Vol. 73, No. 48 VISIT GOSPORT ONLINE: www.gosportpensacola.com December 4, 2009
From Lt. Clayton Kirk
Today, (Dec. 4) in a cer-
emony at the VT-86
hangar at 9 a.m., Cmdr.
Edward Galvin will be
relieved by Marine Lt.
Col. Philip Colbom as
commanding officer of
VT-86. Cmdr. Galvin will
be reporting to the USS
Enterprise (CVN 65) as
the operations officer.
Cmdr. Brian Horstman,
will become the
squadron's executive offi-
Mullen: military leaders
fully support Afghan strategy
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
'ASHINGTON Military leaders 'ully and unhesitatingly"
support President Barack Obama's decision on the U.S. strat-
egy inAfghanistan, NavyAdm. Mike Mullen said Dec. 1.
President Barack Obama walks to the lectern to present his strategy on Afghanistan during a
live televised address to the nation at West Point. Photo by Tommy Gilligan
Lt. Col. Philip
Lt. Col. Colbom
attended the U.S. Naval
Academy, graduating on
May 31, 1989 with a
Bachelor of Science
degree in economics and
was commissioned as a
second lieutenant in the
Marine Corps. After the
Basic School, Colbom
proceeded to Pensacola
for flight training and was
designated a naval flight
officer in October 1991.
After completing the
Officer course at Naval
Cmdr. Edward Galvin
Technical Training Center
Corry Station, Colbom
proceeded to NAS
Whidbey Island, Wash.,
for training as an electron-
ic counter measures offi-
cer in the EA-6B Prowler.
He completed training in
January 1993 and was
transferred to MCAS
Cherry Point, N.C., where
he joined the VMAQ-3
During his tour in
served as the powerline
division officer, airframes
division officer, quality
assurance officer and
See VT-86 on page 2
In an interview, the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff said the strategy calls for 30,000
more U.S. servicemembers to be sent to
The strategy is based on a very deliberate and
educational process, Mullen said. "It has
allowed us to explore the breadth and depth of
this enormously complex challenge, and in the
end, the president has made the decision to add
these 30,000 troops," he said.
The increase will give Army Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO
forces in Afghanistan, what he needs over the
next 12 to 18 months, the chairman said.
McChrystal has the flexibility to put them
The president has considered military leaders'
opinions and concerns in his decision, Mullen
said. "I've been at the table in these discussions
from beginning to end, and my voice has been
heard," he said. "I'm very comfortable with
that. I've provided my advice to the president,
and as is always the case, we provide the advice,
the president makes a decision, and we all
march off and execute that decision."
The president's strategy also focuses on the
requirements of U.S. civilian agencies and
seeks assistance from NATO allies. Mullen said
See Afghanistan on page 2
Christmas trees available today (Dec. 4)
By Anne Thrower
Gosport Staff Writer
For the third year in a
row, free Christmas
trees will be available at
Naval Air Station Pensacola as part of
the Trees For Troops program.
This year NASP will have 250 trees
available to active-duty service members
only from 2-6 p.m. today (Dec. 4) and 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at
S the Barrancas Ball
Field. Any remaining
trees will be available
to active duty, retirees
and Department of
Defense employees Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-
The Trees For Troops program is
sponsored by the Christmas Spirit
Foundation and FedEx.
Surviving a blended family
during the holiday season
by Anne Thrower
Gosport Staff Writer
Christmas can be
for military families.
But add stepparents,
spouses and ex-in-
laws to the mix can
make it even more
"When you are
thinking about the
holidays look from
the perspective of
your children," said
Dee Karling, an
facilitator with the Fleet and Family
Support Center at NASP
"Blended" families are the fastest
growing family type in America,
Karling said. To address their needs,
Karling holds blended family work-
shops onboard NASP several times
Visitation issues can be especial-
ly challenging in the military with
deployment and regular moves,
unlike non-military families who
may live in the same community.
Adding to the difficulty is the
expense of having to travel far to be
with family. "Sometimes there are
aggravations even before the holi-
day celebration," she said.
"The ideal situation is for the
adults to make reasonable accom-
modations for each other and cer-
tainly to honor the
ments," Karling said.
"And not make it
any worse than it is."
The ideal situa-
tion? Shared custody
and all the adults get-
ting along. "Getting
along is a choice in
my opinion," she
said, adding the chil-
dren should not have
to choose a parent or
arling a family
Karling also sug-
gests feeling down during the holi-
days is also a choice. "It's not the
holidays that are making us sad, it's
what we think about the holidays
and what our expectations are," she
She calls it the Brady Bunch fan-
tasy. 'The expectation is totally
unrealistic," she said.
She offers the following tips to
help families survive the holiday
Don't resent the custody situa-
tion, plan around it.
Let go of the "Brady Bunch"
See Families on page 2
Last year all the 250 trees were given
away. That could happen again this year,
especially with the trees arriving so
early, said Kathy Holmes, MWR market-
ing, sponsorship and events director.
Because it has become a regular event,
Holmes said she has already received
calls from people asking if the trees will
be available again.
See Trees for Troops on page 2
SThe National NavalAviation Museum
Will conduct a memorial observation and
Swill honor survivors of the Japanese Navy
assault on Pearl Harbor at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7.
The event will include performances by the Escambia High School
Symphonic Band, That Other Quartet from the Sweet Adelines, and
a keynote address from RearAdm. Joseph F Kilkenny, Commander
of Naval Education and Training Command.
To remember and commemorate the brave men and women who
See Remember Pearl Harbor on page 2
NASP and Tree City USA ... It may have been wet and cold
Dec. 1, but that didn't stop about a dozen people from attending the
annual Tree City USA tree planting ceremony onboard NASP This
year a live oak near the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Turner
Street was planted. Reading the proclamation and helping with the
planting was Cmdr. Kristina Nielsen, public works officer at NASP
"I think NAS Pensacola is an outstanding example of how to man-
age forests," she said. The base has been a member of Tree City
USA for 15 years. This year's ceremony was also in observance of
Tree Awareness Week (Dec. 1-4) at NASP Photo by Anne Thrower
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Afghanistan from page 1
he expects to hear from the NATO partners in the next few
days and is "cautiously optimistic we'll see additional sup-
port from NATO."
The strategy also demands much from Afghanistan, call-
ing on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help grow
Afghan security forces rapidly, provide good governance at
the local and national levels, and "to really take responsibil-
ity for their own country," Mullen said. "It's a big chal-
Obama's decision has it right in giving McChrystal the
forces he needs to execute the strategy, the chairman said.
"We're all confident in that, and I'm actually confident that
we can succeed at this endeavor," he said.
U.S. forces will be focused on a counterinsurgency, pop-
ulation-centric mode. "The key goal here is to reverse the
momentum of the Taliban," Mullen said. "The insurgency
has gotten worse over the past couple of years."
Deployment lengths for U.S. service members will
remain about the same seven months for Marines, and
12 months for Soldiers. With the planned reduction in U.S.
forces in Iraq to 50,000 by August 2010, Mullen said he
doesn't expect an adverse affect on dwell time the time
between deployments. Dwell time will increase slightly for
Marines over the next year and for soldiers over the next
two years, he said.
Soldiers and Marines and some Airmen and Sailors -
will feel pressure from this strategy. "It's a team deal: we're
all in this together, and we can succeed here," the chairman
said. "Now that the president has made the decision, we will
be off and running to make it so over the next few years."
The strategy sends a message of resolve. With the contem-
plated increase, Obama will have increased the number of
U.S. troops in Afghanistan by more than 50,000 since taking
office in January. Mullen said the president's decision "focus-
es on the commitment to turn this around and it gives Gen.
McChrystal the forces he needs to do thejob." He said all mil-
itary leaders agree with the decision and the strategy.
Still, the president is not writing a blank check for the
Afghans, the chairman said. "The president is really send-
ing the message that we are not going to be there forever,"
Mullen said. "This strategy really focuses on transferring
responsibility to the Afghans as quickly as we can."
The strategy is not an exit strategy per se, but more about
transfer and transition, he said.
The men and women who serve and their families have
been extraordinary in very challenging times, Mullen said,
bearing the burden of two wars and succeeding in Iraq.
'They are the best I've ever been associated with," he
said. "All our forces are very capable in counterinsurgency
and many units have deployed to Afghanistan in the past."
