The Kings Bay periscope


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The Kings Bay periscope
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v. : ill. ; 40 cm.
Naval Submarine Base (Kings Bay, Ga.)
Ultra Type Inc.
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Jacksonville Fla
Jacksonville, Fla
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Navy-yards and naval stations -- Periodicals -- Georgia -- Kings Bay   ( lcsh )
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United States of America -- Georgia -- Camden -- Kings Bay
United States of America -- Florida -- Jacksonville


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Began with v. 1, no. 1 (June 15, 1979).
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Published for the Naval Submarine Support Base, Kings Bay, Ga.
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Description based on: Mar. 14, 1997; title from caption.
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Earlier issues published: Kings Bay, Ga. : Naval Submarine Support Base. Jacksonville, Fla. : Ultra Type Inc. <1997->
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Latest issue consulted: Jan. 30, 1998.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Golds Capt. David Kirk relieved by Capt. Louis Mayer IV July 19e Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) gold crew hosted a change-of-command ceremony July 19 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Capt. Louis E. Mayer IV relieved Capt. David W. Kirk as the commanding ocer of the Ohio-class guided missile submarines gold crew. After receiving an introduction from the events guest speaker, Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Submarine Group 10, Kirk, a Kingsport, Tenn. native, said everything credited to him should really be directed at the Florida gold crew. I spent most of the time [during Admiral Tofalos speech] wondering who you were talking about, but when you understand that you are really talking about the accomplishments of the phenomenal crew sitting to my left and just sticking my name in front of what they have done, then I have to agree with everything you said, said Kirk in response to Tofalos remarks. Under Kirks 26-month command, Florida Gold has earned the 2011 Battle Eciency Award, a Navy Unit Commendation, the 2012 Chief of Prep for future with Aug. 8, 9 FFSC workshop For those who are leaving the military, either separating or retiring, and thinking of going to school full time, part time or just taking a few classes, theres a brand new program just for you. Its an educa tionally focused, two-day event that helps you transition from service member to scholar. Its called the Transition GPS Ed Track Workshop, and the pilot class for Kings Bay will be Aug 8 and 9. e next workshop will not occur until scal year 2014. e event and the NonCommissioned Ocer counseling prior to it will be lled with focused information on a variety of subjects that fullor parttime students need to consider. It also will include guided practice and computer resources dedicated to help you research and develop a plan to execute. Here are a few of the dozens of questions that knowing the answer to can shorten the time or reduce the cost to get the education you need to very successful: How do you pick a school, degree, classes, etc.? Do you have a budget that includes the cost of books, lab fees, misc. fees, etc.? If eligible for both the MGIB and Post 9-11, which one is best for you? If you have given your Post 9-11 to your family, are there other funds available? How can you reduce the number of classes you Up Periscope Visiting Sea Cadets vision of their future Page 9 Pool party Back To School Bash set for Aug. 3 Page 7 Hagel visit Defense boss tours NAS Jax Page 9 Check us out Online! USS Florida has new skipper The future of our force, Sea Cadets spend summer training at NSB Kings Bay Following in the time-honored footsteps of Sailors and Marines, Naval Sea Cadet Corps members recently nished two weeks summer training at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Several training sessions included Sub School, Master At Arms, Photojournalism and Ceremonial Honor Guard. e Navys youth program, the Sea Cadets are students varying from ages 13 to 17. ey practice the maritime activities of the military and participate in a variety of military and civilian activities. As a Navy-funded program, the Sea Cadets have a plethora of opportunities to experience a variety of dierent military careers in diverse and new environments. Such opportunities have led Cadets to discover their wanderlust, such as SA Florence Gaillard has, as well as their dream occupation. For Flo, this occupation involved her [joining] the U.S. Air Force no matter what and pursuing a career as a surgeon or a psychiatrist. For Cadets like SA Richard Steinhardt, the program has done more, Rather than just clarify future prospects, it has inspired him to join the Navy by attending the Naval Academy. By being in the Sea Cadets, not only do teenagers chart a course to their future, they also build strong characteristics that will help them in everyday life. (e program) gives Cadets a voice, Gaillard said, adding that since joining cadets, she has grown stronger in her social ability outside and in Cadets, and her areas of leadership and respect. To Gaillard, the Sea Cadets is a place where she can grow mentally and physically, and still have fun. ats why the Cadets are at the base to begin with to to grow at one of the many trainings oered to them, while having fun enjoying the experience. Food drive ongoingFeds Feed Families has 3 collections sites at NSB Kings Bay Ever wanted a way to give back to the community? Here is your chance. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay kicked o its annual Feds Feed Families food drive at the beginning of June. It runs until the end of August. Last year, our Feds Feed Families food drive at Kings Bay raised 10,000 pounds of food, said Lt. Lara Byrd, coordinator for Kings Bays FFF. e region alone raised over 180,000 pounds of food for families in need. Our goal this year is not only to meet what we made in the past, but to raise more. FFF is a federal food drive organized by the Department of Agriculture in partnership with Chief Human Capital Ocers Council. It was established in 2009 to address the summers urgent need for assistance to the communitys families. Food banks usually encounter lulls in the level of giving due to holidays and other factors. is year, the surge in demand, coupled with a drop in food donations has emptied food pantries heading in to the Practical and valuable experience (The program) gives Cadets a voice. SA Florence Gaillard Sea Cadets School, sports physicals today, tomorrow at Branch Health Clinic Believe it or not, there are only two weeks before school starts. e long, hot summer days lled with hours of splashing in the pool and traveling to visit family and friends are about to come an end. Parents should start now helping their children make the adjustment from a summer schedule back to a school schedule. Here are the answers to some of the questions parents have had about the 2013-2014 school year: When does school begin? In Camden County its Tuesday, Aug. 13; Charlton County, Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Glynn and Nassau counties, ursday, Aug. 8. Will there be an opportunity to visit the school and/or meet teachers before school starts? Absolutely. Camden County Schools will host open house opportunities for every grade level. Open house schedule: Elementary open houses 4 to 6 p.m., Friday Aug. 9 Middle school open houses 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 High school open house 4 to 6 p.m., ursday, Aug. 8Co. schools open Aug. 13 Transition GPS oers help


2 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 Residents are invited to give feedback on Balfour Beatty Communities operations through its CEL Resident Satisfaction Housing Survey. e annual survey is an important part of Balfour Beatyys continuous improvement program that analyzes operational performance to ensure consistent delivery of quality services in all of its communities. Visit the Balfour Beatty Community Management Oce at 1083 USS Andrew Jackson Blvd. to pick one up or call the oce at (912) 882-1211 and one will be delivered to your residence. Topics covered in the survey include, but are not limited to, resident experiences regarding leasing, housing and maintenance. e CEL Resident Satisfaction Survey allows us to see where we are excelling operationally and where there is room for improvement, said Tony Cartagena, community manager for BBC. We encourage all residents to ll out the survey honestly so that we may better assist in the future. Residents that submit a completed survey by Aug. 31, will be entered to win a prize. Residents that hand in a survey before Aug. 9, also will qualify for a special Early Bird Drawing. At Balfour Beatty Communities, we strive to exceed our residents expectations and hope that every resident enjoys their experience living with us, added Cartagena. Surveys should be returned to the authorized locked mailbox at the Balfour Beatty Communities Management Oce in the postage paid envelopes provided. Survey information is completely condential and anonymous and only CEL employees will have access to the returned surveys. e deadline for submitting completed surveys is Aug. 31. THEKINGS BA Y, GEORGIA Local news and views Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. TRF apprentices graduateParticipants in the Trident Ret Facility Apprenticeship Program will be honored during their graduation ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, at 1 p.m. ursday, July 25. Established in 1990, the TRF Apprenticeship Program is a rigorous, four-year endeavor that includes more than 7,200 hours of college academic courses, specic trade theory training courses and on-the-job training designed to produce highly skilled, technically procient, journey-level mechanics. Altamaha Technical College also partners with TRF for the Apprenticeship Program.Commissary closed Mon.