Title: Coastal courier
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Place of Publication: Panama City, FL
Publication Date: August 20, 2009
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On the Inside

Meet the editor,
learn what plans
he has for the
Coastal Courier
and more, page 4

Upcoming events,
page 5.

NSA PC gets Navy
School Liasion
Officer, page 5.

exam study
questions, page 4.

encouraged to
participate in
study on sexual
assault, page 3.

USS Sentry
departs NSA PC
for the last time,
page 3.

Balfour Beatty
needs your input!
Learn more on
page 6.

Night out for NSA PC

Engineman 2nd Class William Nesbit hands out coloring books to children at National Night Out
Against Crime in Panama City Fla.


Naval Support Activity
Panama City along
with the Panama City
Police Department and the Bay
County Sheriff's Office hosted
the 26th annual National Night
Out Against Crime on August 4th
in the parking lot of the Panama
City Mall.
National Night Out Against
Crime is a nationwide crime
and drug prevention program
that promotes neighborhood
spirit as well as partnerships
between the community and law
"I did this last year and I think
it's a good thing," said Engine-

man 2nd Class Christopher Diaz.
"The fact that it could reduce ca-
sualties or kids being abducted,
it's good to make people aware
of these things."
Several local law enforce-
ment agencies and businesses
participated at this year's event,
which was free and open to the
public. Activities included child
ID kits, K-9 demonstrations, a
live alligator, moon walks, face
painting. Kids and families col-
lected a variety of educational
coloring books, crime preven-
tion information, and free hot-
dogs, popcorn and drinks.
"Navy-wise we handed out
flyers, did some face painting
and gave balloons to the kids and
their parents to make them aware
of general safety, like traveling

safety, bicycle safety, safety for
cars," said Diaz. "For the parents
we gave out pamphlets on how
to properly strap in car seats for
Parents took the opportunity
to thank military members for
their service.
"I had several kids come up to
me and ask me questions about
the Navy," said Diaz. "What I
did in the Navy, how the Navy
works, do I enjoy the Navy. A
lot of parents just came up and
shook our hands, thanking us for
being in the Navy and serving
in the Military. It made me feel
wonderful...it makes me love
my job and makes me proud to
be in the Navy."

See NIGHT OUT page 2




Con't from

page 1
NNO 2008 involved 37 mil-
lion people in 15,449 commu-
nities from all 50 states, U.S.
territories, Canadian cities,
and military bases worldwide.
National Night Out, a year-long
community building campaign,
is designed to heighten crime
prevention awareness, generate
support for, and participation
in, local anticrime programs,
strengthen neighborhood spirit
and police-community partner-
ships and send a message to
criminals letting them know that
neighborhoods are organized
and fighting back.
Naval Support Activity Pan-
ama City has an active and
ongoing commitment to provide
positive leadership and foster
good relations within the com-
munity by participating in events
like these.

A little Doy sits in tne Tront seat or tne IN1A '; tire trucK at National Nignt uut.
Right: NSA PC Command
Master Chief Dale Pitts
talks with members of the
Panama City Law Enforcement
Bottom: NSA PC Explosive
Ordnance Disposal team
member EODCS Randolph
Lawson gives a demonstration
of a robot used to remove
dangerous objects at National
Night Out.

I-our-year-ola uiullana gazes at me arm or a rooot
used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal to remove
dangerous objects in the field at National Night Out
Against Crime.


USS Sentry

USS Sentry departed NSAPC
for what may be the final time
on August 8.
It was as if the ship departed
like it has many times before. No
large crowds of people waving,
no tears from the eyes of loved
ones, just another departure
like any other after working
with Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City division
on reasearch and development
efforts here.
While in Panama City, Sen-
try's crew made a positive im-
pact by participating in commu-
nity relations projects here.
USS Sentry and her crew
will soon be transferred from
Ingleside Tx. to the west coast
where they will continue their
mission of protecting the world's
harbors and shipping lanes from
the actions of the few to control
the many.
Farewell USS Sentry. Stand
your post well and protect us
from those who wish us harm.
Fair winds and following seas.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com-
munication Specialist 2nd Class
David Didier.)

