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 )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
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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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oclc - 57252699
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Gold Star Mothers honoredKings Bays MWR begins recognition with luminariese tradition of Gold Star Mothers dates back to World War I. Gold Star Mothers are mothers of service members who have been killed. In 1936, the last Sunday in September became Gold Star Mothers Day. You wont nd that day on most calendars. But the armed forces is out to change that. Commander, Navy Installations Command, Vice Adm. William French, is requesting that all Navy installations begin recognizing Gold Star Mothers Day. In response Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is answering the call. MWR Kings Bays Heather McCormick, Navy Adventures Unleashed coordinator and Alice Hurley, Fleet Support director, are taking the rst attempts to bring recognition to Gold Star Mothers. I dont think a lot of people know Gold Star Mothers Day is last Sunday in September, McCormick said. Luminaries is a great place to start and get the idea across. McCormick said battery-powered candles will be turned on overnight the evening of Sept. 29 in 10 to 15 of the Fitness Center windows and 10 more windows at the Administration Center. Wed welcome others to get involved, too, she said. If we could get the entire communiuty involved, it would be nice. Were hoping to get housing on board and get the information out to the residents. McCormick admitted it was a modest eort to recognize Gold Star Mothers Day. rough no fault of their own, the MWR sta got a late start on the project. And, while their is no funding this year for the promotion, MWR has been told that next year there will be, from the Chief of Naval Operations. Youll see this progress next year, MWR Director Bob Spinnenwe ber said. is Waterfront Waste Water Treatment Plant upgraded Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Works Department Kings Bay completed construction of an energy conservation project for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Sept. 16. e project called for the installion of two solar photovoltaic powered aerators for NSB Kings Bays Waterfront Waste Water Treatment Plant. A solar thermal heating system was also installed to augment existing immersion resistance heaters supporting several diesel emergency power generators. ese improvements are expected to provide an estimated annual electric savings of 424,000 kilowatt-hours. e $660,000 project was made possible by the Energy Conservation Investment Program, a military construction funded program used specically to improve energy eciency of Department of Defense facilities while reducing associated utility energy and non-energy related costs, said NAVFAC Southeast Energy Projects Engineer Andrew Rubio. ECIP projects focus on energy and water savings, implementing renewable energy, and converting systems to cleaner energy sources. Rubio said this project will make signicant contributions toward the mandated requirements of the Energy Independence Se curity Act of 2007 and Executive Order 13423 which require spe cic reductions in energy use in federal facilities of at least 30 per cent, by October 2014. NAVFAC manages the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, environmental, and public works support for U.S. Navy shore facilities around the world. It provides the Navys forces with the operating, expeditionary, support and training bases they need. Up Periscope Do you work out? Heres what others do Page 9 Working Dog Kings Bays K-9 Corps undergoes training Page 4 Fleet & Fam Suicide prevention effort goes to galley Page 7 Check us out Online! Kings Bay earns SECNAV Energy Award State, local leaders attend program on employment opportunities, tour facilityTrident Ret Facility hosted an employment awareness brief and follow-on tour of TRF facilities for more than 40 state and local civic and education leaders Sept. 19 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. A Georgia state senator, local mayors, city councilmen, local college presidents, educators and economic development ocers from Camden County and surrounding areas attended the brief and toured the base to raise awareness of employment opportunities available at the ret facility. TRF is such an important member of Team Kings Bay; its unbelievable how vital the men and women working here are to the submarine force, said Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Sub marine Group Ten, while address ing the local leaders in attendance. Fifty-fourpercent of the national strategic deterrence is trusted to the submarine force, and were deploying a submarine unit every three weeks. TRF is the engine that drives this incredible machine. Among the numerous opportunities available at TRF is a four-year apprenticeship program consisting of an academic part ner ship with Altama ha Tech nical College and the College of Coastal Georgia. Its a win-win-win, Tofalo said. Its a NSB solar energy project completed Base to receive 4th top-level Platinum honor in 5 yearsNaval Submarine Base Kings Bay has achieved the Platinum Level, the Navys highest level, for an outstanding energy program and an exceptional year for energy project execution. e announcement came in a message from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on this years Energy and Water Management Awards. Kings Bay Deputy Publics Works Ocer Roger Pirkola said Publics Works Mechanical Engineer Marcos Flores has been lling in as the departments energy manager. Its kind of amazing we got the Platinum Award without an energy manager on sta, Pikola said, in crediting Flores for a job well done. Flores said achieving the Platinum Level is indicative of a team eort by all military and civilians at Kings Bay. He said numerous energyecient projects were awarded, most notably a SWFLANT Utility Energy Services Contract, whereby six energy conservation measures were implemented in seven high-energy consuming facilities. Most lighting was retroted with high efFiscal Year 2013 Secretary of the Navy Energy And Water Management Award WinnersNavy Large Shore Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., $45,000 Navy Small Shore NCBC Gulfport, Miss., $30,000 Marine Corps Large Shore MCB Quantico, Va., $45,000 Marine Corps Small Shore MCAS Miramar, Calif., $30,000 Other Shore Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, $35,000 Large Ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), $30,000 Medium Ship USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), $25,000 Small Ship USS Nicholas (FFG 47), $20,000


Every single service member deployed outside the United States deserves to receive a letter of gratitude on anksgiving Day. e Bert Show, a nationally syndicated radio program, and its listening community want to give our troops a Big ank You with a little taste of home this anksgiving. In 2007, 375,000 letters to troops all over the world were successfully sent. In 2011, e Bert Show community helped to express a Big ank You with more than 405,000 letters. is year the goal is the same, to provide a letter of appreciation to each service member deployed outside the United States. It can only be done with your help. By pulling together, this project can be a success Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original and free of any political statements. e purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. e Bert Show reserves the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reect a positive message in the spirit of anksgiving. Get a letter writing campaign started. Everyone in your school, church, civic group, sorority/ fraternity, oce or neighborhood is welcome to write letters. Give that troops that much-deserved show of appreciation by writing a letter of thank you Here are some guildines: All letters must be on 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper or smaller. Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper. No construction paper. Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils. Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only. Do not send greeting cards or photographs. Feel free to include your mailing and e-mail address. Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes. Do not send anything except letters. Donations of any kind should not be included or attached to letters and cannot be accepted. Letters can be dropped o by Oct. 22 at Lori Lamoureuxs oce at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Security in Building 2026, 1115 Henry Clay Blvd. For more information, call Lamoureux at 573-4235. THEKINGS BA Y, GEORGIA Local news and views Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. ShipShape weight loss begins Oct. 3. ShipShape is an 8-week nutrition and weight management course. If you are ready to adopt a weight-loss plan that you can comfortably follow and maintain for a lifetime, ShipShape is your answer. Make a plan that will work for you. Call Registered Dietician Mary Beth Pennington at 573-4731 for more information or to sign-up. Class starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 in the base Fitness Center classroom.Is your pet due for vaccines or a heartworm test? Do you have trouble getting into see the veterinarian during the week? Its no problem anymore! e Kings Bay Veterinary Treatment facility is oering clinic hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. Call (912) 573-0755 to make your appointment. e pet must be registered with an active duty service member, retiree or dependent prior to the appointment. You can make an appointment for a healthy pet needing either vaccines (Rabies, $10; Distemper, Leptospirosis, $15; Kennel Cough, Feline Leukemia, $18) or heartworm testing ($25) by calling the clinic at (912) 573-0755. e pet needs to be registered with the clinic prior to the day of the appointment, and registration must be in person. Feel free to call with any questions. The 41st annual Rock Shrimp Festival is Saturday, Oct. 5, in St. Marys. The festival is full day of events including a 5K and 10K races, 1-mile Kids Fun Run, a parade, entertain ment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors and food concessionaires, plus dinners that include fresh rock shrimp. For information or questions contact the St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau at (912) 882-4000 visit www. 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.In 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. Student Veterans of America will have a 5K Color Run to honor those who served at Jacksonville University, starting at 10 a.m., Nov. 9. Signup online at PGA Tours Tour Championship is Sept. 26 to 29 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Admission is complimentary to all active duty, Reserve and retired military with a valid DOD-issued ID. Birdies for the Braves Patriot Outpost will be open daily with complimentary food and drinks. A military appreciation ceremony on the clubhouse lawn will be at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27, prior to a Blues Traveler concert. Also Friday, military personnel are invited to a small business seminar from noon to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit Dolphin Store Kings Bay is hosting a potluck dinner at 3 p.m., Oct. 20 for all military active or retired spouses at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, to celebrate the new Chief Petty Ocers at the Conference Center. Kings Bay Command Master Chief Randy Huckaba will be the guest speaker. RSVP by Oct. 5 at e Dolphin Store, inside the base library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday throught Friday with what dish you are making. For more details call (912) 573-6102 or e-mail at kbdolphinstore@ Now hear this! anksgiving letters for troops sought Big ank You On Sept. 16, the Military Ocers Assocation of America and Syracuse Universitys Institute for Veterans and Military Families launched e Military Spouse Employment Survey. is anonymous survey provides a platform for all military spouses to share their challenges of employment while on active duty. Its results will enable MOAA and the IVMF to better understand military spouse unemployment and underemployment. e survey, which is voluntary, will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available through Oct. 16. To access the survey and for additional information go to is study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses, especially related to their long-term career trajectories. All active duty, National Guard and Reserve, veteran, and surviving spouses who are 18 years and older are encouraged to participate by sharing their stories, experiences and lessons learned. According to the 2010 Department of Defense Manpower Data Center, there are 725,877 spouses of active duty servicemembers and 413,295 spouses of Reserve and Guard members. In addition, an estimated 15 million veterans spouses and more than 5.8 million surviving spouses live in the U.S. MOAA has been a leader in identifying and addressing issues related to spouse employment and this effort will allow us to further our work in this area, MOAA president Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said. We believe the data from this survey will shed light upon challenges spouses face with their employment goals so we can better address their issues. We believe this research will provide insight into both employment and career barriers and opportunities for military spouses, including career progression, said Mike Haynie, IMVF executive director. Further understanding of these issues will also contribute to our ability to provide support as military families transition to being veteran families. We look forward to working with MOAA to identify important policy issues and practices related to military spouse employment that will impact both the military and veterans communities. To encourage as much participation as possible, please share the MilSpouseSurvey with other military spouse communities. Survey results will be released in the spring of 2014.MOAA has military spouse survey To celebrate Navy Lodge housekeeping, front desk and maintenance stas for the tireless work they do on a daily basis to support military families, Navy Lodge Kings Bay is participating in National Hospitality Week Sept. 23 through 27. e Navy Lodge sta is very excited to participate in National Hospitality Week, said Linda Bird Navy Lodge Kings Bay general manager. ey do so much throughout the year to make sure our guests have a clean and comfortable stay at our Navy Lodge. is week allows our associates to show o their housekeeping and guest service skills and have fun at the same time. Navy Lodges worldwide are planning several activities such as health and safety awareness, vacuum cleaner dash, bed making contests, laundry bag relay, appreciation luncheons, toilet paper pyramid carrying, roll-a-way bed races and much more. Bird said the following events are planned at Kings Bay, We will play Its In e Bag Game, Where Is It Game, Toilet Paper Tower Race Game each day we will have a game planned for the sta to compete to win prizes. Its dicult to leave home, whether for that military-mandated permanent change of station move or a hard-earned vacation. at is why its important to pick a military lodging location that offers the many comforts of home. Navy Lodges oer family suites and oversized guest rooms that feature a kitchenette complete with microwave and utensils, cable TV with premium channels and DVD player. Navy Lodges oer guests housekeeping service, vending machines, DVDs and laundry facilities as well as a handicapped accessible room. Guests also have in-room coee, breakfast in the lobby and newspaper as well as convenient on-base park ing while staying at a Navy Lodge. Most Navy Lodges also accept cats and dogs up to 50 pounds. To make a reservation at a Navy Lodge, call (800) 628-9466, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or go online at Navy Lodge is part of e Navy Exchange Service Command, which oversees 100 Navy Exchange facilities and nearly 300 stores worldwide, 40 Navy Lodges, Ships Stores Program, the Uniform Program Management Oce, the Navy Clothing Textile and Research Facility and the Telecommunications Program Oce. NEXCOMs parent command is the Naval Supply Systems Com mand. NEXCOMs mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. NEXs and Navy Lodges operate primarily as a non-appropriated fund business instrumentality. NEX revenues generated are used to support Navy Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs. In FY12, $2.8 billion in sales were generated with $45.9 million in dividends provided to Navy MWR programs. National Hopsitality Week ends Friday Navy Lodge Kings Bay is just a start, symbolic to recognize the sacrices these Gold Star Mothers have made. Spinnenweber said a Gold Star Mothers Day 5K is one possibility as the recognition grows. McCormick said in the future she would like to have a Sunday breakfast for the mothers. For now, the luminary eort will do. e luminaries is really something everybody can do, McCormick said. For base housing, its up to each resident if theyd like to participate. McCormick said if residents want to, they can burn a window candle for a few hours Sunday night, and then put it out, stressing overnight re hazard safety. Day 2 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013


