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The Southernmost flyer /
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Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 5 (Mar. 9, 1990); title from caption.
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EYE ON THE FLEE TPACIFIC OCEAN inside:CHAPLAINS CORNER Comfort zone. . . . . . . .2 SAPR TRAINING New victim advocates .....3 LIGHTNING AWARENESS Lightning safety ..........5 COMBA T WOUNDED SCUBA T ests ..............6 TOP OF PAGE ONE: VOL. 18 NO. 26 WWW.CNIC.N AVY .MIL/KEYWES T N AVAL AIR S T A TION KEY WES T FLORIDAFRIDA Y JUNE 29, 2018 (June 23, 2018) AWS2 Denzal ONeal observes a live-fire exercise aboard an M H-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 near Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Ellen SharkeyA file photo of an Embraer EMB 314 Super T ucano A-29 experimental aircraft flying over White Sands Missile Range. N avy Lt. Christopher Carey Short died June 22 when the A-29 aircraft he was piloting crashed while on a mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, north of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. LIGHTNING S TRIKESU.S. Navy photo by MC3 Arnesia McIntyreAn F-35A Lightning II from the 422nd Test and Evaluation squadron from Nellis Air Force Base are on station conducting operational training at Naval Air Station Key Wests Boca Chica Field. This is the first time that the U.S. Air Force F-35s program have deployed to Key West. NAS to observe July 4th holidayFR OM N AS KEY WES T PUBLIC AFFAIRSNaval Air Station Key Wests offices and facilities will close Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday but the annual Bash at the Beach will be open to all hands. The Sigsbee Park Navy Exchange will be on holiday hours, open 10 a.m. 5 p.m. The minimart at Boca Chica Field will be open 8 a.m. 3 p.m. and the minmart on Trumbo Point will be open from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. The Commissary will be open from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. on Wednesday; no early birds will be admitted. All MWR facilities will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day except for the following: Fly Away Caf at Navigators: 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Navigators Bar: 11 a.m. 9 p.m. NGIS Front Desk: 24 hours Sigsbee Marina: 7:45 a.m. 5 p.m. Trumbo Pool: noon 5 p.m.see JULY 4TH page 5Forecasters keep close eye on skyFR OM N AS KEY WES T PUBLIC AFFAIRSMore lightning strikes are recorded in Florida than anywhere in the world, which makes it all the more compelling to pay attention to information being released during Lightning Safety Week, which ends Saturday. Florida is the lightning capital of the world, noted Tom Cotter, supervisor of Naval Air Station Key Wests weather office, located on Boca Chica Field. Weve had 18 warnings issued so far this month, some were extensions, but we did make 18 calls, said Cotter. The Meteorology Department at NAS supports flight operations by providing weather updates and sounding the alarm if there is an approaching thunderstorm, which brings with it low flight ceilings, wind shear, heavy rain and lightning. Thats probably the most important aspect of what we do here, Cotter said.see F ORECAS TERS page 2


3 Comfort zoneHave you ever been asked to do something that is out of your comfort zone? It might even be something that is completely opposite of what you think you want to do. There are times we are called to do something that is completely out of our comfort zone and it is only natural for us to want to take the safe and more comfortable route. This coming September it will have been 10 years since I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. It was exciting to think about the adventure ahead of my family and me, but we had no clue what it was going to be like. I wasnt sure what this new lifestyle would be like or how my family would handle the transition. All I knew was that this was what God was calling my family to do and we were answering the call, even though we knew nothing about the active duty lifestyle. As I said my goodbyes to my family and headed to Newport, Rhode Island, for officer and chaplain schools, I wondered what this new ministry was going to look like. There were so many questions that could only be answered in due time. After finishing school, my family said our goodbyes to our family and friends in South Carolina and headed to our first duty station in San Diego. It was there that our adventure in the military began. When my wife and I were first married we knew the church was where we were meant to be serving but thought that down the road we might look into mission work overseas. The Chaplain Corps wasnt even on our radar. The journey to joining the chaplaincy took quite a few years but as I look back now I can see how God was preparing us for this mission, even though it wasnt what we thought we would be doing. Now we cant imagine not being a part of the Navy or the Chaplain Corps family. In the book of John, Jesus is talking to Peter. Peter