Sailors encouraged to participate in study on sexual assault

The Navy encourag-
es active-duty Sail-
ors to participate in
a sexual assault study to as-
sess the effectiveness of the
Navy's Sexual Assault Victim
Intervention (SAVI) program.
The Office of the Naval
Inspector General (IG) is con-
ducting the survey, which is
available at www.ig.navy.mil/
sastudy.htm. The survey was
designed for active-duty per-
sonnel, is confidential, anony-
mous, and will be available for
participation through Sept. 30.
Naval IG teams are also
visiting installations around
the fleet through the end of
September. As part of the visits,
they are facilitating focus group

discussions to gain more insight
from a fleet perspective, about
the occurrences and command
support during incidences of
sexual assault. Each focus group
will be composed of a cross-
section of personnel and consist
of approximately 20 people
from various rank categories.
The Navy's SAVI Program is
managed by Commander, Navy
Installations Command's Fleet
and Family Support Program.
The Fleet and Family Sup-
port Program manages a wide
variety of programs, including
SAVI. These programs enhance
Sailor readiness and family
preparedness, directly contrib-
uting to mission readiness.
The Navy is the first of
the armed service to have a
dedicated program for sexual

assault awareness, prevention,
and intervention. Established in
1994, the program has recently
shifted more focus toward pre-
vention and is incorporating new
initiatives based on civilian best
practices and recent research.
"Sexual assault is a crime
and will not be tolerated," said
Paul Finch, SAVI's program
manager. "It is a criminal act,
incompatible with the Navy's
core values; it dramatically af-
fects morale and operational
readiness. Senior leadership is
committed to an effective and
responsive SAVI program in or-
der to ensure prevention, quality
victim care and response and to
holding offenders accountable."
In working toward this com-
mitment, the Navy is sustaining
a robust sexual assault preven-

tion and response policy, iden-
tifying and eliminating barriers
to reporting, ensuring that care
is available and accessible to
victims of sexual assault, and
providing continuous, relevant,
and effective training and edu-
cation to all service members.
All Navy commands have a
24/7 sexual assault response
capability focused on victim
support. Commanders ensure
that female and male sexual
assault victims (or survivors)
have access to the assistance
and resources to meet their
needs and to provide a safe and
professional work environment.
For more news from Com-
mander, Navy Installations
Command, visit www.navy.

Letter from the Editor:

New plans for Coastal Courier

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Didier

Hello, my name is Mass
Communication Spe-
cialist (MC) 2nd Class
David Didier. I am the new
Editor of the Coastal Courier. I
wanted to take this opportunity
to introduce myself to you, the
readers, and to provide you with
a little history of my career.
I have not always been an
MC. I started my Navy Career
as an undesignated Fireman in
the main spaces of USS Pearl
Harbor (LSD 52) in Sept. of
2001. After a little over two
years of turning wrenches I re-
quested to become a Photogra-
phers Mate (PH) and attended
the Basic Still Photography
course at Defense Information
From there I moved on to
"The War Eagles" of VP-16
out of Jacksonville Fla. I spent
nearly three years there until I
was stationed in Sasebo, Japan
with Fleet Public Affairs Cen-
ter, Det. Japan.
After a little over two years
in the land of the rising sun, I
received orders to return to Fla.

and be stationed here. While in
route, I attended the Intermedi-
ate Photojournalism Course
at DINFOS where I learned a
great deal on Photojournalism,
news layout and design from
some of the best instructors in
the industry.
Now that I am here in
beautiful Panama City I have
a lot of great ideas for this
paper. Please feel free to let
me know the things you like
or dislike about the paper. I am
also interested in taking new
steps toward social media and
multi-media packages. These
are new to the Navy but have
proven to be very beneficial
when placed in the right hands
for large companies.
Thank you for your time
and I look forward to provid-
ing you with your news for the
next four years.
MC2 David Didier
Editor Coastal Courier

Basic Military Requirement questions for Sept. exam

D. Military

1. What maximum
number of gallons
of foam will a
5-gallon can of
AFFF concentrate

A. 660



2. What device is
used to secure shots
of anchor chain

A. Link Pins

B. Banding Shackles

C. Detachable Links

D.Securing Shackles

3. What ship earned
the nickname "Old
Ironsides" during
the War of 1812?

A. Chesapeake

B. Constitution

C. Constellation

D. United States

4. What branch of
the government
performs the
function of
administering the

A. Executive

B. Judicial

C. Legislative

D. 500

Liasion Officer links NSA PC to local schools

Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla. School Liaison Officer
Lynda Kent will help to empower parents to be their child's best
advocate in the education process.

