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.)
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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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Dr. Barges back-toschool message talks to education changesEditors note: e following is a back-to-school message by state School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and is appearing in e Periscope at the request of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay School Liasion Ocer Clainetta Jeerson.e back-to-school season has arrived for families and teachers in Georgia. Most schools have already started classes, while a few others are holding in-service days and new student orientations in preparation for the rst day of school. Its an exciting time that makes me think back to my rst days as a new teacher when the school building hummed with the anticipation of the coming year and the possibilities it held. We have a lot of exciting changes coming this year for Georgia students. For the rst time ever, all entering high school freshmen will choose from 17 Career Clusters that link rigorous academic learning with the skills required for postsecondary success no matter what they choose to do after graduation. We also will oer career awareness for our elementary students, career exploration for our middle school students and career development for our high school students so they are ready to choose a Cluster when they reach their freshman year. e Clusters were identied by leaders from business, industry, government and education across the state as critical to the economy of Georgia. e Clusters are agriculture, food & natural resources, architecture & construction, arts, audio/video technology & communications, business management & administration, education & training energy systems, nance government & public administration, health science, hospitality & tourism, human services, information technology, law, public safety, corrections & security, manufacturing, marketing, transportation, distribution & logistics, science, technology, engineering & mathematics. Each pathway will include rigorous content, industry credentialing and transitioning into post-secondary education. For example, we recently announced a partnership with Microsoft to oer IT Academies at high schools throughout the state that gives students access to coursework leading to industry credentials in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other programs. ese credentials can lead directly to work after high school or can translate into the advanced skills needed to excel in college. rough Career Pathways, students will once again nd relevance in the classroom as we help them pursue their passions. Parents will notice their children have a sense of direction, focus and eagerness to attend school. Up Periscope Our panel of experts predicts the Super Bowl Page 9 CPO Golf Kings Bay show skills at Trident Lakes Page 5 TTF work Chiefs and Selects help museum Page 4 Check us out Online! Region has new skipper State school super addresses key issues Parking tickets comingDrivers warned to stay on pavement at Fitness Center Is it worth it? Remember when you were a child and one of your parents or another adult would tell you not to do something because you might get hurt? When they said, Dont touch that. It will burn you, what did you do? You reached out and touched it anyway. And, low and behold, they were right. You got hurt. We ran an article in the May 23 Periscope reminding drivers not to park in the grass or risk the chance of being ticketed. Unfortunately those words are worth repeating. Beginning Sept. 16 anybody parking in the grass with the exception of for Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored events, such as runs, picnics or concerts for example, or for access to shing and hunting sites, will be ticketed. Early morning patrons to the Fitness Center are the biggest offenders. ere is plenty of parking at the Commissary and Navy Exchange. Additional parking can be found behind the softball elds. at parking ticket could get your base driving privileges suspended for 30 days. Motorcycle riders now will be included in Securitys random vehicle inspections. Riders will be checked for proper Personal Protective Equipment and active-duty riders will be required to show a motorcycle safety completion Four-day tournament will decide 9-member team for Armed Forces nalse All Navy Golf trials begin this weekend at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bays Trident Lakes Golf Course. Nineteen men and four women will compete in a four-round, 72-hole tournament starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. After Tuesdays nal round, the top six men and three women will advance to play in the Armed Forces Championships Sept. 12 through 19 at e Legends at Paris Island, S.C., Golf Course. e competitors the number of which may change by the start of the tournament all should be on board Kings Bay for ursday and Friday practice and camp instruction sessions. Two, MASN James Bowman and MA3 Curtis Smithers, are stationed at Kings Bay as Master-At-Arms petty ocers with the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion. Bow man said both he and Smithers hope to make the All Navy Team. Smith ers and I play the base course about three times a week, he said. We want a course thats in good condition and an appropriate challenge. Thats why for the second time in three years were at Kings Bay. Bill Goose Mungia All Navy Golf program manager Southeast Change of Command Aug. 29 at NAS JacksonvilleCommander, Navy Region Southeast held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Aug. 29. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Rick Williamson relieved Rear Adm. John C. Jack Scorby, Jr., as the regions commander. I can now attest rst hand that the flawless reputation this region enjoys around the eet is extremely well deserved, Williamson said. I am amazed not only at the quality of programs at our installations, but also the sheer mag nitude of Sailors and fami lies you The personal award I got today belongs to all of you ... Rear Adm. John Scorby Jr. Former Commander, Southeast Region


2 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 e use of dietary supplements has skyrocketed in recent years in an attempt to nd a quick x for ailments or to lose a little extra weight. e Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports more than one-half of U.S. adults consume one or more dietary supplements daily. A dietary supplement is dened as a product taken by mouth that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet. When searching for supplements, consumers need to be aware that, unlike prescription medications, dietary supplements are not reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration based on their safety and eectiveness; however FDA does regulate product labeling. Do to the largely non-existent monitoring of dietary supplements; manufacturers are able to advertise supplements without research evidence, rendering it unclear if the supplement works or if the suggested potency is safe for consumption. Supplements can do more harm than good, so it is vital for consumers to know what the body is decient in, or if the supplements could interact with medications currently being taken. Always consult a health care provider when considering dietary supplements. Ingredients that consumers should be aware of on supplement labels are bitter orange, aconite, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia and yohimbe. ese ingredients have been linked to serious adverse eects hazardous change in blood pressure, serious liver injury, kidney failure, heart attack and strokethrough clinical research or case studies. Although the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, there are organizations that strive to make formulas of supplements as safe as possible. e U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention is an organization that helps dietary supplement manufacturers have certain standards and guidelines when mass producing their products. Consumers should look for the USP brand on dietary supplement packaging, to ensure it has been formulated without any potential harmful substances. e Oce of Dietary Supplements has released a mobile application, My Dietary Supplements, to assist consumers with purchasing supplements. e application allows individuals to search and record consumption of various vitamins, minerals, herbs and other manufactured goods. It also provides access to sciencebased dietary supplement facts and general information about ODS. MyDS can be downloaded from in English or Spanish, and is compatible with most mobile phone devices. MyDS also will work on desktop or laptop computers. For additional information about dietary supplements, contact your primary care manager. For dietary supplement fact sheets, visit and enter dietary supplement fact sheets in the search bar. For additional information on USP, visit its Web site Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient population about 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families more than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager at one of its facilities. To nd out more about NBHC Kings Bay, visit the command website at When it comes to re safety, information abounds. But as busy parents, its often hard to nd the time to wade through the information and gure out what you need to do to keep your family safer. Here are ve simple things that you can do today to help protect your family from re. Do a Smoke Alarm Audit Do an audit of your homes smoke alarms. If you dont have UL listed smoke alarms, make a plan to install them on each level of the home, especially near sleeping areas. Check placement. Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be located on a ceiling or high on a wall. Alarms mounted on the ceiling should be at least 4 inches away from the nearest wall and those mounted on the walls should be 4 to 12 inches down from the ceiling. Test your alarms and be sure that they can be heard in bedrooms even when the doors are closed. Make sure that your kids know what the alarms sound like. Replace alarms that are 10 years old. Tip: Change the batteries if needed, some batteries are 10 year whenever you change the clocks for daylight savings time. Make Extinguisher Handy Be sure that you have at least one or more UL listed re extinguisher in your home. An ABC type extinguisher is a good all-purpose choice for re in the home. Check the gage located on the extinguisher to see if it needs to be replaced or recharged. Also be sure that the re extinguisher is in an easily accessible location. Remember that re extinguishers are not designed to ght large or spreading res. Your No. 1 priority is to have an escape plan and to get out safely. If the re is small and contained and the room is not lled with smoke, get everyone out and call the re department, then you may use re extinguisher to control the re. Tip: Read the directions and familiarize yourself with the use of your extinguisher now, before you are in the midst of an actual emergency. Tip 2: Contact NSB Kings Bay Fire Prevention 573-9998 for hands-on re extinguisher training, during normal duty hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Talk Fire Prevention with Your Kids Talk to your kids about how they can prevent res. Children under age ve are especially curious about re and need to start learning about the tremendous danger. Take the mystery out of re and make sure that your kids know the following safety tips: 1, Never play with matches, lighter or candles. 