-Tue.Due to the Department of Defense mandated furlough of civil service employees, the Kings Bay Commissary will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the duration of the furlough. e Commissary will return to regular hours of operations when the furlough ends. If you have questions, call 573-3133.Ship Shape sessions start July 25Ship Shape, a nutrition and weight management class, starts July 25 at the Fitness Center. e 8-week course meets 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., once a week. Topics include serving sizes, nutritent, tness, calories, food labels, food diaries, emotional eating and dining out. Open to active duty, adult dependents and retirees, call Health Promotions at 573-4731 to enroll or for more information.AFAMC has wash, poker rune Armed Forces of America Motorcycle club Georgia Chapter will have a car and bike wash, plus its 15th annual 41 for Freedom Poker Run to benet the Navy-Mainre Corps Relief Soci ety. e wash is noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at 980 e. King Ave., Kingsland. e poker run is Sat., Aug. 17, starting with registration at 4 p.m. at the USS Bancroft Memorial. Cost is $10 per hand. For more information on either, call (912) 510-8494. Red Cross seeking volunteerse American Red Cross has reopened its oce onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, on the rst oor of the Flucky Hall at 1063 USS Tennessee Ave. Oce hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through ursday. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about Red Cross services can call Susan Van Dyke at (912) 573-3939 or Kathie Perkins at (912) 265-1695.Base lost & found has found itemsThere is lost and abandoned property, such as watches, rings and cell phones, at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Navy Security. If you have any information reference to any items, contact Detective Michael Palmer, Monday through Friday, at (912) 573-9343 or by e-mail, issues sticker reminderIt is the policy of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay that no motor vehicle with any sticker, decal, emblem or other device containing profane or lewd words or pictures, describing sexual acts or excretory functions on parts of the human body, be allowed on base.Taste of Camden coming Oct. 17Vender registration is now open for Taste of Camden. A new venue at Kings Bay Shopping Center expects to attract more exhibitors and attendees this year. Taste of Camden is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m., ursday, Oct. 17. In addition to food exhibitors, the event will include wine tasting with commemorative glasses. For more information, visit pet foster folks soughtIn the event of a mandatory hurricane evacuation, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which regulates the Humane Society, will not allow animals to remain at the Shelter; therefore, they must evacuate. The shelter is recruiting Hurricane Foster Volunteers. Contact the Shelter for more information at 912-729-7141 or its Web site at .St. Marys market on SaturdaysVisit the St. Marys community market at the waterfront pavilion in downtown St. Marys, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday. Now hear this! Resident housing survey ends Aug. 9 Kings Bay Trac Safety The Camden Partnership Board recently lost two prestigious members from its board of directors. Dr. Valerie Harper retired as president of College of Coastal Georgia, and Lorette Hoover, president of Altamaha Technical College, was reassigned to another service area within Georgia. Hoover has been actively working to get a technical college campus in Camden County for several years. At one point her eorts, in conjunction with those of Camden County citizens, put the Camden Campus at the top of the state priority list for constructin of a new technical college campus. However, funding situations in the state budget changed the priority list. e state did acknowledge her eorts and contributions to the Technical College system in Georgia by keeping her in that arena, only not in Camden County. Her personal commitment and professionalism will be missed. Dr. Hepburn, with her vision and energy, transformed the College of Coastal Georgia campus in Brunswick with an unprecedented construction program to coincide with the College becoming a four-year institution. e Camden campus was likewise a recipient of her vision. While on the TCP board, she exhibited the same energy as well as great leadership and organizational skills that will benet the partnership for years to come. We will miss both of these directors and their contributions to the Partnership. eir eorts on behalf of the board of directors veried why they have been so successful in their respective positions. We wish both continued success in their future endeavors. TCP welcomes two new members to its board, Bill Gross of W.H. Gross Construction Co. and Alecia Webb of Brenau University. We look forward to working with these new members as we continue the mission of e Camden Partnership: to advocate, support and strengthen military missions, and improve the quality of life for our military members by enhancing military and community partnerships. Any questions? Contact Sheila McNeill at (912) 223-3588 or sheilamcneill@bellsouth.netCamden Partnerships new directors Camden Partnership By Shelia McNeill Raising children can be the most challenging yet most rewarding part of a parents life. When parents do not remain together, raising those children can be even more of a challenge. How do we make sure that our children are nancially supported after we no longer live as a family unit? Whether you are the custodial parent who wants to collect child support or the noncustodial parent who has to provide child support, knowing your rights and how to go about enforcing them is essential. Who is eligible to receive child support? Only custodial parents are eligible to receive child support payments. So what exactly is a custodial parent? e custodial parent is the primary caregiver, providing the daily needs of the child. If each parent spends relatively equal time with the child, it is the parent who spends slightly more time with the child. at being said, there may be other legal and practical hurdles to overcome before a custodial parent can receive child support. For example, the other parent will have to be located and/or paternity will have to be established. How much is enough? Some people are under the false impression that child support only needs to cover the very basics for a child, such as food and clothing. Wrong. Child support should include a variety of anticipated expenses, including but not limited to school fees, entertainment, medical expenses and extracurricular activities. So, you ask, how do two parents who cannot get along come to an agreement on what these expenses should be? You do not have to. ats right. Federal law mandates that a states child support guidelines apply to any court action or administrative proceeding in which there is an order determining child support. is could include a separation, divorce, paternity, or modication proceeding, just to name a few. is means that the amount of child support paid is based on guidelines dened by each state, not on what you as the parents think is the right amount. What are child support guidelines? Child support guidelines are standards used to gure out the support needed for a child and the amount a parent has to pay. Guidelines help to make sure that support amounts are fair. Every state has guidelines, but those guidelines may vary by state. In general, all of the guidelines are based on the parents incomes, childs living expenses and health care, child care costs and standard needs for the children. Often, as is the case in Florida, the guidelines calculate the amount of child support as a percentage of the parents income and factor in the number of minor children being supported. ere may be special circumstances where support amounts can deviate from the guidelines. Some states actually allow their judges a lot of leeway in setting the amount, as long as the general state guidelines are followed. Others have very strict guidelines that provide the judges with very little discretion. e factors usually include the needs of the child including health insurance, education, day care and special needs and the income and needs of the custodial parent. e paying parents ability to pay also can come into play. Some states, however, will impute income on a parent with no income by expecting them to pay child support even if he or she is unemployed, ling for bankruptcy or homeless. What is a child support order? A child support order tells the parents specically what they must do and how much they must pay to support their children, according to the guidelines. Some states limit the support to age 18 or when the child graduates high school. Some states even require college expenses to be included. What if the noncustodial parent does not pay? Enforcing child support orders means getting the parent to do what the order says. If a noncustodial parent is working, the states law may require that the employer deduct support payments from the parents paycheck. In some states, businesses must report all new and rehired employees to the child support enforcement agency in their state so it is dicult for a parent to hide their new job. When noncustodial parents owe past-due support, the states child support enforcement program may be able to intercept tax refunds, lottery winnings, unemployment compensation and other payments, and may work with banks and credit unions to deduct money from a bank account. ey may have liens placed against their property such as houses, mobile homes, land, cars, boats and other valuable items until the Child support adheres to guidelines Legal Assistance


