Vol. 65 No. 6 Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Navy League Honors Top Sailors
By 2nd Lt. Nicholas Uzelac, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
The Navy League Santa Rosa County Council recognized
18 of Naval Air Station Whiting Field's finest, Feb. 6, at their an-
nual awards banquet held in Sikes Hall.
The event recognizes the achievements of Whiting Field's
top performing service personnel. Awards were presented to the
Ombudsman of the Year, Sailors of the Year and Flight Instructors
of the Year who have distinguished themselves through their year-
The Navy League uses the event as an opportunity to
thank Whiting Field for its tremendous community presence and to
honor the recipients of the awards. The Navy League also formal-
izes their election and installation of officers and board members
during their official business held following the dinner.
"It [the ceremony] went extremely well. We continue to
grow every year and Whiting Field gives so much to the commu-
nity and we love giving back," said JoAnn Sisson, Vice President
Community Services Navy League Santa Rosa County Council.
Col. John S. Walsh, Training Wing Five Commanding
Officer served as this year's guest of honor. Walsh spoke on how a
strong sea power through sustained presence and maneuverability
is essential to keeping America safe.
and the top Sailors from NAS Whiting Field and its tenant commands
during their annual awards banquet Feb. 6 at Sikes Hall on the base.
Nearly 20 people were recognized by the Navy League for their out-
standing service. U. S. Navy photo by 2nd Lt. Nicholas Uzelac
"What makes our sea power great is the people in the
service through commitment and sacrifice," he said, acknowledg-
ing the awardees as examples of our great military. "As long as our
nation is strong and our nation can afford it America will have the
world's greatest sea power."
Walsh also thanked the community and the Navy League
for their constant support of the war fighters at Whiting Field.
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Sadsad Emphasizes Community Support to Sea Cadets
NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer
Capt. Enrique Sadsad and Cadet Kyle Gentry
cut the cake for the Whiting Division Naval
Sea Cadet Corps' 11th birthday. Gentry was
four months old when the unit was founded.
U. S. Navy photo by 2nd Lt. Nicholas Uzelac.
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field
The Whiting Division of the
Naval Sea Cadet Corps celebrated their
11th anniversary, Saturday evening,
Feb. 7 with a birthday party and awards
ceremony for the unit at the Naval Air
Station Whiting Field auditorium.
Base commanding officer,
Capt. Enrique Sadsad presented the
awards to the cadets and helped cut
the birthday cake to mark the occa-
sion. More than 20 cadets and 40 fam-
ily members were on hand to enjoy the
Community service has been
a touchstone of Sadsad's tour as the
Whiting Field skipper, and he sees that
altruistic spirit being just as important
for the cadets as for the Sailors.
"These Sea Cadets are also a
big part of the community," he said.
"It is important to me to participate and
be active in the local area. The Sea Ca-
dets can bring what the sense of com-
munity they learned here to improve
the active duty ranks."
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"From the Ar-
chives" means ex-
actly what the name
implies. This column
will be dedicated to
presenting facts, an-
ecdotes, and other in-
to Naval history and
traditions. With this being the first column,
it seems eminently appropriate to talk about
the namesake of Naval Air Station Whiting
Field Capt. Kenneth Whiting.
Whiting was born in July 22, 1881
in Stockbridge Mass. He became a Naval
cadet in 1900 and was commissioned as
an Ensign in 1908, after completing his re-
quired sea duty. An innovator early on, he
proved his theory that a man could escape
a submarine through the torpedo tubes by
swimming out of an 18" torpedo tube while
the USS Porpoise was submerged in Manilla
He undoubtedly would have been
an exceptional submariner, but when Naval
aviation took its first "baby steps," Whiting
wanted to be on the forefront. He applied
for the training and became Naval aviator
number 16 (and the final one to train under
Whiting commanded the 1st Na-
val Air Unit in France following the United
States entry into WWI. Later, he command-
ed Naval Air Stations 14 and 15 in England,
duty for which he earned the Navy Cross.
