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Last Gosport for the year ... Today's issue of your homebase newspaper marks the last edition of the year. Per our contract with the
printer, Ballinger Publishing, we produce 50 issues annually, so the December holiday period is the time the Gosport staff takes a break and regroups
for the next year. Staffing will be light over the next two weeks but on most non-holidays, someone will be in the Gosport editorial offices in Bldg. 624.
All classified ads submitted after Dec. 11 will appear in our next issue, Jan. 8, 2010. On behalf of NASP Commanding Officer, Capt. Bill Reavey, the
NASP Public Affairs staff, and Ballinger Publishing, we wish you all very safe and happy holidays.


Vol. 73, No. 50 VISIT GOSPORT ONLINE: www.gosportpensacola.com December 18, 2009


EscaRosa CFC



applauds federal



community


2009 fundraising concludes with

donations up 11 percent over 2008


By Trista Swuager
CFC Assistant

EscaRosa CFC held a victo-
ry celebration luncheon Dec.
10 at the NASP Mustin Beach
Officers' Club with Capt. Kent
L. Miller, commanding officer
of Naval Aviation Technical
Training Center (NATTC) and
Ron Denson, CFC director,
leading the celebration.
"iCan, Now More than
Ever" was the theme for this
year's Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC), and the
EscaRosa federal employees,
both military and civilian, cer-
tainly proved those words to be
true.
"In a time of national eco-
nomic hardship, (federal
employees) came together to
raise more than $821,831 for


many worthy charities, locally,
nationally and internationally,
reflecting an extraordinary
increase of 11 percent over
2008's contributions," Denson
said. Even though this is not
the highest amount ever raised,
it is the highest local increase
since the aftermath of 9/11.
"The overwhelming success
of the 2009 CFC can be attrib-
uted to many dedicated indi-
viduals and organizations, all
of whom deserve special
thanks," Denson added.
Rear Adm. Joseph F.
Kilkenny, Commander of
Naval Education and Training
command (NETC), presented
the Admiral's Cup to the
Center for Information
Dominance (CID) for raising

See CFC on page 2


Young Marines remember fallen service members at Christmas ... Pvt. Stanley
R. Zack, 9, was among the members of the Young Marines of Pensacola who helped lay wreaths at
Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station Pensacola Dec. 12. More than 2,300 wreaths were
laid at the cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America project. Photo by Anne Thrower
For more photos see page 4


New PAMO warfare designation pinned on officers at NAS Pensacola


By AEAA Brinn Hefron
Gosport Staff Writer

Eleven officers from the
aviation maintenance field
were pinned with their
Professional Aviation
Maintenance Officer (PAMO) warfare
insignia Dec. 10. These officers were


the first in the
Pensacola region to
be pinned with this
warfare designator.
Naval Education
and Training
Command' s
(NETC) Rear Adm. Joseph Kilkenny
was the guest speaker for the ceremony.


He emphasized the trust aviators place in
maintenance personnel. "When a 22-
year-old plane captain tells me my plane
is down, it's down.," Adm. Kilkenny
said. "There's isn't any discussion. We're
asking him to make a decision based on
the facts that he has. ... If the planes
aren't up and running to the level that we
need them to be, then people's lives are


in jeopardy. Not only the people who
have to fly them, but numerous other
people on the ground."
Participating officers should start the
personnel qualification standard (PQS)
during their first assignment as a PAMO.
The requirements can be found under

See PAMO on page 2


Driving while using a cell phone consequences increased


By AEAA Brinn Hefron
Gosport Staff Writer

While cell phone usage while driving has
decreased aboard NAS Pensacola, it has not alto-
gether stopped. Because of this problem, NASP
Commanding Officer Capt. Bill Reavey has
increased the punishment for using a cell phone -
including texting while driving.
Safety is one of the main concerns for NAS
Pensacola. According to Deputy Security Director
Dick Wright, two years ago cell phone usage while


driving peaked, at which point Commander Navy
Installations Command (CNIC) initiated a distract-
ed driving policy. Wright said, "We will be crack-
ing down on cell phone usage while driving aboard
NAS Pensacola."
The new consequences include six points on a
driver's record and a 30-day suspension of driving
privileges. This suspension is only applicable to
military personnel, however all others in violation
of this policy can be punished.


See Cell phone penalties on page 2


Florida House of Representatives Speaker onboard
NASP ... NASP CO Capt. Bill Reavey greets Florida House of
Representatives Speaker Larry Cretul during a Dec. 11 visit to NAS
Pensacola. Mr. Cretul received an NAS Pensacola mission and cur-
rent status brief plus a windshield tour of the base during the visit.
Photo by Mike O'Connor


2nd Lt. Joshua Canatsey, 2nd Lt. Matthew Watson, Master Gunnery
Sgt. Roberto Rivera and 2nd Lt. Brandon Allen showcase some of the
toys donated during a recent community toy drive.

USMC's Toys for Tots wraps up for 2009


Story, photo
by 2nd Lt Daniel Tadross
MATSG-21 PAO

Christmas is looking consid-
erably brighter for more than
7,000 local children thanks to the
efforts of Reserve Marines of 4th
Marine Aircraft Wing Training
Support Group (MAWTSG) and
the active-duty Marines of
Marine Aviation Training
Support Group 21 (MATSG-21).
Thanks to their tireless devotion
and the help of the local commu-
nity, more than 12,000 toys have
been delivered at the Salvation
Army on Q Street. A multitude
of local business have been vital


to this year's drive, including
Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. Toys
R Us opened their doors on sev-
eral occasions for toy drives and
as a result donated more than
$10,000 in toys. Wal-Mart made
their facilities available for
Marines to collect donations and
in a one-day toy drive helped
collect more than $5,000 in toys.
The community this year has
been especially generous.
Among the thousands of individ-
ual volunteers many groups have
pulled together to donate. A spe-
cial education class at Gulf
Breeze Middle School took a trip

See Toys on page 2


Published by the Ballinger Publishing, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Navy. Opinions contained herein are not official expressions of the Department of the Navy nor do the advertisements constitute
Department of the Navy or NAS Pensacola endorsement of products or services advertised.