Rear Adm. Rick William son, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, signed a suicide prevention awareness proclamation on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 9. e proclamation recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and is to raise suicide awareness prevention throughout the Southeast Region. is proclamation brings to light an issue of paramount importance in our military today, Wil liamson said. Each year, we lose shipmates, coworkers and family members to suicide and these losses can be prevented. It is our collective respon sibility to remain alert to the warning signs and to be prepared to take action with those in our lives who might be at risk. An actively engaged force, including everyone in the Navy fam ily, is key to the successful prevention of suicide. e proclamations theme highlights the importance of taking action as individuals and to recognize the impact of stressors in our day-today lives, as well how to develop protective factors against stress and suicide. Dianne Parker, Navy Region Southeast assistant suicide prevention outreach coordinator, said there is no better way to have a successful program than ensuring suicide prevention information and indicators are available to all personnel. Suicide continues to be a major issue for all hands, she said. Our goal is to reduce the number of these tragedies through education and awareness campaigns, and we hope this proclamation will go a long way in those eorts. One of the latest tools the Navy is using toward suicide prevention eorts is the NavyTHRIVE campaign, which encourages Sailors, commands, families and civilians to empower themselves by taking personal responsibility for their health, wellness and growth. In addition to those efforts, the region implemented an aggressive suicide prevention coordinator training program in September 2011 that utilizes Defense Connect Online. So far, it has resulted in more than 300 newly-qualied coordinators throughout the region and more than 1,700 worldwide. Fleet and Family Sup port Center educational services and work and family life specialists assist command SPCs with training in the areas of stress management, conict management, parent edu cation, anger management and suicide prevention. So far this scal year, command SPCs and FFSC personnel have conducted more than 1,200 training sessions attended by more than 43,000 people. e program has been instrumental in raising awareness and getting the message out to leaders throughout the DoD. Leaders need to make Sailors understand that there is no shame in reaching out for help, Parker said. Each year, hundreds of DoD personnel commit suicide and many of these cases could be prevented if friends and co-workers only knew what to look for and took action, she added. e bottom line is if you suspect that someone may be thinking about suicide, you need to act, care and treat, she said. e key is to take action. e worst thing that you can possibly do is nothing. Southeast Region stresses suicide prevention THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 3


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THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 5 ciency lighting, water xtures were upgraded with low-ow xtures, air handling unit UV lights were installed to increase thermal energy transfer rates, air handling unit fan and system pump motors were upgraded to more ecient units, variable frequency drives were installed on AHU fans and motors, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning directdigital control upgrades were installed with upgraded HVAC sensors, direct-digital controllers with programmable logic control units, HVAC unit control points for optimal startup/shutdown, night time setback, damper operations, and occupancy temperature control for more ecient HVAC operation and building occupant comfort. ese measures will dramatically reduce the bases consumption of electrical energy, Flores said. Kings Bay was one of 20 Fiscal Year 2013 Platinum Award winners, based on performance in 2012. e base moved up from earning Gold Level recognition last year. Over the past ve years, Kings Bay has won four Platinum Awards. Award-winning commands were cited for comprehensive eciency programs with senior-level command involvement, well-staed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns, innovative energy eciency measures and consistent reduction in energy consumption. Congratulations and thank you for your eorts, Mabus message text read. Energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navys mission. Energy specically is one of my top priorities, and your performance has signicantly advanced progress towards achievement of our goals. Your excellence in energy and water management is an example for all other commands to follow. We must all continue to be good stewards of our resources and in the process, we will reduce consumption, become more ecient, and conserve scarce resources to better support our warghters. e year Platinum Level Award winners each receive $5,000, to be spent at the discretion of the commanding ocer to encourage further energy improvements. Other Platinum Level East Coast base commands were Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story, Naval Station New port, R.I., Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, N.H., Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Marine Corps Security Force Blount Island, Fla., and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Platinum commands will be recognized at Secretary of the Navys Energy Training Sessions Oct. 16 and 17 in Norfolk, Va., and Oct. 28 and 29 in San Diego. Fifty commands earned Gold Level recognition, including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn. irty-three commands received Blue Level Recognition. NAVFAC is a global organization with an annual volume of business in excess of $18 billion. As a major Navy Systems Command and an integral member of the Navy and Marine Corps team, NAVFAC delivers timely and eective facilities engineering solutions worldwide. Energy win for the individual. Its a win for the community. Its a win for TRF. Home-grown folks stay here at home with a great career opportunity. TRF is facing a situation where nearly a quarter of the work force is retirement eligible. Given the importance of the TRF mission, this is a dialogue needs to be addressed head on. TRF has state of the art facilities and provides very technical and challenging careers, Tofalo said. We need help getting the word out so we can get the top prospects lling the top vacancies with the best opportunities. For more information on Trident Ret Facilitys career opportunities visit the USAJOBS website at to view current job vacancies. TRFPlatinum