VT-86 from page 1
NATOPS officer. He completed one WestPac deployment
to Iwakuni, Japan, and one Mediterrean cruise on the USS
America where he participated in combat operations over
Bosnia, as well as flights over Iraq in support Operation
In May 1996, Colbom attended the Air Force Institute
of Technology at Wright PattersonAFB, Ohio. After grad-
uating in December 1997 with a master's degree in engi-
neering and environmental management, he reported to
MCAS Camp Pendleton where he served as environmen-
After completing refresher training at NAS Whidbey
Island, Wash., in November 2000, Colbom reported to
VMAQ-2 in Cherry Point, N.C. While attached to the
Death Jesters, he served as the assistant maintenance offi-
cer, maintenance officer and operations officer. He com-
pleted two WestPac deployments to Iwakuni, Japan, and
also deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, for
combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Most recently, after completing refresher training at
NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. in September 2007, Colbom
reported to MAG-14 in Cherry Point, N.C. While attached
to MAG-14, he served as the EA-6B administrative offi-
cer. In May 2008, Colbom reported to Pensacola to
assume the duties of executive officer for VT-86.
Correction: A story in last week's Gosport about candidate
astronauts training with the Navy contained the wrong
reporter's byline. The story was written by Ed Barker, Naval
Education Training Command Public Affairs. We apologize to
Barker and NETC.
Georgia teacher wins 2010 Kia Soul in Kia AutoSport's Blue Angels air show giveaway...
On Nov. 13-14, the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, closed out their 2009 season at
their annual homecoming air show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Air show vehicle sponsor and NAS booster,
Kia AutoSport of Pensacola, awarded a 2010 Kia Soul in an enter-to-win contest to Gabrielle Wilcox, a teacher from
Newnan, Ga. This is the sixth year Kia AutoSport has supported the show. With a retail price of nearly $16,000, the
black Kia Soul is equipped with Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and cruise control. Jessica Lee, general
manager of Kia Autosport notified the recipient by phone and reported that Wilcox was surprised and delighted to
have won. She traveled from Georgia to Pensacola to attend the show and entered the drawing at the sponsor's
booth. Navy Capt. Bill Reavey, commanding officer of NASP drew the winning name later in the week. Upon draw-
ing the name, Capt. Reavey said, "I'd like to thank Kia AutoSport as one of Naval Air Station Pensacola's key spon-
sors of the 2009 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. If not for their generosity and support, the tremendous success
of this year's show would not have been possible." (Above, left to right) MWR Director Kerry Shanaghan holds
the box of entries as Capt. Bill Reavey selects the winner; Jessica Lee looks on. Photo by Billy Enfinger
Trees for Troops from page 1
One Sailor, for example, said she
had an artificial tree, but this was a
chance to put up a real tree instead,
Helping unload the trees from
the FedEx truck and then helping
load the trees onto the Sailors' vehi-
cles this year are volunteers on
base, including ACC James
Wemer, the training chief at the
control tower. "I like the program,"
Wemer volunteered last year on
Families from page 1
Families need distrac-
tions that everybody can
For those who can't
be with family at
Christmas invite friends
and their children over.
If children are away
from the holidays find a
way to entertain yourself
Remember Pearl Harbor from page 1
were there on that fateful day, the
Museum's Volunteer Program will
hold a memorial observation and
will honor survivors. The program
will include bos'n pipes "Attention
on Deck," a bugler playing "To the
Colors" and "General Quarters,"
bos'n pipes with "8 Bells" and That
Other Quartet singing "We'll Meet
Again" followed by 'Taps" sounded
by a bugler.
The surprise attack on Pearl
Harbor shocked the United States on
the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 and
the urging of then-Command
Master Chief Jerry Kindle. Wemer
had just become a chief and found
working with the Trees For Troops
program was a way to give back to
the Sailors and troops on base.
"I had so much fun doing it last
year," Wemer said. He volunteered
again this year before he was asked
to get involved. And some of the
same people who helped last year
will once again help this year.
'They are just as much into it as I
am," he said.
Wemer said he plans to be there
with friends and create
some level of a holiday.
Be willing to try new
things as part of the holi-
day. It doesn't have to be
what you grew up with.
Check egos at the
door and not take things
Let children say what
they want to say and don't
Make sure festivities
Gifts should be simi-
lar and equal, but not the
should find one-to-one
time with biological chil-
Karling grew up in a
Marine Corps family and
married a Sailor. Her son
is in the Marine Corps
effectively drew the United States
into World War II. The Japanese tar-
geted American ships, military
installations and airfields in Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii. Twenty-one ships
in the U.S. Pacific fleet were dam-
aged, and the attack claimed more
than 2,400 lives. President Roosevelt
declared Dec. 7 "a date which will
live in infamy."
In addition, visitors to the muse-
um are invited to take part in a spe-
cial tour of the World War II exhibit
following the program. Admission
to the museum is free. For a com-
plete list of events and exhibits at the
all weekend until the trees are given
This season more than 15,000
Christmas trees will be delivered to
more than 50 military facilities in
the United States and overseas as
part of the Trees For Troops pro-
About 200 trees will be delivered
to service members stationed in
Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. On
Nov. 24 about 100 trees were
shipped to service members sta-
tioned in Bahrain, aboard vessels of
the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.
and her daughter married
an Air Force Airman. She
has also experienced
being part of a blended
The two-day blended
families workshops in
2010 are scheduled for
April 5 and April 12, July
23 and July 30 and Nov. 5
and Nov. 12. For informa-
tion, call Karling at 452-
call the Naval Aviation Museum
Foundation at 453-2389 or (800)
There will also be a Pearl Harbor
remembrance ceremony on Dec. 6
at 1 p.m. aboard the battleship USS
Alabama hosted by American
Legion Post 340 Riders and the USS
Alabama Battleship Commission
There is no charge for parking or
admission to the ceremony.
For more information, email
Acinpcola@Gmail.com or call 384-
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GOSPORT December 4, 2009
Homefront in Focus: Thoughts on being grateful
during tough, challenging year as military wife
By Beth Wilson
Military Spouse Contributor
May I be honest with you? I
have had a tough, challenging year.
My husband battled cancer,
enduring two surgeries in 30 days.
There have been a few other chal-
lenges and just when I thought life
was settling down again my land-
lord came to my door with a bomb-
Picture this if you will, I am bat-
tling a bad cold, my dog is throw-
ing up (yeah, silly puppy) when the
door bell rings.
There stands my landlord whom
I've enjoyed. He says, "I am so
sorry to tell you but my loan is
upside down. We are under water
and the bank has agreed to a short
sale. I am giving you a 30-day
notice. You have to be out by Jan.
1. I am sorry."
Are you nuts? I need to be out
I wasn't even going to be home
Jan 1. I was going to be out of
town, seeing my family for the first
time in several years.
You're doing this to us over the
holidays? We will be PCS'ing in a
few months, how will we ever find
a short-term lease?
I quickly called my husband.
May I tell you he was totally
thrilled as well?
Honestly I didn't want to believe
my ears. The worst part was this
kind gentlemanly man then added
to the conversation "Please
don't forget to water the roses for
me." Water your roses? Puh-
As I was researching options on
my laptop Tweetdeck posted a
recent Facebook post from a
Donna wrote about her self-chal-
lenge to list the many things she
has to be grateful for.
Donna, I don't want to be chal-
lenged to be grateful. I know I
should be mature and roll with this
recent "punch in the tummy," but
quite frankly I want to be angry, I
want a pity-party, I want lots of
sympathy and a quart of Haagen-
Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond ice
cream (makes everything better).
But there was my friend, who I
know is facing many hardships,
listing the reasons she had to be
Crap. Don't you just hate it
when God sets you up?
I want to wallow in misery and
there is someone you know with
just as many challenges who is
responding with character, grace,
maturity, hope and gratitude.
God, you win. You did not prom-
ise any of us a bed of roses.
And, I'm old enough to know
that every challenge, every hurdle,
you have used in my life to teach
me something I needed to learn.
You bring "beauty out of ashes."
So, this holiday season I chose to
look at all that I have.
Check out my Facebook page
May I tell you that by focusing on
what I have my attitude has already
Join me in listing what we do
have to be grateful and celebrate.
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Foiled pirate attack encourages defense officials
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service
Defense Department officials are pleased with
the Maersk Alabama's successful defense
against suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia recently,
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
Four suspected pirates in a skiff used
small-arms weapons in an attempt to
board the U.S.-flagged ship, but were
unsuccessful. The ship's security team
responded with evasive maneuvers,
acoustic devices and small-arms fire,
which deterred the attack without assis-
tance from U.S. military in the region.