2, Never play with electrical cords and never put anything in an electrical socket. 3, Never throw blankets or clothes on top of lamps or lamp shades. 4, If your clothes catch on re, stop, drop and roll. Tip: Check under beds and in closets for burned matches or candles. Kids often choose secret places to play with matches and re. Even good kids are curious, teach your kids to always tell you when they nd matches and or lighters. Look at Your Home From Your Childs Perspective ink about how your child sees potential re hazards in your home by getting down on your hands and knees with them and taking a look around. See any dangling cords that could cause a problem if pulled? Enticing heaters or other appliances? Make adjustment to your home according to what you nd. Tip: Make your oor-tour a game with your kids. Have them point out things they see by playing eye-spy. Youll be surprised by what catches their attention. Avoid Overloading Electrical Sockets and Cords Do a walkthrough of your home. If you see sockets with too many cords plugged in or even too many extension cords around the house, it may be time to have extra outlet installed by a professional. Always pay attention to the acceptable wattage for cords and lamps. Also look for extension cords that are tacked up or run under rugs as these can be real re hazard for kids and adults. Tip: e den and the nursery are particularly susceptible to overloaded outlets. Never plug something in unsafely just this once or until I get another power strip tomorrow. Power strips, as they are most commonly referred to, Surge/Spike Protectors or Portable Outlets, typically consist of several components, such as multiple electrical receptacles, on/o power switch, circuit breaker, and a grounded exible power cord. One nationally recognized testing laboratory, Underwriters Laboratories refers to power strips as Relocatable Power Taps and, in its General Information for Electrical Equipment Directory sometimes called the UL white book or UL Directory describes RPTs as re-locatable multiple outlet extensions of a branch circuit to supply laboratory equipment, home workshops, home movie lighting controls, musical instrumentation, and to provide outlet receptacles for computers, audio and video equipment and other equipment. Installation and use, requires that Listed or labeled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling. Manufacturers and nationally recognized testing laboratories determine the proper uses for power strips. For example, the UL Directory contains instructions that require UL-listed RPTs to be directly connected to a permanently installed branch circuit receptacle; they are not to be series-connected to other RPTs or connected to extension cords. UL also species that RPTs are not intended for use at construction sites and similar locations. Power strips are designed for use with a number of low-powered loads, such as computers, peripherals, or audio/video components. Power strips are not designed for high power loads such as space heaters, refrigerators and microwave ovens, which can easily exceed the recommended ampere ratings on many power strips. Remember, if you need further assistance, you can count on your Kings Bay Fire Department Prevention Team to help you. Just call (912) 573-9998, during normal duty hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. THEKINGS BA Y, GEORGIA Local news and views Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. Tofalo NSL guest speaker Sept. 5The next regular quarterly meeting of the Atlantic Southeast Chapter of the Naval Submarine League is 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay CPO Club Goat Locker. Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo will be the guest speaker. Meetings are open to members and non-members of the Naval Submarine League.Lunch will be provided for those who respond in advance to or at (912) 882-8838. Another option for lunch would be to bring your own lunch. Drinks will be available.Offutt speaker at Navy Leaguee Camden-Kings Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States will host James H. Outt, national president of the Navy League, at its next meeting and dinner, starting at 6 p.m., ursday, Sept. 12, at the Magnolia Conference Center on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. e public is invited. All attendees must send advance dinner payment of $25 per person to Cheryl Aston, 103 Hallowes Drive S., St. Marys, GA 31558. e deadline to receive reservations is Monday, Sept. 9. Make checks payable to Camden Kings Bay Navy League. e names of all attendees should be sent in order to coordinate base access. Additional information is on the council Web site at speaker at MOAA Sept. 17Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor is guest speaker at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Military Officers of America Association Kings Bay Chapter. The dinner meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Osprey Coves Morgans Grill, St. Marys Road. Dinner cost is $20. RSVP with Capt. Oreen Crouch USN (Ret.) at (912) 729-2389 or orren.crouch at by Sept. 13.Memorial Run at Trident LakesThe 9-11 Memorial Run We Shall Never Forget, supporting local firefighters, will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 at Trident Lakes Golf Club. For more information, contact Capt. James Todd at (912) 322-6722 or Firefighter Scott Brock at (305) 434-2871.Jax Tri-Base Job Fair Sept. 25The Fleet and Family Support Centers of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville are hosting the bi-annual Tri-Base Job Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25, at the Jacksonville Morocco Shrine Center. The Tri-Base areas reputation for business expansion creates tremendous competition for skilled workers. In Camden County and Jacksonville, employers can acquire skilled, experienced personnel with the latest training in their field. In addition to service members, there are opportunities for military family members, reservists and retirees with skills at the fair. If you have any questions regarding the Tri-base Job Fair, contact The Fleet and Family Support Center at (912) 573-4513.Habitat build poker run Nov. 16The Habitat Ride to Build Poker Run, benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Camden County, will be Nov. 16. The ride begins and ends at VFW of Kingsland. Cost is $20 for rider and one passenger, one poker hand, cookout, music. For more information, contact Haylinder at (912) 552-4563.Student rewards back at NEXIn the Navy Exchanges A-OK Student Reward Program qualied students participate quarterly drawings for monetary awards for college. Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better may enter. To enter, stop by any NEX with a current report card and have a NEX associate verify the minimum grade average. Fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services. Now hear this! Five steps to preventing a house re Kings Bay Fire Dept. Use caution with diet supplements NH Jacksonville card. If youve lost it, contact your command Motorcycle Safety Representative for assistance getting a replacement. You might have seen a Crash Test Dummy at the gate reminding you to wear your seat belt recently. A seat belt ticket will cost you 3 points and earn you a seat in an 8-hour Driver Improvement Class. Be a role model buckle up. It only takes a couple of seconds. Clint Eastwoods famed line in his Dirty Harry movie was, Are you feeling lucky? Is not worth taking that chance.Parking


Trio used CIPP to take break, achieve goals Legalman 2nd Class Nadine Williams always had dreams of becoming a lawyer. Williams enlisted in the Navy in 2004 as a personnel specialist in hopes of providing stability for her six-year-old son. After earning her bachelors degree, she decided she wanted to go to law school, even if that meant going part time while on active duty. ats when she learned about the Navys Career In termission Pilot Program. I knew since I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer and I didnt know how to go to school on active duty, said Williams. I had researched dierent schools to see if I could go part time or something like that and ... enlisted [Sailors], at the time, couldnt go to law school on active duty. CIPP provides Sailors a way to take a break from active duty and transition to the Individual Ready Reserve. e break allows both ocers and enlisted a chance to pursue personal or professional goals that arent feasible on active duty. e program also allows Sailors to retain some active duty benets such as Tricare and commissary and exchange privileges. e Navy is oering this program so that we can compete for the talent thats out there, said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Muller, the former manager of the Navys Career Intermission Pilot Program. eres a war for talent between the Navy, other services and industry, and a sabbatical is the proven option that is oered in the industrial world for retaining talent to allow people to take time o to raise a child, have a child, complete schooling any kind of life goal that they might not be able to complete working full time. For Sailors selected to participate in the program, they must serve two months on active duty in return for every month on intermis sion. So if a Sailor plans to take a 15-month intermis sion they can expect to have to pay the Navy back with at least 30 months of followon service. Cmdr. Valerie Over street was ying high in her career as the com manding ocer of the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron 117. She had about 19 years in the Navy when she decided to take almost a year o. She said the opportunity to sync up her and her pilot husbands duty rotations was what appealed to her the most, but that wasnt the only benet. We were very blessed to be able to get pregnant right as it started, said Overstreet. So I was able to spend three months at home with my child before I got back [to active duty]. Going back on active duty for Overstreet allowed her to resume her normal Navy career. She has been back on active duty for about two years and now serves as the 4th battalion commander for rst-year midshipmen at the Naval Academy. For Williams, the end of her intermission next August will mark the beginning of a whole new chapter in her Navy