A 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. FFSC 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 human resources and social is sues. Counselors also can create a presentation in response to a units area of special concerns. Personnel are available to par ticipate within areas of expertise in the indoctrination of newly assigned personnel and family members of active duty person nel. All classes listed here are held at the Fleet and Family Support Center, unless otherwise noted. Hours are 8 4:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ursdays. Are 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, chil dren 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. 30 and Oct. 7, 21 and 28. 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. This 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. Anger 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, Oct. 30. 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. Events, 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 8 to 11 a.m., Oct. 23. Pre-registration is required. Call 573-4512 for details. The Fleet & Family Support Center is offering a workshop for pre-marital counseling for couples that are contemplat ing marriage. The workshop is designed to address couples interested in enriching their future through improved communication, problem-solving skills, financial planning and realistic expectations of mar riage. The class is designed to meet all clinical counseling requirements. The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2. Registration is required, and childcare is not available. For more information call 573-4512. Expectant Families can receive training on second Wednesday of every other month to ease the adjustment to a newborn baby. Information will be provided about WIC, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and various other benefits and services available to expectant parents, along with answers to your questions. Frequent breaks offered for the comfort of expectant moms. The next class is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10. Registration is required. Call 573-4512. This three-part series of onehour sessions walks participants through the practical and cre ative aspects of applying military experience to build a successful document for a post-military job search. Participants should bring a copy of his or her Verification of Military Experience and Training, at least three evalua tions and information on any licenses or certifications held. Optional documents are award letters and transcripts. This workshop is, 2 to 3 p.m., Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5. Registration is required. For more information, call 573-4513. A job search workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 7. It provides an overview of local and national employment trends and recommends strategies to expand your job search network. Open to active duty, retired, reserve and separating military and family members of relocating civil service personnel. Registration is required, call 573-4513. Smooth 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 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 15. For more information, call 573-4513. This class explores resume writing for todays job market. Resume items including skills, experience, education and values as well as simple, effective and easy to use resume formats that get job interviews. Parttime, full-time or permanent positions matters not, this workshop is for you. This program will assist the job seeker in completing a product that will get them in the door. The work shop is scheduled at the Fleet and Family Support Center from 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 8. Registration is highly recommended, as class is limited to 20 seats. For more information, call 573-4513. A 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, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences, meet and gain support from others, and exchange new ideas. To register, call 573-4512. This course is designed in a systematic user-friendly format and is focused on ensuring that you have the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively provide a solid foundation to newly forming or re-energiz ing existing Family Readiness Groups. This training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 3 and 4. For more information and to register call 573-4513. Unmanaged conflict has caused many hardships in the workplace and at home. It can cause people to suffer, missions to fail and families to separate. Conflict is inevitable. This workshop helps people manage conflict by examining their attitudes and behaviors when faced with conflicting situations, practic ing skills that prevent conflict from escalating and working Fleet & Family Support Center workshops Survivors support group starting Audra is a group for active duty females who have been sexually assaulted as adults. is group will oer active duty female survivors of sexual assault as an adult a safe, open atmosphere for discussion and activities to facilitate the healing process. Audra means nobility and strength in French. For more information, contact Jennice Jent at (912) 573-4479 or leslie. 6 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013


with others to solve problems, allowing people to grow, missions to succeed and families to strengthen. This class is 10 to 11 a.m.,Oct. 2. Registration is required. For more information call 573-4513. Transition 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., Oct. 21 to 25. Retirement Transition GPS is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 7 to 11. You must be registered by Command Career Counselor. For more infor mation, call 573-4513. The Ombudsman Assembly Meeting will be held for all OMB, COs, XOs, CMCs and COBs at the Kings Bay Community Center at 6 p.m., Oct. 28. For more information, contact at 573-4513. This workshop addresses the challenges of deployment and offers tools and techniques to managing the cycle of deployment those challenges. It also prepares family members for reunion so that problems will be minimized and the positive aspects of reunion can be maximized. Topics include expec tations, communication and financial awareness, and hints for a happy homecoming. The class is 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 9. For more information or to register, call 573-4513. Gain 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, informa tion, samples and tips on com pleting the electronic Federal resume. This class is from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 28. Registration required by calling 573-4513. A five-day training course will be offered for prospective Command Financial Specialists. All CFS must be nominated by their Command. Registration is open to personnel E-6 and above who are financially stable, with at least one year left before PRD from their commands. This training is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Registration is required. For more information, call 573-9783. The survivor Benefit Plan is a program that provides basic information on the key provisions of the Survivor Benefit Plan. This information will assist service members and their spouses in making informed decisions about SBPs role in their retirement plan. This workshop is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 1. Registration is required. For more information call 573-4513. The Million Dollar Sailor Program is personal wealth building for sailors and their families. This course assists those attending on how to navigate successfully through financial challenges that accompany them. This training was created to specifically combat the most common financial issues fac ing Sailors today. It will provide you with financial management skills that can be used over their lifetime. This training is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17. Registration is recommended. For more information call 573-9783.FFSC THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 7


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Morale, Welfare and Recreation happenings e Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Youth Center is taking registration for Beforeand 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 mov ies for kids are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. with Monsters University Sept 28 and 29. 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 movie 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 Defense deputy visits Afghanistan Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan Sept. 16, where he met with senior International Security Assistance Force, coalition and Afghan ocials. In a statement summa rizing the visit, Pentagon Press Secretary George Lit tle said Carter met in the Af ghan capital of Kabul with Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, Interior Minister Umar Daudzai and members of the Af ghan Parliament to stress the importance of a timely conclusion to the bilateral security agreement that will spell out the terms of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan once the cur rent mission ends there in December 2014. Carter also stressed the importance of timely, free and fair elections in Afghanistan next year. In addition, he said, the deputy secretary noted the tremendous progress made by the Afghan national security forces this ghting season, the rst in which theyve assumed full lead. 8 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013