"We are pleased that we had a ship that
was able to take appropriate actions to
prevent itself from being hijacked,"
Whitman told Pentagon reporters.
Whitman noted that the international
shipping industry has been very engaged
in sharing best practices against pirates.
Pentagon officials have encouraged such
talks, which involve evasion techniques,
transit routes and protection teams, he
"It's clear, at least in this particular
case, some of those practices were
employed," he said, adding that there was
no specific U.S. military involvement in
the repelled attack.
But piracy in the region remains a con-
cern, Whitman said, and the department
is looking for ways to help in reducing the
threat. But in addition to U.S. military
involvement, he said, efforts from the
international community and continued
measures within the shipping industry are
"There is no single solution to piracy,"
Whitman said. "It's something that has to
be dealt with internationally and across
the broad front with a broad array of tac-
tics and techniques.
"We're seeing that employed more
Capt. Richard Phillips, former captain of the container ship MV Maersk Alabama,
delivers remarks and thanks members of the UDT-SEAL community for rescuing
him from Somali pirates. Photo by MC2 Joseph M. Clark
often," he continued. "This, I think, is an
example not only of evasive techniques,
but defense posture ... making it more
challenging for pirates."
No injuries or damage were reported
aboard the Maersk Alabama, which is
proceeding to its destination of
Suspected Somali pirates briefly
seized the Maersk Alabama off the coast
of Somalia on April 8 and held the ship's
skipper, Capt. Richard Phillips, hostage
for five days on a skiff. U.S. naval forces
rescued Phillips on April 12, killing three
suspected pirates and taking one into cus-
For more news from Commander,
U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet,
M/V Maersk Alabama
captain receives valor award
By MC3 Lauren G. Randall
Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va (NNS) The captain of M/V
Maersk Alabama received the inaugural National
Maritime Valor Award from the Nauticus National
Maritime Center Nov. 19 at the Nauticus in Norfolk,
The ceremony was a continuance of the reunion of
Capt. Richard Phillips and the captain and crew of
the guided-missile destroyer, USS Bainbridge (DDG
96) and Navy SEALs.
Speakers at the ceremony included the Honorable
Paul D. Fraim, mayor of the city of Norfolk; John
Reinhart, president and CEO of Maersk Line
Limited; Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval oper-
ations (CNO); and Phillips.
"This is a celebration of the courage and dedica-
tion of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk
Alabama," said Fraim.
The CNO and Reinhart expressed their gratitude
to the Bainbridge, the Navy SEALs and Phillips and
the crew of the Maersk Alabama for doing their job
in keeping international waters safe for all aspects of
American security from merchant trade to military
During the ceremony Phillips presented 15 Sailors
who had a direct role in his rescue with a commem-
orative coin that was minted in Norfolk with images
of the Bainbridge, the Navy SEALs' pin and the
Maersk Alabama on the face.
"You have served honorably and you have written
a page in the history of the Navy," Roughead said.
Earlier, Phillips thanked the captain and crew of
the Bainbridge and presented 16 additional Sailors
with the commemorative coin during a ceremony on
the fantail of the Bainbridge. A press conference with
Phillips and Cmdr. Frank X. Castellano, command-
ing officer of the Bainbridge, was held afterward in
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Revisions to Family Care Plan policy include new
deployment deferment option for eligible Sailors
MCC (SW) Maria Yager
Navy Personnel Command public affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) Navy officials
announced revisions to its Family Care Plan policy
recently which includes a new deployment defer-
ment option for eligible Sailors.
"Under the new policy Sailors who are required to
complete a family care plan and may be deployed to
an area authorized imminent danger pay are allowed
to request a deferment of deployment due to unfore-
seen circumstances," said Kathy Wells, Navy Family
Care Plan policy coordinator.
The change is a result of guidance from the
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2008, section 586, Family Care Plans and Deferment
of Deployment of Single Parent or Dual Military
Couples with Minor Dependents.
"Service members on active-duty make requests
for deferment to their commanding officer.
Commanding officers can grant deferments for up to
four months," said Wells.
According to Wells, the NDAA provides broad
guidance and does not specifically define unforeseen
"It is going to be up to the commanding officer,"
More information can be found in the Family Care
Plan instruction, OPNAVINST 1740.4D.
The updated policy also incorporates Navy
Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood,
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Homes assigned to Electronic
Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, gets kissed by his
daughter after returning from a seven-week deploy-
ment. VAQ-136 is part of Carrier Air Wing Group 5
embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS George
Washington (CVN 73). The Navy recently announced
revisions to its Family Care Plan to include a new
deployment deferment option Photo by MC1 Charles
which allows a female Sailor a 12-month deferment
from travel away from the home station after child-
A Family Care Plan is a group of documents,
including a Family Care Plan certificate NAVPERS
1740/6, which identifies and outlines who will pro-
vide care for a Sailor's minor children in the event the
Sailor is deployed.
"Ensuring proper care for a Sailor's minor chil-
dren or adult family member/dependents reduces
stress on the Sailor and strengthens a deployable
asset for the command," said Wells.
Formal documentation of a Family Care Plan is
required under any of the following conditions:
A Sailor with primary or shared physical custody
of a minor child or children who is not married to the
other natural or adoptive parent of the minor child or
Both members of a married dual-military couple
where one or both have primary or shared physical
custody of a minor child or children.
Sailors who are legally responsible for an adult
family member who is incapable of providing for
themselves in the absence of the Sailor.
Support for care givers designated in Family Care
Plans is available Navywide through Fleet and
Family Service Centers, Navy-Marine Corps Relief
Society, Military One Source, base Child
Development Centers, Navy Operational Support
Centers and community and family support groups.
For more information visit the Family Care Plans
section on the NPC Web site at www.npc.navy.mil/
For more news from Navy Personnel Command,
Assistance available to wounded, ill and injured veterans
By Bruce Moody
Fleet and Family Support Program, Commander,
Navy Installations Command public affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS)- The
Navy provides no-cost consultations
from employment specialists to veter-
ans, including the wounded, ill and
injured, and their families though the
Family Employment Readiness
The Fleet and Family Support
Program, which manages FERP,
observed Warrior Care Month.
"We have employment experts
around the fleet who are motivated in
assisting all veterans and their families
as they transition from military to civil-
ian life," said Panshella Cole, FERP
Although FERP is not a job place-
ment service, its employment specialists
provide individual counseling, work-
shops and seminars which provide cur-
rent strategies onjob searches, interview
techniques, dressing for success and
resume writing to prepare people for the
challenges and opportunities of today's
changing job market.
"Oftentimes when veterans transfer
from the military to the civilian sector, it
is difficult to put that military experience
into civilian terms," Cole said.
"Our goal is to assist these veterans in
creating a resume that is civilian friend-
For veterans and families whose tran-
sition involves moving to a new loca-
tion, they are encouraged to contact the
Fleet and Family Support Center in that
The employment specialists there can
discuss the job environment and oppor-
tunities and can assist with fine tuning
resumes and applying for jobs before
FERP partners with the Department
of Defense, the Department of Labor,
Military Spouse Corporate Career
Network, Navy League, Avue Central
and the Department of the Navy's
employment Web site,
These organizations allow visitors to
post their resumes and search for job
openings on their Web sites.
Cole said the Department of
Homeland Security has recently stepped
up their drive to hire more veterans.
Federal agencies will soon have the
option of hiring certain military spouses
without having them compete for feder-
al jobs, under guidelines recently issued
the Obama administration.
The rules apply to the spouses of mil-
itary service members relocating for a
new assignment, some physically dis-
abled spouses and those whose husband
or wife was killed in the line of duty.
Under the guidelines issued by the
Office of Personnel Management, eligi-
ble spouses will be able to apply for a
federal job and ask that recruiters allow
them to bypass the traditional hiring
"It's a family friendly policy," Cole
"It provides employment opportuni-
ties for individuals and a measure of
economic stability to military families
who must deal with a multitude of
issues arising from one spouse serving
Employment specialists at each Fleet
and Family Support Center also reach
out into their local communities and
build partnerships which can benefit the
wounded, ill and injured veterans as
well as their family.
"We are constantly adding employers
to our growing list of partners who are
excited about hiring our military fami-
lies," Cole said.
"These employers are generally
familiar with the transition that military
families face as well as the employment
gaps, and they are able to overlook this.