story. Because she was certain she wanted to work as a Navy Judge Advocate, she was determined to earn a commission in the JAG Corps before she even knew it was possible. I was accepted to law school before I was accepted into the JAG Corps, said Williams. I was really nervous when I applied because I knew I didnt want to go back on to active duty as a legalman with a law degree; I had to be a JAG. Williams was accepted into the JAG community last year, and after she passes the Florida bar exam, she will return to active duty as a lieutenant junior grade. e program was a good t for both Sailors, but not without challenges. Overstreet said one of her concerns about CIPP was potentially losing her edge as a pilot and a naval ocer. I am a pilot, so I didnt want to lose the skills of ying airplanes and just being with my peers, said Overstreet. Not only did Overstreet maintain her edge, she gained a bird. Overstreet was selected for promotion to the rank of captain in April. Im a captain select! I didnt know how taking a year o would play at a command [selection] board because not too many people have done it, said Overstreet. I went back a class and my lineal number went back, but I went and competed and I made it. Williams said that nances posed a signicant challenge for her since participants dont receive the same pay and benets as they do on active duty. You get [one-fteenth of your base pay], which is basically what a reservist would get if they drilled, said Williams. Its like a utility bill. To oset her expenses she works as a yoga in structor and uses the basic allowance for housing she receives from her Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to pay the bills. Law school is stressful, and I got into yoga because I wanted to be able to work out, said Williams. If Im teaching a class, then I have to do it. e money is a lot less, but the perks are great, and you still keep medical and dental [benets]. Sailors looking to partici pate in the program should be nancially prepared. It is a large pay cut you are going to be taking when you go into the program, said Muller. ere are a lot of folks that are doing it [while] using their Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benets and going to school, so the housing allowance can get you through that. Lt. Cmdr. Rich Witt, a Navy SEAL, took time o to pursue his educational goals at Harvard University. CIPP allowed me to temporarily separate from the Navy and attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to earn a [masters degree] in public policy, said Witt. CIPP also allowed me to return to active duty after the one-year sabbatical, and it allowed me to fully use the 9/11 G.I. Bill. An intermission also lends a dierent perspective coming back to a life on active duty. He said the break put him in touch with people and experiences that helped him appreciate his service. is year away from the Navy has given me 100 dierent perspectives, said Witt. As a member of the Harvard Kennedy School, I was exposed to an incredibly diverse environment, which included classmates from over 70 countries, professors who have served in the highest levels of state, local and national governments, and other leaders [who] regularly spoke at the Kennedy School. My classmates included folks [who] have started nonprots, run for president of their country and a Cambodian monk. e Career Intermission Pilot Program could be a good move for any Sailor who needs a break from the demands of a Navy lifestyle while accomplishing a life goal. CIPP oers you an op portunity to select a dier ent path in the Navy that makes sense for you, Witt said. CIPP oers you the exibility you sometimes need in an environment that is often very constrained. Its also an option for people who are looking to bring something more to their service, whether its business experience, family matters, advanced education, or just a deeper appreciation for the privilege to serve. No matter what the reason for needing a hiatus from service, the key for Sailors is to have a plan. Be prepared, save in advance, map out your path and you can be very successful, said Muller. A number of your shipmates have done that. Its clearly doable ... but its not something you can go into blindsided. e program will accept up to 20 ocers and 20 enlisted Sailors each calendar year, while the program is authorized (currently until 2015). Sailors who are interested should see OPNAV Instruction 1330.2B, which outlines specic criteria and application procedures for the program. e [commanding ofcers] endorsement is critical, said Muller. e OPNAV Instruction states COs shall submit an endorsement that addresses the motivation and potential of the applicant ... and provide specific approval or disapproval recommendation. THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 3


4 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 TTF CPO working party Photos courtesy of Trident Training Facility


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 5 CPO Golf Outing Navy photos by MC1 James Kimber


serve throughout the region. Im sure it will be an honor and a privilege to work with each of you over the next couple years. Williamson is a Jacksonville native and a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a bachelors in computer science. He also holds a masters in business administration from the Naval Post Graduate School and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Sta College. Williamson reported to CNRSE from his previous assignment as Commander, Navy Region Midwest. Vice Adm. William D. French, commander, Naval Installations Command, was guest speaker at the ceremony. Rear Adm. Williamson is an outstanding naval ocer with signicant operational experience as a surface warfare ocer, French said during his remarks. I know hes excited to be back home in Jacksonville (Florida) and ready for the great challenges and rewards that this region oers. Scorby, who was awarded the Legion of Merit during the ceremony, had commanded CNRSE since August 2011. Under his leadership, installations throughout the region made signicant reductions in energy costs through an active regional energy council that exceeded the scal year 2013 energy usage reduction goal of 24 percent. He was also instrumental in the Navys pursuit of compatible land-use strategies, which included the Navys installation wind turbine impact analysis study that developed a nationally supported legislative outreach eort and ensured safer air operation areas and mutual coexistence. At the end of the day, its been one team, military and civilian, and you proved it day after day, Scorby said. e personal award that I received today belongs to all of you and I will think of each and every one of you each time I pin it on. Scorby will assume command of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia in October. Marines pride themselves in their role as a force in readiness, a role that demands continuous training and a drive for operational excellence. Marines with Combat Assault Battalion demonstrated their commitment to maintaining their edge as a force in readiness Aug. 12 to 15 during platoon-level military operations in urban terrain and counterinsurgency operations training at Combat Town in the Central Training Area on Okinawa. e Marines are with Weapons Platoon, Company D, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, currently assigned to LAR Company, CAB, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. is is the rst time we have conducted MOUT training in (a counterinsurgency) scenario as a platoon, but I believe we showed that we were capable of accomplishing the mission, said Sta Sgt. Mateo V. Camargo, the platoon sergeant. is gets the Marines prepared for any contingency they could face in a MOUT environment or any potential threats we feel could occur in future operations. Counterinsurgency operations are mission essential during deployments where insurgencies could threaten to erode the stability of the region. At rst, there were a few rocky points we had to (adjust) in our use of operational tactics, causing us to go through the town twice, said Cpl. Ryan A. Gardner, a squad leader with the platoon. e rst run shook the cobwebs o, and when we went through the second time, we did signicantly better. e Marines used special effects small arms marking system rounds to provide them with a training evolution that realistically simulated possible contingency operations. e Marines took turns playing the role of insurgents and civil ians during the training evolu tion to add the nal touch of real ism, according to McCartney. e value of this training is exposing the Marines to challenging environments they could encounter in the future, said 2nd Lt. Charles M. McCartney, the platoon commander. Its good to get the Marines out here and give them a taste of what its like to operate in those environments. Maintaining readiness across the entire spectrum of warfare is especially important to the Okinawa-based Marines because the Asia-Pacic is a com plex operating environment with continuously changing security threats, according to McCartney. e biggest thing is preparation, said McCartney. ese Marines can get called on to do a variety of dierent missions, and many of those missions require operating in an urban environment, so this gives them the necessary exposure to (successfully complete those types of missions). Answer sheet changed e updated enlisted examination answer sheet announced Aug. 5 in naval administrative message 195-13 will be implemented for the E4-E6 Navywide advancement exams, administered starting in Aug. 2013 for Reserve and Active Duty personnel. e new form, NETPDTC 1430/2 (REV 3-2013), is green in color and replaces the red answer sheet which has been in use for more than 10 years. A key change to the new form is the use of the Department of Defense Identication Number. e DOD ID is a unique 10-digit number that is associated with personnel and their common access card. A DOD ID is assigned to each person registered in the Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System. e new green exam answer sheet is part of a larger eort within NEAS (Navy Enlisted Advancement System) to support the Department of Defenses social security number reduction plan, said Cdr. Scott Briquelet, Navy Advancement Center director. We are taking steps to inform all command ESOs of the answer sheet change in advance of the upcoming exam cycles. e NAC ships and processes more than 300,000 examination answer sheets each year. e use of the DOD ID rather than an individual Sailors social security number mitigates exposure of advancement candidates personally identiable information. CACs issued after June 2011 will have the DOD ID number displayed on the back of the card. Sailors with access to an NMCI computer can also get their DOD ID number by looking for the window containing the 10-digit DOD ID number during log in or upon removal of the CAC. e new green answer sheet must be used for all future