On average the military
child will move every
three years and attend
nine different schools from
grades K-12.
This means a lot of good-byes
and a lot of stress in adjusting
to new environments. It also
means difficulties in transition-
ing from one school system
to another, usually to another
state or sometimes to another

To offer help with these is-
sues, Naval Support Activity
Panama City now has a School
Liaison Officer under its Navy
Child & Youth Program.
Lynda Kent comes to NSA
PC from Lake County in Central
Florida where she previously
worked in public schools. Her
experience in education includes
working both as a teacher and
as a school administrator in
all three levels of elementary,
middle, and high schools. Kent
earned a Bachelor of Science

degree in Education from the
University of Central Florida
and a Master of Science degree
in Educational Leadership from
NOVA Southeastern Univer-
As the Navy School Liaison
Officer (SLO) at NSAPC, Kent
is able to draw upon her educa-
tional background to serve the
military families. School Liaison
Officers seek to "level the play-
ing field" for military students
by ensuring that they are given
the opportunities to achieve their
highest potential at any assigned
location. Part of that help is
ensuring that proper credits
transfer as the military students
move from one state system into
another where different curricula
may be taught and graduation
requirements often differ.
The goal of the SLO is to em-
power parents to be their child's
best advocate in the education
process. A Navy SLO serves
as the focal point of contact be-
tween military families, the local
school administration, and the
military installation Command.
One of their primary responsibil-
ities is to help parents navigate
the school system, facilitating in
the permanent change of station

Upcoming Events

(PCS) process as families move
from base to base and school to
school. The SLO also serves as a
resource of pertinent educational
information and offers train-
ing to families and schools on
educational and military issues,
needs, and areas of interest.
"It is both a privilege and an
honor to serve our military fami-
lies in matters pertaining to the
education of military dependent
children," said Kent. "Through
the lives of my own kids who are
serving in the Army, I see first-
hand the difficulties that families
face in military life, especially
the children. Yet, the children
willingly make the sacrifices
with determination out of great
love for their military parents
and their country. They deserve
our best efforts and support."
Kent's office is located in the
Seashore Chapel and she can be
reached by email at lynda.kent@
navy.mil or on her cell phone at
(850) 774-7976.

The Coastal Courier
Naval Support Activity
Panama City

Public Affairs Office
101 Vernon Drive
Panama City, Fla.
(850) 234-4803
DSN: 436-4803

NSA PC Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Jessica M. Pfefferkorn

NSA PC Public Affairs Officer
Steven Applegate
(850) 230-7717

Coastal Courier Editor
MC2 David Didier
(850) 234-4803

PAO Administrative Assistant
Teresa Myers
(850) 230-7699

Support our
Sailors, Navy
Ball Golf

Friday Sept 18 at Bay
Dunes Golf Course
in Panama City. For
more info contact
Bob Harned at Tele:
850-249-4584, Email:



The NSA PC Pig Roast for all employees
and their dependents will be held September
3, starting at 5 p.m. p.m. at the NSA PC
recreational marina. Tickets are $7, kids
under 6 are free. Prizes will be given for best
Hawaiian outfits. For more information,
please see your command representative.

Balfour Beatty Communities Strives

for 5 in Annual Housing Survey

The Annual CEL Hous-
ing Survey time is upon NSA
Panama City once again. In
a few weeks, family housing
residents will be receiving the
CEL Resident Satisfaction Sur-
vey. Balfour Beatty Commu-
nities encourages residents to
fill them out and return them.
By returning completed
surveys, residents will qualify
for weekly drawings.
The survey is part of a per-
formance assessment program.
Balfour Beatty Communities
ranks "extremely" satisfied and
"very good" a passing grade on
the survey and any score that
is less than this is considered
"We truly strive to exceed
our resident's expectations
and hope that every resident

enjoyed their home and the
services that we provided,"
explained Catherine Lancaster,
Community Manager for Bal-
four Beatty Communities.
"The survey allows us to
see where we are succeeding
and where there is room for
improvement," said Lancaster,
"it's important for residents to
fill them out honestly."
Residents can return their
completed surveys in the enve-
lopes provided by bringing it
to the Balfour Beatty Com-
munities Management Office
and droping it in the autho-
rized locked mailbox. Only
CEL employees will open the
returned envelopes. Survey
results are completely confi-
dential and anonymous.
The survey deadline date is
Wednesday, October 7, 2009.


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