NASP holiday
gate closures
"We will close the NASP
West Gate and Cony Gate Seven
for the two holiday weekends,"
said Dick Wright, NAS
Pensacola Deputy Security
Director. "We will close the gates
Dec. 24. at 9:30 p.m. and reopen
Dec. 28 at 5:30 a.m. for
Christmas and then close again
Dec. 31 9:30 p.m., and reopen
Jan. 4 at 5:30 a.m.
"The NEX Mall gate will not
be manned, however we will
maintain a heavy police presence
in the mall and throughout Cony
Village housing. Access to Cony
Station and NAS Pensacola will
be through the respective main
gates. We will post our digital
signs at the West Gate and at
Gate Seven in advance."






December 18, 2009


GOSPORT


THIS WEEK

IN NAVAL HISTORY


December 18
1944 Adm. William Halsey's Third Fleet
encounters typhoon northeast of Samar.
Destroyers USS Hull, USS Monaghan and USS
Spence sink, while 21 other ships are damaged.
1965 River Patrol Force established in
Vietnam.
1965 Helicopters from HS-11 on USS Wasp
(CVS 18) pick up crew and capsule of Gemini 7,
after picking up the crew and capsule of Gemini 6
two days earlier.
1967- Operation Preakness II begins in Mekong
Delta.
1972 Mining and bombing of North Vietnam
resumes with Operation Linebacker II.

December 19
1870 After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat,
Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five,
reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS
Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers
reach the 88 Saginaw survivors Jan. 4,1871.

December 20
1822 Congress authorizes the 14-ship West
Indies squadron to suppress piracy in the
Caribbean.
1941 Adm. Ernest J. King designated
Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet in
charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal
frontier forces, reporting directly to the president.
1989 Operation Just Cause begins in Panama.
1998 Operation Desert Fox in Iraq ends.

December 21
1861 Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor,
the nation's highest award, for naval personnel.
1943 USS Grayling (SS 208) sinks fourth
Japanese ship since Dec. 18.
1968 Launch of Apollo 8 with Capt. James A.
Lovell Jr. as command module pilot. During the
mission Lovell was one of the first two people to
see the far side of the moon.

December 22
1775 Congress commissions first naval offi-
cers: Esek Hopkins, Commander in Chief of the
Fleet, Captains Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham
Whipple, Nicolas Biddle and John Hopkins. Lts.
included John Paul Jones.
1942 Sue Dauser takes oath of office as
Superintendant of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming first
woman with the relative rank of captain in U.S. Navy.
1944 Commissioning of first two African-
American WAVES officers, Harriet Ida Pickens
and Frances F. Wills.

December 23
1910 Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson becomes first
naval officer sent to flight training.
1941 Gallant defenders of Wake Island
(Sailors, Marines, volunteer civilian contractors,
and Army Air Force radio detachment) surrender.

December 24
1950 Under cover of naval gunfire support,
Task Force 90 completes a 14-day evacuation of
100,000 troops and equipment and 91,000
refugees from Hungnam, North Korea.


Naval historical data excerpted from U.S. Naval History &
Heritage Command's Web site. For complete listings, visit
www.history.navy.mil/wars/dates.htm.


Reduced hours

at NHP pharmacy

Naval Hospital Pensacola
(NHP)'s outpatient, primary-
care clinics will close at noon
on Christmas Eve and New
Year's Eve hours.
The hospital's pharmacy
windows will be open from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the NEX
Pharmacy Refill Center will
be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The clinics, pharmacy and
refill center will be closed on
the Friday of Christmas and
New Year's Day.
On Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, the
pharmacy will be open from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. During the
week running up to the new
year, Dec. 28-30, the pharma-
cy hours will be from 8 a.m. to
2 p.m.


CFC from page 1

the highest amount ever at Corry
Station: $82,100.66, 216 percent
above their original goal of
$38,000.
NASP Commanding Officer
Capt. Bill Reavey presented the
Captain's Cup to Naval Aviation
Schools Command (NASC) and
Capt. Miller presented the final
traveling trophy, the Campaign
Chairperson's Cup, to Naval
Operational Medicine Institute


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Vol. 73, No. 50 December 18, 2009
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community
Commanding Officer Capt. William Reavey Jr.
Public Affairs Officer Harry C. White


The Gosport nameplate features the T-6A
Texan II aircraft, the newest joint services
trainer. The T-6 has replaced the Navy's T-
34C aircraft that for more than 40 years has
served to provide primary flight training for
student pilots, NFOs and navigators
attached to the Naval Air Training Command.
It will also replace the Air Force T-37.
Maintained by the United States Coast
Guard since 1939, the Pensacola
Lighthouse, aboard NAS Pensacola, original-
ly began as the lightship Aurora Borealis in
June 1823. Evolving through structural and
location changes, the current facility was built


(NOMI).
The CFC Volunteer of the Year
(Menard Award) was presented to
Stan Harper from the Whiting Field
Navy Exchange. In all, more than
51 of the 78 military, civilian DoD,
USPS, and other federal employee
offices exceeded their goals and
were presented with a command
gold certificate.
"I would like to extend a huge
'thank you' to all the federal
employees who took part in this
year's campaign," Denson told the


PAMO from page 1

OPNAV instruction 1214.11.
In order to be approved an officer must com-
plete a minimum of 24 months at both an organi-
zational level maintenance and at an intermediate
level maintenance, complete at least one opera-
tional deployment of at least 90 days while
assigned in an aviation maintenance officer billet.
After completion of these requirements, officers
must demonstrate a specific and professional
knowledge that is relevant to aviation maintenance
during an oral examination. The final approval is


through Commander Naval Air
Maintenance Policy Officer.


Cell phone penalties from page 1

"Civilians can be ticketed for vio-
lating the cell phone policy. Non-
base connected civilians will
receive a U.S. District Court vio-
lation which will result in a feder-
al court visit and a fine (if con-
victed)," said Wright. "All-base
affiliated civilians will receive an
Armed Forces Traffic violation
which will result in suspension of
driving privileges onboard all
Pensacola Navy facilities."
Another point to mention is
that cell phone use off base is pro-
hibited while driving a govern-
ment vehicle.
Cell phone usage will result in
a traffic stop, as it is a primary


Toys For Tots from page 1


to Wal-Mart, collectively buying two bicycles
and 11 individual toys. The Marines sent repre-
sentatives to the school to accept the donations.


