class Pe y O cer to the collar of Master at Arms Third Class Hunter Ash Senior Chief Pe y O cer Brian Smith pins the rank of Second Class Pe y O cer to the collar of Master at Arms Second Class Rockit Henderson. Sailors from Naval Weapons Sta on's Port Opera ons department pin the rank of Second Class Pe y O cer to the collar of Opera ons Specialist 2nd Class Markel Owens. Re rees CAPT Thomas Foley Mr. Fred King