Up eriscope with Bill Wesselho When I was in college, I took Weight Training I and II and Jogging I and II. I actually had more hours in P.E. electives than I had hours in journalism and probably should have been a gym teacher. But, thats another story for another day. I dont really workout much anymore, I have plenty to do with my home and lawn, but I was at the Fitness Center last week and decided to find out what kind of workout routines people do today. Heres what they said.Jolene McGuire Fitness Instructor Rockledge, Fla. I teach Yoga Tuesday and Thursday at 9. Im training for a half marathon (13.1 miles) and a full mara thon (26.2 mi.), running about 7 miles twice during the week and 12 to 20 on weekends. And I teach spin class Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5. Fred Goldman Retired Navy Marietta, Okla. My workout partner, Glenda Weber, and I do one hour of cardio and then go to the weight room for an hour, three times a week. Rose Marie Kimbell Family member Eugene, Ore. I go to the machine room and the bikes, four days a week. I do three reps on the machines and either mileage or time on the bikes, either 3 miles or 20 minutes. Michael Perkins Family member Fort Riley, Kansas I dont really work out. Im just here to play basketball. Sandra Wilder Retired Navy Charleston, S.C. Im restarting an old routine after three years. I do free weights and Nautilis machines three days a week for about 45 minutes right now. I used to work out an hour-anda-half. Nate Bryant Retired Navy Lake City, S.C. I do cardio for about 35 minutes and go into the Nautilis room and do biceps and triceps, 15 of each, four sets, at least four days a week. I want to get back in shape. Look for our roving reporter around Kings Bay and tell him what you think about our question of the week. Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson will be presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, making him the sixth living recipient of the nations highest military award for valor during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. e Washington State native will receive the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sept. 8, 2009, during combat operations against Taliban insurgents in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Its a monumental event for me, for my family and for my teammates, Swenson said after receiving word directly from Obama. is day also means a lot to those I served with. During his second tour in Afghanistan, Swenson served as an embedded adviser with the Afghan Border Police Mentor Team in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regi ment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He was tasked with mentoring members of the Afghan National Security Forces. On the morning of Sept. 8, 2009, Swenson and his team moved on foot into the rural community of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. It was then he and his team were ambushed by more than 50 well-armed, well-positioned insurgent ghters. As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and machine gun re, Swenson returned re, coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police soldiers, and simultaneously tried to call in suppressive artillery re and aviation support. After the enemy eectively anked Coalition Forces, Swenson repeatedly called for smoke to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements. Surrounded on three sides by enemy forces inicting eective and accu rate re, Swenson coordi nated air assets, indirect re support and medical-evac uation helicopter support to allow for the evacuation of the wounded. Swenson ignored enemy radio trans missions demanding sur render and maneuvered uncovered to render medical aid to a wounded Sol dier, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook. Swenson stopped administering aid long enough to throw a grenade at approaching enemy forces, then assisted with moving Westbrook for air evacuation. After using aviation support to mark locations of fallen and wounded comrades, it became clear that ground recovery was required due to the proximity of heavily-armed enemy positions to potential helicopter landing zones. With complete disregard for his own safety, Swenson voluntarily led a team into the kill zone, exposing himself to enemy re on three occasions to recover the wounded and search for missing team members. Returning to the kill zone a fourth time in a Humvee, he exited the vehicle, evaded a hail of bullets and shells to recover three fallen Marines and a Navy corpsman, working alongside then-Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who on Sept. 15, 2011, received the Medal of Honor for his own actions in the battle. After six hours of continuous ghting, Swenson rallied his teammates and eectively disrupted the enemy assault. Army ocer to receive MOH THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 9


e U.S. Navy was as vital to the Vietnam War effort ashore as it was aoat. Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam was responsible for securing the many rivers and canals that wound their way through the lush, tropical landscape of South Vietnam. In Operation Game Warden, Navy river patrol boats moved along the major rivers of the Mekong Delta and further north near Hue. e mission of these units was to deny the enemy use of the waterways for transporting guerrillas and supplies. Every day, the young warriors of the Navys River Patrol Force stopped and searched sampans and similar small craft for hidden munitions and other contraband. e discovery of Viet Cong guerrillas operating on the river, which occurred often, led to erce gun battles at close quarters. One action that stands out involved Boatswains Mate First Class James E. Williams, who received the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary bravery and leadership on Oct. 31, 1966. at day Williams, patrol commander for his boat, River Patrol Boat 105, and another patrol boat, was searching for Viet Cong guerrillas operating on the Mekong River. Suddenly, Communists manning two sampans opened re on the Americans. When Williams and his comrades wiped out one boat crew, the other one escaped into a nearby waterway. e Sailors followed and soon found themselves in a hornets nest of enemy activity as Viet Cong soldiers red rocket propelled grenades and other weapons from fortied river bank positions. Despite overwhelming odds, Williams repeatedly led his unit against several concentrations of enemy junks and sampans and called for support from the heavily armed UH-1B Huey helicopters of Navy Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, the Seawolves. When that help arrived, he resumed the attack in the failing light, boldly turning on his boats searchlights to illuminate enemy forces and positions. As a result of the three-hour battle, the American naval force killed numerous Viet Cong guerrillas, destroyed over fty vessels, and disrupted a major enemy logistic operation. Equally important to the war on the rivers were the services highly trained, motivated, and courageous Sea, Air, and Land naval special forces. Small detachments of SEALs operated routinely in Viet Cong-controlled areas gathering intelligence and killing or capturing key enemy personnel. Navy mine countermeasures units, despite losing a number of minesweeping boats to enemy rocket propelled grenades and command-detonated mines, kept the tortuous, 45-mile channel from the sea to Saigon, a major logistics hub in southern South Vietnam, open throughout the war. Sharing these inland operating areas was the joint Army-Navy Mobile Riverine Force, which consisted of heavily armed and armored monitors, troop carriers, assault support patrol boats, and combat troops from the U.S. Armys 9th Infantry Division. Much like the soldiers of General Ulysses S. Grant and the Sailors of Admiral David Dixon Porter, who fought together on the Mississippi River in the