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and their families aboard the Naval Air
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in 1856 and at night still shines for Sailors 27
miles out at sea.
Established in 1921 as the Air Station
News, the name Gosport was adopted in
1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by
flight instructors in the early days of naval
aviation to give instructions and directions to
their students. The name "Gosport" was
derived from Gosport, England (originally
God's Port), where the voice tube was invent-
ed.
Gosport is an authorized newspaper pub-
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Forces, Aircraft


audience. "I applaud each and
every person who put their time and
effort into this program," he said. "I
would also like to thank the federal
offices who allowed CFC staff to
visit their workplace and educate
their employees about CFC.
"We have found that a clear
understanding of the program puts
donors at ease, which we all need,
now more than ever. And thanks
again to the EscaRosa federal com-
munity for choosing to make a huge
difference in the lives of others."


Only 365 officers have qualified to wear this
warfare insignia to date.
Those officers that are included are aerospace
maintenance duty officers, aviation maintenance
limited duty officers and aviation maintenance
chief warrant officers.
The actual warfare device is gold and silver
metal showing the silver eagle and shield super-
imposed over gold aviation wings with a gold
banner depicting aero maintenance.
This designation recognized the aviation
ground officers who support the Navy's aviation
mission and war fighting capabilities. As


Kilkenny said,
don't fly."


traffic offense.
Also, any Bluetooth devices
that sit on the ear, blocking the
aural canal are not authorized.
According to Wright, any device
that is hands free only, such as
OnStar or Sync or any other
device which does not require the
use of hands for dialing or activat-
ing is authorized.
This policy applies to all NASP
facilities, including Corry Station,
Corry housing annex, Navy
Exchange and Commissary Mall,
Saufley Field and Blue Angel
Navy Recreation area.
The increased punishment
comes on the heels of an execu-
tive order signed by President
Barack Obama on Oct. 1, 2009


"Without the maintainers we


that prohibits text messaging
while driving.
According to this order, recent
deadly crashes involving drivers
distracted by text messaging
while behind the wheel highlight
a growing danger on our roads.
This order prohibits text mes-
saging while operating by federal
employees a government-owned
vehicle, or when driving a pri-
vately owned vehicle on official
government business, or when
using electronic equipment sup-
plied by the government while
driving.
The prohibition of cell phone
usage while driving is to help
save lives, reduce injuries and set
an example for others.


"The community has really rallied around this
drive," said Rivera, and as a result the Marines
have collected more than 200 bikes, and more
than $25,000 in toy donations for local chil-
dren.


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Editorials and commentaries are the opinion of the writer and should not be interpreted as offi-
cial government, Navy, or command policy statements. Reader editorials and commentaries
are welcome but should not exceed 500 words. Articles should be typed, double-spaced on
one side of the paper only. Submissions must be bylined and contain a phone number where


the writer can be reached during working hours. All submissions are subject to editing to com-
ply with established policy and standards. Address editorials and commentaries to: Gosport
Editor, NAS Pensacola, 190 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508-5217. E-mail:
scott.hallford@navy.mil.


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PAGE 3


GO SPORT December 18, 2009


Nothing to fear, but don't take HIN1 lightly


By Cmdr. Jack Wyland, MC
Director of Public Health at Naval
Hospital Pensacola

First seen in early 2009,
H1N1, also known as swine flu,
actually contains components
of pig, bird and human viruses.
While H1N1 should not be
taken lightly, it is also nothing
to fear. It has many similarities
with the seasonal flu which we
deal with each year.
Like seasonal flu, most cases
of H1N1 are mild and require
nothing more than rest, hydra-
tion and possibly over-the-
counter symptomatic medica-
tions.
A small percentage of H1N1
cases develop into severe ill-
ness and deaths have
occurred, but are rare.
The vast majority of severe
cases have occurred in people
with a condition associated
with increased risk such as
pregnancy, weakened immune
systems, diabetes, heart or kid-
ney disease and asthma.


Children, especially those
under 2, are also at increased
risk.
Compared to seasonal flu,
which more commonly occurs
in people over the age of 65,
this age group appears to have
some prior immunity to H1N1
thus less likely to catch
H1N1 but they remain at
increased risk for severe illness
if they do.
Prescription antiviral med-
ications are often used in severe
or high-risk cases but prophy-
lactic treatment is now consid-
ered in only rare instances.
Your physician should be
familiar with when these med-
ications are needed.
Both H1N1 and seasonal flu
are much easier to prevent on
paper than in actual practice.
If everyone were to get vac-
cinated and practice good
hygiene, the spread of disease
would be significantly cur-
tailed. Infected people can
spread the virus with a cough or
sneeze.


The H1N1 virus is believed
to remain infectious on untreat-
ed objects for a few hours. If
someone touches an object with
the virus on it and then touches
his mouth or nose, he can
become infected.
When you cough or sneeze,
cover your nose and mouth
with a disposable tissue or
cough or sneeze into your
sleeve.
Using your hands as was
taught in the past may spread
the virus when you later touch
something- and remember to
wash your hands often with
soap and water or use an anti-
bacterial hand gel.
Good hygiene remains
important at all times because
infected people may spread the
virus from one day before they
even feel sick all the way out to
one week after they feel better
(possibly longer in children).
Symptoms ofH1N1 are sim-
ilar to the seasonal flu, but tend
to come on more rapidly, often
over only a few hours. They


can include a dry cough, chest
discomfort, aches and pains,
headache, stomach upset, chills
and fatigue.
Congestion and sore throat
occur less often. Fever is com-
mon, but not present in all
cases.
STAY HOME: If you think
you have the flu, stay home
unless you have an urgent need
that cannot wait until you feel
better. You can call your doctor
for advice. You can return to
your normal routine when 24
hours has elapsed since you had
a fever (while off fever reduc-
ing medications).
Persons who have come into
contact with someone with
H1N1 can continue their nor-
mal routine unless they experi-
ence symptoms themselves, at
which time they should also
stay home.
Anyone with a condition
(mentioned above) that puts
them at increased risk or those
who believe they may be expe-
riencing severe symptoms


should contact their physician
without delay.
Like seasonal flu, the
absolute best way to prevent
H1N1 is to get vaccinated.
Certain military and civilian
facilities are now giving the
H1N1 vaccine to those at
increased risk.
As availability increases
over the next few weeks, every-
one will be able to receive it.
Your physician's office should
be aware of where H1N1 vac-
cine is currently available. Be
smart and stay healthy.
Seasonal flu vaccines are
currently available at NH
Pensacola.
The H1N1 vaccine from the
Defense Department's stock-
pile was tentatively scheduled
to arrive by mid-December.
More than 100 H1N1 vac-
cines, from the Health and
Human Services stockpile,
were made available to NH
Pensacola for its designated
high-risk patients in early
November.