"There are many organizations in
communities that want to support veter-
ans and their families, and these organi-
zations have pledged their support in
assisting these veterans in making this
transition as well as hiring veterans who
are wounded, ill and injured."
Once a veteran or family member is
ready to begin theirjob search, Cole said
the global network of FERP employ-
ment specialists "will do whatever it
takes to assist with that effort to gain
For more information about FERP,
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The Family Employment Readiness
Program is one of several provided by
the Fleet and Family Support Program,
which enhances Sailor readiness and
family preparedness, thereby contribut-
ing to mission readiness.
The program is committed to promot-
ing self-reliance and resilience, not
dependency, and empowers Navy fami-
lies to meet the unique challenges of the
For more news from Commander,
Navy Installations Command, visit
www. navy. mil/local/cni/.
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December 4, 2009
Partyline e-mail submissions
Submissions for Partyline should
be e-mailed to: anne.thrower.ctr
Submissions should include the
organization's name, the event, what
the event is for who benefits from the
event, time, date, location and point
Volunteers still needed for base
Christmas party for children
NASP's 2009 Christmas party for
underprivileged children on Dec. 8
from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. still needs volun-
Military and civilian employees
may volunteer to work the command-
sponsored event with department
Those interested should contact
ABEC Christopher Scott or GSM2
Justin Cooper at Community
Outreach, Bldg. 624. They can be
reached at 452-3100, ext. 1245 or
Free Christmas trees Dec. 4-6
Free Christmas trees for active-
duty military will be given away at
NASP Dec. 4-6.
Trees from the Trees For Troops
program will be available for pick up
Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. and Dec. 5-6
from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Barrancas
Retirees and Department of
Defense employees will be eligible
for any trees that are left from noon-4
p.m. on Dec. 6. For information, call
Seasonal flu vaccines still available
The seasonal flu vaccine is still
available for eligible veterans at any
Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf
Coast Veterans Health Care System
facility, including the facility in
Veterans can also visit facilities in
Mobile, Ala.; Eglin AFB; Biloxi,
Miss.; and Panama City.
The H1N1 vaccine is not yet avail-
able at VAGCVHCS facilities.
For information visit
www.biloxi.va.gov or call Jerron
Barnett at 912-2380 or 501-3731.
Technology Expo at O'Club Dec. 7
A technology expo with more than
25 exhibitors will take place Dec. 7
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mustin
Beach Officers' Club onboard NASP.
Visit www.FederalEvents.com to
pre-register and to view a list of
exhibiting companies. The event is
open to all personnel.
VFW Post 706 hosting dance
VFW Post 706, 5000 Lillian
Highway, is hosting a dance Dec. 5
from 7-10 p.m. All proceeds will go
toward veteran programs and out-
reach projects. The event is open to
the public. For information, call 455-
Relief society 5K fundraiser
The 5K Combat Run to raise
money for the Navy Marine Corps
Relief Society will take place Dec. 5
People can register in the food
court inside Bldg. 630 from 11:30
a.m.-3 p.m. every military payday
until the run. People are encouraged
to start registering at 7:30 a.m. on the
day of the run, which starts at 9 a.m.
For questions contact or e-mail
Amy TerHorst at 458-8884, ext.
Christmas at Blue Angel Park
There will be a visit by Santa and
Mrs. Claus at Blue Angel Recreation
Park Dec. 12 from 4-6 p.m.
The event includes a free Santa
express hayride, hot cocoa and cof-
fee, cookies and performances by
The event is open to active duty
and retired military, DoD employees
and their families or authorized
For information call 453-6310.
Santa has arrived at the NEX
The NEX has several activities
planned during the next few weeks.
Santa has arrived at the NEX and
will be available to listen to children's
requests every Wednesday and
Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. near
the mall entrance.
On Dec. 11 the NEX will have
Customer Appreciation Vendor Day.
Vendors will be on hand throughout
the store with samplings, give-a-ways
and prizes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Dec. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northwest Florida Blood Services
will be conducting a blood drive at
the NEX in front of Home Gallery.
Each donation can save 3 lives.
ROWWA luncheon Dec. 10
The Retired Officers' Wives and
Widows Association's December
luncheon and meeting will be held at
the Scenic Hills Country Club Dec.
10 in Pensacola.
Social time will begin at 11 a.m.,
with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
The program will feature Lillian
Lewis and Diana Wade of Harmony
Plus, a comic music presentation
reminiscent of Andrew and McGuire
For reservations call Evelyn Busch
Antarctic explorers meeting Dec. 5
The Old Antarctic Explorers
Association's Gulf Coast Group
Chapter will meet at the Shrimp
Basket, 709 N. Navy Blvd.,
Warrington, on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
All members, family or interested
parties who have been to Antarctica
or who may have an interest in
Antarctica are invited. The official
meeting starting at 1 p.m.
For information contact Billy
Baker at 465-3556.
Boatswain Christmas party Dec. 10
The Aviation Boatswain's Mates
Association Gulf Coast Chapter will
be having its annual Christmas party
Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 340, 8890 Ashland Ave.,
For information, call Gene Roy at
723-3625 or ABCM John Mendoza at
Christmas brunch at O'Club Dec. 20
There will be a holiday brunch
with Santa at the Mustin Beach
Officers' Club Dec. 20 from 11 a.m.-
The event is open to all hands and
the general public. Santa arrives at
noon with complimentary photo-
A selection of Belgium waffles,
eggs and omelets made to order,
chef's specialty salads, crispy mahi-
mahi and carved prime rib of beef is
just a sampling of the items available.
Full beverage service will be avail-
The cost is $21.75 per adult and
$12.75 per child 10 years of age and
To make required reservations con-
tact the O'Club at 453-1840.
Pet pictures at vet clinic Dec. 18
Have your pet's photograph taken
with Santa for no cost at the vet clin-
ic Dec. 18 from 3:30-6 p.m.
For information contact the vet
clinic at 452-3530.
Navy photo group meets Dec. 8
The quarterly naval photographers
luncheon will be held Dec. 8 at the
Happy China Restaurant, 4810
Mobile Highway, at 11 a.m.
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Dec. 7, 1941, raid on Navy anchorage, air bases drew U.S. into war
from Naval History & Heritage Command
Harbor was one of the
defining moments in
history. A single carefully
planned and well-executed stroke
removed the United States Navy's
battleship force as a possible threat to
the Japanese Empire's southward
expansion. America, unprepared and
now considerably weakened, was
abruptly brought into the Second
World War as a full combatant.
Eighteen months earlier,
President Franklin D.
Roosevelt had transferred
the United States Fleet to
Pearl Harbor as a presumed
deterrent to Japanese agres-
sion. The Japanese military,
deeply engaged in the
seemingly endless war it
had started against China in
mid-1937, badly needed oil
and other raw materials.
Commercial access to these
was gradually curtailed as
the conquests continued.
In July 1941 the
Western powers effective-
ly halted trade with Japan.
From then on, as the des-
perate Japanese schemed
to seize the oil and miner-
al-rich East Indies and
Southeast Asia, a Pacific
war was virtually
By late November
1941, with peace negotia-
tions clearly approaching
an end, informed U.S. offi-
cials (and they were well-
informed, they believed,
through an ability to read
Japan's diplomatic codes)
fully expected a Japanese
attack into the Indies,
Malaya and probably the
unanticipated was the
prospect that Japan would
attack east, as well.
The U.S. Fleet's Pearl
Harbor base was reachable
by an aircraft carrier force,
and the Japanese Navy
secretly sent one across the
Pacific with greater aerial
striking power than had
ever been seen on the
Above photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of
Pearl Harbor's Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in
the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other
battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma
(torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California. On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light
cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier. Raleigh and Utah have
been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford
Island) and over the Navy yard at right.
world's oceans. Its planes
hit just before 8 a.m. Dec.
7. Within a short time five
of eight battleships at Pearl
Harbor were sunk or sink-
ing, with the rest damaged.
Several other ships and
most Hawaii-based com-
bat planes were also
knocked out and more
than 2,400 Americans
were dead. Soon after,
Japanese planes eliminated
much of the American air
force in the Philippines,
and a Japanese Army ele-
ment was ashore in
These great Japanese
successes, achieved with-
out prior diplomatic for-
malities, shocked and
enraged the previously
divided American people
into a level of purposeful
unity hardly seen before or
since. For the next five
months, until the Battle of
the Coral Sea in early May,
Japan's far-reaching offen-
sives proceeded untrou-
bled by fruitful opposition.