Civil War, the American ghting men of the Mobile Riverine Force often closed with the enemy. In battle after battle, the naval force deployed troops on the anks and rear of Communist combat units and with American helicopter teams decimated the foe. After several years of war, however, the enemy had begun to nd ways of countering the allied river patrol and river assault operations. e guerrillas shifted their resupply activities to small rivers and canals and the main force North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong combat units either avoided contact with the Mobile Riverine Force or waited for the right opportunity to spring deadly ambushes. To regain the initiative, Vice Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr., a dynamic ocer who took charge as COMNAVFORV in the fall of 1968, followed a new strategic approach, which he named Southeast Asia Lake, Ocean, River, Delta Strategy. e thrust of the SEALORDS campaign was to establish closely patrolled sectors along the Cambodian border, where the enemy brought most of his munitions and supplies into South Vietnam, and penetrate Viet Cong strongholds in the almost impenetrable marsh and swampland areas of the Mekong Delta. e enemy resistance to this new strategy was erce and sustained during 1969 and 1970, but the allies established increasing control of the targeted areas. Coupled with the U.S. and South Vietnamese incursion into Cambodia in the latter year, the SEALORDS campaign severely hindered enemy operations in the Mekong Delta. An indication of the allies success was the ability of the South Vietnamese to deploy an Army of Vietnam infantry division out of the Mekong Delta to ght elsewhere during the Communist Easter Oensive of 1972. Another important aspect of the SEALORDS campaign was the emphasis on improving the combat performance of the Vietnam Navy. Since 1950, thousands of American naval advisors had worked especially hard to prepare their Vietnamese counterparts for operating the ships, coastal and river craft, planes, weapons and equipment that the Vietnam Navy received in U.S. military assistance programs. e objective of this eort was to enable Vietnamese Sailors to carry on the ght with the Communists largely on their own. e mission became especially important after 1968, when the new administration of President Richard M. Nixon began withdrawing U.S. military forces from the war in Southeast Asia. Eventually, the Vietnam Navy was ranked the fth largest in the world with 42,000 men and women and 1,500 naval vessels. While the Vietnam Navy had the weaknesses of the other South Vietnamese armed forces, its Sailors often fought with courage and self-sacrice against the Communists. e powerful Pacic Fleet could have stopped Vietnam ends, Navy meets new threats The NavyIn the Cold WarSixth in a series 10 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013


Navy College information the enemy from using neutral merchant ships to transport war materials into Cambodia or North Vietnam, but President Lyndon Johnson did not want to provoke open Soviet or Chinese intervention in the war so he prohibited a blockade. In 1972, however, President Nixon was condent there would be no opposition from Moscow or Beijing, so he ordered the Seventh Fleet to mine the waters of North Vietnam. Navy and Marine attack aircraft from aircraft carrier Coral Sea dropped thousands of mines in the approaches to Haiphong and North Vietnams other major ports. With no merchant ships bringing in supplies of surface-to-air missiles or other munitions, the Communist war eort quickly lost steam. e Seventh Fleets mining of North Vietnams ports in 1972 and 1973, in conjunction with the Air Force-Navy Linebacker bombing campaign, helped end Americas involvement in the long, frustrating war by inducing the enemy to agree to reasonable ceasere terms and to release all American prisoners of war. Despite the best eorts of American, South Vietnamese and Cambodian ghting men, however, in April 1975 Communist forces seized Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. at month, in operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind, the Seventh Fleet evacuated thousands of American and allied personnel from Cambodia and South Vietnam. e following month, Communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas seized the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez and her crew o Cambodia. A boarding party of Sailors and Marines from frigate USS Harold E. Holt (DE-1074) retook the ship, which had been abandoned by the Cambodians earlier that day. Suspecting that the crewmen were being held on nearby Koh Tang Island actually they were held elsewhere and subsequently released by their captors the U.S. command in ailand dispatched a strong force of Marines, Air Force helicopters and the guided missile destroyer USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) to investigate the site. e operation to land on Koh Tang resulted in the death of 18 servicemen, wounding of another 50, and combat loss of three helicopters, but demonstrated that the United States would not tolerate the seizure of its ships on the open sea. In contrast to the Khmer Rouge guerrillas, the Sailors of the Seventh Fleet came to the aid of seafarers during the next several years as U.S. naval vessels rescued thousands of Vietnamese boat people eeing political and religious persecution and economic deprivation in the new Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In all, 1,842,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy served in Southeast Asia. Some 2,600 Sailors died in the conict and 10,000 suered from wounds, dis ease, and injury. is was service for which Americas Sailors could be proud, because their sacrice and dedication to duty helped the United States win the Cold War, of which the conict in Vietnam was a signicant part. Next: Post-Vietnam global perspective Cold War THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 11


Not many people can say they served in three branches of the military, were involved in a war and two conicts, provided care for a U.S. hostage for nine months in a foreign country and gave vital information that led to an Army Delta Force extraction. One man can say all those things and now has a Bronze Star for Valor for his eorts. Retired Air Force Col. (Dr.) James A. Ruer was getting ready to attend medical school when the Vietnam War began and knew right away he would have to put aside his medical school dreams and join the cause. He went to a Marine recruiter with the intent of becoming an ocer, and shortly after commissioning, he attended ight school. His leadership came into the classroom one day as he told his fellow Marines attending ight training there was only one ghter pilot position open, and all the rest of the students would be trained to become helicopter pilots. To be chosen for that one position, Ruer would have to be the student of the week out of 388 Navy and Marine pilots. Ruer always wanted to y a jet and knew to achieve his goal, he would have to give his all. Sure enough, Ruer was selected for the lone ghter pilot position. I wasnt shocked; I knew I was doing the best I could at my studies and during my training ights, Ruer said. I learned at a young age to give everything I had in everything I wanted, and I would nd a way to (earn) what I wanted. After graduating ghter pilot school, he was thrown into the re in Vietnam, providing close air support for his fellow Marines on the ground. We ew so low, we used our own eyes to target where we wanted to drop the bombs, Ruer said. I knew while ying over those Marines that if I could pave a clearer path for them, they would be safer. at was always my goal. Ruer served ve years as an active duty Marine then six years in the Individual Ready Reserve. While on IRR, he was nally able to attend medical school. He wanted to stay close to the Marine Corps after he earned his medical degree, but the Marine Corps didnt oer him a position, and he ended up joining the Navy as a ight surgeon. Ruer claims his greatest accomplishment in the Navy was a day in the emergency room where he delivered eight babies in 24 hours. at day was a handful, he said. I was running around taking care of patients and pregnant women kept coming in. In those days, if you were due, you went into the base emergency room. It truly was a blessing to