That certainly was enough to cement his
career and establish his legacy, but Whiting
Seeing the potential for aviation
aboard Naval vessels, he, and other officers,
lobbied for three years for permission to re-
fit a ship as, what he called, "an airplane car-
rier." The collier USS Jupiter was converted
to the USS Langley, and Whiting served as
the first executive officer.
Whiting understood the value of
Forward Presence, Sea Control, and Power
Projection long before they became key-
words in our Maritime Strategy. His vision
certainly encompassed the aircraft carrier
surpassing the battleship as the centerpiece
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MCPON Testifies Before
By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan,
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/
SW) Rick West testified before Congress Feb. 4, in his first appearance before the
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs
and Related Agencies.
The committee oversees all military construction projects, quality of life
and veterans affairs-related matters.
West appeared with the other senior enlisted leaders from the Marines,
Army and Air Force in the two-hour hearing, discussing the tone of the force, fam-
ily readiness and other major quality of life issues.
"On December twelfth, the day I took this job," said West, "I told our men
and women that nothing would be more important to me than providing them av-
enues to succeed as Sailors and as Americans. I view this time with you as an un-
paralleled opportunity to speak on their behalf and uphold the promise I made to
some of the non-tradi-
tional taskings the Navy
has grown accustomed to
over the last several years,
but made a point to remind
the subcommittee members
of the service's traditional
"More than sev-
enty-five thousand active
duty and Reserve Sailors
have taken the fight to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West testifies
enemy as individual aug- before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veter-
mentees. Triple that num- an's Affairs and Military Construction on Capitol Hill in
er man our ships at Washington. West appeared before Congress with the Sgt.
Maj. of the Army, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force and
operating on and below the Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
oceans, in the air or boots Communication Specialist 1st Class JenniferA. Villalovos)
on ground as we prosecute
the global war on terror."
West referenced recent visits to Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals
and Navy medical centers when he discussed the obligation to Sailors wounded in
battle. He said that the sacrifices they've made are recognized by the country they
sacrificed so much to protect, and that the dedication to them and their families must
"As some of these Sailors return to their families they present us with a
serious national responsibility. As a Navy, and through your leadership, we are con-
tinually improving the support and care we provide our wounded warriors. Our
commitment to those heroes and their families will never waiver."
Other issues brought before the congressional subcommittee included the
Navy's Homeport Ashore program, which takes Sailors off of ships and into bach-
elor quarters ashore. West said that of all the items on his radar right now, Homeport
Ashore is one of the most important. He said that despite consistent progress, just
under 10,000 Sailors still live on board ships and that number needs to decrease.
The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy usually testifies annually be-
fore Congress along with the senior enlisted leaders of the other services. This was
his first appearance before the congressional committee.
News and Notes
Advancement Exams The Navy advancement exams for
E4, E5 and E6 candidates will occur on the following schedule:
E6 Mar. 5; E5 Mar. 12; and E4 Mar. 19. The E4 and E6 tests
will be held in the Wings Club Ballroom while the E5 exam will
happen in Sikes Hall. All participants must have the uniform of
the day on with their military ID card. No cell phones or watches
are allowed during the examination.
Disney for the Troops Disney parks celebrate the U. S. mili-
tary with free multi-day admisions to theme parks in 2009. Disney
is granting active duty, reserve members on active duty, and mili-
tary retirees a free five-day hopper pass. This includes members of
the U. S. Coast Guard and National Guard. Eligible patrons may
also purchase up to five additional five-day (non-hopper) passes
for $99 each. Tickets are valid up through June 12 for the Califor-
nia park and until Dec. 23 for the Florida parks. See www.disney-
world.com/military or your ITT office for more information.
Mardi Gras Ball The 13th Annual Arc Santa Rosa Mardi
Gras Ball will be held at NAS Whiting Field's Sikes Hall Feb. 21
at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a social hour followed by
dinner, door prizes and a silent auction. Music will be provided by
the Main Street Band. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 per table
of eight. Please RSVP by Feb. 6. Call 623-9320 for details.
Pace Road Work Santa Rosa County began a roadway proj-
ect Jan. 27 which includes the resurfacing of Floridatown Road,
from the bay to Highway 90 and the resurfacing of Chumuckla
Highway from Highway 90 to the Five Points intersection. This
will also include construction of turn lanes at the intersection of
Chumuckla Highway and Giddens Road. Minor delays can be ex-
pected, but road closures are not anticipated. Work is expected to
be complete by May 1. Call the county Public Works Department
at (850) 626-0191 with any questions.