had been following Jesus for years but when things got hard he took his eyes off the difficult path of continuing the ministry he had been called to do. He went back to what felt safe and comfortable. When the resurrected Jesus appeared to him he asked him Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? John 21:15. These could have meant many things and we all have our these areas in our own lives, things we sometimes choose over Christ. Thankfully, He continues to invite us to a life of more, a life where we can refuse to settle for less. It is a life where we are called and designed to do more. Even though I had no idea what God was doing with my family and I almost a decade ago, I am so glad that we didnt choose the more safe and comfortable route. As I wrote earlier, we cant imagine doing anything else right now and we are so glad that we have the privilege of being a part of something so much bigger than us. I hope your time reading this article has encouraged you. Please come and join us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Truman Annex Chapel for worship service with our praise band and childrens church. Please visit our Facebook page (Truman Chapel) for upcoming events. If you are in need of chaplain care, please call your chaplains at 305-293-2318, Naval Air Station Key West, or 305-292-8788, Coast Guard Sector Key West. Job T itle: Military Working Dog Prior Duty Lackland Air Force Base, Texas Hobbies: Patrol, train, socialize. Most Interesting Experience: Coming to Key West. Future Plans: Work with MA3 Kyle Bishop.MA2 GrimCOMMANDING OFFICER Capt. Bobby J. Baker EXECUTIVE OFFICER Cmdr. Greg Brotherton PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER Trice Denny EDITOR MC3 Arnesia McIntyreThis newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military service and their families. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content of this newspaper is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Office of Naval Air Station Key West, Florida. Additional copy and photographs provided by the readers of the Southernmost Flyer should be addressed to: Editor, Southernmost Flyer, Public Affairs Office, Naval Air Station, Box 9001, Key West, FL 33040-9001. Copy can also be e-mailed to arnesia.r.mcintyre@ Telephone (305) 293-2425/2434. DSN 4832425/2434. Deadline for all editorial copy is 4 p.m. the Friday preceding publication. All articles must be submitted on disk in text format, written in upper/lower case style. Briefly NAS Key West Command ChaplainLt. Cmdr.Scott Mason CHAPLAIN'S CORNER June 291871 Capt. Charles Halls arctic expedition sails from New York on USS Polaris. Aiming for the North Pole, USS Polaris makes it to 82X 11N, 61X W latitude, then the furthest point north reached by a vessel.June 301951 A group of stranded Japanese soldiers who refuse to believe World War II ended in 1945, surrender to Lt. Cmdr. Johnson, USS Cocopa (ATF 101) on Anatahan Island in the northern Marianas.July 11911 Designer Glenn Curtiss makes the first flight in the Navys first aircraft, Curtiss A1.July 21926 The Distinguished Flying Cross is authorized by Congress.July 31942 A PBY 5A aircraft successfully fires the first airborne retro-rocket at Goldstone Lake, California.July 41992 USS George Washington (CVN 73) is commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia. The ships sponsor is First Lady Barbara Bush.July 51859 Hawaiian bark Gambia, commanded by Capt. N.C. Brooks, discovers the Midway Islands. The islands are named Middlebrook Islands.Gift cardsNavy Exchange Service Command and the Defense Commissary Agency have teamed up to sell commissary gift cards at more than 40 NEX locations, including the Naval Air Station NEX on Sigsbee Park. The DeCA gift card can be loaded with an amount range of $5 $300. The gift cards will be located at NEX registers at the front of the stores.CSADD membersThe Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions is currently looking for new members. Meetings are every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Air Ops Conference Room. CSADD a peer-to-peer mentorship program focusing on volunteerism and educating our young Sailors on the importance of good decision making. For more information, email AZCS (AW) AmyShirelle Santos at RetreatsNaval Air Station Key Wests Religious Ministries Department is hosting two retreats in July, one for married couples and a second for single enlisted Sailors E1 E6. The CREDO Southeast Marriage Enrichment, set for Wednesday Friday at the DoubleTree Grand Resort, is for married active duty service members and their spouses. Childcare isnt provided. The retreat is free. The Single Service Member Leadership Retreat is July 27 29, also at the DoubleTree. The teambuilding retreat is free. For more information, call 305-293-2318 or email or leonel.torrente@navy. mil.ID renewalAll DOD ID cards can be renewed up to 90 days in advance, CAC and dependent ID cards included. Two forms of ID are required; sponsors must sign/digitally sign Form 1172 for all dependent children. For more information, call 