Moving during the holidays? Some helpful advice


By Carissa Bergosh
School Liaison Officer for NASP

Most children and their families get
excited about moving to a new commu-
nity. It is an opportunity to start afresh,
make new friends, explore different
scenery and maybe get your own bed-
room.
But the other side of moving for chil-
dren is leaving friends and starting in a
new school. While you may be con-
cerned about housing, a job and new
clothes due to a climate change, your
children hone in on what will have the
greatest impact on them- school.
Roughly 16 million American fami-


lies move each year. And the adjustment
can be hard on kids. One of the keys to
making it easier is time.
Psychologist Gary Santavicca says:
"In general, the more preparation you
have, the easier a transition is." So, he
says, start talking about the move as
early as possible. And include the kids.
Have them get online to learn about
the new city's zoo, their new school or
the nearest park. "Different things to
help them feel like they're helping to
make it happen, and it's a family proj-
ect," he says.
Totally preventing moving anxiety
may not be possible, but attempts to do
so can benefit all in the family- not


just the children.
Consider three key elements: relia-
bility, routine and relationships. By pro-
moting these three elements, you'll
experience a more positive move for
everyone.
Check with the school liaison officer
at the new installation for names of stu-
dents at the school who would be will-
ing to become e-mail buddies. You can
get in touch with the SLO at your new
installation by calling the SLO at your
current installation or Googling "Navy
School Liaison Officer." The school liai-
son officer may be able to put you in
contact with the school's counselor who
can provide information about specific


information.
So as you approach the first day,
establish a regular bedtime routine and
morning routine. Make sure that he has
clothes that are appropriate for the
school's dress code.
The school counselor can help the
teachers receiving your children to build
strategies for establishing positive rela-
tionships with them. By sharing infor-
mation about your children before they
arrive will give the teacher and the class
time to prepare a welcoming atmos-
phere.
Bergosh can be reached via e-mail at
carissa.bergosh@ navy.mil or by calling
293-0322.


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It may have been cold and dreary
but that didn't stop people includ-


ing the local Young
Marines of Pensacola -
from laying wreaths at
Barrancas National
Cemetery Dec. 12
More than 2,300
wreaths were laid on
grave sites at the ceme-
tery onboard Naval Air
Station Pensacola -
double the number from
last year.
The wreaths are part
of the Wreaths Across


12 staff members put 350 wreaths in
place.
Marine Capt. Kenneth Morrow,
who serves as the commanding offi-
cer of the group, said he couldn't be
prouder. "They learn and do so much


"It's kind of
amazing that even
the way the econ-
omy is today, peo-
ple still want to
honor the veter-
ans"
Buster
Hartford


from and for the com-
munity, it is amazing,"
he said.
Buster Hartford, who
organizes the annual
event at NASP, said this
year's support was much
better than expected.
"It's kind of amazing
that even the way the
economy is today, peo-
ple still want to honor
the veterans," Hartford
said "Tt's quite heart-


America project. Last year about warming."
1,000 were placed at Barrancas. The ceremony that followed the
Each year a different section is wreath laying coincided with the lay-
designated to receive the wreaths ing of the wreaths at Arlington
since there are roughly 38,000 grave National Cemetery. Wreaths were laid
sites at the cemetery. at 350 sites nationwide and around the
A group of 46 Young Marines and world.


The Young Marines of Pensacola helped lay 350 wreaths at Barrancas National
Cemetery Dec. 12 as part of the Wreaths Across America project. (above) Pvt.
Devan M. Finney, 12, takes a wreath from the truck.


(above) Pvt. Alex P. Durden, 10, listens to Gunnery Sgt. Pete Belanger as he
explains when the appropriate time to salute will occur. (left) Service members
and other adults also helped lay more than 2,300 wreaths, double the number
from last year. The event coincided with the laying of the wreaths at Arlington National
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NCIS crime reduction program targets sexual assault prevention


"ASHINGTON


(NNS)


The Naval Criminal Investigative Service

(NCIS) Crime Reduction Program (CRP)


focused its first quarter campaign of the 2010 fiscal year on

sexual assault prevention.


NCIS planned to use command briefin-
gs and community outreach events to edu-
cate Sailors and Marines about the risks of
victimization and the repercussions of
criminal sexual behavior, with emphasis
on alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults and
bystander intervention.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus host-
ed the first Department of the Navy (DoN)
Sexual Assault Prevention Summit at the
Washington Navy Yard in September,
where senior military and civilian DON
leaders interacted with subject matter
experts to develop effective prevention
strategies designed to eliminate sexual
assault in the Navy and Marine Corps.
NCIS is incorporating information from
this conference in its sexual assault pre-
vention campaign.
Department of Defense Directive
(DoDD) 6495.01 defines sexual assault as
intentional sexual contact, characterized
by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse
of authority, or a situation in which the vic-
tim does not or cannot consent.
NCIS Special Agent Patty Lyons, the
family and sexual violence agent at
Quantico, Va., said more than 75 percent
of her cases are sexual assault cases. She
said it's important to focus on sexual
assault prevention because many Sailors
and Marines don't know the impact that
comes with a sex crime conviction.
"Many of these young men and women
don't understand that if convicted of a sex
crime, most will have to register as a sex