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training Squadron-SIX for his work in "TRAWING FIVE becom.
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The Santa Rosa County Council of the Navy League recognized
NAS Whiting Field's Sailors of the Quarter Friday Jan. 29 during
the Chamber of Commerce's "A.M. Network" Breakfast. Pictured
above are the former NAS commanding officer and Milton City
Manager Brian Watkins; Capt. Enrique Sadsad; retired Navy Capt.
Walt Reese and the honorees. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
)and Disturbed will swing into the Pensacola Civic Center April 7,
at 7 p.m., as part of their North American tour. They will be joined
at the stop by Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch.
Tickets are on sale now for $44.50 General admission floor and
$37.50 for reserved seating through the Pensacola Civic Center
box office or ticketmaster outlets.
Riverwalk Arts Festival Historic Downtown Milton will
host the 21st Annual Riverwalk Arts Festival March 14-15 from 10
a.m. 5 p.m.. The event will feature fine art, folk art, multi-cultur-
al music, and other entertainment. There will also be festival foods
and childrens games. The event is sponsored by the Santa Rosa
Arts and Culture foundation in partnership with the City of Milton.
Call 850-623-8493 or 3117 or see www.sracf.org for details.
Bonnie Raitt in Concert Tickets are on sale now for Bonnie
Raitt's concert at the Pensacola Civic Center. Originally scheduled
for performance at the Saenger Theatre, the March 11 concert was
moved in case the Theatre renovations were not completed. Tick-
ets already purchased for the Saenger Theatre may be exchanged
at the Civic Center Box Office if purchased from a Ticketmaster
outlet or at the Saenger Theatre Box Office. Tickets purchased on-
line may be exchanged by calling Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000.
March Badness Tickets are on sale for the fight card featur-
ing Roy Jones, Jr. March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center. Jones
will square off against Light Heavyweight contender Omar Sheika.
IBF number 2 Cruiserweight B. J. Flores will be featured on the
card along with three Mixed Martial Arts contests. Tickets range
from $28 to $128 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations
and the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office.
Military Discount Recanati's Italian Restaurant's two loca-
tions, on Avalon Highway and Berryhill Road, now offers anyone
with a military ID a 10 percent discount on foods purchased. All
items delivered to the base will receive the same discount with a
$10 minimum purchase. Call 850-626-2778 for information.
Massage Therapy Studio Jennifer Merhige, L.M.T.
(MA53722), a licensed massage therapist provides Swedish, Deep
Tissue and Chair Massages in the NAS Whiting Field Fitness Cen-
ter. Call 352-678-1105 for an appt. and prices.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Credit Management Tuesday, February 10, from 10 am 12 noon
The average American family has nine credit cards (1996 American Express Survey); three or four of those are used regularly; the av-
erage total balance on those cards is $3,900 at the interest rate of 18%. Attend this class to find out ways to better manage your credit.
Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Parenting: 6-18s Wednesday, February 11, from 6 8 pm
Common Sense Parenting: Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals. As a result, FFSC is holding a class that
will provide you with tools that will equip you with the skills for raising responsible and well-adjusted children. This class is for any
parent who wants to "brush up" on their parenting skills or new parents that are not sure of where to begin. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Challenges of Flight School and Marriage Thursday, February 12, from 6 8 pm
Being in Flight School is hard! Being married in Flight School is even harder! This class will help you and your spouse avoid the
common pitfalls of the unique challenges Flight Schools has to offer. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more
information, contact a Work and Family Life Consultant at 623-7177
Financial Planning for Deployment Tuesday, February 17, from 10 am 12 noon
The purpose of this program is to raise or refresh our financial awareness in order to decrease the financial stress of deployment. For
more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Time Management Wednesday, February 18, from 2 3 pm
At the end of the day, do you ask yourself "where did the day go?" and feel like you have accomplished very little on your list of
"things to do?" If you answered "yes" to these questions, this class is for you. The information provided in this class will provide you
with tools that will help you make the most of your busy and demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For
more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Me, Inc. Monday, February 23, from 9 am 12 noon
Learn the skills and techniques needed to establish your own business. This class will assist you in developing a business plan. Class
will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
BBB Warns: Scammers Posing as Magazine Solicitors
Pensacola, Fla. (January 29, 2009)
Your Better Business Bureau serving
northwest Florida has received reports
from local law enforcement of numer-
ous scammers posing as magazine sales
To date, three different busi-
nesses have been identified operating in
northwest Florida: Great Lakes Circula-
tion, Inc., LLS (Lonestar Subscriptions)
and Flord Agency. All three of these
businesses have an F rating from BBB.