support is paid. If you fail to make child support payments according to a court order, child support enforcement agencies in many states will suspend your drivers license or any professional, occupational or recreational license. e judge also may nd you in contempt of court and order you to pay a large sum of money or go to jail or an arrest warrant may be issued. Can the amount of support ever change? Once a child support order or agreement is in place, the payment amount may be modied under certain situations, usually a substantial change in circumstances. is may include a parents promotion or raise, or the child needing orthodontic work or new school expenses. Some states review support orders every few years automatically in an eort to keep the support consistent with the parents income and the respective states support guidelines. e bottom line is whether you are the custodial parent who wants to collect child support or the noncustodial parent who has to provide child support, knowing your rights and how to go about enforcing them is essential. Contact your local legal assistance oce to speak with an attorney.Support Would you believe it if someone told you the Coast Guard was in Minneapolis, Minn., Keokuk, Iowa, Peoria, Ill., or Omaha, Neb.? As a matter of fact, the Coast Guard has units in those places and many others in the upper Midwest region. eir work may be local, but the missions they perform have a global eect. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River in St. Louis is the parent command of the three marine safety detachments and ve river buoy tenders who call the river home. ese units operate in a vast area from the upper Mississippi to the Illinois and Missouri rivers. While their jobs are not the most well-known in the Coast Guard, they are no less important. In fact, the agricultural products and the agribusiness industry in the Mississippi River basin produces 92 percent of the nations agricultural exports, 78 percent of the worlds exports in feed grains and soybeans and most of the livestock and hogs produced nationally. Sixty percent of all grain exported from the U.S. is shipped on the Mississippi River. e Mississippi and other rivers are also used to transport energy goods such as crude oil, petroleum and coal. Making sure the rivers are safe for the navigation of large barges carrying all these goods is what makes the Coast Guard river buoy tenders so vital. Ensuring safety on these waterways is a small eet of river tenders. ere are only ve the Cheyenne, Gasconade, Wyconda, Sangamon and Scioto but they operate on miles upon miles of waterways. Each river tenders crew is responsible for a portion of river totaling 3,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways. e nation and worlds economies rely on the western rivers to move grain and other vital commodities, said Master Chief Petty Ocer Arthur Ford, ocer-in-charge of Scioto. We ensure they arrive safely from port to port. Without the Coast Guard on the river, that would not be possible. e tenders mark navigable channels in the river, which continuously change from drought and ooding through the year. is is done by either setting buoys to mark the changing channel or by maintaining day beacons, which are permanent xtures. Each river is unique and they arent marked exactly the same. e Mississippi is much wider and used much more often. e Missouri is faster and much narrower, Ford said. ey are both easy to mark and have similarities, but the Missouri uses jet cones to hold buoys in place and that takes a little more time to do. On [the] Missouri you rely more on shore aids than buoys. While the safety of transiting on the river is the river tenders concern, the safety of who and what is traveling the river is the marine safety detachments concern. e three detachments in the northern Midwest are responsible for inspections and investigations of commercial vessels and facilities on or along the major rivers. ese include passenger vessels and terminals, barges and their tow and mobile transfer facilities. According to Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tantillo, chief of inspections for Sector Upper Mississippi River, members are looking to make sure passenger or industry vessels are seaworthy and safe for people and the environment. e detachments also inspect about 98 facilities for safety and environmental integrity. e Coast Guards role in the Midwest often goes unnoticed but is no less important than the role of those who operate o shore. By keeping the rivers open, units in the in the upper Midwest region keep commerce open. Coast Guard patrols nations heartland rivers The nation and the worlds economies depend on western rivers. CPO Arthur Ford USCGC Scioto THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 3


4 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 Sea Cadets duty at Kings Bay


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 5 Photos by Cadet CPO Megan Hendricks and Cadet SN Victoria Lange From July 14 to July 20, Kings Bay housed 16 Cadets, 14 of whom attended Ceremonial Honor Guard. e other two spent their time rening their journalistic skills in photojournalism. Commanding Ocer of Training, Lt. j.g. Barbara Johns, said Kings Bay base is perfectly suited to the trainings it oers. A volunteer who has spent four years with the Sea Cadets, Johns spoke fondly of the Marines who gave their time to help train the Ceremonial Honor Guard, by teaching Cadets out of the 500-page handbook the Corps uses for its very own. e Marines really give the Cadets a full and authentic experience of how the Ceremonial Honor Guard works, Johns said. We are lucky to have active-duty military members helping us with all of our trainings. She went on to explain how helpful it was to have active duty Master-at-Arms personnel helping with MA training as well, and how lucky Cadets are to have Mass Communications Specialists motivated and willing enough to train the photojournalist cadets. Without people like that, the trainings just wouldnt be the same. During the week of training, Cadets with the Ceremonial Honor Guard marched around the base at the command of Sta Sgt. Jerey Ferry and Sgt. Robert Sherwood, learning how to become a unied and rened unit. While they drilled, photojournalism participants partook in activities by interviewing honor guard Cadets and taking their pictures while they trained. Among other things Cadets did throughout the week, theey saw a group of Military Working Dogs handlers and dogs demonstrate their skills, ran the obstacle course on the base, familiarized themselves with weapons and saw a Senior Chief retire from a long life of working hard for the Navy. To nish their training, the Cadets preformed their rened Color Guard routine one last time in front of their family and friends at their shared graduation ceremony with photojournalism cadets. Customs and courtesies are a big part in Sea Cadets, Gaillard said, referencing the lessons Ceremonial Honor Guard took during their training. Almost every Sea Cadet training has a large portion of time dedicated to the customs and courtesies of the military branches, and no other training does so more than MA. As another training hosted by Kings Bay, MA has the benet of being taught by active-duty military MAs, whose schedule was completely designed by MA2 Amber Ball. During their time at the training, the Sea Cadets learned how to preform police duties, such as searches, Mechanical Advantage Control Holds and takedowns, vehicle inspections, protections and K9 unit operations. ey also underwent rigorous physical training and classroom activities regarding history and courtesies. After the conclusion of their training, the fresh MA Cadets return to their unit with a badge on their pocket and a new title to their name. e work to get there was tough, but the reward was refreshing and the training was fun. e trainings hosted at Kings Bay are only a small part of opportunities available to Sea Cadets. From trainings such as Navy SEAL to others like culinary arts, Cadets get to experience it all with the Sea Cadet program. Experiences varied, the one thing the visiting Sea Cadets all agreed upon. ey love it here at Kings Bay and hope to return to experience new and exciting trainings in the coming years. Sea Cadets


