Title: Coastal courier
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Title: Coastal courier
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Naval Support Activity, Public Affairs Office
Place of Publication: Panama City, FL
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Bay -- Panama City
Coordinates: 30.174444 x -85.664444 ( Place of Publication )
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Page 1

On the nside Suicides are preventable

NSA PC to save
money, page 2

Rear Adm.
Townsend signs
CNRSE's energy
instruction, page 3

Get tricked with
Trunk or Treat,
page 4

Veterans take
to the streets in
parade, page 5

NSA PC help Tri-
athletes finish,
photo page 6

NEX Black Friday
Sales, page 7

Panama City burn
notice, page 8

Panama City CEL
Survey results,
page 8


In the U.S. someone dies
from suicide every 17
minutes. At least 80 indi-
viduals die and 1500 make a sui-
cide attempt daily. Over 30,000
Americans die annually from
suicide. It is a major national
public health problem. Suicide
has been the third leading cause
of death in the Navy and the 1 th
highest cause of death in the

civilian population. The Navy
experienced 11.6 suicides per
100,000 Sailors during 2008.
All of us are affected by
suicide. It is everyone's respon-
sibility. Suicides are PREVENT-
ABLE. Command leaders,
supervisors, co-workers, family
and friends are all in a position
to play an important role in
identifying someone who is con-
sidering suicide. Start by paying
attention to your shipmates,
family and friends. Ask them if

Warning signs
of suicide are
not always this



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something is wrong and if they
have a problem. Ask them if they
are thinking about suicide. Here
are some warning signs to help
us know if there is a possibility
of a Sailor or family member
thinking about suicide:
1.Talking About Dying -- any
mention of dying, disappearing,
jumping, shooting oneself, or
other types of self harm.
2. Recent Loss -- death, di-
vorce, separation, broken rela-
tionship, loss ofjob, money, sta-
tus, self-confidence, self-esteem,
loss of religious faith, loss of
interest in friends, sex, hobbies,
activities previously enjoyed
3. Change inPersonality -- sad,
withdrawn, irritable, anxious,
tired, indecisive, apathetic
4. Change inBehavior -- can't
concentrate on school, work,
routine tasks
5. Change in Sleep Patterns
-- insomnia, often with early
waking or oversleeping, night-
6. Change in Eating Habits
-- loss of appetite and weight,
or overeating
7. Diminished Sexual Interest
-- impotence, menstrual abnor-
malities (often missed periods)
8. Fear of losing control --
going crazy, harming self or
9. Low self esteem -- feeling
worthless, shame, overwhelm-
ing guilt, self-hatred, thoughts
of "everyone would be better off
without me"
10. No hope for the future
-- believing things will never
get better; that nothing will ever
Commands can request a sui-
cide prevention and awareness
SUICIDE cont'd pg 6

Page 2

NSA PC energy projects

to save $149,000 annually

Naval Facilities Engi-
neering Command
(NAVFAC) Southeast
awarded two energy projects
June 30 for work to be done for
Naval Support Activity Panama
City (NSAPC) and Naval Sur-
face Warfare Center (NSWC)
Panama City Division that will
provide a combined annual sav-
ings of $149,000.
"The secretary of the Navy
expects a three percent reduction
in our total energy usage each
year," said Cmdr. Jessica Pfef-
ferkorn, NSAPC commanding
officer. "This project, as well as
our several in-house initiatives,
are projected to almost double
our 2009 energy reduction goal.
These upgrades are one piece
of our comprehensive energy
efficiency program."
Both projects were awarded
to Gulf Power of Atlanta, Ga.,
and will be developed by Energy
Systems Group (ESG). ESG
will implement four energy
conservation measures (ECMs):
high-efficiency lighting retrofits,
water conservation measures,
solar pool heating and controls
The NSAPC project, valued at
$558,000, will provide services
to reduce energy consumption,
utility operation and mainte-
nance costs at buildings on the
installation. The scope of this
project will include lighting,
water, installing premium effi-
ciency motors, insulating steam-
to-hot-water heat exchangers
and installing solar pool heat-
ing. An annual cost savings of
nearly $58,000 is projected upon
completion of this project.
One of the benefits of the
ECMs for this project can be
measured through the array of
solar panels that will be installed
on the roof of building 350,
which houses the 2,800-square-

performance contracting, ESG
provides customers with innova-
tive energy efficiency, technol-
ogy, and long-term financing
solutions for modernization of
their facilities and energy infra-
structure. To learn more about
ESG, visit www.energysystems-
The Naval Facilities Engi-
neering Command (NAVFAC)
manages the planning, design,
construction, contingency engi-
neering, real estate, environmen-
tal, and public works support
for U.S. Navy shore facilities
around the world. We provide
the Navy's forces with the op-
erating, expeditionary, support
and training bases they need.
NAVFAC is a global organiza-
tion with an annual volume of
business in excess of $10 billion.
As a major Navy Systems Com-
mand and an integral member
of the Navy and Marine Corps
team, NAVFAC delivers timely
and effective facilities engineer-
ing solutions worldwide.