offender for the rest of their lives," said
Lyons, who has worked sexual assault
cases for 20 years as a
Marine criminal investi-
gator, Marine special Onboard N
agent, and an NCIS anyone interest
agent. NCIS conce
Lyons said the major- assault can c
ity of her cases involve office at 45
alcohol, acquaintances, Special Agent
and coworkers. More briefs to base
than 80 percent of rape sexual assaul
victims know their measures and,
assailant. NCIS statistics tions service
show most military sex- have. "(NCIS)
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ments, and rented hotel take it as one c
rooms, and most of ous offenses ai
those incidents involve tive approach 1
alcohol consumption by things from i
the victim, suspect, or goal is awaren
both parties, tion and we t
"When drinking, day) times to r
Sailors and Marines that and mak
should use the buddy effort to prev
system and make sure dents from hap
that their buddy isn't
drinking too much," said Lyons.
Other NCIS tips to help prevent sexual
assaults include drinking responsibly,
knowing personal drinking limits, know-
ing a partner's age, and agreeing not to
leave parties or bars with "new" friends.
Special Agent Carrie Nelson, CRP
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venting sexual assaults is bystander inter-
vention.
"It is simply standing up and doing the
right thing. It's intervening on your
buddy's behalf when you see him or her
taking advantage of someone too intoxi-
cated to understand what's happening. It's
making sure your shipmate gets home
safely. It's preventing an assault before it
happens," said Nelson. "Bystander inter-
vention is an obligation that every one of
us shares. It is our duty to step up and stop
someone from becoming a perpetrator or a
victim."
Some examples of bystander interven-
tion include making up an excuse to get
someone away from a risky situation,
pointing out disrespectful
S Pensacola, behavior, recommending
d in contacting to a bartender or party
ning sexual host that someone has had
1 the NASP too much to drink, trying
4211. NCIS to keep someone from
hris Ahr gives going to an isolated loca-
'ommands on tion, and maybe even
preventative calling the police.
welcomes ques- Nelson pointed out that
members may the most effective inter-
firmly behind vention often involves
vy and Marine taking action before a
Ahr said. "We crime can occur. She
our most seri- added it is important for
take a proac- bystanders to always keep
prevent these themselves safe, know
ppening. Our options that are available,
s and preven- attempt to have other peo-
e these (holi- ple assist, and avoid vio-
ally spearhead lence.
a concerted Lyons said victims of
t future inci- sexual assault should
ening." report the incident imme-
diately, as valuable evi-
dence can be obtained.
"So many folks don't want to have the
stigma of 'I'm one of them,"' said Lyons.
"The reality of it is sexual assault is one of
those crimes that will only increase if the
suspect isn't caught. If someone gets away
with it once, they will normally try it again
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The Department of Defense (DoD) has
two sexual assault reporting policies:
restricted and unrestricted. Under restrict-
ed reporting, a victim may only notify a
victim advocate, sexual assault response
coordinator (SARC), healthcare provider,
and chaplain. Law enforcement is not noti-
fied and an investigation will not be initiat-
ed. Victims will be provided a victim
advocate and will sign a statement of
reporting preference.
With unrestricted reporting, an official
law enforcement investigation is initiated,
victims will be provided a victim advocate,
a SARC will monitor their care, and victims
will be updated monthly on the status of the
investigation. Once a victim decides on
unrestricted reporting, they can't go back
and change it to restricted reporting.
Victims of sexual assault or people with
information about a sexual assault can call
the NCIS Hotline at 1 (877) 579-3648, or
the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1
(800) 656-4673, which will connect the
caller to a local rape crisis center. Personnel
stationed overseas may utilize the NCIS
hotline, contact their localNCIS office, or e-
mail ncistipline@ncis.navy.mil.
The CRP, launched in October 2008
and spearheaded by NCIS, is an aware-
ness and education program that unites
law enforcement and community service
organizations with a shared goal of edu-
cating Sailors and Marines about com-
mon threats to their safety. The CRP has
successfully completed four awareness
campaigns focusing on domestic vio-
lence, identity theft, child abuse and nar-
cotics abuse.
NCIS is a federal law enforcement
agency that protects and defends the U.S.
Department of the Navy against terror-
ism and foreign intelligence threats,
investigates major criminal offenses and
provides law enforcement and security
services to the Navy and Marine Corps
on a worldwide basis.
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Inventor of 'Dilbert Dunker' visits NAS Whiting Field


By Ens. Joanna Clark
Naval Air Station Whiting Field

With an unsavory reputation for dis-
comfort and the look of a middle-ages
torture device, the "Dilbert Dunker"
might not be the first choice for a
happy look down memory lane.
However, the device is credited with
possibly saving thousands of aviators'
lives and the inventor of the training
contraption is justifiably proud of his
progeny.
Wilfred Kaneb, who currently
resides in Ontario, Canada, began
designing and building the dunker in
1943.
He was tasked with the duty of cre-
ating a mechanism to simulate engine
failure at takeoff from a carrier, as
many pilots who crashed in this sce-
nario during World War II did not sur-
vive.
"The Army colonel said somebody


The Dilbert Dunker. Photo courtesy of
http://nasgi.org


has got to teach them what it is like to
be drowning," Kaneb recollected. "It
took us between six months to a year to
design and build it."
Kaneb visited Naval Air Station
Whiting Field recently to see one of
only four Dunkers created.
On display at the base's atrium with
other pieces of naval aviation history,
this Dilbert Dunker was used for water
survival training at both Naval Air
Station Pensacola and NAS Whidbey
Island.
The dunker is a piece of history to
many aviators at NAS Whiting Field,
including Commanding Officer, Capt.
Pete Hall and Executive Officer Cmdr.
Anne Chapman.
More than 8,000 aviators have
trained on the Dilbert Dunker. The
device was removed from service as
the Naval Operational Medicine
Institute at NASP replaced it with the
Aircrew Water Survival Training
Facility a few years ago.
"We have a little bit of our history in
here," Chapman said. "I mean, I rode
in here." Hall added, referring to the
Dilbert Dunker, "If you think of all the
people who have gone through this
one, all the astronauts, the people who
went to the moon... They all had to go
through Pensacola, through this one."
Four of these devices surfaced in the
fleet, all hand made and tested by
Kaneb and a small team of engineers.
Because there was no assembly line
to build these machines, they had to be
individually tested, and they didn't
always work on the first try.


Capt. Pete Hall, (right) Commanding officer at Naval Air Station Whiting Field,
chats with Wilfred Kaneb, the inventor of the Dilbert Dunker. Photo by Ens. Miles
Hooper


Testing these devices could not have
been pleasant, as many would gather
from the dunker's film debut in "An
Officer and a Gentleman."
The flight candidate would be
strapped into a mock cockpit, place his
hands on the throttle and stick and be
lifted in a cart a few meters out of the
water.
The cart would then come crashing
into the water, flip up-side-down, and
the candidate would then (with "water
in every sinus") have to orient himself


and escape from the pilot seat.
"We tested a lot of airplanes (Dilbert
Dunkers)," Kaneb said. "I liked it,
though, because it was worth it."
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was not a pleasant experience to tra-
verse the path of this mechanism in
action, if they were to go down in an
aircraft they would be grateful they had
the training. Capt. Hall stated, remi-
niscing his water survival training, "I
know it gave me the confidence to get
out of the water."