Trident Ret Facility Commanding Ocer Capt. Larry Hill observed a complex lift and tried his hand at one of his facilitys most critical pieces of equipment, the portal crane, July 15. TRIREFFAC has three operational portal cranes. K-1 and K-3 have a safe working load capacity of 25 tons and are utilized daily to make light production lifts, such as brows, pumps or motors. K-4 has a capacity of 60 tons and provides heavy lift capability in support of TRFs mission. All por tal cranes are operated on diesel power but do have the capability to be tethered to the pier on shore power. ey were procured between 1987 and 1989. summer months. Federal employees and service members nationwide have been asked to meet the challenge by pledging to participate and make a dierence. Every donation, big or small, is signicant in the lives of those families in need. We have three spots around base to drop o non-perishable goods Fluckey Hall, the Chapel and the Commissary, Byrd said. It is the Chapels responsibility to take the food to non-prot charities in St. Marys and Kingsland. For questions, comments or concerns about FFF, contact the Chapel at (912) 573-4501 or visit www.fedsfeedfamilies. gov. Naval Operations Enviornmental Protection Award and the 2011 and 2012 Supply E, the 2011 Medical M, an E-6 and below Lockwook Award and the Submarine League Dolphin Award presented to Kirk for being the longest qualied submariner still serving on a submarine at sea. Florida Gold also conducted the rst SSGN full Tomahawk recovery and reload after Operation Odyssey Dawn, executed the largest SSGN Maintenance and Mod ernization Period, successfully completed all underway certications and evaluations, retained 87-percent of the crew, promoted seven petty ocers to Chief Petty Ocer and two chief petty ocers to Limited Duty Ocers and was among the rst crews to welcome female commis sioned ocers into the Wardroom. Mayer, a native of Medford Lakes, N.J., said he is glad to be back on the waterfront and looks forward to working with the crew of Florida gold. Its no secret Ive been o the water front for a few years, Im excited to be back. I was at US Fleet Forces about two years and I spent three years on the Joint Sta. While that doesnt seem long, they dont tell you that before taking a job at Joint Sta that each year is like a dog year, said Mayer while making light of his time in Washington. One year on the Joint Sta is like seven human years, so it feels like Ive been gone for a lifetime. In any case, its great to be back on the waterfront and to be a part of Team Kings Bay. To the warriors of Florida Gold, Mayer continued, I stand ready to meet all the challenges that lie ahead and its my distinct honor to be your commanding ocer. USS Florida (SSBN-728/SSGN-728), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 27th state. It was commissioned with the hull designation of SSBN-728; with its conversion to a cruise missile submarine, it was re-designated SSGN-728. Military family school tours: For several years, Camden County middle and high schools have permitted the Kings Bay School Liaison Ocer to host private school tours for military families. For the rst time, four elementary schools Crooked River, Sugarmill, Mary Lee Clark and Matilda Harris also are welcoming these military family tours. Elementary parents and students interested in joining these tours are asked to meet the SLO at the school 10 minutes before the tour times listed below. Middle and high school tours will begin at the Child and Youth Center Teen Center and families will be transported to the schools for the tour. is is a great way to help military youth and teens ease into a new school setting. Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. If you would like to participate in these tours, contact the SLO at (912) 573-8986. Wednesday, Aug. 7: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sugarmill Elementary School 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Matilda Harris Elementary School 1 to 2 p.m., Camden Middle School ursday, Aug. 8: noon to 1:30 p.m., Ninth Grade Academy 2 to 4 p.m., Camden County High School 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Crooked River Elementary School Friday, Aug. 9: 9 to 10:30 a.m., St. Marys Middle School 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mary Lee Clark Elementary School What documentation will I need to register my child for school? If you are registering a child to attend a Georgia public school for the rst time, you will need the following: birth certicate, Social Security card (waiver is available if parents do not wish to provide students SSN), Certicate of Immunization (Georgia Form 3231) and a Certicate of Eye, Ear and Dental Exam (Georgia Form 3300). Medical information must be transferred onto the required Georgia forms in order to be processed by the local schools. Georgia and Florida state forms may be obtained and completed at the local public health department, your physicians oce or at the Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay. What about school and sports physicals? e Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay is providing school and sports physicals ursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26. e physicals are available by appointment only. Call (912) 573-8801 for details. Arrive 20 minutes early for appointments to complete necessary paperwork. Students are advised to wear loose clothing for sports physicals. What supplies will my child need for the rst day of school? ere is an optional supply list for pre-kindergarten through high school students available on the Camden County Web site at www. Click on the Parents tab at the top for the dropdown menu including School Supplies List. Parents may want to review this list before shopping for supplies. In some cases, it may be advisable to buy a few basic supplies, but wait for more direct guidance from the classroom teacher during the rst week of school. Where can I nd information about bus schedules? Bus stops and pick-up times can be found at the Camden district Web site under the Quick Links tab at the top of the homepage. e dropdown menu will list Bus Stops as an option. More detailed information about bus zones can be found by clicking on the Department tab at the top of the district Web site homepage. Next, click on Operations and then proceed to Transportation. At this page, parents will nd an interactive zoning map which will help determine which bus route is best suited for your children. Remember, if you live within the 1 miles of the school, bus service is not available to your family. When it comes to riding the bus safety is the priority. Bus riders are expected to arrive at bus stops no less than 10 minutes before the posted pick-up time. For safety reasons, school busses are required to pick students up at a location that is at least 30 feet away from an intersection. Students should receive a student information sheet that will need to be completed and returned to the driver. e information will be maintained by the Transportation Department for use in emergency situations. What if my child is walking or riding a bicycle to school? As always, safety remains the priority. Bike riders should wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short the ride. They should ride on the right in the same direction as the automobile traffic, use appropriate hand signals, respect traffic lights and stop signs, wear bright colors to increase visibility and know the Rules of the Road. If your child is walking to school, make sure the route is safe. Be realistic about your childs pedestrian skills. Small children often are impulsive, easily distracted and not ready to walk to school without adult supervision. Like bike riders, all walking students should wear brightly colored clothes to make sure they are visible to drivers. Are there certain types of backpacks needed? At one time students were required to carry clear backpacks but that no longer is required. However, there are few suggestions when selecting backpacks: choose one with wide, padded shoulder straps, pack light never carry more than 10 percent ot 20 percent of the childs body weight , always use both shoulder straps and consider buying rolling backpacks. is nal recommendation may be especially helpful for students who walk long distances or have to carry books upstairs. Note, St. Marys Middle School does not permit back packs in the school. With a little bit of eort, parents can help set the tone for an outstanding year of academic success. If you have any questions about local schools or available services, feel free to contact Clainetta Jeerson, your Kings Bay School Liaison Ocer, at 573-8986. 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Are you new to the area? Promoted to a new school? Returning to last years school? Come out and enjoy this years Back to School Bash with food, music, games, activities and prize drawings at the Fitness Center Pool Complex Saturday, Aug. 3. Times vary for grades. Elementary Extravaganza is noon to 2 p.m., Saturday Aug. 3, Middle School Mania 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 and High School Hype is 8:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, contact the School Liaison Ocer at (912) 573-8986. Registration for Fall Mens & Co-Ed Softball Its time for Fall Leagues to start. Registration is being accepted at the Fitness Complex for Fall Mens and Co-Ed teams. Registration deadline is July 31. A captains meeting will be at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 at the Fitness Complex classroom. Team fees are Mens Activeduty team $100, DoD team $200 (non-refundable), co-ed active duty team $100, DoD co-ed team $200 (non-refundable). Awards will be given to firstand second-place. For more information call the Intramural Sports office at (912) 409-1611. August Dive-In Movie Saturday, Aug. 17, the pool will open with free admission at 7 p.m., the feature Despicable Me (PG). Bring your own oata tion devices and lawn chairs. For more information about the movie, call (912) 573-4564 or the pool at (912) 573-3001. MWR Kings Bay is heat ing up July with some free and practically free things to do. eres free pool entry at the Fit ness Center pool Friday, July July 26 for everyone, with a free hot hog and drink at 12:30 p.m., while they last. Only one per person. At Outdoor Adventures, every Friday through Sept. 27 kayak rentals are free. Pick one up Friday and return it Monday by noon. At Rack-NRoll Lanes all games are only $1 