American and Allied
morale suffered according-
ly. Under normal political
circumstances, an accomo-
dation might have been
However, the memory
of the "sneak attack" on
Pearl Harbor fueled a
determination to fight on.
Once the Battle of
Midway in early June
1942 had eliminated much
of Japan's striking power,
that same memory stoked
a relentless war to reverse
her conquests and remove
her, and her German and
Italian allies, as future
threats to world peace.
Eyewitness to the attack: an oral history from PH2 Lee Soucy
Excerpt from the account of Pharmacists Mate Second
Class Lee Soucy, aboard USS Utah (AG 16) Dec. 7, 1941.
I had just had breakfast and was looking out a porthole in
sick bay when someone said, "What the hell are all those
planes doing up there on a Sunday?" Someone else said, "It
must be those crazy Marines. They'd be the only ones out
maneuvering on a Sunday." When I looked up in the sky I
saw five or six planes starting their descent. Then when the
first bombs dropped on the hangars at Ford Island, I thought,
'Those guys are missing us by a mile." Inasmuch as prac-
tice bombing was a daily occurrence to us, it was not too
unusual for planes to drop bombs, but the time and place
were quite out of line. We could not imagine bombing prac-
tice in port. It occurred to me and to most of the others that
someone had really goofed this time and put live bombs on
those planes by mistake.
In any event, even after I saw a huge fireball and cloud of
black smoke rise from the hangars on Ford Island and heard
explosions, it did not occur to me that these were enemy
planes. It was too incredible- simply beyond imagination.
As I watched the explosions on Ford Island in amazement
and disbelief I felt the ship lurch. We didn't know it then, but
we were being bombed and torpedoed by planes approach-
ing from the opposite (port) side.
The bugler and bosun's mate were on the fantail ready to
raise the colors at 8 o'clock In a matter of seconds, the
bugler sounded General Quarters. I grabbed my first aid bag
and headed for my battle station amidship.
A number of the ship's tremors are vaguely imprinted in
my mind, but I remember one jolt quite vividly. As I was
running down the passageway toward my battle station,
another torpedo or bomb hit and shook the ship severely. I
was knocked off balance and through the log room door. I
got up a little dazed and immediately darted down the ladder
below the armored deck
By then the ship was already listing. There were a few
men down below who looked dumbfounded and won-
dered out loud, "What's going on?" After a minute or two
below the armored deck, we heard another bugle call, then
the bosun's whistle followed by the boatswain's chant,
"Abandon ship ... Abandon ship."
We scampered up the ladder. As I raced toward the open
side of the deck, an officer stood by a stack of life pre-
servers and tossed the jackets at us as we ran by. When I
reached the open deck, the ship was listing precipitously. I
thought about the huge amount of ammunition we had on
board and that it would surely blow up soon. I wanted to
get away from the ship fast, so I discarded my life jacket.
After I bobbed up to the surface of the water to get my
bearings, I spotted a motor launch with a coxswain fishing
men out of the water with his boat hook. I started to swim
toward the launch. After a few strokes, a hail of bullets hit
the water a few feet in front of me in line with the launch.
As the strafer banked, I noticed the big red insignias on his
wing tips. Until then, I really had not known who attacked
us. I quickly decided that a boat full of men would be a
more likely strafing target than a lone swimmer, so I
changed course for Ford Island and reached the beach
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Jokes & Groaners
World War II jokes
Two amateur assassins planned to cause a crash at a spot
in the road where the great enemy dictator drove by at
midday every day. But it got to be noon and there was no
sign of the evil leader. They muttered to themselves and
by 12:15, there was still no car. While they waited with
great anticipation, 12:20 came, then 12:30- but still no
dictator. Finally, one would-be assassin caught the other
one's attention and pointed to his watch. "He is late.
I hope nothing has happened to him."
A plane was filled with Axis paratroopers above Europe.
The tough seargeant guided every single parachutist to
the door and pushed him out. "Come on, come on, come
on," he shouted, "we don't have time to mess around.
Out with you cowards! Come on! Go!" But one of the men
resisted the jump by all means. He kicked, punched and
screamed, trying to brace his legs against the doorframe.
"Out with you!," the seargeant yelled. "We have no time
- for cowards!" With a kick, the man flew out the door. The
remaining parachutists start to laugh. "You think that was
funny?," the tough man snarled. "Funny?" one said.
"Yes, indeed, sir ... that was the pilot."
Naval hospital person-
nel sweep Sailor of the
December 4, 2009
Naval hospital personnel sweep
regional Sailor of the Year awards
by Rod Duren
ailors from Naval Air Station Whiting Field
(NASWF) Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC)
and Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) swept the
Navy medical facility's four top Regional Sailors of the Year
(SoY) awards in a ceremony Nov. 18.
HM1 Pamela Jenkins of NBHC
(NAS) Whiting Field was selected the
region's Senior Sailor of the Year
award. NH Pensacola's Sailors took the
other three regional awards with HM2
Sally Griffin earning the Sailor of the
Year award; HM3 James Aldridge was
the Junior SoY; and HN Jevelle Moore
claimed the Bluejacket of the Year
"It wasn't a surprise to us she won,"
said Whiting Field clinic's HMCM
David Acuff. "She knows how to lead
Sailors ... at exciting Whiting."
Jenkins, a Putnam, Conn., native,
will compete as NH Pensacola's repre-
sentative at Navy Medicine East's
Senior Sailor of the Year award compe-
tition this month in Millington, Tenn.
"She's a leader," said Whiting clin-
ic's officer in charge, Capt. Jeff
Plummer. "When she turns around there
are people following her."
Eighteen Sailors from the hospital
command, which also includes branch
clinics across five states, were among
the nominees in the four categories.
Senior Sailor nominees include
HM1 Terry McDonald of NBHC
Gulfport, Miss., HM1 Bryan Barber of
HM1 (SW) Pamela Jenkins (right) of Naval Branch Health Clinic (Naval Air Station)
Whiting Field, Fla., was selected Naval Hospital Pensacola's Regional Senior Sailor
of the Year at ceremonies Nov. 18 in downtown Pensacola. She now will compete for
the Navy Medicine East SoY competition this month in Tennessee. Presenting the
award is the hospital's Command Master Chief Patrick Reynolds.
HM2 Sally R. Griffin
HM3 James L.
HN Jevelle Moore
NBHC Meridian, Miss., HM1 Noah
Morrell of NBHC Millington, Tenn.,
HM1 Cassandra Townsend of Naval
Ambulatory Care Center New Orleans
and HM1 Marquita Culley of NH
Sailor of Year nominees: HM2
Brandon Myers of NBHC Whiting
Field, HM2 Max Floyd of NBHC
Meridian, HM2 Andrew Hamilton of
NBHC Millington and HM2 Luisa
Torre of NBHC Panama City, Fla.
Junior Sailor nominees: HM2
Ricardo Jaramillo of NBHC
Millington, HM3 Jeremy Moore of
NBHC Whiting Field and HM3 Isacc
Francois of NBHC Panama City.
Bluejacket nominees: HA Terresa
Elkins of NBHC Panama City and HN
John Babauta ofNACC New Orleans.
Naval Hospital Pensacola Oct.
23-Nov. 10, 2009
Micah Antron Clark, was born to
ABH2 Marquis and Jacquilyn
Clark, Oct. 23.
Audrey Jane Donnellon, was born
to Ens. Joseph and Jordan
Donnellon, Oct. 26.
Katelyn Mackenna Welch, was
born to Sgt. David Jr. and Erika
Welch, Oct. 27.
Grayson Ryan Alvarez, was born to
Ryan Alvarez and ATAN Dae
Howard, Oct. 30.
Ava Grace Kennon, was born to
AA Dennis Jr. and Michelle
Kennon, Oct. 31.
Antonio Diego Vargas, was born to
Staff Sgt. Victor and Staff Sgt.
Adriana Vargas, Oct. 31.
Madalyn Dakota Fite, was born to
HM3 Anthony Fite II and Racheale
Garrett, Oct. 31.
Bella Raine Flores Shatley, was
born to AWS2 Timothy and
Lorraine Shatley, Oct. 31.
Antonio Markel Matthews, was
born to HM2 Mario and Kimberly
Matthews, Nov. 1.
Ripley Petra Goode, was born to
Robert and Capt. Andrea Goode,
Jesse Reyna Hernandez, was born
to Adam and Lt. j.g. Serina
Hemandez, Nov. 2.