be a part of bringing those children into the world. Ruer served with the Navy for six years before he left the military to become a civilian doctor. at lasted for only a few months before he missed military life. He called an Air Force recruiter and asked if the Air Force had any need for a doctor; joining his third service shortly after that call he was stationed at Edwards AFB, Calif. He was the ight doctor for a civilian ight crew made up of Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the crew of the Voyager, during that assignment. e Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the rst aircraft to y around the world without stopping or refueling. Working with those two was a pleasure. I take pride in knowing I got to meet and work with them, Ruer said. Shortly after nishing his work with the Voyager crew, he was looking for a new challenge. Ruer knew American forces were being sent to the Republic of Panama, and he wanted to be where the action was. He applied for the assignment, and a couple months later, his family moved to Panama City, Panama, where he would be the deputy command surgeon for the United States Southern Command in the Republic of Panama. During that time, U.S. civilian Kurt Muse was arrested and held in the Carcel Modelo Prison for transmitting an anti-Manuel Noriega radio station. e American was beaten and interrogated so Ruer was sent in to the prison by the Department of Defense to ensure he was still alive and to try and stabilize him. I have never seen a man be made into nothing, Ruer said. When I started treating him, I couldnt stop praying for him. He was debriefed by Delta Force members and commanders on the captives condition each day. He made the commanders aware he needed to see Muse as much as possible. Ruer went back to the prison the next day and talked to the captors and negotiated treatment sessions for Muse. Every other day for as long as you have him, Ruer demanded of the captors. e prison guards saw it his way and granted him access to Muse for the next nine months. Ruer worked with Delta Force intelligence ocers discussing the prisons oor plans to include where the guard shacks were, how thick the cells were, if the prisoner would be strong enough to get out, and if he would be willing to risk escaping. Operation Acid Gambit took place Dec. 20, 1989, to rescue Muse. e operation was a success. Being able to say I helped in the plans to extract an American held hostage is something that brings me a great sense of honor, Ruer said. Ruer and his family moved out of Panama a couple months after the extraction, and he was slated to deploy in support of the Persian Gulf War, but his orders were cancelled. I knew we needed to have someone over there to assess the casualties for chemical traces, he said. I went to the commander and told him I need to get over there to make sure we know how to treat and protect against chemical warfare. After the discussion, Ruer was sent to an Air Force forward operating location as a consultant for Chemical Casualty Medical Management to the Tactical Air Command and served as an air transportable clinic commander. My tour in the desert was great, Ruer said. Being able to help implement protective steps during a chemical attack was something that needed to happen. ats why I pushed to go on the deployment, so I could help potentially save the brave men and women of our country. After completing his six month deployment, Ruer was soon transferred to serve as an emergency room physician at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, where he retired in 1995, but his time in the military still didnt feel complete. I never sought medals in my career; it was always 3-branch vet gets Bronze Star for Muse aair Muse unsung hero To some Americans, the U.S. invasion of Panama is a distant memory, a small conict that came between the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. For Army veteran Kurt Muse, it was a conict that he was directly involved in, from the beginnings of the struggle to the very rst night of Operation Just Cause. Muse was living in Panama when General Manuel Noriega was indicted by the Drug Enforcement Agency on drug tracking charges. After he was relieved of duty by President Eric Arturo Delvalle, Noriega instead forced Delvalle out of power and took control of the country. Muse helped operate the Voice of Liberty, a pirate radio station that encouraged Panamanians to vote Noriega out of oce. You know the many tools that the oppressors have to keep us from the polling places. We beseech you to be brave, to persevere. We beseech you to vote. Together we can bury General Noriegas dictatorship under a mountain of ballots, one message said, which was broadcast over one of Noriegas speeches. Muse was arrested in March 1989 and sent to a Panamanian prison. While in prison, other prisoners were beat and killed before him, and he was questioned for days on end without sleep. When given the chance to have his wife make an appeal to Noriega for his freedom, Muse refused. Muse was imprisoned for nine months, with a guard always next to him, a guard who was under orders to kill him immediately if American forces attempted to rescue him. On the rst night of Operation Just Cause, Dec. 20, 1989, Soldiers from Delta Force rescued him from his prison by landing on the roof. ey handed him a bulletproof vest and rushed him to a waiting helicopter. My most vivid memo ry is when the two [Delta Force] operators stormed into the room, blew o the door, and one of them put a heavy, gloved hand on my shoulder and said were taking you home, Muse said. As the helicopter took o, it was attacked, and nearly crashed into the prison. e pilot regained control, and tried to take o again, but it came under re again and crashed into a city street. No one was killed in the crash, and soon an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier from the 5th Infantry Division came to their rescue. Free dom Team Salute, an Army organization dedicated to recognizing Soldiers and civilians who represent the Armys highest values, honored Muse and his wife Anne in a ceremony at Human Resource Commands Homan building. 12 THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013


In the aftermath of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, the Navy has established an Emergency Family Assistance Center on board Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Sept. 17. An EFAC is the central point for promoting short and long-term recovery. is includes the return to a stable environment and mission ready status for Department of Defense personnel and their families following a signicant incident. EFACs provide a consolidated staging area where families and individuals can obtain disaster relief assistance and/or support, current information from leadership, and contingency services. ey integrate services addressing the needs families and individuals aected by the incident. e Navys primary mechanism for responding to family needs following a disaster or mass casualty incident is the establishment of an EFAC, said Robert Klebahn, NDW regional Fleet and Family Support Center manager. e NDW FFSC plans, trains, and exercises plans annually, in order to be able to respond to incidents at a moments notice. e Family Support sta supporting the current EFAC provided support and assistance at the Pentagon Family Assistance Center, at EFACs established for Hurricane Katrina, the Southern California Wildres, the evacuation of personnel from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Klebahn said. Since it was established the EFAC has received 536 calls, including ve for clinical counseling from personnel concerned about their co-workers being among the casualties. e EFAC will be available 24/7 for any members or civilian employees and aected family members that feel the need of talking to somebody. It is comprised of NDW Family Support sta, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Clinicians, the Navys Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team from Portsmouth, VA, the FBI and other support agencies are all dedicated to ensuring the fastest recovery, or return of normalcy as possible. It is important for affected family members to know that important benets may exist for them, Klebahn said. e FBIs Oce of Victim Assistance, they provide information to victims of crime, and will provide lodging and travel for two family members of the deceased or injured if needed. e Red Cross, they are providing services to those affected. DC Crime Victims Compensation provides nancial assistance for burial. Klebahn said the William Wendt Center provides trauma counseling to victims and families affected, and e Oce of Workers Compensation Programs provides information and assistance with federal employee benets. Other agencies will be added as the need for them is identied. Military honors victims Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey joined other defense leaders Sept. 17 to place a wreath at the Navy Memorial in honor of the 12 employees killed at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16. In a short, somber ceremony, Hagel and Dempsey placed a wreath next to the Lone Sailor statue at the memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray joined the military leaders. All present saluted or placed their hands over their hearts as a bugler played Taps. e FBI is continuing the investigation into the shooting rampage. Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, is alleged to have been the shooter. Alexis was killed in a gun duel with police. Navy sets up support for victims familiesabout the mission and country before selfglorication but something was missing, Ruer said. I always felt I should have received a medal for my eorts in Panama. Twenty three years after his part in the operation was declassied, Maj. Gen. Jerey Lofgren, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander, presented him with a Bronze Star for Valor with heroism. What a great opportunity for our Air Force to recognize this true hero; for me, I was humbled and excited to ociate over such a signicant event, Lofgren said, Being able to recognize a true American hero was a thrill. What an amazing story. After the ceremony, Ruer recognized his wife and family for supporting him through the thick and thin. I couldnt have asked for a better support team than them, he said. Growing up wanting to be a doctor, then joining the Marine Corps becoming a pilot, joining the Navy as a doctor, leaving the military for a civilian practice, and then coming back to the military to join the Air Force as a doctor marks a military career that is not often duplicated. When my Bronze Star ceremony was complete, my wife and I walked to the car, Ruer said. But I didnt want to go home; I knew when I took that uniform o my military career was over, and the decoration I thought I deserved for so long was nally on my chest. I hadnt prepared myself for the emotions that took place during that walk to the car. In a global environment where crises such as the one occurring in Syria become sudden priorities and where scal, cyber and geopolitical disasters simmer on the worlds back burners, intelligence is a critical guarantor of U.S. national security, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said in Washington D.C. recently. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn spoke to those attending a panel on intelligence community challenges and priorities at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Summit. INSA is a nonprot public-private organization whose members include current and former high-ranking intelligence, military and government agency leaders, analysts and experts. In light of future trends and in light of the absolutely critical role of intelligence for our national security, we must do the following, Flynn said. We must adjust our operating model to refocus on our mission and our unique strengths. We must continually emphasize burden sharing, partnerships and integration. And we must instill exibility and agility to respond to crises. at is our new normal. Flynn said these under takings must be woven into the fabric and culture of DIA and everything it does. At DIA, he said, we have already laid the groundwork for that future. The agency recently reorga nized into a centersbased model that networks and integrates talent from across the agency analysts, collectors, collections managers, technicians, technical experts, targeteers and brings them together as one team to solve critical problems, Flynn said, describing the model as a critical personal lesson that I learned from the past decade of war. At the core of the centers are the following three qualities, the general explained. A fusion of analysis and collection, which, based on experience from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, is the most successful model for intelligence production and support; Flexibility, so team members no longer have to contend with organizational boundaries; and Integration, as each center has interagency embeds from across the intelligence community and tight relationships with combatant com mands and service intelligence centers. ats not the model that we had coming into the last decade of war, he said. Today, Flynn said, DIAs Middle East-Africa Regional Center, in close coordination with U.S. Central Command, the Joint Sta, the Oce of the Secretary of Defense, the Oce of the Director of National Intelligence and the White House, is handling the DIA assessments of the Syria crisis. And I have the utmost faith that they have the right talent, the right tools and the right resources to get the job done, he said. e agency also has pushed more of its intelligence professionals collectors and analysts into the eld to thicken the edges, the general said, ensuring that they and the agency have an appreciation and working understanding of developments across the globe. My constant drumbeat is to make the edge the center, Flynn said. e unique perspective of these ocers in the eld often made the crucial difference in our support to policymakers during the [al-Qaida] threats in Yemen, operations in Mali, instability in Egypt and certainly growing unrest in Syria. Recently, he added, feedback from an intelligence ocer in a particular country went directly to the secretary of defense in advance of his talks to allies about instability in the Middle East. As the United States nds itself with new national security crossroads to navigate, the general observed, DIA is focused on being in the right place at the right time. Flynn said DIAs role in the U.S. governments response to the crisis in Syria has been intense and continuous from the beginning. In our agency we have over 6,000 civilians who have served in a combat environment in the last decade, he said. ats pretty extraordinary. ose that served in Iraq and focused on al-Qaida, but certainly on the Mid dle East militaries and the kinds of capabilities they have. eyre worth their weight in gold right now. e Defense Intelligence Agency is deeply involved as a member of the community, the general added. DIA, he said, is part of an integrated team supporting Central Command, European Command, Africa Command, certainly Cyber Command. And we also support the military planning thats going on at every level up to and including the Joint Sta. DIA also is involved on the policy side, he said. We have provided what I would call the nations experts on chemical warfare to the State Department. ey are today helping Secretary [John F.] Kerry negotiate that issue. ey were called on a dime, and the individual Im thinking about in this case absolutely jumped right into it, Flynn said. e crisis in Syria shows how rapidly a challenge from the list of global threats can bubble up to the surface and completely change the nations course and commitment of resources, the general said. Another such issue on the horizon, he noted, could be the tactical use of cyberattacks for strategic purposes. Summit attendees spent a signicant part of the afternoon talking about a range of cybersecurity topics, he said, from rogue hackers to insider threats to state-sponsored actors. In May, the general added, appropriately at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in no uncertain terms that the destructive potential of cyberattacks has become the national security challenge of the age. Militarized cyber weapons are a new world for DIA, he added, one in which the agency needs to understand the doctrine and intent of cyber foes to best manage the risk such enemies pose to the nation. Future intel roadmappedRuer THE PERISCOPE, NSB KINGS BAY, Thursday, September 26, 2013 13


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