from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 9, with regular price for shoe rental. Magnolias, formerly the Kings Bay Conference Center, is having a free ice cream social 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2. Next, Trident Lakes Golf Club is bringing back low prices for golf Friday, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. Eighteen holes and a cart are $20 for all authorized patrons. Lets not forget every day is free day at the Big EZ. Kids movies are every day at 1 p.m., with all other movies available for 18 years and up the rest of the time the Big EZ is open. ere free billiard tables, shueboard, foosball, ping pong and more every day for patrons 18 years old and older, at the Big EZ. For more details about these oers, contact (912) 573-4564. Tae Kwon Do Its at the Fitness Complex Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. for 7 year olds and under, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for 8 to 12 and 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 13 to adult. For more information, call (912) 573-3990. Sizzlin Summer Special at Rack-N-Roll Lanes Rack-NRoll Lanes is oering special dol lar games and dollar shoes 1 to 9 p.m. July 25, 29 & 30. For more information, call (912) 573-9492 Dominos Like Kings Bay Dominos on Facebook to receive special code phrases, daily specials, upcoming events and corporate promotions. (912) 510-5400. www.facebook. com/kingsbaydominos. Game on Rack-N-Roll Lanes gaming room has skeeball, basketball and more. Save tickets for prizes. For more information, call (912) 573-9492. Morale, Welfare and Recreation happenings e NSB Kings Bay Youth Center is taking registration for Before and After School Care. Cost is based on total family income. You must supply most recent LES/pay stub for sponsor and spouse or student letter of enrollment, birth certicate of children must be available for conrmation of age. Single/ Dual military must provide dependent care form at time of registration, IAs must provide orders. Transportation is provided for Mary Lee Clark, Sugar Mill, Crooked River and Matilda Harris districts. A parent may choose to provide transportation if their child does not attend these schools. Navy Child & Youth Programs welcomes children of all abilities. For more information, call Youth Center at (912) 573-2380 Lights Out Lock-In at Rack-N-Roll Lanes This is a night you dont want your child to miss out on. From 11:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and 4, youth ages 8 to 12, can bowl all night long. There will be karaoke music, music videos, unlimited snacks, soda and water, breakfast provided in the morning, plus 15 free game tokens. Chances to win more tokens and free game passes throughout the event. Pre-registration cost is $35 and $40 on the day of event. Register now through Aug. 1. There must be a minimum of 25 youths to have this event. Call (912) 573-9492. Free movies for kids Junes free movies for kids are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. with Finding Nemo July 27 and 28, Pirates: Band of Misfits Aug. 3 and 4, Escape from Planet Earth Aug. 10 and 11, The Croods Aug. 17 and 18, Finding Nemo Aug. 24, Dolphin Tale Aug. 25, Band Slam Aug. 31. Youths under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. If 15 minutes after the scheduled start time no one comes in to watch the movie, the area will be available for open viewing. For the latest infor mation on whats playing, call (912) 573-4548. Youth Fall Soccer League Registration is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:30 p.m., through July, Monday through Friday except holidays at the Youth Center, for children ages 3 to 15 who will not turn 16 prior to Aug. 1 and must be 3 before Aug. 1. Cost is $60 for active duty, and reservists. Military retiree families, DoD civilians and contractors cost is $65. Cost does include uniform. Late registration will be taken if openings are available, with an additional late fee of $5. Coaches and officials needed. For more information contact Youth Sports at (912) 573-8202. Officials are needed The upcoming Youth Sports Soccer Season runs September through October and if you are 14 years or older and interested in earn ing a little extra money, you are needed, certified or uncertified. A training date is to be announced. Basic knowledge of sports is required. For more information, contact Youth Sports at (912) 573-8202.Child care signup going Just for kids Back to School Bash Aug. 3 Liberty call MWR Sports need to get a degree? What career will you pursue? Do you need a degree? Is on-the-job training better? What states will pay for your degree and how do you nd out? To participate in the workshop, follow these six simple steps 1, Contact Fleet and Family Support Center (573-4513) to reserve a seat in the workshop. Theres a 50-seat limit. 2, Call the Kings Bay Navy College Oce (5734527) for one-on-one counseling. 3, Take your NCO provided paperwork to the workshop. 4, Complete your research into school selection, class planning, funding, etc. 5, Use the NCO as needed for more help, information and to review your choices. 6, Execute your plan, enjoy school, reap the higher paying jobs youve earned. Your service to our country is truly appreciated. e NCO will continue helping you during your transition back to the civilian sector and even afterwards as a veteran. GPS THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 7


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Up eriscope with Bill Wesselho When I was a kid, I thought the greatest job in the world would be a major league baseball writer. I read their stories every day in the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times. They traveled to places like New York and Los Angeles, and interviewed people like Willie Mays and Billy Martin. They traveled for free, got in for free and ate for free. I never made it. But I did become a sports writer and was in position to cover the opening game of the 1983 World Series at Wrigley Field, after the Cubs beat the Padres for the National League pennent. But thats a story for another day. Here are the goals of Sea Cadets who were here last week at Kings Bay:Florence Gaillard McDonough, Ga. Sea Cadets New York I want to go into the Air Force and be an Airman, psychiatrist or surgeon. Caitlin Dailey Jacksonville, Fla. Sea Cadets Gainesvile, Fla. Id like to go to the Naval Academy or to college through ROTC. Zachary Beller Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sea Cadets Sun Rise, Fla. Im going to become a lieutenant in the Navy and work in security. Cian Campbell Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sea Cadets Hollywood, Fla. I want to be a Master-atArms. I work now for my district police department. Megan Hendricks Kings Bay Sea Cadets Gales Ferry, Conn. After college, Im not sure, but Im planning to do something in the military. Victoria Lange Cascade, Wis. Sea Cadets Brookfield, Wis. I want to become a JAG attorney in the Coast Guard or Navy. Pentagon leaders will reduce their stas by 20 percent as the Defense Department works to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 17. Speaking to reporters at Naval Air Sta tion Jacksonville in Florida during a threeday visit to military installations in the Southeast, Hagel said his oce and those of the chairman of the Joint Chief of Sta and the service chiefs will cut headquar ters stas by one-fth from 2015 to 2019. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a written statement yesterday that total savings from the reduced stang could reach $1.5 to $2 billion. Secretary Hagels announcement is based on the work of the Strategic Choices and Management Review, which scrutinized the departments spending priorities and determined that these headquarters reductions should be pursued now, regardless of future scal circumstances, Little said. ese cuts will be implemented even if Congress lifts sequester-level budget caps. In meetings with service members and civilians throughout his travels this week, the secretary has stressed that defense leaders are planning for the full range of sequester cuts that could total $500 billion in defense spending reductions over a decade. Uncertainty is a tremendous enemy for all of us, for obvious reasons, Hagel said. Ive got to prepare this institution and our people for the facts of life and the reality as it is and the law that is now in place. Hagel said his major objective for the review the department conducted earlier this year was to prepare for probable fuHagel speaks at NAS Jax THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 9