Monique Snell, was bornto 2nd Lt.
Adam and Renata Snell, Nov. 3.
Josephine Alizabeth Smith, was
born to SK3 Joseph and Brandie
Smith, Nov. 3.
Pearson Andrew Brown, was born
to 1st Lt. Andrew and Dierdre
Brown, Nov. 3.
Hunter Robert Wellman, was born
to Ens. Brandon and Jenna
Wellman, Nov. 3.
Alexander Conrad Leon Richie,
was born to Maj. Travis and
Brigitte Richie, Nov. 3.
Brandon Xavier Stroud, was born
to AOAAAshley Stroud, Nov. 3.
Bentlee Amelia Bassett, was born
to Lt. Aaron and Jodi Bassset, Nov.
Chase Samuel Bell, was born to
AE2 Stephen and Kristin Bell,
Brady Voyt Eubanks, was born to
Lt. Justin and Rebecca Eubanks,
Kaden Phillip Borboa, was born to
HM2 Phillip and Maliesa Borboa,
Liam Henry Chown, was born to Lt.
Cmdr. Jeffrey and Alice Chown,
Jackson Andrew Kammerer, was
born to Sgt. Steven and Christina
Kammerer, Nov. 8.
Kailani Amaiya Chardon-
Mendoza, was born to Christian
Mendoza and Jessica Chardon,
Clementine Olivia Scott, was born
to Capt. Brian and Sheramy Scott,
Michael Justin Kutz, was born to
MA2 Michael and Annette Kutz,
Jayden Kemari Polite, was born to
PSSN Eric and Ericka Polite, Nov.
Taylor Cameron Elkin, was born to
Lt. Russ and Cari Elkin, Nov. 10.
Elliot Sebastian White, was born
to Sgt. Joseph and Kristen White,
Dante Alexander Kim, was born to
HM3 Daniel Kim and HA Simona
Palestino-Salais, Nov. 10.
care of VFW, CDC, NMCRS
From Gilbert P. Chase
NMCRS Publicity Chair
Thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) Thomas F. Welch Post 706, the
children at the Corry Station Child
Development Center (CDC) and the staff
and volunteers at the Navy-Marine Corps
Society (NMCRS) Pensacola office, sev-
eral widows of retired military personnel
and other military families were able to
enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner that other-
wise would not have been possible.
This year VFW Post 706 provided 12
turkeys and all the trimmings to NMCRS
and the children from the CDC provided
foods that they and their families had been
collecting and saving in anticipation of
NMCRS selected the widows and fami-
lies with the greatest needs and delivered
the donated items just in time for
The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps
Relief Society is to provide, in partnership
with the Navy and Marine Corps, finan-
cial, educational and other assistance to
members of the naval services of the
United States, eligible family members,
and survivors when in need; and to receive
and manage funds to administer these pro-
For more information about volunteer-
ing for, getting assistance from or donat-
ing to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,
GOSPORT December4, 2009
DoD aims to improve families lives
By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON Military families
make tremendous sacrifices in support of
the nation and deserve recognition as well
as the best programs and policies the
Defense Department can deliver, a
defense official said recently.
Tommy T. Thomas, deputy undersecre-
tary of defense for military community
and family policy, underscored the impor-
tance of Military Family Month, gave a
broad overview of family programs and
offered a glimpse at future initiatives in a
wide-ranging interview here with the
"We take the time to do this to recog-
nize the sacrifices that our military fami-
lies have made in defense of this nation,"
said Thomas, referring to Military Family
Month, celebrated every November. "We
have many deployed family members -
whether it be mother, son, spouse or
daughter. [The] bottom line is we look at
that entire entity as a family. And we look
at and honor those successes that those
families are making for this nation."
Military families face many unique
stressors, including maintaining stability
at home in the face of deployments and
frequent moves, he said. An average civil-
ian may stay in a hometown for 15 to 20
years, he noted, while a military member
may move 12 to 14 times in a 27-year
"One of the biggest challenges I see is
trying to maintain that way of life, just as
our civilian counterparts do, and keeping
some stability in the family structure,"
Thomas said. "We have a number of pro-
grams that we offer to make that happen."
Thomas pointed out the department's
child care and education programs and
various programs to offset family child
He added that the military family life
consultant program has been a "tremen-
dous benefit to our mili-
The consultants pro-
vide anonymous, non-
medical counseling sup-
port to troops and their
family members. "We sit
down and listen to the
needs and wants of mili-
tary families," he said.
OneSource site offers
military families 24/7
access on the Internet to counseling serv-
ices, he said, and commissaries and mili-
tary exchange stores around the world
give servicemembers and their families a
"taste of life back home," as well as eco-
Thomas also highlighted a pilot pro-
gram, the Restoration and Resilience
Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, aimed at help-
ing servicemembers and their families
deal with post-traumat-
ic stress. The program
is "serving as a tremen-
dous tool," he said.
officials always look
for ways to tweak pro-
grams as they aims to
improve them, Thomas
"You should never
rest on your laurels," he
said, noting that it's
vital to hear from the
people who are executing the programs as
well as from the end users, the military
"I've logged about 32,000 miles going
out talking to focus groups on about 16
installations," Thomas said. He takes time
to speak with military families around the
world and uses that information to assess
and improve the department's programs,
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WORSHIP Nina, Pinta in Pensacola Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Liberty
F-. .. ^ _____________ Activities
* 8 a.m., Communion
* 10:15 a.m. Worship
* 6 p.m. Contemporary
* 9 a.m., Women's
* 5:30 p.m. Fellowship
* 6 p.m. Bible
* 3:45 p.m. Sacrament
* 4:30 p.m. Mass*
* 8:30 a.m. Mass*
Monday and Thursday
* Noon Mass****
S11 a.m. Mass****
* 9 a.m. Adult Bible
Study (chapel confer-
* 9 a.m. Chapel Choir
* 10 a.m. Worship
* 11:30 a.m.
* 7:30 p.m. Praise and
* 5:30 p.m., Bible
Study and dinner (fel-
* Noon Mass
* 11 a.m. Mass (small
Latter Day Saints
* 10:30 a.m.**
* 7-8:30 p.m., Bible
**All Faiths Chapel
****Lady of Loreto
oUIII r iensaco d Day reca
Convention & Visitors Bureau
To top off Pensacola's 450th
anniversary, the Pinta and the
Nina, replicas of Columbus'
ships, will visit the Pensacola Bay
area Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.
While at dock on Palafox Pier
in historic downtown Pensacola,
the public is invited to visit the
ships for walk-aboard, self-guid-
Admission is $7 for adults, $6
for seniors and $5 for children.
Children 4 and under are free.
The ships are open daily from 9
a.m.- 4 p.m.
The Nina is a historically cor-
rect replica, built completely by
hand. The ship was used in the
production of the film "1492."
The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus' ships will be docked at
Palafox Pier in Pensacola Dec. 23-Jan. 3. Photo courtesy of The
The Pinta, recently built in visitor guide, call the Pensacola
Brazil to accompany the Nina, is Bay Area Convention & Visitors
a larger version of the archetypal Bureau at (800) 874-1234 or
For information about the People are also encouraged to
Pensacola Bay area or to request a visit www. VisitPensacola.com.
Pensacola camellia show and sale Dec. 12-13
The Pensacola Camellia Club will have its 71st
annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale on Dec. 12-
13 at Wright Place, First United Methodist Church,
in downtown Pensacola. The show is free to the
Viewing hours are 2-5 p.m. on Dec. 12 and
12:30-4 p.m. on Dec. 13. Any camellia grower,
whether a member of the club or not, may enter
blooms on Dec. 12. Hours for entering blooms are
There will be about 400 quality plants for sale at
the show. Plant sale hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec.
12 and 12:30-4 p.m. on Dec. 13.
There will also be demonstrations on how to care
for your plants. There will be camellia books, gar-
den tools and other items needed for camellia care.
The Pensacola Camellia Club website is
www.pensacolacamelliaclub.com. For membership
and information call Gordon Eade at 476-4760.
Pensacola Beach offering monthlong activities
From EW Bullock
on Pensacola Beach
include everything from
parades by land and sea,
breakfast with Santa,
caroling and fireworks
on New Year's Eve.
The season lights are
already on the board-
The lights were once
part of the annual local
zoo lights display and
include everything from
twinkling elephants and
animated monkeys to
Blue Angels jets and an
More than three dozen
sparkling displays will
be lighted from 5-9 p.m.