However, BBB warns, the name
of the business isn't as important as the
methods employed, which remain rela-
tively consistent from one organization to
the next. Most use young solicitors who
show up on your doorstep with stories
such as how you can help them avoid in-
ner-city troubles by buying their product.
They often claim that they were hired so
they can "stay off the street and
avoid gangs and drugs," or "earn
a college scholarship."
BBB avises you to con-
sider the following: The National
Consumers League estimates that
50,000 children nationwide are
involved in traveling sales crews 0i,
selling consumer items door-to-
door and on city street comers. Youth
groups are transported hundreds of miles
from their homes, often across state lines.
Unfortunately, many of these young peo-
ple are victims. The League has consis-
tently ranked "traveling crews" among
the worst jobs available for youth and
indicates that they can also constitute a
BBB files reflect that the orga-
nizers of these crews may falsely pres-
ent themselves as charitable and civic-
minded groups. In such cases the
organizer is the victimizer. Many
are for-profit operations that keep
your "donation" or "subscription
money" and not pass it along to
any charity, community group or
publisher. The youths are taught
to use high-pressure appeals and
live out of vans and hotels, often
making little or no money.
Certainly, there are legitimate
youth fundraisers. And yes, they may
come knocking. However, the next time
a youth sales crew appears on your door-
step, BBB suggests you ask for the name
of the organization and other details. You
may also want to inquire about the wel-
fare of the young "worker."
For additional information and advice
you can trust, start with bbb.org.
Navy Emphasizes Fiscal Awareness
Through Military Saves Week
Washington, DC-The Navy is
taking the lead with the Depart-
ment of Defense planning efforts
for Military Saves Week, Febru-
ary 22 to March 1, 2009. Events
are scheduled at Navy facilities
throughout the United States and -t
around the world. *
One of the Navy's ma-
jor goals," according to David
DuBois, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Deputy,
Navy Fleet and Family Support Programs and Military Saves Cam-
paign Leader, "is to encourage the Navy community as a whole to take
action for their personal financial readiness, make a commitment to
build wealth and reduce debt, create a culture that promotes individual
financial fitness, and learn more about financial tools and resources
promoted in the Military Saves Campaign."
The Navy hopes to increase participation by at least 20% over
last year. An impressive 45,000 sailors and their family members par-
ticipated in the 2008 week-long event, including the Navy Youth Cen-
ters. CNIC continues to demonstrate its commitment to the program
and is offering Liberty Centers a $500 grant to create a Military Saves
awareness/recreation program in partnership with Fleet and Family
Many Navy bases around the world will offer classes on sav-
ing and investing, basic money management, wise use of credit, retire-
ment planning and many other financial topics. Installations will host
kick-off events, financial fairs, fun runs, fun days, financial carnivals
and scavenger hunts. Much of the Fleet will join the fun with ship-
board events, contests, and other financial literacy activities.
Local Commanders will make proclamations supporting the
Week, defense credit unions and military banks will offer incentives
and special products to help military families boost their savings and
diminish their debt, and many military-affiliated organizations includ-
ing the Better Business Bureau, MWR, Children and Youth, Boys and
Girls Clubs, the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Navy-Ma-
rine Corps Relief Society, Navy Exchange and Defense Commissary
Agency will help reinforce the message to save: Build Wealth. Not
"The Navy is taking the lead in turning the world's best fight-
ing force into the country's best savings team," said Sarah Shirley,
director of Military Saves. "Military banks and defense credit unions
have partnered with Navy at the global and local level in ways that
show how to promote financial stability and asset development, and at
the same time improve your business model.