Experts recover once-lost military records Forty years ago, on July 12, 1973, an enormous re erupted at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis. Burning uncontrollably for almost 24 hours, it destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records including ofcial documents veterans need to apply for the benets theyve earned. Today, a team of about 30 people continues to put the pieces back together. ey use the latest restoration techniques so reference technicians can gleam details from charred and waterdamaged documents. Its like a MASH [Mobile Army Surgical Hospital] unit, Marta ONeill, who heads the National Personnel Records Centers Preservation Lab, said during a telephone interview. ere may be 15 dierent routes that a record could take so we can still preserve the information and get the benets to the veteran. e July 12, 1973, re destroyed up to 80 percent of the 22 million records of veterans of the Army, Army Air Force and Air Force who served between 1912 and 1963, reported William Seibert, senior archivist and chief of archival operations at the National Archives in St. Louis. About 85 percent of the records of soldiers discharged between 1912 and 1959, including veterans of World War II and the Korean War, went up in smoke. In addition, about 75 percent of the records of airman with last names beginning with H through Z who left service between 1947 and 1963 were lost. e true extent of the loss remains a mystery, because the center had no central registry of its holdings at the time, explained Seibert. Even if it was physically possible to reconstruct every single missing document, nobody knows for sure which ones they are, he said. Records are being tracked down and, when necessary, restored, by request. And four decades after the re, requests for documents from the burned holdings or B-Files continue to roll in at the rate of 200 to 300 every day, ONeill said. Some come from veterans needing a record of their service to receive federal health-care, home loans or other veterans benets, she said. A homeless veteran, for example, may need a copy of his or her DD-214 discharge certicate to qualify for Department of Veterans Aairs-sponsored shelters or meals. Sometimes requests come from veterans families, needing the records to apply for entitlements on their loved ones behalf, or to have them buried in a national cemetery. In some cases, family members may need the records to qualify for scholarships or other benets based on their familys military aliation. Other requests also come from historians or genealogists trying to piece together their own family histories. Fullling those requests can be as straightforward as tracking down one of the estimated 6.5 million records recovered from the re, all now stored in temperatureand humiditycontrolled conditions at the new National Personnel Records Center outside St. Louis. e eort can become slightly more dicult if it requires crossreferencing of other ocial records to ferret out and verify the information needed. But in other cases, fullling a records request involves the painstaking and time-intensive process of reconstructing a document blackened by re, soaked with water or tainted with mold. is is highly detailed work that ONeill said demands both patience and a steady hand. In addition to a fulltime sta of 24, her team of technicians relies on the help of college interns eager to get hands-on experience in document preservation. Donning gloves to handle the fragile materials, they use special equipment and techniques to clean documents of debris and mold, separate pages stuck together for the past 40 years and piece together brittle fragments into more complete documents. State-of-the-art digital technology now helps them reconstruct documents once considered beyond repair, ONeill said. You cant reverse ash, she said. But you can use scanners and digital software to enhance the document so the text on the burned part can be lifted and revealed. Basically, you look at a piece of ash, and when you digitally enhance it, you can see the writing on it. Regardless of what it takes, ONeill said she and her sta get tremendous gratication from their mission, as preservationists, archivists and human beings. ey delight in taking something badly damaged and making it, although not like new, better than most people could ever imagine possible, she said. From the archival perspective, they enjoy reconstructing history, one document at a time. Since 1999, ocial military personnel records are now among the small percentage of government records now maintained permanently, based on their historical signicance, she noted. But the biggest reward of the mission, she said, is being able to recover documents that can make a real dierence in someones life. We are helping so many people in so many ways, she said. ture cuts. In a letter to the Senate last week, the secretary outlined possible force cuts and civilian reductions in force that may ensue if sequester remains in place beyond the current scal year. e secretary noted that reducing defense spending in postwar periods is normal. In our history, weve had to go through this three or four times since World War II, Hagel said. e dierence now is more uncertainty and the reality that were facing a steeper, deeper, more abrupt cut than probably ever before. Responding to a question about the reaction of defense civilians hes spoken with, many of whom are now furloughed one day per week, Hagel said, I dont like to come out and tell people that theyre going to lose 20 percent of their pay. eres nothing good about that. e secretary added that he feels its important to explain what led to the furlough decision, and to give employees an opportunity to ask questions. And I told them I hope we can do better, Hagel said. But Im in a situation that were all in, and Ive got to deal with what Ive got to deal with.Hagel As Major League Baseball showcased its top players at Citi Field in New York July 16, it took time before the 2013 AllStar Game to honor 30 service members and veterans. During the Tribute for Heroes cam paign, conducted jointly by MLB and People magazine, 90 nalists were selected, and fans voted online to select one service member or veteran to represent each of MLBs 30 teams. Selected heros took a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and attended a VIP reception at the All-Star Gala. ey also took in All-Star Red Carpet Show and Home Run Derby. ey attended and were honored during the pregame ceremony leading up the game. e Tribute for Heroes campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service. 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Anger management seminar July 31Anger is not an effective method for getting what you want and is often a smoke screen for other emotions. This workshop is slated for 8:30 a.m. to noon, July 31. It can help you focus on identifying the feelings anger hides and explore behaviors help ful in resolving primary issues. Pre-registration is required. Call 573-4512 for details.How to survive Learn how to reduce financial stress of the holidays. This workshop helps participants plan for holiday spending and make the most effective use of money. This class is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., July 26. Registration is recommended. For more information call 573-4514.New Moms and Dads Support Group to meetA New Moms and Dads Support Group will meet every Tuesday at the Fleet and Family Support Center throughout the month. This workshop is sched uled for 10 a.m. to noon, July 30. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences, meet and gain support from others, and exchange new ideas. To register, call 573-4512.Parenting classes offered on MondaysAre you frustrated with your children? Would you like suggestions on how to stop temper tantrums or how to get your teen to complete chores without asking them 14 times? We believe parents are the experts on their children. But, children dont come with a manual! So, sometimes you need help to figure out what to do with them. Meet with the parenting class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 29. Enrollment in this sixweek class is ongoing. Attendees must complete all six weeks in order to receive a certificate. A minimum of six participants is needed in order for a new class to start. Registration required at 573-4512.Sponsorship Training teaches skillsThe Fleet and Family Support Center is offering Sponsorship Training to all Command Representatives. This training will cover topics to include let ter writing, transportation, tem porary lodging, orientation to installation and explanation of command mission. The work shop is scheduled at the Fleet and Family Support Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 25. Registration is recommended, as class is limited to 20 seats. For more informa tion call 573-4513.Fleet and Family offers classes on siteThe Fleet and Family Support Center will take most of its regular workshops on the road if a unit can furnish a conference room or classroom and guarantee a minimum of five participants. Additionally, personnel will tailor presentations to cover a units General Military Training requirements when those requirements deal with human resources and social issues. Counselors also can create a presentation in response to a units area of special concerns. Personnel are available to participate within areas of expertise in the indoctrination of newly assigned personnel and family members of active duty personnel. Veterans Affairs rep visits Kings BayA Department of Veterans Affairs representative for Kings Bay is in the office from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are required. Service members wishing to par ticipate in the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program should be within 60 to 180 days of discharge or retirement and be available for an exam by the VA. To set up an appointment, call Katherine Fernandez at 573-4506. Fleet & Family Support Center workshops THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 11