examination cycles. Command ESOs should destroy any outdated red answer sheets held. Use of a red answer sheet will result in scanning errors and exam discrepancies. NAC also updated the Advancement in Rate or Change of Rating Worksheet (NETPDTC 1430/3 REV 06-13) which is used locally by commands to perform calculations and establish eligibility for enlisted advancement cycles. Advancement information on the form, such as a Sailors performance mark average and individual award points is copied from the cycle worksheet to the examination answer sheet on the day of the exam. e new worksheet also requires the use of the DOD ID. e form can be downloaded on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System Web at neasos. We are also using NEAS Web to help ESOs look up individual advancement candidate DOD IDs to support exam ordering and processing, Briquelet said. Seabee pioneer celebrates 100th e Navy and the state of North Carolina honored one of the original Navy Seabees from World War II, Jerry Smith of Durham, N.C., who celebrated his 100th birthday at the North Carolina Executive Mansion Aug. 27. Rear Adm. Doug Morton, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, presented Smith with a framed congratulatory letter from NAVFAC Commander Rear Admiral Kate Gregory, a Seabee coin, and a Seabee ag that was own at the Pentagon and Navy Memorial, and then draped over the iconic helping hand statute at the Seabee Memorial. It was my honor and distinct pleasure to represent the Seabees and NAVFAC in honoring Jerry on his 100th birthday, Morton said. Seabees past and present take pride in our shared history, heritage and legacy. I know that our Bees stationed around the world will be delighted to know that one of their own, one of the original Seabees, has reached this important milestone. Also honoring Smith at the Governors mansion was North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Cmdr. Ron Ross, commanding ocer of Navy Recruiting District Raleigh, Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, and representatives from various veterans organizations. Smith is a plank owner in the First Naval Construction Battalion, which was commissioned March 15, 1942. He served in the Navy from January 1942 to September 1945. A Navy plank owner is an individual who was a member of the crew when the ship or command was placed in commission. World War II Seabees have a storied history. Convinced that war was coming, the Navy realized that ghting in theaters halfway around the world would present new challenges in logistics and would require a vast infrastructure. Beginning in 1940, the Navy began a program of building bases on farung Pacic islands using civilian contractors. When the United States ocially entered the war, the use of civilian labor had to stop. Under international law, civilians were not permitted to resist enemy military attack. If they did, they could be executed as guerrillas. e need then for a militarized Naval Construction Force to build advance bases in a war zone became self-evident. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Father of the Seabees, was determined to activate, organize, and man Navy construction units. On Jan. 5, 1942, he gained authority to recruit men from the construction trades for assignment into a Naval Construction Regiment composed of three Naval Construction Battalions. is is the actual beginning of the renowned Seabees, who obtained their designation from the initial letters of Construction Battalion. Admiral Moreell personally furnished them with their ocial motto: Construimus, Batuimus We Build, We Fight. Combat Town trains Marines for urban conict Region 6 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013


Swing into a great deal at Trident Lakes Golf Club. From now through Sept. 30, Trident Lakes is oering a great round of golf for $20 per round, per person, week days, and $25 per round, per per son on weekends and holidays. is oer is valid for all custom ers. Trident Lakes is open to the public. Call to get your favorite tee time at (912) 573-8475. NFL Sunday Kick-Off is coming Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be offering it in The Big EZ Sports Zone. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with first game kickoff at 1 p.m. Snacks, door prizes and trivia games will be offered throughout event, with a $5 buffet starting at 6 p.m., which will include variety of bratwurst, knockwurst, cheddarwurst with side options and fixings. Call The Big EZ for more details and game schedules at (912) 573-4564. Steak Night KB Finnegans Irish Pub is hosting a Steak Night 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 with live entertainment by Pepper & the Shakers, plus drink specials, door prizes and best of all rib eye steaks grilled your way. Cost per plate is $15 wich includes a 9-ounce steak, baked potato, other sides and fixings. For more information, call (912) 573-9492. Movie Under the Stars The fall is here and so are Movies Under the Stars! At dusk, about 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at Youth Center ballfields with free admission will be Monsters University (PG). Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Mark your calendar for Octobers movie on Oct. 19, Epic For more information about the movie call, (912) 573-4564 MWR is stretching your dollars Every Friday continu ing through Sept. 27, Outdoor Adventures has free Kayak Rentals. Pick it up on Friday and return it Monday by noon. Every day is a free day at the Big EZ. ey show free kids weekend movies at 1 p.m. with all other movies available for 18 years and up the rest of the time its open. Free billiard tables, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong and more every day for patrons, 18 years and up. For more details, contact (912) 5734564 for more details. Shiver Me Timbers Bowling Night at Rack-N-Roll Lanes Its 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Extreme Bowling will end at 8:30 p.m. is event is for adults, 18 years and older. Cost is $30 per person and includes all-u-can bowl, shoes, music/ karaoke, extreme lights, drink specials including pirates punch, a costume contest, prizes and snacks. Designated driver sodas complimentary. Rack-N-Roll Lanes & KB Finnegans would like you to have fun, but remem ber to drink responsibly. Must pre-register by Sept. 13. Call (912) 573-9492 for more details. Magnolias of Kings Bay Beautiful and spacious rooms are available to make your next event perfect. Its never too early to plan your event, wedding or holiday party. Stop by and check it out. Someone always is ready to assist you with your special occasion. Book with them before Sept. 30 and receive $50 o your room rental by mention ing Magnolias 50 o. Contact Magnolias at (912) 573-4559. 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. Free movies for kids Septembers free movies for kids are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. with Megamind Sept. 7 and 8, The Croods Sept. 14 and 15, Monsters Inc. Sept. 21 and 22 and Monsters University Sept 28 and 29. Youths under 18 years of age must be accom panied 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 avail able for open viewing. For the latest information, call (912) 573-4548. 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 Trident Lakes oers golf deal Liberty call MWR Sports We also change it up and play Laurel Island Links out in town. Bowman said he didnt feel it was a big advantage to being stationed on base with the course hosting the trials. When you walk on to the rst tee, you have in your mind just a straight drive, a simple approach shot and an easy putt for birdie, he said. In your head that is how most holes are. en you hit that one bad tee shot or bad approach shot, and youre in all kinds of trouble because there are hazards left and right on most of the holes. All Navy Golf program manager Bill Goose Munguia handles the team, doing everything from coaching to acting as team representative in the Armed Forces tourney. Mungia said the trials have returned to Kings Bay for the second time in three years because the Trident Lakes course is an appropriate challenge and in good condition. He said the eld has some good, experienced candidates and singled out two. (Lt. j.g) Charles Lyons has qualied at the Navy camp to represent the Navy four dierent times, he said. Hes stationed in Bahrain, but will be coming to Kings Bay for the camp. Nicole Johnson is a lieutenant, who is a ghter pilot and instructor at LeMoore in California. She has had a sterling amateur career and was a collegian at Baylor. Shes won the Armed Forces Championship. ey both really work on their game. Johnson pilots an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Naval Air Station LaMoore. Her father, Nick, also was a pilot and an avid golfer who tried to interest her in golf at an early age. Nicks mother, Lae Johnson, had been a top amateur player in North Carolina and got her son interested in the game. But as a youngster, like her mother, Barbara, Nicole took a more casual approach to golf. I had clubs and was always around it. I played in some junior events, she said. When I got to high school, dad said, just give it [the golf team] a try, and if you dont like it I will never bug you again. We had a good high school program, with a good coach, and we nished third in the state my freshman year. Johnson was hooked on golf. Im pretty competitive, she said. Im coming o shoulder surgery in March, so going a good three or four days may make me pretty sore, but Im going to give it a shot. Designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA, Trident Lakes opened in 1990. e 6,648yard, par 36-36-72 course has a slope rating of 125 and a 70.9 USGA rating. Trident Lakes PGA golf pro Kevin Doetch said with recent rains, the course is greened up and ready to go. Its in fantastic shape, Doetch said. e rough is good at about 2-and-a-half inches, the fairways are about half an inch and the greens are rolling about 10 on a Stimpmeter. Everything looks beautiful. Mungia said the course, as well as the people here, are why the All Navy trials are back. Your professional, Kevin Doetch, is really a great host, Mungia said. And MWRs Bob Spinnenweber really rolls out the red carpet. ey treat us really well. ats why we wanted to come back here. Spinnenweber, Morale, Welfare and Recreations director, said it was a pleasure to have the All Navy trials return. We like to showcase our good products, he said. is is our opportunity to show what we oer our customers every day. Doetch said this is a great opportunity to show support for the Navys athletes. Spectators are welcome. We had a good crowd of them two years ago, he said. After Saturdays 8:30 a.m. tee o, rounds will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. MC3 Ashley Hedrick contributed to this news story. Im pretty competitive ... Im going to give it my best shot. Lt. Nicole Johnson All Navy Golf Golf THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 7