We hope that other organizations follow this lead."
For those interested in learning more about Military Saves see
BBB Warns About RALs
Pensacola, Fla. (February 2, 2009) Tax season is here and
many Americans are looking forward to receiving a large check
from Uncle Sam. Tax payers are turning to their tax preparers
who offer Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL) essentially an
advance for the amount of your refund. While RALs might be
a good source of instant cash, BBB warns that they come at a
RALs are short-term, high-interest loans. The loan is
repaid when the consumers receive their refunds. The National
Consumer Law Center (NCLC) found that the effective rate for
a RAL can range from about 50 percent to nearly 500 percent.
Before agreeing to an instant refund, the BBB offers
the following advice:
*Consider e-File and Direct Deposit: It's the fastest
and most secure way for consumers to receive refunds; taxpay-
ers can have their money in as little as 8 to 15 days.
*Don't fall for the "convenient" debit card: These
cards are another way for tax preparers to make money. The
debit card often includes hidden fees and some have limits on
how much money you can access at one time.
*Finance purchases other ways: If consumers are look-
ing to purchase specific high-priced items with their refunds,
BBB encourages financing options other than RALs, such as
store credit promotions and offers.
*If you must, then shop around: Consumers can check
out tax preparer's record of integrity and performance free-of-
charge with BBB Reliability ReportsTM, available online at
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The Whiting Division cadets do tremen-
dous volunteer work including projects such
as helping clean up the roadways through the
"Adopt-A-Highway" program, working with
Habitat for Humanity, aiding Humana food banks
annual food drive, cleaning up an old civil war
cemetery twice a year, and more.
"The cadets enjoy doing community ser-
vice," said Tony Chandler, commanding officer
of the Whiting Division of the Naval Sea Cadet
Corps. "It is their way of saying thanks for the
support they receive. Many of our cadets, how-
ever, just enjoy being able to help out those that
Awards presented during the event in-
clude: NSCC Cadet Fred L. Guy promoted to
LC2; SA Keith Krisman, SN Christian Harp,
P03 Katelin Holt, SN Jacob Bell, and Cadet Ed-
die Agrait Jr. received academic achievement
awards; and P03 Katelin Holt and P03 Brad
Correll earned recognition for their community
NSPS Training Available
By Mary Anne Broderick Tubman, from installations throughout the region, to
CNRSE Public Affairs review and explain new procedures estab-
The Department of Defense and lished through NSPS for civilian workforce
Department of the Navy began conversion procedures. Specific topics to be addressed
to the National Security Personnel System are Human Capital Transformation, a con-
(NSPS), in 2006, and most of the instal- version overview, and NSPS fundamentals,
lations within Commander, Navy Region including classification and compensation.
Southeast (CNRSE) began operating under Training will be offered two days
NSPS in 2007. Employees were introduced per month from February through Septem-
to the fundamentals of NSPS through NSPS ber, with one session for supervisors and one
101, which is still available through Navy for employees. Each course begins at 9 a.m.
Knowledge Online (NKO). EST. Most Forward Deployed Detachments
This year, NSPS training is being (FDDs) within CNRSE have VTC capabil-
taken to the next level through two new ity. Training announcements, will be distrib-
courses titled Navigating NSPS for Employ- uted by CNRSE Workforce Development at
ees and Navigating NSPS for Supervisors. NAS Pensacola, Fla. prior to each class.
The eight-hour classes, which will be pre- Course materials can be down-
sented via Video Teleconferencing (VTC), loaded from the following web sites:
have been tailored specifically for DON. https://www.donhr.navy.mil/NSPSDocs/
Like NSPS 101, the training is required for NSPS%20Sup%20PG.pdf (Supervisors)
all civilian employees under NSPS and for https://www.donhr.navy.mil/NSPSDocs/
all military personnel who supervise these NSPS%20Emp%20PG.pdf (Employees).
employees. Employees should contact HRO
Each training session is conducted Pensacola, (850) 452-3337., ext. 3112 for
by Human Resource Operations personnel details.