305-293-3778.MCHC membersThe Multicultural Heritage Committee is looking for more people Sailors and DOD civilians to join the organization. The MCHC meets every Thursday at noon in Bldg. A-324 conference room, Boca Chica Field. For more information, email PRC Michael Dees at michael. complete SAPR trainingU.S. Navy photo by Danielle MartinIncoming victim advocates recently completed SAPR training with Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Danielle Martin. They are, from left, OS2 Cornelius Thompson, ABH3 T usharm Chavis, HM2 Adam Powers, OS2 Briona Smith, LS2 Charles Recobs, BM2 Dustin Palmertree, AS3 Rosina Mataley, ET2 Michael Cunnane, GSM2 Marycris Villas, AC2 Devon Moses, HN Gabriela Franco, AC2 Deonna Anthony, ABH3 Randy Price and LSSN Keisha Johnson. BY D ANIELLE M AR TIN, SARCFleet and Family Support CenterFourteen military members completed the 40-hour Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training class for victim advocates. The training covered a wide range of SAPR related topics and input from several guest speakers, including Fleet and Family Support Center Director Theresa Burek, Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West Lt. Ferran Mora, Flight Surgeon Lt. Hanna Harris, Judy Groover, NBHC, Detective Lee Anderson, Center for Information Dominance, and Lt. Sara Wooten, NAS Judge Advocate General. The SAPR VA fills a vital role in the delivery of services to victims of sexual assault. The advocate is a primary source of information such as victim rights, military and community resources, as well as restricted and unrestricted reporting options. SAPR VAs also support sexual assault prevention and intervention strategies at their commands. If you are interested in learning about becoming a SAPR VA, call Danielle Martin at 305-293-2408, email danielle.c.martin@ The next class is scheduled for Sept. 24 28 at the FFSC. If you are a victim of sexual assault 24/7 assistance is available. Contact DOD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247, NASKW SAPR VA at 305-797-1408, or NASKW SARC at 786383-7873 or stop by Bldg. V-4058, 804 Sigsbee Road, Sigsbee Park. In an emergency dial 911. The office, in Air Operations, has three meteorologists keeping track of weather conditions within a 10-mile radius of the airfield. When the weather office issues a thunderstorm warning, airfield crews are expected to seek cover because of the potential of lightning strikes. This also means that all airfield operations stop. The weather office sends its alerts to more than 50 contacts, including Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, especially the Trumbo Pool, Sigsbee Splash Park and marinas. Cotter said the challenge with forecasting here is that weather formations can change rapidly because of the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Mexico. A cell can build and then collapse within 15 minutes, said Cotter. We dont want to cry wolf. We really try to be focused on being accurate, and safety always comes first. A storm cell doesnt have to be directly overhead for the threat of lightning to exist, he stressed. The cell can be 10 miles away and there is still a big chance of a strike. According to Cotter, this year has been normal so far but that could change as the Keys get deeper into the rainy season. During a storm watch, staff members will climb to the observation deck on top of the air terminal to check developments every hour; during a warning observations are made every five minutes. The best advice I can give anyone that is outside (during a storm) is that if you can hear thunder you are in danger of being struck, he said. Seek safe shelter and remain inside until 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard. If there is no means of shelter then squat as low to the ground as possible. Never lay down on the ground because you create too many contact points for the lightning to pass through, he added.Forecasterscontinued from page 1


5 MWR Update This week at FFSC Fourth of July hoursFleet and Family Support Center will be closed Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.Conflict Resolution WorkshopMonday, 1 2 p.m., FFSC This workshop helps people manage conflict by examining their attitudes and behaviors when faced with conflicting situations. Join us in this workshop to learn the skills needed to prevent conflict from escalating. Register with Theresa Burek at 305-293-2680 or email IndocJuly 9 13, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Bldg. A-515, Boca Chica Field This five-day class advises incoming personnel of base policies, procedures and services available. A multitude of guest speakers will present an array of topics and will take questions from training participants. Spouses are welcome. The point of contact is CSC Matthew Reikowski at 305-293-2661. FFSC offers many services including deployment support, relocation assistance, family employment readiness, life skills education, personal financial management, crisis incident response and training, sexual assault prevention and response, ombudsman