DOD tries to protect MWR amid budget cuts Committed to preserving quality-of-life oerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation ocials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs. Military tness centers, swimming pools, lodging facilities and outdoor recreation oces might sound to some like a footnote among competing budget requirements. But Ed Miles, DODs MWR policy director, and his counterparts across the military services see a close connection to military readiness. We have a direct impact on the readiness and retention and resilience of the troops and their families, Miles told American Forces Press Service. When you have a healthy and t force, it has absolute national security implications in terms of stress reduction, physical and emotional health and esprit de corps. Congress has long agreed, authorizing funds since 1989 to cover 85 percent of programs with the most direct link to readiness: tness centers, community centers and library programs, among them, Miles explained. Amenities such as artsand-crafts centers, outdoor recreation centers and youth programs that are less directly tied to readiness receive a lower autho rization of 65 percent. Meanwhile, nice-tohave oerings such as military golf courses, bowling alleys, campgrounds, food and beverage services and similar services generally must be self-supporting, with user fees covering all costs and overhead. A variety of factors has thrown this formula o kilter, Miles said. With increased privatization, almost three-quarters of military families now live o installations and tap services and programs in their communities. Many, like their civilian neighbors, have fewer spare dollars to spend on recreation. And with sequestration putting a big dent in already-reduced MWR budgets, the military services nd themselves struggling to provide quality-of-life programs and services to their members. It all converges after 11 years of war at a time when safe, aordable options for military members and their families to blow o steam are more important than ever, said Bob Vogt, the Armys division chief for soldier and community recreation. If we didnt have the programs oered on an installation for a soldier or his family, they would have to go nd a release somewhere else, he said. We have a safe, controlled environment on our instal lations, and we can oer a reduced fee for a lot of programs to help them release some of that pent-up stress and frustration. So our goal is to try not to reduce or eliminate any services and to try to maintain the current level of services, Vogt said. In some cases, that has required the Army to borrow from nonappropriated-fund activities to keep tness centers and other appropriated activities running. But we can only do that for so long, because it puts our funding under a lot of strain, Vogt said. Over the short term, it allows you to maintain your services. But if you start diverting funds from selfsustaining activities for an extended period of time, you lose your ability to recapitalize. When the roof on the club collapses or the freezer blows up, you dont have the funds you need to recapitalize. Across the services, ofcials are looking at other ways to keep MWR programs viable. eyre beginning to scale back operating hours at tness centers to the Defense Departmentmandated 90 hours per week. Patrons increasingly nd themselves being asked to pay nominal fees for aerobics and other tness classes taught by paid staers. Library hours at many installations have been reduced to 40 hours a week. Most bases now operate just one pool to reduce lifeguard salaries and other overhead costs. Outdoor Recreation Centers are considering charging rental fees for skis and other equipment, rather than the smaller maintenance fee charged in the past. Concerts and other special entertainment have been scaled back or cancelled altogether. Volunteers, long the backbone of many MWR services and programs, are putting in more time in tness centers, family support centers and libraries as well as on intramural elds to cover personnel shortfalls. It would be a lot tougher for our sta to deliver the quantity and quality of programs they do without those volunteers, Miles said. And with sequestration, we nd that we are depending on them more than ever. Without our volunteers, we would be in a world of hurt. e decisions to reduce or eliminate services have been tough, Vogt acknowledged. With sequestration and the loss of appropriated fund support to continue many of our programs, we are going to have to increase user fees, reduce hours or possibly eliminate services, he said. But we are doing everything in our power not to let that happen. As decisions are made, the emphasis remains on readiness, ocials emphasized. e Navy, for example, has put tness, libraries and the Liberty Program that serves single sailors at the top of its list, reported Lorraine Seidel, Navy recreation program manager. ose programs are pretty important to have, she said. So by curtailing other programs somewhat, but not down to the bone, we are allowing some exibility to retain those things that we really need to have on the base. Based on extensive surveys, the Air Force identied tness, appropriated-fund dining facilities, youth and child care services, outdoor programs and libraries as its most important oerings, said Michael Bensen, the Air Force Personnel Centers deputy director of services. In some cases, the services are trying new innovations to keep popular programs running. e Air Force, for example, is testing a pilot program at six bases that gives qualied users 24/7 access to tness centers, even after the paid sta has left for the day. Based on the results, the initiative could be expanded to more bases, Bensen explained. e Navy is revamping its community recreation program to bundle services and programs at one location, Seidel reported. A waterfront recreational area at Naval Base San Diego serves as a model, combining outdoor recreation services and the ticket booth for local tours and attractions under one roof, served by a central front desk. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, initiated a similar concept, consolidating MWR activities under one overall manager. New partnerships are helping to keep services going despite budget cuts. In some cases, military pa trons now get free or lowcost access to community or commercial services and programs that their in stallations no longer oer. For example, Joint Base Andrews in Maryland established a partnership with a popular privatesector company that teaches rappelling, kayaking and other outdoor activities to military patrons. at saves the Air Force the cost of hiring its own instructors while ensuring a quality experience at a reduced cost, Bensen said. In other cases, installations are opening their doors to outside patrons. Many Army posts invite local swim teams to their pools and high school golf clubs to their golf courses. One particularly successful arrangement between the Presidio of Monterey and the city of Monterey, Calif., provides free maintenance services on the posts sports elds in exchange for city use of those elds based on availability, Vogt reported. We are generating income, working with our partners outside the gate, and oering programs we might not otherwise be able to oer, he said. We are trying to be creative and tie into municipalities outside the gate, many of them in the same situation we are. So it is a perfect time for us to partner with everybody. at mindset must continue to sustain morale, welfare and recreation programs through the current budget crunch, oci als said. e result, they said, will have a direct impact on military readiness. We think MWR makes for an overall healthy living experience, Seidel said. If we dont take a step back and take care of ourselves, we lose the ability to function and be at our best. at underlies everything MWR strives to provide, so [service members] can live a healthy life and be ready for the job. 8 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013


Syria strike eyedPresident Barack Obama said Aug. 31 he supports a U.S. military strike against Syrian regime targets in response to the regimes use of chemical weapons against its own people, but he called on Congress to debate and vote on how America should react to the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. Up eriscope with Bill Wesselho Last week we talked about college football. I didnt give my pick, but Ill take Stanford over South Carolina in the BCS title game. This week, the NFL kicks off. Ive picked the Green Bay Packers the last two years. Ill give them one more nod to go all the way and beat the Houston Texans in in the first cold-weather Super Bowl at Meadowlands, which incidentally will be Ice Bowl II. Denver, at 7-to-1, is the Las Vegas favorite, with the 49ers and Seahawks next at 17-to-1.ET3 Shane Beattie USS Tennessee Gold New Brunswick, N.J. The Giants, all day! Theyll beat the Jets in the Meadowlands. The Giants defense is great. FTSN Bernard Thomas USS Alaska Gold La Plata, Md. The 49ers will beat the Patriots. Im a Cowboy fan, but they need more work. Defense wins champion ships. The 49ers have a good one that will carry them.. YN3 Darrian Murray USS Georgia Gold Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars. Im a hometown boy and cant go against them. It doesnt matter who they play, the Jags will win. STSSN Michael Edell USS Alaska Gold Las Vegas Its a long shot, but Im going with my team, the Minnesota Vikings to go all the way. Theyll beat the Houston Texans, who will be strong this year. MA3 Thomas Bryant Kings Bay Security Richmond, Ind. The 49ers. Theyre an up and coming team. Its been a little while since theyve had some good people, but theyre getting there. Lt. Baden Reed USS Tennessee Gold Shippensburg, Pa. I gotta go with the Dallas Cowboys, theyre my team. Theyll beat Denver in the Super Bowl and Tony Romos leadership will be key. New fire trainer THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 9