Avoiding stress during holidays


From National Naval
Medical Center Public
Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. -
The holiday season may be
a time to celebrate with
friends and family, but for
those who won't have an
opportunity to see their
loved ones, it may be a
time of increased stress
and hardship.
"The holidays increase
stress, both in positive and
negative ways, so it's a
more challenging time for
some people," said Cmdr.
James West, the behavioral
health department head
here at the National Naval
Medical Center (NNMC).
"For someone having
depression, the holidays
can be very difficult, par-
ticularly for young service
members. This might be
the first holiday they had to


spend away from family.
That can be traumatic."
Signs of depression
include feeling sad every
day with a lost of interest in
pleasurable activities, West
said.
Some people may expe-
rience sleep disruption,
loss of energy, loss of
appetite and feelings of
guilt. In extreme cases of
depression, some people
may exhibit suicidal
thoughts or actions. These
are manifested in threaten-
ing to hurt oneself, talking
or writing about death,
uncontrolled anger,
increased drug and alcohol
use and dramatic mood
changes.
It is important to recon-
nect with friends, family,
community or church
groups to reduce the stress
of the holidays, West said.
"These give a great deal


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The holidays can be a very
positive, uplifting time to
re-establish these connec-
tions," he said.
One way to ease the
burden of loneliness is to
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Jenny Charson, market-
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Recreation (MWR) center,
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involved with any of the
programs that are offered
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reduced costs, movie
nights and a free dinner
every night before a sched-
uled pay day.
These events target
enlisted personnel, prima-
rily E-1 through E-6.
Staying healthy and fit is a
great way to remain posi-
tive, Charson said.


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we should push Facebook even further
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WASHINGTON (NNS) One week after his Facebook page,
www.facebook.com/mcpon, surpassed 10,000 "fans," Master Chief Petty Officer of
the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West used the Web site to announce his intent
to further leverage social media as a significant communications device.
West, in a note he posted to Facebook in early December, said he anticipates anoth-
er thousand fans by Christmas, and that the response he's received from Sailors and
Navy families has been surprising and encouraging. He also said that the real value
of social media is the opportunity to share ideas.
"We started out tentatively and that's fine. But, now that we have momentum, I
believe we should push it even further. I want to start putting your best ideas on our
page," West wrote. "Is your command doing something like that? If so, let us know.
We want to introduce that idea to the fleet and leverage it for the good of all Sailors."
West unveiled his public Facebook page June 25 and has been aggressive in tack-
ling subjects Sailors around the Navy tell him they are most concerned with.
"We've discussed the wear policy for the NWU and your feedback made its way
to our CNO. We've discussed women aboard submarines and the debates on that sub-
ject have been enlightening and well-spoken. Almost every decision or new policy
released or considered in the last half-year has been brought up here and discussed. I
find that is immensely gratifying, and I hope it continues."
MCPON wrote that he hopes for even more interaction in the coming months, but
pointed that it has never been his intent to use Facebook, or any form of social media,
to subvert a Sailor's standard chain of command. West said that many times the
responses he provides to Sailors' questions are short and to the point.
For more news from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, visit
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GOSPORTARTYLINEPAGE7


Partyline e-mail submissions
Submissions for Partyline should
be e-mailed to: anne.thrower.ctr
@navy. mil.
Submissions should include the
organization's name, the event, what
the event is for, who benefits from
the event, time, date, location and
point of contact.

Secondary gates closed at
NASP/Corry for holiday weekends
NASP's west (back) gate and
Corry Station's gate seven will be
closed for the holiday weekends.
The gates will close at 9:30 p.m.
on Dec. 24 and reopen at 5:30 a.m.
on Dec. 28.
They will close again at 9:30 p.m.
on Dec. 31 and reopen at 5:30 a.m.
Jan. 4.
The NEX mall gate will not be
manned. Access to NASP and Corry
Station will be through the front
(main) gates.

Naval hospital and pharmacy holi-
day hours announced
Outpatient and primary-care clin-
ics at Naval Hospital Pensacola will
close at noon Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
On Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 pharmacy
windows at the hospital will be open
from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; the NEX phar-
macy refill center will be open 9
a.m.-5 p.m.
The clinics, pharmacy and refill
center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan
1. On Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 the hospital
pharmacy will be open 8 a.m.-2 p .m.
The pharmacy hours Dec. 28-30 will
be 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Commissary holiday hours
planned
The commissary will close at 3
p.m. on Dec. 24. The store will be


closed Dec. 25 and reopen at 8 a.m.
Dec. 26. The commissary will be
closed Jan 1.

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
Pensacola.
Veterans can also visit facilities in
Mobile, Ala.; Eglin AFB; Biloxi,
Miss.; and Panama City. The H1N1
vaccine is not yet available at
VAGCVHCS facilities.
For information visit www.biloxi.
va.gov or call Jerron Barnett at 912-
2380 or 501-3731.

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 chil-
dren's requests on Wednesday and
Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. near
the mall entrance.
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 three lives.

O'Club Christmas brunch Dec. 20
There will be a holiday brunch
with Santa at the Mustin Beach
Officers' Club Dec. 20 from 11 a.m.-
1 p.m.
The event is open to all hands and
the general public. Santa arrives at
noon with complimentary photo-
graphs.
The cost is $21.75 per adult and
$12.75 per child 10 years of age and
under.
To make required reservations


contact the O'Club at 453-1840.

Pet pictures at vet clinic today
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.

Embry Riddle registration under
way
Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University registration is now under
way until Jan. 17.
Students can register from 8 a.m.-5
p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8
a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday in Bldg. 634,
Suite 033, at NASP and Bldg. 1417,
Room 163 at NAS Whiting Field
Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 4
p.m. New student orientation will be
Jan. 9; 8 a.m.-12 p.m. in Bldg. 634.
All offices will be closed Dec. 23-
Jan. 3. For information e-mail pen-
sacola.center@erau.edu or contact
Carol Monroe at 458-1098.