Photo by MC2 David Didler
Contractors from Energy Savings Group install a solar powered
street light in the parking lot of building 126 on Naval Support
Activity Panama City. The new street light will use solar energy
stored during the day to power the light at night.

foot pool that Navy divers use
for training. This pool is heated
to a temperature range of 82 to
86 degrees, and a natural gas-
fired boiler provides heat. The
new solar panels will supple-
ment the boiler so less natural
gas is used.
The NSWC Panama City
project, valued at $896,000, will
upgrade facility infrastructure to
enhance energy and operational
efficiencies for facilities on that
installation. The goals for this
project are to achieve energy and
water savings through upgrades
to building lighting, water con-
servation, motor retrofits, hot
water pump replacement and
HVAC upgrades. An annual cost

savings of more than $91,000 is
projected when this project is
Upon completion, the Navy
will see a reduction of 5,800
million BTUs and 4.1 million
gallons of water annually. The
expected completion date for
all work on this contract is June
Energy Systems Group (ESG)
is an award-winning energy
services company that special-
izes in delivering sustainable
energy solutions which allow
building owners to maximize
their energy efficiency and
operational performance, while
reducing their carbon footprint.
Through its core business of




off the


Page 3

CNRSE takes energy

conservation seriously

W ith his Energy
Council present
for its first meet-
ing, Rear Adm. Townsend G.
Alexander, Commander, Navy
Region Southeast (CNRSE),
signed the new energy instruc-
tion that establishes the energy
policy for installations. CNRSE
will lead by example with a
comprehensive and robust en-
ergy strategy to meet all new
laws and policies set forth for
Energy and Water Conservation
with the issuance of this new
instruction. "Leadership in
conservation will be achieved
and sustained with awareness,
training and implementation of
suitable technologies in energy
and water conservation," said
Alexander. "As a culture, our
behavior will have to change."
Legislation passed in the Energy
Independence and Security Act
of 2007 (EISA 2007) requires a
30 percent reduction in energy
intensity by 2015, a 20 percent
reduction in water intensity by
2015, and an audit each year
of one quarter of the facilities
identified as the top 75 percent
of energy consuming facilities.
The National Defense Autho-
rization Act of 2007 (NDAA
2007) states that 25 percent
of electric consumption must
come from renewable sources.
Executive Order (E.O. 13423)
for Strengthening Federal En-
vironmental, Energy, and Trans-
portation Management mandates
that 15 percent of the existing
Federal buildings incorporate
sustainable practices by 2015.
Additional policies detail guid-
ing principles for sustainable
design and establish a LEED
Green Building Rating System
for incorporating sustainable
principles into new facilities
and major renovations on exist-
ing structures. The Strategy
Precepts vital to this effort are

Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander, Commander Navy Region Southeast, signs
CNRSE's Energy Instruction while members of the NRSE Energy Council look on
at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 21.

to raise personnel awareness and
participation, train energy and
utility personnel, implement new
conservation based technology,
implement life cycle cost effec-
tive projects, establish Energy
Star rated buildings, integrate
energy efficiency into leases
and Base Operations Services
contracts, increase renewable
energy use, and reduce petro-
leum consumption. Naval Fa-
cilities Engineering Command
(NAVFAC) Southeast developed
a tool kit for conservation that
incorporates technology, iden-
tification and training of pivotal
personnel, high performance
building tools, communica-
tion and recognition programs,
measurement mechanisms and
planning for installation com-
manding officers in the south-
east. 'Energy Star'certification
will be required on all small
and large appliances. Diligence
will be paid on addressing and
implementing Alternative Fuels
for Vehicles and Infrastructure.
Personnel will be trained and
certified annually on strategies,

construction and sustainment of
energy and water conservation
best practices. NAVFAC will
ensure that new construction and
major renovation plans will be
reviewed to ensure that leading
technology for conservation are
implemented. To further pub-
licize these efforts, "Existing
buildings re-commissioned as
'Energy Star' or 'LEED' certi-
fied will be recognized with a
'ribbon cutting' ceremony."
NAVFAC will be monitoring
progress closely with a compre-
hensive web-based metrics pro-
gram established, maintained,
and available for review by
leadership on the CNRSE portal.
Measurements for success com-
menced with fiscal year (FY)
2008. The metrics for reporting
establish a cumulative target that
the fiscal year actual is evaluated
against. "We are on our way,"
said NAVFAC Southeast Com-
manding Officer Capt. Doug
Morton. Financed Energy Proj-
ects awarded during FY 2008
included seven Utility Energy
Services Contracts (UESC) at