10 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 Navy College information Hello all stations, hello all stations, crackles throughout a dimly lit room at Coast Guard Station New Orleans. e room is about the size of an apartment loft; a gray, semi-circle cavern with screens and speakers hidden behind its walls complement the room. Listeners within earshot hear a voice report a vessel sinking in the Louisiana waterways on channel 16. Watchful eyes scan a huge area map on the wall behind the desk looking for the area in which the vessel is reported. e report isnt in our area of responsibility, but it looks like it is in Coast Guard Station Grand Isles, reports the watchstander. When you think of the Coast Guard, you probably think of helicopters and boats rst, but do you ever think how the rescuers know when to go out or where to go? Hidden behind the scenes of rescues or law enforcement missions are the watchstanders of the U.S. Coast Guard. ese are the men and women who few see, but the effects of their dedication and vigilance ripples throughout the maritime community. We are the eyes and ears for the maritime community, our shipmates and families and the American public, said Fireman Kelly Yost at Station New Orleans. As watchstanders, these servicemembers play a vital role in saving lives. Most every Coast Guardsman to come out of basic training is required to stand some type of watch at their rst unit. is requires dedication and commitment, vigilance and steadfastness and devotion to duty. One of the most important tasks any Coast Guardsmen will ever accomplish in their careers is standing a taut watch, even if it seems unimportant at the time. Its important I stand an attentive watch to help support those who go out to rescue people, said Seaman Lyndsey Singer at Station New Orleans. Im new here still and not boatcrew qualied yet, but this is how I can contribute to the team. Over a four-hour period the sputtering static of radio noises can be all that happens on watch. But then there are other times when the radios are alive with sound as watchstanders direct response assets and gather information. Regardless if a watch is eventful or not these men and women of the Coast Guard maintain the rst line of defense in a rescue or maritime emergency. eir vigilance could very well mean the difference between life and death for those on the water. ese are the unrecognized rescuers of Americas maritime community. e ones monitoring the airwaves for distress, they are the saviors in the shadows.Coast Guard watchstanders play critical role Army Sta Sgt. Ty Michael Carter on Aug. 26 became the second soldier to receive the nations highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and seless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009. After telling the story of the ambush, which raged for 13 hours between 53 soldiers and some 300 Taliban ghters, and citing Carters complete disregard for his own safety, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around the 33-year-old Cavalry scouts neck in the White Houses East Room. e Keating battle near Afghanistans border with Pakistan was the rst since the Vietnam War in which two living service members received the Medal of Honor for their individual actions in the same battle. Army Sta Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle Feb. 11. Carter braved merciless enemy re from rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and smallarms by running the 100-meter length of the outpost twice to retrieve ammunition for his fellow soldiers. At the same time, he provided suppressive re to keep the enemy from over-running the post. en, with complete disregard for his own safety, and in spite of wounds, he discarded his M-4 rie and ran to a critically wounded soldier to render life-extending rst aid. He carried the soldier to medics as Romesha and his team provided cover. Eight soldiers died of wounds suered in the battle, and 25 others were wounded. Before the citation was read, Obama recalled Carters words to him earlier in the day, then asked the soldiers from his unit, the 61st Cavalry Regiment, to stand and be recognized along with the families of the eight fallen soldiers. Ty says, is award is not mine alone, the president said. e battle that day, he will say, was one team in one ght, and everyone did what we could do to keep each other alive. And some of these men are with us again. And I have to repeat this, because theyre among the most highly decorated units of this entire war: 37 Army Commendation Medals, 27 Purple Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars for their valor, nine Silver Stars for their gallantry. Obama took a few minutes to address not only Carters courage on the battleeld, but the courage to seek help for what he nally accepted and recognized in himself as post-traumatic stress. e submarine squadron that oversees about half of the Navys 15 attack submarines based in Groton, Conn., welcomed a new commander Aug. 30 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London. Capt. Michael Holland transferred command of Submarine Squadron 4 to Capt. Jim Waters during a pierside ceremony on the ames River aboard USS New Mexico (SSN 779) one of the squadrons assigned ships that completed her maiden deployment two weeks ago. After deploying nine dierent ships to two different theaters, I am grateful to all the organizations involved from maintenance, to training, to base and family support services, said Holland. It takes an incredible team eort and we are blessed with a great team here to keep our ships ready. Holland took over Submarine Squadron 4 in January 2012 after leading Submarine Squadron 2, which the Navy disestablished. Squadron 2 submarines were consolidated under Submarine Development Squadron 12 and Submarine Squadron 4 last year. Guest speaker Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, director of the Navys Undersea Warfare Division, lauded Hollands eorts. What stands out to me is the squadron consolidation, which allowed him to spend eight months at Squadron 2 and then 20 months at Squadron 4, said Breckenridge about Holland. Of those two squadrons, he had the privilege of commanding 12 ships and he prepared nine of those for deployment. ats a big responsibility, yet each of those ships excelled under his tutelage and command. Holland received the Legion of Merit award for his tour. Among his notable accomplishments was USS Hartfords (SSN 768) selection as Atlantic Fleets most improved Navy vessel in 2012. Hartford is a Los Angeles-class attack submarine assigned to Submarine Squadron 4. To be able to take a ship and bring it to that lofty level of performance I think is a great reection of the squadron from which that ship is assigned, said Breckenridge. is is a centerpiece of [Hollands] tour. Holland now heads to Washington, D.C., where he will serve in the Operations Division of the Navy Budget Oce. He graduated from Montana State University in 1987 and received his ocer commission through Ocer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. As Hollands relief, Waters has assumed responsibility for ensuring the mission readiness of Sailors assigned to two Los Angeles-class submarines, six of the Navys nine commissioned Virginia-class submarines, and Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 786) currently under construction. Waters graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 and completed his graduate studies at Englands Oxford University in 1991. Medal of Honor awardedSub Squadron 4 has new skipper


At the White House Rose Garden, Obama spoke of the Aug. 21 attack on Damascus suburbs that, he noted, killed more than 1,000 people, including several hundred children young girls and boys gassed to death by their own government. e president said intelligence reports show the Assad regime and its forces preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets into highly populated suburbs of Damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place. And all of this corroborates what the world can plainly see. Syria is currently embroiled in a bitter civil war pitting President Bashar Assad and his regime against the rebel opposition. e situation presents a danger to U.S. friends and partners on Syrias borders, Obama said, such as Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Obama said after careful deliberation, he has decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian regime targets. Such an intervention would be limited in scope and duration and would not place U.S. boots on the ground inside Syria, he said. Obama added, however, that as president of the worlds oldest constitutional democracy, he has also decided that as leader of a representational government, I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American peoples representatives in Congress. He said he has spoken with U.S. Senate and House leaders, and theyve agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session. e president said his message to the world is that an atrocity committed with chemical weapons is not simply investigated, it must be confronted. Obama said he knows Americans are weary of war. Weve ended one war in Iraq, he said. Were ending another in Afghanistan. And the American people have the good sense to know we cannot resolve the underlying conict in Syria with our military. In that part of the world, there are ancient sectarian dierences, and the hopes of the Arab Spring have unleashed forces of change that are going to take many years to resolve. American values dictate that the nation cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus, he said.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 and Family offers classes on siteFFSC will take most of its regu lar workshops on the road if a unit can furnish a conference room or classroom and guarantee a minimum of ve partici pants. Additionally, person nel will tailor presentations to cover a units General Military Training requirements when those requirements deal with hu man resources and social issues. Counselors also can create a pre sentation in response to a units area of special concerns. Person nel are available to participate within areas of expertise in the indoctrination of newly assigned personnel and family members of active duty personnel. Anger management seminar Sept. 25Anger 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, Sept. 25. It can help you focus on identifying the feel ings anger hides and explore behaviors helpful in resolving primary issues. Pre-registration is required. Call 573-4512 for details.Stress management covered at workshopEvents, schedules, daily pressure and many other items can cause undo stress in your life. Stress may or may not be good for your health depending on how you manage that stress. This workshop is slated for 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 19. Pre-registration is required. Call 573-4512 for details.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 Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Enrollment in this six-week 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.Transition GPS class upcomingTransition GPS is a seminar for those separating, retiring or contemplating leaving the mili tary. The five day seminar pro vides information on benefits, job search skills, employment resources, resume writing, inter viewing and other skills. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Separation Transition GPS is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 16 to 20. You must be registered by Command Career Counselor. For more infor mation, call 573-4513.Smooth Move Workshop CONUS/OCONUS soonSmooth Move Workshops are designed to help person nel with military relocations and transfers. Areas covered include transportation, travel pay, allowances, and important forms and documents, housing referral office and relocation services. All service members and their spouses are encouraged to attend six months before their transfer date. Due to limited seating, please do not bring children. The workshop will be for CONUS moves 2 to 4 p.m., Spet. 10 and for OCONUS moves 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 24. For more information, call 573-4513. 