Noah's accepting toy donations
Donate a toy to a child in need at
Noah's Ark Self Storage, 451 E.
Cervantes St., Pensacola, 8:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m. All toys will be donated to
Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwest Florida. Donations will be
accepted through Dec. 19. For infor-
mation call 433-5437 or 438-0445

HarborWalk parade today in
Destin
Due to weather, The HarborWalk
Village's Christmas Music
Spectacular in Destin has been
rescheduled for Dec. 18 beginning at
5 p.m.
For information contact Jamie
Marie Hall 585-5451 or info@harbor
walk-destin. com.


Choral society auditions Jan. 9
Auditions for the Choral Society of
Pensacola will be held Jan. 9 in
Room 801 at Pensacola Junior
College's Ashmore Fine Arts
Auditorium, 100 College Blvd.
Auditions will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Auditions on other days can be made
by special appointment. For informa-
tion call 484-1810.

Lacrosse coaches/players needed
Gulf Breeze Sports Association is
looking for lacrosse coaches and any
interested youth players. Practices
will begin the first week of January.
For information contact Lt. Cmdr.
Joe Costello at 281-7158.

Snowbird concerts planned
The National Naval Aviation
Museum's snowbird concert series
will have the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra playing Feb. 2, Glenn
Miller Orchestra playing Feb. 18 and
Orlando Jazz playing Feb. 27. Also
snowbird discount days will be Jan.
12 and Feb. 9. For information, call
453-2389.

PJC auditions
Pensacola Junior College invites
community actors to audition for the
drama "Doubt."
Cold-reading auditions are Jan. 11-
12 at 7 p.m. at the Ashmore Fine Arts
Auditorium, Bldg 8, on the main
campus. Three female roles are open
for auditions Sister Aloysius (age
range 50-60), Sister James (in her
20s) and Mrs. Muller (African-
American in her late 30s).
PJC presents "Doubt" on Feb. 26-
28 and March 5-7.
For information contact PJC's
Director of Theater Rodney Whatley
at 484-1807 or rwhatley@pjc.edu.


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SECTIONE
December 18, 2009


GOSPORTIFE


Santa Claus
catches helo
to NAS
SWhiting Field;
see page B2
Spotlight


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)ld driver, so lively and quick,
moment it must be St. Nick.
lan eagles his coursers they came,
tled, and shouted, and called them by name;


"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.


Christmas...
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bour
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foo
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pad
His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how i
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snoi
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jel
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his world
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jer
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."


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First published anonymously in 1823, the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas,"
"The Night Before Christmas," helped create the modern-day conception of


Word Search 'Christmas'


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Jokes & Groaners


Color Me 'By the chimney with care'


Misheard in Christmas Carols
"Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly..."
"On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me...
"Later on we'll perspire, as we dream by the fire...
"He's makin' a list, of chicken and rice...
"Olive, the other reindeer..."
"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, you'll go down in
Listerine..."
Seasonal chuckles and Ho-Ho-Ho's
What happened when Santa's cat swallowed a ball of yarn? She
had mittens.
Why did Frosty go to live in the middle of the ocean? Because
snow man is an island.
One Christmas, Phil and Will built a skating rink in the middle
of a pasture. A shepard leading his flock decided to take a
shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the
ice and wouldn't cross it. Desperate, the shepard began tug-
ging them to the other side. "Look at that," Phil remarked to
Will. "That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!"
How poor were you? When I was young, my family was so
poor that for Christmas we got batteries with a note attached
saying, "Toy not included."


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GOSPORT POTLIGHT


December 18, 2009


Sailors


wearing new


ranks at NASWF


Story, photos
by Jay Cope
NASWF PAO


Air Station (NAS)


Whiting Field recognized the

accomplishments of soon-to-


be-advanced Sailors during a frocking cer-

emony Dec. 10-11. The new third class

petty officers were recognized in front of

their peers Dec. 10 and the second and first

class petty officers Dec. 11.


The frocking ceremony
is a Navy tradition that
provides the selected
Sailors an opportunity to
wear the uniform and take
on the responsibilities of
their new rank before they
are formally advanced.
Second class petty offi-
cers were frocked to first
class, third class petty
officers were frocked to
second class and airmen
were frocked to third
class.
"This is a happy
event," said Capt. Pete
Hall, NAS Whiting Field
commanding officer.


"It's nice to be able to
reward the efforts of good
Sailors and to see the
results of their hard
work."
Twelve Sailors from
NAS Whiting Field were
selected for advancement
including: AC1
Christopher Duffie; AC2
Joshua Barbier, Ashley
Coleman, Eric Rhodes
and Adriana
AyaLabarcellos; AC3
Timothy Egerdahl, Glory
Peak and Jermaine Roby;
AB1 Leonardo Treggi;
AB2 Larry Barron,
Gilbert June, and Andrew


McDougle.
Each Sailor received a
frocking letter from Hall
which reads in part, "Your
appointment carries with
it the obligation that you
exercise increased author-
ity and willingly accept
greater responsibility.
Occupying now a posi-
tion of greater authority,
you must strive with a
renewed dedication
toward the valued ideal of
service with honor."
The ceremony was
held at the base's opera-
tions department auditori-
um.


NAS Whiting Field's E-5/6 frockees Dec. 11 with CO Capt. Pete Hall (right, front).