four installations and one Energy
Savings Performance Contract
(ESPC). FY2009 continues
the trend of energy projects with
six UESCs at four installations;
three ESPCs at three installa-
tions; and three Energy Con-
servation Investment Programs
(ECIP) at Kingsville, Meridian,
and Charleston. Future plans
are on track for FY 2010 calls
for 19 projects at eight differ-
ent installations totaling $64
million. Region Southeast will
see over $100 million in ARRA
Energy funding. ARRAEnergy
Projects to install Photovoltaic
Systems and Advanced Meter-
ing are set for Florida, Texas
and Mississippi. "It will take
the collaborative effort of sail-
ors, family members, personnel
and contractors at each of our
installations to reach the goals
outlined by the President," said
Rear Admiral. Alexander. "We
all share the responsibility of
environmental stewardship do
your part, think smart, conserve
energy, and save our precious


Page 4

I Photos by Mass Communication Specialist
2nd Class David Didier

LEFT: Electricians Mate 2nd Class
Addenaure Mackenzie and Boatswains
Mate 2nd Class Ryan Knoblauch stand by
Knoblauch's decorated car ready to hand
out candy to children.

RIGHT: NEX employee Jennifer Liveoak
and her family came out to the festivities
to enjoy some safe and fun trick or

The Naval Support Activity Panama City Annual
Trunk or Treat held October 30, was an evening
filled with fun and games for children of all ages.
The event included a haunted hay ride, bounce
house, games, a large slide and free food. The event
also included a contest for best costume and best
pumpkin carving.
To finish off the evening, children went from
car to car collecting candy in the NEX parking
lot where cars were decorated to be as spooky as
This event provided families and children with
a great opportunity to come together and have a
fun and safe trick or treating experience, and it also
provided children the opportunity to celebrate Hal-
loween for two days and get twice the candy.
Children search for a "needle in a hay stack" (painted popsicle sticks) at the
Balfour Beatty fun booth for a chance to win many prizes.

The haunted
hay ride created
frightening fun
for children
of all ages as
zombies fought
for the fresh
batch of brains
with every

Children jump and play in a bounce house at
Trunk or treat.

Page 5

Photos by Mass Communication
Specialist 2nd Class David Didier

LEFT: Members of the NSA
PC Honor Guard Logistics
Specialist 2nd Class Kurt
Carmody, Boatswains Mate2nd
Class Derek Craine, Gunners
Mate Seaman Recruit William
Nalley, Boatswains Mate 2nd
Class Kayon Ricketts march
down Harrison Avenue as they
proceed the Grand Marshal
Cmdr. Jessica Pfefferkorn,
NSA PC commanding officer.

BELOW: NSA PC Commanding
Officer, Cmdr. Jessica
Pfefferkorn waves as the
Grand Marshal of the Panama
City Veterans Day Parade
November 11. The classic
1975 Cadillac El Dorado was
provided and driven by Ron
Stonecypher, NSWC Panama
City Division.

RIGHT: A Boy Scout and
his mother look at each
other as members of the
Panama City Pipes and
Drums perform Amazing
Grace at the Panama City
Veterans Day Parade.

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Kurt Carmody and Boatswains
Mate 2nd Class Kayon Ricketts salute during a wreath laying
ceremony in dedication of U.S. Army Spc. Charles Jankowski
who was killed while serving in Iraq.

A Veteran sits and listens to the speech given
by Cmdr. Jessica Pfefferkorn after the Veterans
Day Parade.

Cont'd from page 1
briefing from the installation
Chaplain. Suicide awareness
and prevention displays can be
found this month in the galley
lobby and at the Fleet and Fam-
ily Support Center. For more
information, contact your Fleet
and Family Support Center, bldg
304, room 121, 235-5800.

Stay Alive,


Drink and


Acting President of the North Bay Creek Indian Clan, guest speaker Carl Bush talks with
members of the NSA PC community about the historical relationships of Native Americans
and the military during a National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
ceremony held November 19 in the Galley.

On Saturday, Nov 7th members of Naval Support Activity Panama City, Naval
Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Navy Experimental Diving Unit,
Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, and Boy Scout Troop 302
supported the 2421 Tri-athletes who participated in the 11th Annual Florida Ironman
Triathlon. The members operated Bike Station #2 located at Ebro City Hall, which
was approximately 23 miles into the 112 mile bike ride. Members began setting
up the station at 6:00 a.m. and were ready as the first Tri-athlete rode by at 8:10
a.m. The last Tri-athlete passed the station at 11:10 a.m. The members handed
out drinks, bananas, and energy bars as Tri-athletes sped by on their bicycles.