Some of the other
Breakfast with surf-
ing Santa at Surf Burger
Dec. 5 from 8-10:30
a.m. This Santa has a
surfboard sled pulled by
magical dolphins. Kids
should have their wish
lists ready to present to Dec.
Christmas Festival of at 7
Arts, Crafts, Food and Pensa
Fun will take place Dec. to th
6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at nauti(
Our Lady of the Santa
Assumption Catholic child
Gingerbread house landii
make-and-take from *
noon-2 p.m. Dec. 6 and from
13 at Tiki Island Golf and
and Games. Kids are 1-4
invited to bring a bag of Days
hard candies to decorate C
their own beach version 10 a.l
of the traditional ginger- Bead
bread house. Church
Santa and his S
paparazzi photo sessions Parad
will be available Dec. 6 down
from 2-4 p.m. on the Float:
boardwalk and Dec. 20 down
from 2-4 p.m. at Island street
Our Lady of the Sai
Assumption Catholic tivitie
Church singers and per- his br
formers costumed for the wher
occasion will provide a ered
seasonable presentation pavili
7 at 6:30 p.i
p.m., Dec. 1
to the isla
ren are giv
m., Dec. 13
.e, 2 p.m., I
s wind the
:s from hig
ight red fire
e he will b
on for vis
t parade Adult coloring con-
11, from test. 6 p.m., Dec. 19, at
marina Sandshaker. Crayons
1k. The provided. Prizes award-
delivers ed to the most imagina-
and and tive.
en light Children's holiday
late the coloring contest.
Coloring sheets available
making at the visitor's informa-
tion center, Island Style
and beach hotels. The art
will be displayed in
Island Style's Tropical
Winners will be
starfish announced Dec. 12.
rs from Candlelight and car-
12, at ols at 6 p.m., Dec. 24, at
the Beach Community
intata at Church.
3, at the New Year's Eve cel-
imunity ebrations, Dec. 31 with
fireworks at midnight
a Beach from the end of the Gulf
Dec. 13, pier.
Luna. Polar Bear Plunge, 2
eir way p.m., Jan. 1 at Paradise
's main Bar & Grill. Heaping
ndy and bowls of black-eyed peas
wait to warm partici-
the fes- pants.
gh atop Entry fee benefits the
engine, Pensacola Beach
e deliv- Chamber of Com-
gulfside merce. No charge to
its with cheer.
The Liberty Program events
target young, unaccompa-
nied active-duty military.
For a monthly calendar of
activities at the main
Liberty Center in the
Complex or onboard Corry
Station, call 452-2372 or
visit their Web site at
il/m wr/s ingsail/
cards to mail
home. Stamps pro-
Liberty Go cart
outing, 5 p.m., $20
for two hours.
Unlimited rides and
Outlet shopping trip.
Departs 11 a.m.,
Liberty NASP -
Monday night foot-
ball, free chips and
Liberty Corry -
Blood drive. Details
not available at
"NAS Live" Topic:
The VA's Medical
Foster Home pro-
gram. Guests will be
Jeanie Sherman, VA
social worker, and
Dr. Stephen Farrow,
VA physician. The
show airs at 6:30
p.m. on Cox Cable's
Channel 6 or
Liberty Free mall
shuttle, leaves 5:30
Liberty NASP -
Blood drive. Details
not available at
a.m. and 7 p.m.
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Movies and show times for Portside Cinema
FRIDAY Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 5; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG) 5:15; Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG) 7; Paranormal
Activity (R) 7:15; The Box (PG13) 9:15; Law Abiding Citizen (R) 9:30
SATURDAY Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG) noon; Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 12:15; Amelia (PG) 2; Astro Boy (PG) 2:30; Michael
Jackson's This Is It (PG) 4:30; The Stepfather (PG13) 4:45; The Box (PG13) 7; Paranormal Activity (R) 7:15; Couples Retreat (PG13)
9:15; The Vampire's Assistant (PG13) 9:30
SUNDAY Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG) noon; Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 12:15; Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG) 2:15; Astro
Boy (PG) 2:30; The Box (PG13) 4:30; Couples Retreat (PG13) 4:45; Law Abiding Citizen (R) 7; Paranormal Activity (R) 7:15
TUESDAY The Vampire's Assistant (PG13) 5; Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 5:15; The Box (PG13) 7:15; Paranormal Activity (R) 7:30
WEDNESDAY Astro Boy (PG) 5; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG) 5:15; Amelia (PG) 7; Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG) 7:15
THURSDAY The Box (PG13) 5; Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 5:15; Law Abiding Citizen (R) 7:15; Paranormal Activity (R) 7:30
TICKETS Children ages 6-11 $1.50, children younger than 6 free
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433-1166 Ext. 29
Yard Sale 574 Seapine
Cir. Sunday Dec. 13
7-3 pm. Xmas items,
dishwasher, PC, plus
Yard Sale Furniture,
clothes, kitchen, toys
& more. 8223 Tabaid
Ln. Sat 12/19 and Sun
Deposit, will hold
Articles for sale
TV Sharp, 27 inch,
with remote $200
Bathroom Mirrors (3)
condition $30 each,
upright, 13 cu. ft.,
good condition $50
Dog Kennel For Sale
4x4x6 kennel for sale
with latch door and all
weather roof $80
4 Piece Entertainment
Center Solid wood,
holds up to 42 inch
flat screen $300 941-
Girls Bike Next $50
OBO Pilates machine
$200 w2discs 453-
Extra one hundred
pounds $550 cash
937-0187 Call after
Band Shoes Good
$5 Flute marching
arm liar. $2 457-
advanced model w/
case. Well main-
tained, sounds great.
Articles For Sale
Rowe Living room
chair & ottoman.
Pickled Oak tables
2 end, coffee, sofa,
cabinet. Good condi-
tion $1,200 456-
C o m p a c t
condition. $50 454-
PA Speakers 2 Pro
Carvin #PM15s with
covers $250 850-
Trombone King 606
with case and mouth
piece $145 850-
Trombone 3 valve,
silver finish, with case
and mouth piece
FOSTEX MR-8 Multi
track $165 850-304-
Case 32x18x7 never
used $75 850-304-
Game Cube com-
plete with 8 games.
Has 4 controllers, 2
are wireless. $100
for all 850-456-2303
Complete N64 sys-
tem with 24 games.
Has 3 controllers.
$100 for all. 850-
Play Station 2 Like
new in box, has 13
games, 2 wireless
controllers, 2 memo-
ry card $100. 850-
Bookcase w/ glass
shelves, approx. 6 ft
by 3 ft, wood, lami-
nate, $20 OBO 850-
Iroomba 500 Like
new, extra filters
Auto Sound System:
Kicker 12" Solo-Baric
Sub Woofer. Rockford
Fosgate 750S Amp.
$400 OBO 981-0234
Used Mission Oak
are 4ft x 20in x 6ft)
$180 OBO 850-492-
Used cream colored
leather sofa. $70
Large, fireproof gun
safe $1,300 ngo, call
525-4999 or 456-
M72 empty tank
weapon LAW housing
only. Round heads has
been expended. All
original $25. 850-
Black powder sup-
plies. Powder, balls,
sabots, power belts,
etc. $25 for all. 850-
Fishing red fish and
trout rods. Excellent
quality. All excellent
Autos for sale
2002 Honda Civic
EX White, 86,000
miles, 5 spd. Manual,
A/C, power windows
2002 BMW M3
owner, 22K miles, 6
2007 Maxima Low
miles, leather, sun-
roof, Bluetooth, ask-
ing $20,500 Call
99 White Honda
Civic LX 4 door, 70K
miles, auto, cold A/C,
power window, doors,
locks & mirrors, CD
player, tinted win-
dows $5,850 982-
4333 or 332-6189
Trucks, SUV's and
1500 LT 4WD
Only 7,800 miles,
tion, must see to
1991 Ford F150 XLT
V8, 78,900 original
miles, Garage kept,
2000 Dodge Dakota
Auto-trans 3.9 liter
V6, air cond., 20,015
miles, side rails, bed
liner $3,500 850-
scooter. Less than
600 miles. Like new
except for minor
scratch on right side.