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. These workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 10 and 17. The fourth group visit of the month will be 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 25. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences, meet and gain support from others, and exchange new ideas. To register, call 573-4512.Home buying workshop scheduled for Sept. 12Buying a home can be the one of the largest financial decision someone can ever make. This interactive workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and comfort level for anyone entering the housing market. This class is 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 12. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 573-4513.Credit reports and scores workshop upcomingCredit has become a nor mal part of everyday personal financial management for most Americans. Used appropriately, it can be an excellent tool, but used the wrong way, it can bring the financial wheels of your life to a grinding halt for a long time. This two-hour workshop pro vides the importance of managing your credit. It will be at the Fleet and Family Support Center 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 11. Registration is required. For more information call 573-4513.Job Fair preparation workshop offeredOK the job fair is next week What do I bring, how do I know who to talk to, what should I wear, what time should I arrive, what should my portfolio contain, who should I speak to first? These and many other ques tions will be discussed along with a brief question-andanswer period for those who are still unsure on how to shop a job fair. The workshop is scheduled at the Fleet and Family Support Center 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 18. Registration is required as class is limited to 20 seats. For more information call 573-4513.Command Return and Reunion training setThe target audience for this class is Command Training Coordinators and provides a tool kit for trainers to use while on deployment to address the issues associated with return and reunion after deployment. This class will be 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12. Registration recommended, call 573-4513.Savings and investing examined Sept. 30This six-session class series was developed as a resource for beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. It assumes that par ticipants are investing for the first time and/or selecting investment products that they have not pur chased previously. This workshop will be every Monday until completed. This training is scheduled 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 12. Registration is recommended. For more infor mation call 573-9783.Spouse 101 helps new Navy wives adjustSpouse 101 provides infor mation to new Navy spouses to support, enhance and ease their transition into the military lifestyle. This interactive workshop addresses the military culture and terminology, and gives tools to access installation and local community resources. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 11. Registration is required. Call 573-4513.Couples Money Management upcomingThis workshop provides cou ples money management skills, understanding budget conflicts and creating a foundation for productive financial communication. It requires both spouses to a ttend. This training will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Registration is required, call 573-4513.Ten Steps to a Federal job examinedGain information on the federal employment process, salaries and benefits. Learn how to interpret job announcements and determine whether you are eligible to apply. Attendees will be provided guidelines, information, samples and tips on completing the electron ic Federal resume. This class is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 23. Registration required by calling 573-4513.SAPR advocate initial training classes setThe command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response point of contact is responsible for coordinating mandated, annual awareness training, main taining and providing current information on and referral to base and community pro grams for victims and ensuring the mandated collection and maintenance of sexual assault data per OPNAVINST 1752.1B. Individuals attending the training are appointed by their command and will represent the command in all sexual assault cases. This training is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 to 27. Registration is required by calling 573-4512.Sponsorship training for command repsThe Fleet and Family Support Center is offering Sponsorship training to all command representatives. The goal of the workshop is to ensure that designated command personnel have the necessary education and training to successfully fulfill the role of command sponsor. It presents an overview of the benefits of sponsorship, a list of sponsor duties and responsibilities, and a timeline to assist in streamlining the sponsorship process. The workshop is scheduled on 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 12. Registration is required as class is limited to 20 seats. For more information call 573-4513.Reconnect: Marriage enrichment workshopThe Fleet and Family Support Center Kings Bay, in coordination with Chaplains Religious Enrichment Operations, is hosting Reconnect: OneDay Marriage Enrichment Workshop. Reconnect is designed to enhance and support the ability of a couple to get away from the distractions of everyday life in order to improve their marital relationship. Activities are designed to increase a couples ability to understand one another better and communicate on a more intimate level. This class is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. To register call 573-4513. Fleet & Family Support Center workshops Syria THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 11


12 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 e Vietnam War starts in the Tonkin Gulf e Navy was faced with another challenge in the early 1960s in faraway Southeast Asia, where the Vietnamese Communists pursued their goal of unifying Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. Beginning in 1959, the North Vietnamese began constructing the Ho Chi Minh Trail through southern Laos and into the mountains of South Vietnam. ey transported arms and other supplies via this land route and by sea to the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas in South Vietnam and initiated an armed struggle to overthrow the government of the Republic of Vietnam. The Navys unmatched capa bility to project its power ashore, maintain control of the sea and logistically support a major overseas commitment of the American armed forces enabled its involve ment in the Vietnam War. Fur ther more, Viet nams long coast line, thousands of islands, and many miles of inland waterway demanded the use of naval forces. For the Vietnam War, the Navy operated under dierent chains of command. Commander Seventh Fleet took his orders from the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacic Fleet, who in turn followed the direction of the Commander in Chief, Pacic Command. e latter, always a Navy admiral headquartered in Hawaii, oversaw the air campaigns waged against the enemy in North Vietnam, Laos and later in the war, Cambodia. CINCPAC theoretically commanded the subordinate Commander U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. COMUSMACV, General William C. Westmoreland and then General Creighton Abrams, operated virtually autonomously. ese generals directed the actions of the III Marine Amphibious Force and the U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam command, which handled Navy river, coastal, advisory, special operations, and logistical The NavyIn the Cold WarFourth in a series Making classwork relevant again will help keep students in school and on a path to graduation. e result will be a graduate ready for college, career or a job. is year, we also will roll out our new teacher and administrator evaluation system in 172 school districts across the state. Weve trained and certied more than 1,300 evaluators this summer and worked with educators across the state to ensure the Teacher and Leader Keys Eectiveness Systems can help educators identify exactly how he or she can improve student learning. We cant just ask teachers to change. We have to practice, experiment, share, show results, collaborate and evaluate. Teachers need multiple measures with deeper meaning to improve performance, not a checklist of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. You may also have read news reports about Georgia withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test development consortium. e new tests being developed by PARCC were far too expensive for our already cash-strapped schools and put us in danger of losing control over how we test students in Georgia. Some have asked if this is a retreat from our standards or from a rigorous test to measure how well our students are performing and the answer to that is, absolutely not. Georgia will pursue other options for developing its own state assessments in English language arts and math at the elementary, middle and high school levels. I couldnt in good conscience ask taxpayers to add about $26 million to our state testing budget while we still have twothirds of our schools in session less than 180 days, entire school districts facing nancial insolvency and teachers still being furloughed. To accept the additional nancial burden from the PARCC assessments would be a slap in the face to all Georgians. Withdrawing from PARCC is not a suspension of the implementation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in language arts and math. We will continue to use CCGPS as long as it works for our children. If we need to revise those standards, well do just that. To our parents, thank you for your engagement in our schools. Please continue looking for ways to be involved in your childs education, because our schools wont be successful without your help. You all make the dierence between a good school and a great school. To our educators, your dedication to our children is extraordinary. ank you for making education work for every child in Georgia, even in the face of less-than-ideal nancial circumstances. ank you for working long hours over the summer to help us tweak our lesson frameworks in math and English language arts and for attending hours of professional development to ensure you are ready for your students this fall. Have a great year, everyone! You can nd a Backto-School welcome video from State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge at the following link: www.


THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 5, 2013 13 commands in South Vietnam. Far down the chain of command, U.S. naval forces routinely executed policies and operations engineered in Saigon or even more distant Hawaii and Washington. Such was the case with the famous Tonkin Gulf Incidents of August 1964. Dissatised with the course of the South Vietnamese governments ght against the Communists, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara, decided to put military pressure on the North Vietnamese, who directed and largely fueled the conict in the South. e U.S. leaders believed that naval force could be used to make Ho Chi Minh cease his support for the Viet Cong. e U.S. Navy supplied the Republic of Vietnam Navy with Norwegianbuilt fast patrol boats, trained their crews, and maintained the vessels at a small base in Danang. In a covert operation, named 34A, these patrol boats shelled radar stations along the coast of North Vietnam and landed saboteurs to destroy bridges and other military targets inland. Lack of accurate intelligence about the enemy, however, hampered the eectiveness of these operations. As a result, U.S. leaders in Washington ordered the Navy to put greater emphasis in its longstanding Desoto Patrol on North Vietnam. e Desoto Patrol involved destroyers in intelligence-gathering missions outside the territorial waters and along the coasts of Communist countries, including the Soviet Union, China and North Korea. As a result, in early August 1964 the destroyer USS Maddox (DD-731), under the command of Captain John J. Herrick, carried out an intelligence cruise along the littoral of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. Shortly before, the South Vietnamese patrol force had bombarded targets further to the south. e North Vietnamese were frustrated by their inability to catch the South Vietnamese boat force. And, knowing of the American connection to Operation 34A, on Aug. 2 the Communists dispatched three Soviet-built P-4 motor torpedo boats to attack Maddox. e torpedoes they red missed their target but one round from a Communist deck gun hit the American destroyer. Planes sent from the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA14) to support Maddox shot up the trio of attackers and left one boat dead in the water. e destroyer steamed safely out of the area. e Johnson administration was surprised that Hanoi not only failed to back down to U.S. pressure but responded to it in such a hostile manner. Washington, and naval leaders in the Pacic, however, decided that they could not retreat from this open Communist challenge to the Seventh Fleet. Maddox was reinforced with destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD-951) and the pair were sent back into the Gulf of Tonkin to continue the intelligence mission. On the night of Aug. 4, the two warships reported making contact and then being attacked by several fast craft far out to sea. Ocers in the naval chain of command and U.S. leaders in Washington were persuaded by signals intelligence and other information that North Vietnamese naval forces had red torpedoes at the two destroyers, although most analysts now believe that an attack never occurred. Acting swiftly, the President ordered Seventh Fleet carrier forces to execute a strike mission against North Vietnam, which took place Aug. 5. Planes from carriers Ticonderoga and USS Constellation (CVA-64) hit an oil storage site at Vinh and damaged or destroyed about 30 enemy naval vessels in port or along the coast. More importantly, on Aug. 7 the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which allowed Johnson to employ military force as he saw t against the Vietnamese Communists. e Communists did not relent. In late 1964, guerrillas destroyed American combat planes at Bien Hoa aireld north of Saigon and on Christmas Eve set o a bomb at a bachelor ocers quarters in the South Vietnamese capital, killing two Americans and wounding over 100 Americans, Australians, and Vietnamese. Despite their own injuries, three Navy Nurses serving with the Navys Saigon Station Hospital immediately administered medical treatment to other wounded personnel. Afterward, the commander of the Navys Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon, awarded the brave women Purple Heart medals and recognized their seless dedication to duty. e enemy followed up the latter bombing with attacks in early 1965 on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon and American military facilities in Pleiku and Qui Nhon during which more Americans died. As a result of these Communist outrages, the Johnson administration ordered a full-scale bombing campaign against North Vietnam. e aircraft carriers of the Seventh Fleets Task Force 77 played a major role in U.S. bombing operations when the war began in earnest during March 1965. e carriers and their cruiser and destroyer escorts steamed at Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin and, for over a year, Dixie Station southeast of Cam Ranh Bay. e Rolling under, Linebacker, and other campaigns involved the bombing of enemy power plants, fuel and supply facilities, highway and railroad bridges, and rail lines in North Vietnam and Laos. Early in the war, massive, multi-carrier Alpha Strikes were typical. In one such action, the air wings from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and USS Hancock (CVA-19) went after North Vietnamese radar sites on the coast and on Bach Long Vi, Nightingale Island, in the Gulf of Tonkin. e 70-plane operation knocked out the mainland facilities but had to return to nish the job on the island. During this strike, enemy antiaircraft guns blackened the sky with shell bursts as Coral Seas attack aircraft dove through the cloud ceiling. e Communists focused their re on lead aircraft, soon hitting the planes of three American squadron commanders. Cmdr. Jack Harris, Commanding Ocer of Attack Squadron 155, ejected from his stricken plane, parachuted safely into the sea, and oated around for a while contemplating his unhappy situation. To his surprise, the periscope of an American submarine broke the surface and he was soon safely on board for the vessels return to the depths of the Gulf of Tonkin. e leader of Attack Squadron 153, Cmdr. Pete Mongilardi, used his years of ying naval aircraft and professional skill to nurse his plane home. Fuel streamed from many holes in his badly damaged A-4 Skyhawk so he arranged to rendezvous with an A-3 tanker en route to Coral Sea. e two planes, connected by a refueling hose, then ew together back to the ship, where Mongilardi made a successful recovery. Cmdr. William N. Donnelly, who led Fighter Squadron 154, had an even more dramatic experience. He ejected from his shot-up F-8 Crusader ghter moments before it hit the water and he sustained severe injuries in the process. Despite a dislocated shoulder and six cracked vertebrae, Donnelly inated a life raft and with great eort climbed in. For the rest of the day and into the night, the naval aviator oated just o the island, bathed in ame and smoke from the American air strike. Searchlight beams played across the water as the enemy tried in vein to nd the downed American yer. Forty-ve hours after Donnelly hit the water, planes from Hancock spotted him. Soon an HU-16 amphibian aircraft landed close by and an Air Force paramedic jumped into the water. As circling sharks closed to investigate, the airman eased the injured pilot into the plane and safety. e Americans were more successful a few months later when a group of Fighter Squadron 21 F-4 Phantom II jets ying a combat air patrol over anh Hoa were pounced upon by four North Vietnamese MiG 21s. As the enemy planes closed on the American formation, Cmdr. Louis C. Page and his radar intercept ocer, Lt. Cmdr. John C. Smith, red o a Sparrow air-to-air missile that seconds later hit and destroyed one of the attackers. Almost at the same time, Lt. Jack E. Batson and his back-seater, Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Doremus, launched another Sparrow, which also amed a MiG. e remaining pair of assailants immediately turned tail and headed home. Next: e Vietnam War grinds onCold War


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