Navy College information Two Sailors assigned to Southeast Regional Maintenance Center were awarded medals June 25. Navy Diver 1st Class John T. Hanson and Navy Diver 2nd Class Robert S. Klingaman, were awarded Bronze Star Medals in Jacksonville, Fla. e medals were awarded for meritorious service in connection with a highly sensitive special operation critical to the national defense while the Sailors were attached to Naval Special Warfare Group 3. I love serving my country and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences Ive had in the Navy. To be recognized for my small contribution is greatly appreciated, Hanson said. Commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Command Rear Adm. David J. Gale presented the awards. e Bronze Star Medal is the tenth highest U.S. military award in order of precedence. To merit it, the acts or services must be performed in a manner signicantly above that nor mally expected, and sucient to dis tinguish the individual above those performing similar acts or services.SE Region Sailors earn Bronze Stars Autonomous tech studied A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the warghter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, ocials said. Autonomous systems are capable of functioning with little or no human in put or supervision. e seven projects are not looking at autonomous weapons systems, but rather are investigating autonomous systems for potential capabilities such as sensing and coordination among systems e program for the initiatives is estimated to cost about $45 million in a three-year period, which is not considered to be a lot of money for a government research program. When the pilot initiatives are completed, DOD will have the intellectual property to generate a prototype or to provide to industry to pro duce the systems. e seven initiatives are: Exploiting Priming Effects in Autonomous Cognitive Systems : Develops machine per ception that is relatable to the way a human perceives an environment. (Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Army Research Laboratory) Autonomous Squad Member: Integrates machine semantic under standing, reasoning and understanding, percep tion into a ground robotic system. (Army Research Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence) Autonomy for Adaptive Collaborative Sensing: Develops intelligent intel ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability for sensing platforms to have capability to nd and track targets. (Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory; Naval Research Laboratory) Realizing Autonomy via Intelligent Adaptive Hybrid Control: Develops exible unmanned aerial vehicle operator interface, enabling the operator to call a play or manually control the system. (Air Force Research Laboratory, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory) Autonomy for Air Combat Missions, Mixed Human/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Teams: Develops goal-directed reasoning, machine learning and operator interac tion techniques to enable management of multiple team UAVs. (Air Force Research Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Air Warfare Center, Army Research Laboratory) A Privileged Sensing Network-Revolutionizing Human-Autonomy Integration: Develops integrated human sensing capa bility to enable the humanmachine team. (Army Research Laboratory, Army Tank Automotive Research Center, Air Force Research Laboratory) Autonomous Collective Defeat of Hard and Deeply Buried Targets: Develops small UAV teaming algo rithms to enable systems to autonomously search a cave. (Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, Defense reat Reduction Agency) 12 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013


Corps remembers Korea Sixty-three years ago, June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea. Two days later on June 27, 1950, the United Nations adopted a resolution recommending its members provide assistance to the Republic of Korea to repel the armed attack and restore peace and security to the area. e U.S. and 20 other Allied nations responded by providing troops and other military support during the three years of brutal ghting in Korea. e Korean War was fought to stem the tide of Communism on the Korean Peninsula and preserve the freedom of a sovereign nation, said Col. David J. Clark, the director of the Department of Defense 60th anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. When the North invaded the South in June of 1950, the liberty and freedom of the Republic of Korea was at stake which prompted the United States and other Allied Nations to rush to Korea to turn back the invasion. More than 33,000 U.S. ser vice members were killed in action while ghting in the Korean War and there are approximately 7,900 U.S. military service members that continue to be listed as missing in action. Some estimates show that there were up to 2 million casualties during the Korean War with most of those civilians. e cost of maintaining freedom on the Korean Peninsula was staggering in terms of human life, but because of the sacrices made by U.S. military service members and our Allies, 43 million people now live in peace and prosperity in the Republic of Korea, Clark said Clark said the Korean War introduced new advances in medical practices and advances in technology including the use of helicopters and jet ghter planes. He said one of the most important changes that occurred during the War was the integration of the military services which ended decades of segregated units in the U.S. armed services. On July 27, the 60th anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice which ended ghting in Korea will be commemorated and thousands of Korean War veterans will be honored for their service and sacrice at a special program hosted by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other senior government ocials. e program will be held at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. For more information about the July 27 event, the new Korean War Exhibit at the Pentagon, and to hear Korean War Veterans oral histories, go to As the summer sun sets over Washington, D.C., the sky turns a spectacular golden hue as members of Coast Guard Station Washington head out for another mission. From ensuring public safety and security on the water along the countrys most iconic landmarks to multi-agency national security and law enforcement missions, a typical day at Station Washington is anything but typical. While Washington is a seasonal boating area, the commanding ocer of the station, Lt. Celina Ladyga, says the crew stays busy all year with operations and special national security events like the presidential inauguration and State of the Union address. Its really quite a wide breadth of Coast Guard missions that we do here, said Ladyga. Station Washington was established after Sept. 11, she said, and its primary responsibility is homeland security. We do a heavy amount of protection of maritime critical infrastructure, but we also do all of the traditional Coast Guard missions, such as search and rescue and public boater outreach, she said. Station members were active in National Safe Boating Week in May, meeting with local boaters and reminding them of the important tips for staying safe on the water, including always wearing a life vest, ling a oat plan and having emergency communication devices. During another weekend, Station Washington crews conducted patrols for Operation Dry Water, a national crackdown on boaters operating vessels under the inuence. National Safe Boating Week and Operation Dry Water are both multi-agen cy eorts aimed at keeping the American public safe on the water. Ladyga said maintaining relationships with local, state and federal partners is important, especially with overlapping jurisdictions overlap or complex cases. e multi-agency connection and partnerships are very critical in this area, she said. Ultimately everybody has the same goal to ensure the safety and security of the American public. Ladyga also shared advice for boaters who are heading out on the Potomac River and other waterways around our nations capital. She said boaters need to have the proper safety equipment, should keep an eye out for anything suspicious and have the necessary contact information for authorities should they observe anything unusual. Knowing who to call and how to make that report is a critical piece because its really all of our responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the waterway, said Ladyga. Chief Petty Ocer Jasen Hollopeter runs the stations day-to-day operations, including scheduling harbor patrols and security and safety zones to keep the public safe. Conveniently located in Washington, the station is a popular stop for leaders from other military branches or members of Congress who want to see Coast Guard operations rsthand, said Hollopeter. ats the unique thing about where we are, he said. You have all these oth er branches of service and members of Congress who may not be familiar with Coast Guard operations, so we are their rst impression of the Coast Guard. Being in Washington also gives crewmembers unique opportunities, such as Petty Ocer 1st Class Benjamin Atkins reenlistment. I just re-enlisted at the National Archieves. I was able to re-enlist right in front of the U.S. Constitution, he said proudly, noting that nowhere else would he of had such a magnicent opportunity. It was great. At Station Washington for about a year, Seaman Alexander Smith works on everything as a non-rate, including general maintenance, elding phone calls, working on qualications and getting underway. Ive enjoyed my time at Station Washington. I love it, Smith said. On guard in Washington THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 13