support, transition assistance management, family advocacy and professional counseling. For more information or to request services, call 305-293-4408 or visit the center at 804 Sigsbee Rd., Sigsbee Park. Beach bashThis years July 4th celebration will be at Beach Patio Recreation Center on Truman Annex from 5 p.m. until the Rotary Club of Key West fireworks display at dusk. The fireworks can be seen from the Truman Beach just steps from the event. There will be games, food and fun from 5 8 p.m. to include some ticketed activities: paintball, carnival rides & games and the rock wall. Free activities include the dunk tank, face painting, family games & competitions and live music. Food and beverage sales will go toward the Navy Ball Committee. For more details, call 305-293-2783. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event special: USAA, Keys Auto Center, Waste Management, Fury Water Adventures, Sebago Watersports, Lazy Dog, Captains Corner, Sparkling Ice, Military Affairs Committee, Navy League Key West Council, NAS Key West CPOA and VFW Post 3911.Captains Cup Basketball The 2018 Captains Cup Basketball season begins at July 9 with rosters due on July 2. Games will play Mondays at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. at the Boca Chica Fitness Center Gymnasium. Submit rosters to and for additional details call 305797-7791.Summer Reading Between Jun. 4 and Aug. 11, sign your child up for the Summer Reading Program online at https://keywestlibrary.beanstack. org. It is open to children 5 18 years old. Prizes can be picked up at the Youth Center on Sigsbee Park. For more details, call 305-2934437.Theater campThe Youth Center is hosting a week-long theater camp from Jul. 16-20. Auditions will be held on Jul. 16 from 10 a.m. noon at the Sigsbee Community Center. Open to children in Kindergarten through High School Aged Youth. Sign up in advance at the Sigsbee Youth Center. There will be a performance of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs on Fri., Jul. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Sigsbee Community Center. For more information, call 305-293-4437. Craft nightMWR Community Recreation offers a number of crafting opportunities each month at the Sigsbee Community Center. All supplies are provided and patrons are welcome to bring their favorite beverages. Most activities are open to children unless stated otherwise. Pre-registration is required. To register, make full payment at the Tickets & Travel Office on Sigsbee Park. Community recMWR Community Recreation offers events each month that offer the opportunity to explore Key West and other sites. All transportation departs from the Sigsbee Community Center across from the dog park. To reserve your seat, make payment at the Ticket & Travel Office on Sigsbee Park. For pricing and more event details call 305-563-0364 or visit www. NavyMWRKeyWest. com/events.Fitness CenterThe fitness center on Boca Chica is open from 5 a.m. 8:30 p.m. Monday Friday and 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All fitness classes are free to authorized patrons and are designed for all fitness levels, from begin ner to advanced. The fitness schedule is subject to change without notice. Call 305-293-2480 for more information. Monday Yoga 6:30 7:45 p.m., Sigsbee Community CenterJob opportunities There are currently a number of open positions within MWR and NGIS. This weeks highlighted jobs are: Bartenders and Recreation Assistant at multiple MWR facilities. There are also open positions for bartenders, child care workers, maintenance workers and more. For a full list of jobs, visit www. NavyMWRKeyWest. com/jobs.MWR WebsiteMWR has a new website and APP that provides our patrons with a full list of facilities, programs, services and current employment opportunities. Visit to find out what MWR has to offer: Restaurants and bars, sports and fitness, child care, leisure recreation, pool and splash parks, special events, gear rentals, marinas, lodging, discounted attraction tickets and more. Visit the Apple or Android APP store and search for NavyMWR Key West. Other sources of information are Facebook and Twitter NAS Key West MWR and the Weekly Activities Sheet. Email your questions to Vacation Rentals: 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Sailors and DOD civilians are invited to celebrate Independence Day at the Fourth of July Bash at the Beach on Truman Annex behind the Beach Patio Recreation Center. The family event, which is open to all MWR-eligible patrons, runs from 5 8 p.m. Family activities include water inflatables, games, food and drinks, and more. All carnival games are free but the food and bever ages are sold to support a military command fundraiser. An ATM wont be available, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash. After the event, everyone is invited to Truman Beach to watch the Rotary Club of Key West fireworks display. Patrons should bring blankets or chairs to sit on while watching the display. Dont bring fireworks as they are prohibited on all NAS Key West annexes.July 