NASWF named Tree City

USA for 18th year


Story, photo
by Jay Cope
NASWF PAO

For the 18th consecutive year,
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting
Field has achieved designation
from the National Arbor Day
Foundation as a Tree City USA
for its dedication to conservation
and urban renewal. The base
planted a live oak tree to recog-
nize its completion of the require-
ments and to celebrate the accom-
plishment Dec. 10.
The Arbor Day Foundation
presented a proclamation and
banner to the command to recog-
nize the achievement. Capt. Pete
Hall, NAS Whiting Field com-
manding officer read the procla-
mation to the assembled Whiting
Field team members and the skip-
per threw in the first shovelful of
dirt along with Public Works
Officer Lt. Cmdr. Leaf Ballast
and Environmental Program
Manager Ron Cherry.
The ceremony is only the final
step in the process. Throughout
the year, the NAS Whiting Field
Natural Resources team has to:
ensure an allocated cost is direct-
ed toward forestry projects (this
has to exceed $2 per person on
(Left) Capt. Pete
Hall, NAS Whiting
Field Commanding
Officer, Public Works
Officer Lt. Cmdr. Leaf
Ballast, and
Environmental
Manager Ron Cherry
lift shovelfuls of dirt
to help plant the Live
Oak tree for the Tree
City USA ceremony.


the base), maintain an Urban
Forestry Ordnance, and have a
board with regular meetings. All
of the requirements serve to raise
the awareness of how important
trees are to our society. Not only
do they provide a natural beauty,
but trees also give shade, help to
lower temperatures in urban
areas, increase the oxygen level
in their areas, and help to cleanse
pollutants from groundwater and
the air.
Base forestry programs in 2009
nearly reached $90,000 of main-
tenance for existing woodlands
and more than 300 pine seedlings
were planted with the help of
local Boy Scouts. Similar
seedlings will continue to be
planted in 2010. The amount
invested in maintenance was
approximately 10 times the nec-
essary amount to qualify for the
program.
"Whiting Field will continue to
annually celebrate Tree
Awareness Week..." Hall said as
he read the proclamation, "and
recognize the importance of pre-
serving and managing our trees
throughout the year, improving
our environment and demonstrat-
ing our responsibility as public
lands stewards."


NASP Child Development

Center 'Winter Wonderland' festival
By Patrice Ryan
CDC Training and Curriculum Specialist

The Child Development Center
(CDC) at NAS Pensacola held a
Winter Wonderland festival Dec. 11,
with more than 175 people attending.
Activities included Christmas
ornament painting; cookie decorat-
ing; picture frame and pine cone
Christmas
tree con-
struction;
face paint- (Above) Emma Coffey, 5, is delighted by the
ing; snow gingerbread house her dad Brian Coffey is mak-
globe mak- ing, (left) Carter Wilson, 4, sports new rein-
ing; and dec- deer antlers. Photos courtesy of CDC
oration of
reindeer antlers and gingerbread houses.
Hot chocolate and cotton candy were on hand for the fes-
tival participants and Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special
appearance.
C CDC's thanks go out to the Marine volunteers from
S AMS-1 whose efforts helped make the event successful.

Cub Scouts, families and service

members clean Lake Frederick
By Crysta Baker
Special to Gosport

Cub Scouts Pack 632 in con-
junction with Air Operations
cleaned the area around Lake
Frederick Nov. 21.
The NASP Air Operations
department, led by Lt. Gary
Lane, scheduled the clean up to
assist the Scouts in earning the
scouting "Leave No Trace" Cub Scouts, their families, and service members pause for
award as well as teaching the a group photo Nov. 21 after the Lake Frederic clean up.
boys about the ecosystems of
northwest Florida.
The "Leave No Trace" award is awarded to the Cub Scouts for proving that they under-
stand how to protect the outdoors by following front-country guidelines.
Seven Cub Scouts came out to Lake Frederick, along with parents, siblings and volunteer
service members from Air Operations. Several large bags of trash were removed from the
area. Even though the weather forecast was rain, the Scouts' spirits weren't dampened.






PAGE B3


GO SPORT December 18, 2009


Holiday schedule at Naval Air Station Pensacola


At Naval Air Station Pensacola there
will be two services on Christmas Eve in
the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel
onboard NASP. A Catholic children's
Mass will take place at 4:30 p.m. and a
Protestant candlelight service will take
place at 6 p.m.
On Christmas Day there will be
Christmas Masses at 8:30 a.m. at the
Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and 11
a.m. at the Corry Station Chapel.
The Protestant community will be
having "Christmas at Home" in the J.B.
McKamey Center at 3 p.m. for service
members who are at the base.
The event will include food, games
and football. The event traditionally
attracts more than 100 military members.
Also planned is a New Year's Eve
Mass at 4:30 p.m. at the Naval Aviation
Memorial Chapel and a New Year's Day
service at 8:30 a.m. at the same chapel.
The following is a partial list of
Christmas holiday hours for NASP facil-


ities.
The commissary will close at 3 p.m.
Dec. 24. The store will be closed Dec. 25
and will reopen at the regular time, 8
a.m., on Dec. 26.
The commissary will be closed on
New Year's Day.
The NEX Pensacola Complex on
Highway 98 will be open from 7 a.m.-6
p.m. Dec. 24 and closed on Dec. 25.
The complex will be open from 9
a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 10 a.m.-6
p.m. on Dec. 27.
From Dec. 28-30, the complex will be
open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. On Dec. 31, the
mall will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and
on Jan. 1 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The NEX at Aviation Plaza will go to
holiday hours Dec. 19-Jan. 3.
Those hours are Monday-Friday, 9
a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4
p.m. and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
MWR fitness centers will have the
following hours:


Radford Fitness Center will be open
from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and
New Year's Day.
Portside Fitness Center will be open
noon-6 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed
Christmas Day. Portside will be open
noon-6 p.m. New Year's Eve and closed
New Year's Day.
Wenzel Fitness Center will be open
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New
Year's Eve and New Year's day from
noon-6 p.m.
The Wellness Center will be open
Christmas Eve from 4:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and
New Year's Eve from 4:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
and closed Christmas Day and New
Year's Day.
The indoor fitness swim area will be
closed Dec. 19-Jan. 4. MWR aquatics
will be closed Dec. 19 through the holi-
day period.
A.C. Read Golf Shop will be closed
Dec. 25. Tee times on Dec. 24 and 31 and


Jan. 1 will be 7 a.m.-ll a.m. and will
close at 1 p.m.
The Oak's Restaurant will be open 6
a.m.-noon on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The
restaurant will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan.
1.
Portside cinema will be closed Dec.
24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
Bayou Grande Marina and
Sherman Cove Marina will be closed
Dec. 22-31 and Jan. 1-6 p.m.
The Corry and NASP Child
Development Centers and NASP Youth
Center will be closed Dec. 24-25 and
Jan 1.
MWR's Auto Skills Center will be
closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
Crosswinds will be closed Dec. 21-31
and Jan. 1-4. ITT will be closed Dec. 23-
27 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3.
Oak Grove Park will be closed Dec.
25 and Jan. 1. Host on duty.
The Bowling Alley will be closed
Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.


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