14 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, July 25, 2013 President Barack Obama recently unveiled a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize the understanding of the human brain. As part of this initiative, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intends to invest roughly $50 million in 2014 with the goal of understanding the dynamic functions of the brain and demonstrating breakthrough applications based on these insights. e Presidents initiative reinforces the signicance of understanding how the brain records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves vast quantities of information, explained DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar. is kind of knowledge of brain function could inspire the design of a new generation of information processing systems; lead to insights into brain injury and recovery mechanisms; and enable new diagnostics, therapies and devices to repair traumatic injury. DARPA plans to explore two key areas to elicit further understanding of the brain. New tools are needed to measure and analyze elec trical signals and the biomolecular dynamics underpinning brain function. Researchers will also explore, abstract and model the vast spectrum of brain functions by examining its incredible complexity. Like all potentially powerful new technologies, this research can lead to soci etal questions about its use. DARPA plans to engage a broad set of experts to explore these issues. DARPAs planned investment includes new programs to address the areas outlined and ongoing eorts designed to advance fundamental understanding of the brains dynamics to drive applications (Revolutionizing Prosthetics, Restorative Encoding Memory Integration Neural Device. Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery, Enabling Stress Resistance), manufacture sensing systems for neuroscience applications (Reliavle Neutral Interface Technology, Blast Gauge) and analyze large data sets (Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals). In early March 1968, the Soviet ballistic submarine K-129 was en route to the so-called Hawaiian Station, a holding position in the North Pacic beyond missile range of the submarines assigned targets on the island of Oahu. On March 11, two of her R-21 (NATO SS-N-4 Serb) missiles apparently ignited accidentally, sinking the sub with the loss of all 98 men on board. When K-129 failed to report as scheduled, the Soviet Navy launched a massive air, surface, and undersea search in the North Pacic. However, all they had to go on was the orders the missing sub had been given. ey were unaware of what had happened to her and had only a vague idea where to look. In the vast expanse of the Pacic Ocean, their search turned up nothing. Unbeknownst to the Soviets, U.S. remote sensing capability not only detected K-129s loss but managed to locate where she went down. e wreck lay at approximately 16,500 feet, far deeper than any existing U.S. salvage capability. However, the prospect of acquiring the one R-21 missile and warhead that appeared to remain intact, and perhaps even some cryptologic material, led the U.S. intelligence community to undertake a highly innovative eort to salvage the forward 130 feet of the submarine. e roughly 100-foot after section, with the engineering spaces and after torpedo room, had broken o and lay about 100 yards away. e Central Intelligence Agency organized and directed the eort. After intensive discussions about how to raise almost 2,000 tons from such depth without tipping o Soviet surveillance, it was decided to 1, employ oil-drilling technology, with a pipe-string lowering a massive capture vehicle, or claw, to grasp and lift the wreck, and 2, to use a cover story that eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes was attempting to harvest manganese nodules from the seaoor. Ironically, and as expected, the name Hughes immediately attracted world-wide attention! e project code-named Azorian, with the general compartment name Jennifer to hide the specic operation, called for a massive salvage ship. It was designed by the rm Global Marine and its subsid iaries and built by the Sun Ship building and Dry Dock Company in Chester, Penn. Sun was known for innovation, having built some of the rst supertankers and rollon/roll-o vehicle cargo ships constructed in the United States and converted the large tanker Manhattan for her two pioneer ing ice-breaking voyages through the Northwest Passage. Sun began to build the new ship in May 1971. e design cen tered on a massive, fully enclosed internal docking well, called the moon pool, with closable gates across the bottom of the well. is prevented the ship from having a traditional keel a main centerline structural member running along the bottom. e ship, which employed technology developed for seaoor oil drilling, certainly appeared to be a deep ocean mining platform. Like a deep-water oil rig, she would take pipe sections stowed on deck and attach them to the top of a drill string. But instead of lowering a drill head, the drill string was supposedly intended to lower and raise a mining machine that would vacuum up manganese nodules from the ocean oor. e ships actual mission pushed the technical state of the art in many ways. She would have to remain at a xed position above the 3-mile pipe string despite the strong dynamic forces at work in the North Pacic, even in summer. e capture vehicle was to be suspended at the end of a pipestring weighed 2,000 tons. e combined weight of the vehicle and the sub section would be almost 4,000 tons, and the pipe string would weigh about the same. e entire mechanism would have to align perfectly to enter the bottom of the moon pool. And, of course, the recovery had to be unobservable by Soviet surveillance. In addition to the moon pool, the ships most striking engineering features were: A dynamic positioning system with bow and stern thrusters to maintain station in a seaway. A massive gimbaled platform to isolate the suspended load from the ships dynamic pitch and roll. A hydraulic/pneumatic heave compensation system to prevent the ships heave (vertical motion) from dynamically aecting the suspended load. An extremely powerful hydraulic hoisting system to lower and raise the load. Pipe-handling gear to convey pipe sections to and from the heavy-lift system. A docking system enabling the loaded capture vehicle to mate with the ship in a dynamic seaway. Some of these features had previously been incorporated in drill ships, but never on a scale so large. For example, the outer ring of the gimbaled platform was 40-by-40 feet, with four gimbal bearings of unique size and design, each with a capacity of 5,000 tons, to support a total weight of up to 20,000 tons. Similarly, the heave compensation system essentially a giant spring required two massive, hydraulic rams to mitigate the eect of heave on the suspended pipe-string. e system could raise and lower the pipe at a constant speed of 18 feet per minute, although in the actual operation it would operate more slowly. Sixty-foot lengths of pipe totaling 17,000 feet and about 4,250 tons were stowed on board. e pipe-handling system could move them easily and continuously to the hoisting system or back to stowage, day or night, in almost any weather. e docking system for the capture vehicle was also highly innovative. To stabilize the 4,000-ton load suspended from a single point, the pipe-string, in a dynamic seaway and hoist it into the narrow connes of the moon pool, it had two semirigid structural arms or docking legs that could be lowered beneath the hull, at either end of the docking well. ese engaged massive pins at both ends of the capture vehicle and guided it up and into the center well. During docking and undocking, the 200-foot docking legs could tilt up to seven degrees fore and aft, facilitating recovery in a seaway. When not in use these docking legs retracted vertically and protruded up through the main deck, fore and aft of the pipe-hoisting system. e mission required a huge ship, 618 feet 8 inches long, with a beam of 115 feet 8-1/2 inches. e moon pool, sized to accommodate the capture vehicle carrying the approximately 130foot forward section of K-129, was 199 feet long and 74 feet wide, with a minimum vertical clearance of 65 feet. Each of the two motor-driven doors or gates that slid along tracks to close the bottom was 9 feet thick, 80 feet wide, and some 80 feet long. Air pumped into the gates compressed a hard rubber seal to make the bottom watertight so the moon pool could be pumped dry. Internally the ship had all the comforts of a modern merchant ship and more. It accommodated 178 people, with single staterooms for senior ship and CIA ocers, two-man staterooms for most of the crew, and fourman staterooms for the technical sta and others. In the modern kitchen and dining facilities, galley sta served up excellent food, and plenty of it. e ship was launched at the Sun shipyard on Nov. 4, 1972, with Mrs. James R. Lesch, wife of the senior vice president of Hughes Tool Co., formally christening her the Hughes Glomar Explorer. She went to sea on builders trials on April 12, 1973. After some additional work to complete her, she sailed to deep water some 80 nautical miles northwest of Bermuda to test the automated station-keeping system and pipe-handling system. Most of the three miles of pipe would not be loaded aboard until she reached her homeport of Long Beach, Calif. At this stage, the Hughes Glomar Explorer was still a white ship, with no classied equipment or material on board. Visitors saw only the unique and unusual features of the worlds rst large, seaoor mining ship. e stated purpose of the massive moon pool was to carry and deploy the giant vacuum cleaner machine that would sweep up manganese nodules from the seaoor. After a visit to Bermuda, the ship set sail for the Pacic and her rendezvous with the wreckage of the K-129. ere, in early August 1973, the Hughes Glomar Explorer, with Soviet intelligence ships hovering close by the suspicious mining operation, successfully salvaged a part of the Soviet missile submarine, albeit losing a large part of the target object in the process. Giant ship built to li sunken Soviet sub DARPA to research brain


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