4thcontinued from page 1FR OM THE NA TION AL WEA THER SERVICEIts summer in Florida, a time when the ocean will beckon beach-goers and fisherman. Its also the most active period for lightning strikes. Florida averages 1.45 million lightning strikes a year and ranks number one for lightning-strike related deaths. Each year at the start of summer the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service promote National Lightning Week, which began Sunday, to educate the public on how to avoid being struck by lightning. Lightning is one of the most erratic and unpredictable characteristics of a thunderstorm. Because of this, no one can guarantee an individual or group absolute protection from lightning. However, knowing and following proven lightning safety guidelines can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death. Most lightning victims are not struck during the worst of a thunderstorm but rather before or after the storm reaches its greatest intensity. This is because many people are unaware that lightning can strike as far as 25 miles away from its parent thunderstorm, much farther out from the area of rainfall within the storm. Therefore, if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Seek safe shelter immediately. Remember this lightning safety rule: When thunder roars, go indoors and stay there until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. Do not wait for the rain to start before seeking shelter and dont leave shelter just because the rain has ended. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of thunderstorms is to be prepared. If you have outdoor plans, be sure to familiarize yourself with the latest weather forecast before heading out. Consider taking a portable NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you. Once arriving, determine where you will seek shelter in the event of a thunderstorm and how long it would take to reach that shelter. A sturdy, enclosed structure with plumbing and electrical wiring is safest, but if one isnt available most enclosed metal vehicles are safe alternatives. Keep an eye to the sky for developing thunderstorms. If thunder is heard, if lightning is seen, or even if thunderclouds are developing, get to shelter without delay. The safest location during a thunderstorm is inside a large enclosed structure with plumbing and electrical wiring. These include shopping centers, schools, office buildings and private residences. If lightning strikes the building, the plumbing and wiring will conduct the electricity and eventually direct it into the ground. If no substantial buildings are available, then an enclosed metal vehicle such as an automobile, van, or school bus would be a suitable alternative. Realize that not all types of buildings or vehicles are safe during thunderstorms. Buildings with exposed sides are not safe, even if they are grounded. These include beach shacks, metal sheds, picnic shelters/pavilions, carports and baseball dugouts. Porches are dangerous as well. Convertible vehicles offer no safety from lightning, even if the top is up. Other vehicles which are NOT safe during thunderstorms are those with open cabs, such as golf carts, tractors, and construction equipment. Being inside a house or other building with electrical wiring and plumbing is your safest option during a thunderstorm, but it does not guarantee you will be 100 percent safe from lightning. There are still some lightning safety guidelines you must follow while inside a place of shelter to keep yourself safe: Dont use corded phones: Using a corded phone during a thunderstorm is one of the leading causes of indoor lightning injuries. However, it IS safe to use cordless or cell phones as long as they are not being charged. Stay away from windows and doors: Sitting on an open porch to watch a thunderstorm is also dangerous. It is best to be in an interior room during a thunderstorm. Dont touch electrical equipment or cords: Any device that uses electricity (e.g. computers, televisions, household appliances, etc.) is susceptible to a lightning strike. Electrical surges caused by lightning can damage electronics (even at some distance from the actual strike), and a typical surge protector will do little to protect the device (or the person using it) if lightning should strike. So consider unplugging certain appli ances or electronics, but for your own safety do this BEFORE the storm arrives. Avoid plumbing: Metal plumbing and the water inside are both very good conductors of electricity. Therefore, do not wash your hands or dishes, take a shower or bath, do laundry, etc. during a thunderstorm. Refrain from touching concrete surfaces: Lightning can travel through the metal wires or bars in concrete walls and flooring, such as in the basement or garage. If inside a vehicle: Roll the windows up and avoid contact with any conducting paths leading to the outside of the vehicle (e.g. metal surfaces, ignition, portable electronic devices plugged in for charging, etc.).Keep summer safe avoid lightning strikes


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