Will email pic upon
Call 850-572-1546 or
dlebar riser, footpeg
lowering kit, front
fender extender, and
shield, only 8,500
miles. Silver gray
color. Garage kept,
never dropped, no
dings or scratches,
like new. 850-572-
1546 or 251-946-
2654. Will email pix
Ninja 636 Candy
orange with a 6 inch
stretch back tire. Bike
is also lowered,
recently painted, very
good looking bike,
title in hand. $4,700
.mil Call for pictures
2004 Yamaha GP
1300R excellent con-
dition, garage kept,
includes 08 trailer
$4,500 OBO 850-
512-9726 or sharon-
Rotorway Exec. 162
Wateman blades, pro
drive, radio x-per,
mode c, sigtronics
intercom, cover and
trailer included. 76
total time $42,000
Call Jerry 704-502-
Perdido Key Condo
1BR, completely fur-
month 941-4248 for
clubhouse with pool,
pier on Perdido Bay,
tennis courts, 2 car
garage with workshop
3BR/2BA Less than
1 mile from back gate
825 Ebb Tide Dr
Estates at Emerald
Shores, 4/2, pool,
$1,400/mo, 1 yr lease
Perdido Bay Golf
Townhouse, close to
beaches and NAS
$850 Call 341-8210
Home All kitchen
extra storage, close to
bases, avail now, call
2BR/1BA Home For
Rent Fenced yard,
garage, fam rm, Ir, dr,
hwdflrs, window A/C,
floor furn, pets OK
Home 5 min to NAS,
5 min to Corry, refrig-
erator & all kitchen
backyard, single car
Flight Students 4-
5BR/3BA w/ pool and
workout studio, Gulf
Breeze, near Live
Oaks. 20 min. to
Scenic Hwy 2BR/2BA
1,014 sf, $625/$600
478-1951 ext 7230
For Rent 2BR/1BA
house. Fenced yard,
near NAS Pensacola.
Call Steve at 850-725-
3BR/2BA plus family
room, all amenities,
well and sprinkler
4369 Leave message
yard, no pets, no
Apartment For Rent
view, fully furnished,
near all bases, avail-
able now $675
Near NAS 3Bd/2Ba
Fenced Yard, Small
dog OK ,7376
1880 or 850-554-
2.5-3 BR for Rent
furnished or unfur-
nished, water and
No pets, no smoking,
no children 572-
Homes for sale
825 Ebb Tide Dr
2,200 sq ft, 4/2, pool,
sprinkler, 10x20 fin-
ished shed, $209,000
House For Sale
100 ft on Intercoastal.
Watch dolphins play
on a covered front
porch and deck. Lots
of storage. High and
dry. 3 stories w/ ele-
House for Sale
Walking distance to
Perdido Bay access,
3BD/2BA. 3 all
fenced beautiful lots,
front and back
low taxes $115,000
Home For Sale 4-
5BR/3BA w/ pool
and workout studio,
Gulf Breeze, near
Live Oaks. 20 min. to
info $279K OBO
4 BD/2BA, 2600
Sq.Ft. in Coventry
Est.,off Scenic Hwy.
Flat Roof, New
garage. $225 K
3BR/2BA Home For
Sale Nice neighbor-
hood, close to pri-
mary and middle
school, 5 min to
NAS. Formal dining
room, sprinkler sys-
tem with well, fresh
paint, marble bath-
Lots for sale
N Milton 2 approved
lots. 3+ ac each.
Surveyed. Utilities in.
Paved road. 4 mi-
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New, pillowtop with
warranty. $170 850-
Living Room Set Rich
Brown Leather Sofa
$450, Loveseat $450,
chair $350 or all for
Sofa & Loveseat In
crates, retails for
New King Pillowtop
Set In plastic.
Full Size Mattress
Still factory sealed
Bay View, Nice 2/1,
South "F" Street.
New house, near
NAS, 2 car garage,
Hybrid, must see #
Only 16K miles #
T8N454 1 4 9
Ford Mustang GT
2007 6 speed, red
Super clean, low
miles # T1T004109
Dodge Neon SXT
2006 One owner,
only 31K miles #
Conv, TDI, only 24K
miles # T4M301693
Toyota Camry SE
2004 6 cylinder, only
28K miles #
T4 U 5 8 8 6 1 5
Toyota Corolla LE
2006 One owner,
low miles #
loaded, must see #
Honda Accord LX
2008 Honda cert,
Honda Accord SE
2007 Honda cert,
100K warranty #
62K miles #
2003 LE, one owner
Super clean, one
T6N 1 1 9 5 5 6
2006 Couble cab,
one owner #
Moonroof, one owner
2WD, loaded #
2005 Low miles, nice
SUV # T5KM57688
2006 4x4, big
wheels, low miles #
miles # T5L000473
2006 DVD, loaded
Saturn Vue 2005
Only 61K miles #
2007 TRD, one
T 7 M 0 3 6 0 1 1
Crew cab, SLT,
EX, only 77K miles
Super clean, one
owner # P7BB50493
only 28K #
2004 Third seat,
XLS, loaded #
2002 Limited, only
85K miles #
cert, 100K warranty
Honda cert, 100K
Super clean, ext cab
Honda cert, 100K
2006 RTL, Honda
cert, 100K warranty
Honda Pilot EXL
2007 Honda cert,
100K warranty #
owner, Honda cert,
100K warranty #
Touring -2 007
Honda cert, 100K
Honda CRV EXL
2008 Leather, only
14K miles, Honda
cert, 100K warranty
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2006 NISSAN QUEST
SUPER CLEAN 1-OWNER, T6N119556
2003 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
MUST SEE, T3S030549
2008 NISSAN ALTIMA
ONLY 16K MILES, T8N454149
2006 TOYOTA TACOMA DBL CAB
2001 FORD ESCAPE
MOONROOF, 1-OWNER, T1KB80698
2006 JEEP G.CHROKEE
2WD, LOADED, T6C110202
2007 FORD MUSTANG GT
6SPEED, RED LEATHER, T75223453
2005 MAZDA TRIBUTE
LOW MILES, NICE SUV, T5KM57688
2006 JEEP WRANGLER 4X4
BIG WHEELS LOW MILES, P60746545
2006 MERCURY GMARQ LS
2001 INFINITY 130
SUPER CLEAN, LOW MILES, T1T004109
2005 HONDA ELEMENT EX
LOW MILES, T5L000473
2006 NISSAN ARMADA
DVD, LOADED, T6N717194
2005 SATURN VUE
ONLY 61K MILES, T5S864544
2004 DODGE NEO SXT
AUTOMATIC, GOOD MPG, T4D646877
2001 HONDA ODYSSEY EX
2007 TOYOTA TACOMA TRD
2008 DODGE RAM CREW CAB SLT
1-OWNER, ONLY 31K MILES, P6G710534
2002 HONDA CRV EX
ONLY 77K MILES, T2U012383
2004 VW BEETLE CONV
TDI,ONLY 24K MILES, T4M301693
2007 FORD EDGE
SUPER CLEAN 1-OWNER, P7BB50493
2004 TOYOTA CAMRY SE-6CY
ONLY 28K MILES, T4U588615
1995 CHEVY Z71
SUPER CLEAN, EXT CAB, TSE255204
2007 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED
ONLY 28K, T7L187914
2002 HONDAACCORD EXL
ONLY 62K MILES, T2A139956
2004 FORD EXPIDITION
THIRD SEAT, XLS, LOADED, T4LA70538
2003 TOYOTA COROLLA LE
2006 TOYOTA COROLLA LE
1-OWNER, LOW MILES, T60092946
2002 TOYOTA SEQUOIA LIMITED
ONLY 85K MILES, T2S065463
2007 ACURA TL
NAVI,LOADED, MUST SEE, P7A005190
HONDA CERTIFIED CARS ALL HAVE
100K WARRANTY !!!!!!!!
2007 HONDA ODYSSEY EXL
HONDA CERT, 100KWARR, P7B030113
2008 HONDA ACCORD LX
HONDA CERTIFIED, P8C031473
2007 HONDA ACCORD SE
HONDA CERTIFIED, P7A168911
2008 HONDA ODYSSEY EXL
LEATHER, CERTIFIED, T8B049856
2007 HONDA RIDGELINE RTS
ONLY 18K MILES, P7H515188
2007 HONDA PILOT EXL
HONDA CERT, 100K WARR, P7B008531
2007 HONDA ODYSSEY TOURING
2008 HONDA CRV EXL
LEATHER,ONLY, 14K MILES, P8C022135
2006 HONDA RIDGELINE RTL
HONDA CERTIFIED P6H512647
2008 HONDA ODYSSEY LX
1-OWNER, CERTIFIED, T8B018304