Pace 6

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 Officei
Cmdr. Jessica M. Pfefferkorn

NSA PC Public Affairs Officei
Steven Applegate

Coastal Courier Editor
MC2 David Didier

PAO Administrative Assistant
Teresa Myers

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Page 8

Naval Support Activity Panama

City to conduct prescribed burns

Bay County residents
living near the Naval
Support Activity Pan-
ama City may soon see plumes
of smoke rising from the station
again as the Navy conducts con-
trolled bums of undergrowth in
its forested areas.
NSA PC Environmental of-
ficials requested authorizations
through the Florida Division
of Forestry to bum areas with
overgrown vegetation at several
locations on the Navy's property
between the Hathaway Bridge

and Magnolia Beach Road. The
first bum may take place as soon
as Tuesday, Dec. 8.
With proper weather condi-
tions, a "prescribed" bum could
be conducted during any favor-
able weather period from now
through August 31, 2010. Ideal
weather conditions include a
north to south breeze, moderate
humidity, and ground effects that
would dissipate the smoke and
ash vertically.
Florida's 1990 Prescribed
Burning Act outlines the re-
quirement to conduct controlled
bums using acceptable practices
that benefit the public and the

environment. The Florida statute
requires the use of prescribed
burning to protect property and
save lives, but also for ecologi-
cal, forestry and wildlife man-
Prescribed burning is an ex-
cellent way to reduce the under-
growth, according to NSA PC
Natural Resources Manager Jon-
nie Smallman. "By prescribed
burning, we reduce the fuels
that feed wildfires, lessening the
chance that someday the forested
areas could suffer a catastrophic
fire," Smallman said. Prescribed
burning is an efficient and eco-
nomic tool for wildlife habitat

enhancement and management
dependent upon periodic, low
intensity fire for maintenance of
biological integrity.
The burning will be done
between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. For
Navy employees and housing
residents, everyone is requested
to stay well clear of the areas
being burned. NSA PC and
Division of Forestry Personnel
with responsibilities inside the
bum area will be permitted past


"A list" for 2009

Naval Support Activ-
ity Panama City has
been named in CEL
& Associates' National Real
Estate "A List" Awards for
Service Excellence, awarded to
Property Managers that provide
a superior level of service. As
a result of the 2009 survey, 11
properties received "A List"
certificates for the excellent
service provided to residents in
those neighborhoods.
A survey is conducted each
year by an independent com-
pany, CEL & Associates, and
is the most widely recognized
benchmark used to measure resi-
dent satisfaction in the private
and public sectors.
The three primary bench-
marks by which properties are
evaluated are Overall Satisfac-

tion, Property Satisfaction and
Service Satisfaction. An 'Aver-
age' rating is defined by CEL &
Associates as neither good nor
bad with considerable room for
improvement. A 'Good' rating
is defined as a reflection of 'a
steady, stable and consistent
level of satisfaction and per-
formance' with opportunities
for improvement. 'Very Good'
indicates that there is some room
for improvement to attain a
higher rating and 'Outstanding'
indicates a property considered
among the best in the industry.
Summarizing the survey year,
a total of 4,264 surveys were
distributed and 927 returned
for a modest 21.7% survey
return rate. The survey shows
a steady increase in scores at
most locations with declines
predominantly in areas with
older homes where residents
are experiencing the disruption
of construction or renovation.
Focusing on the Overall rat-
ings, a very strong 91% of the

installation ratings were in the
'Good' to 'Outstanding' range
with 70% of those rated 'Very
Good' to 'Outstanding.' Only
one installation SUBASE
Kings Bay received a rating of
'Average.' Balfour Beatty will
focus improvement efforts most
aggressively on those areas with
the lowest ratings while main-
taining a high level of service
at all locations.
Other individual neighbor-
hoods with Service ratings of 85
or better include NAS-JRB Fort
Worth; Juniper Ridge and Pine
Crest at NAS Meridian; NAS
Pensacola housing areas that
include the following locations:
Barrancas, Billingsley, Hospi-
tal, North Avenue; Cabannis,
Duplex and Andrew Jackson;
Nickel Creek and Woodlands
at NCBC Gulfport and both
neighborhoods at NAS Whiting

A Holiday Meal
is scheduled to
be provided at
the Galley for all
CAC Card carry-
ing members and
there immediate
family to attend
from 1400-1700
November 26.
Cost will be
$7.00 per person

A traditional
menu will be
served including
turkey, cranberry
sauce, pumpkin
pie and much
much more.

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