For more information on the services that NMCRS has to offer or for information
on how to make a donation, pisea call our office at 850-452-2300.
From the Archive
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of the fleet.
His service included: help-
ing to establish many of the tenets
of carrier operations including the
pilot ready room, filming of land-
ings for training, pilot certification
as a requirement for commanding a
carrier, and landing signal officers.
He also made the first catapult as-
sisted launch from the Langley.
Whiting continued to serve
through much of WWII, and unfor-
tunately, died three months before
the dedication of the base that was
to bear his name, and only a year
before the USS Kenneth Whiting
(AV-14) a sea plane tender was
named after him as well.
His name carries a long and proud
history of Naval aviation, and I
think Capt. Whiting would have ap-
preciated the workhorse of aviation
training continuing that tradition.
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Debbie Peterson was recognized as the Ombudsman of the Year.
Lt. Christian Jenkins, VT-2; Capt. Chris Reichl, VT-3; Lt.
Steven A. Ryan, VT-6; Lt. Tom Moyer, HT-8; Lt. Landon Jones, HT-
18; Lt. ShawnE. Conniff, HT-28 and Lt. Cmdr. Brian Peck, TW-5 Re-
serve Component all received Flight Instructor of the Year awards.
Air Traffic Controller First Class Aritha Gregory, NAS
Whiting Field; Hospital Corpsman First Class Pamela Jenkins, Naval
Branch Health Clinic; Naval Air Crewman First Class Tabriz Om-
manney, HT-8 and Naval Air Crewman Jason C. W. Gehringer, HT-28
received Sailor of the Year awards.
Air Traffic Controller Second Class Evan McGroarty, NAS
Whiting Field; Hospital Corpsman Second Class Brandon P. Myers,
Naval Branch Health Clinic; Naval Air Crewman Second Class David
Mellies, HT-8 and Naval Air Crewman Second Class Tomas Olmo-
Carmona, HT-18 received Junior Sailor of the Year awards.
Air Traffic Controller Third Class William Joseph, NAS
Whiting Field and Hospital Corpsman Third Class Essozima Andjo,
Naval Branch Health Clinic were recognized as the Blue Jackets of
Flight instructors from the
various training squadrons
were also recognized for
their outstanding service
at the event. The annual
celebration highlights the
achievements of the top in-
structor from each squad-
ron. U. S. Navy photo by
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Pittsburgh-area Native Designs "Terrible Towel" for Namesake Sub
By Lt. Patrick L. Evans, Com- Harley, a native of Apollo, Pa.,
mander, Submarine Group 2 about 30 minutes outside of Pitts-
Public Affairs burgh, has been assigned to the steel
Groton, Conn. (NNS) -- The Los city's namesake submarine for more
Angeles class fast-attack submarine t han a year. He has been a Steelers
USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returne fan since he can remember.
to Naval Submarine Base New Lon- "I saw them through all seven Su-
don Feb. 4, after a regularly sched- ler Bowl appearances," said Harley.
uled deployment. He didn't actually get to "see" the
Besides celebrating theirUSS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returns from deploymentSteelers' 27-23 victory over the Ari-
homecoming, Sonar Technician (SS)waving its "Terrible Towel." U. S. Navy file photo. zona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII
Art Harley took the opportunity to
celebrate the submarine's namesake city and its Super Bowl
victory by waving a 59 x 30- inch "Terrible Towel."
Harley, a life-long Steelers fan, presented the idea
for the giant "Terrible Towel" to the submarine's command-
ing officer, who approved it. Then the crew went to work.
"There are a lot of Steelers fans on board. They built
the "Terrible Towel" on board from yellow nylon," said
Cmdr. Andrew Jarrett, commanding officer of USS Pitts-
just yet, because his submarine was
deployed, and it is not equipped with the system to watch
TV. His wife and several other people recorded the game for
him, and he'll be watching it on Friday.
A 22 '2 year veteran of the Navy, Harley was "pretty
impressed" when he was assigned to USS Pittsburgh. He
called it a "perfect place to end his career" since he plans to
Harley's blood runs black and gold: "Every port I
pull into, I get my picture taken with my Terrible Towel."
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