Vol. 65 No. 18 Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Whiting Field Listens/Learns from Holocaust Survivor
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
During the Holocaust, approximately two of every three
Jews in Europe were killed. Millions were murdered by death
squads or in concentration camps. Others were tortured and tor-
mented while being forced to live sub-human lives. It is a trag-
edy that is vitally important to remember so that it doesn't happen
Naval Air Station Whiting Field hosted a presentation
called "Never Again What You Do Matters," commemorating the
Military's recognition and remembrance of the Holocaust, Mon-
day, May 4. The annual event is held to help refresh service mem-
bers knowledge of Hitler's genocide and to reinforce their resolve
in preventing such atrocities in the future.
The horrors of the Holocaust are so mind-numbing and
the scale so large that it is impossible for listeners to grasp it fully.
However, Rosa Fruend's personal account gave the audience a
glimpse of the terrors a young girl felt as she was betrayed by her
country, had her personal dignities violated, and saw family and
friends taken away not to be seen again.
In a simple and straightforward dialogue sometimes bro-
ken by emotion, Fruend spoke of her humble beginnings in a small
town in Hungary. Her family was poor, but managed to get by.
Her grandfather was the rabbi and a shoe maker. Barter was the
way of life, and the shoes were traded for bread or vegetables for
the family. Her family moved to Budapest when she was in the
third grade to take industrial jobs there. Life was a little better, but
Dr. Gail Wallen answers questions from the audience with Holocaust
survivors Rosa Freund (center) and Wanda Wolensky (left) during
the Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Naval Air Station Whiting
Field May 4. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
only for a short time.
During the initial stages of Hitler's "Great Plan," Fru-
end's father was called to serve in the Army. Hungary adopted
Germany's rules toward Jews and shortly afterwards, he was put
into forced labor when he was no longer allowed to carry weapons.
Shortly afterward, he was discharged for being too old. He died in
1943 when she was 17.
CNO Focused on Right Programs, Policies
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief
of naval operations (CNO) spoke about
the Navy of today and of the future as
a panelist on the Sea Services Chiefs'
Panel at the Navy League's 2009 Sea-
Air-Space Exposition (SAS Expo) dur-
ing a seminar entitled "Seapower and
America's Security" May 4.
CNO Adm. Gary Roughead
WASHINGTON (May 4, 2009) Chief of Na- participated on the panel with Com-
val Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead mandant of the Marine Corps, Gen.
attends the Navy League Sea Air Space Expo
2009 at the Gaylord National Resort in Na- James T. Conway; Commandant of the
tional Harbor, Md. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen; and
Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Acting Deputy Maritime Administra-
M. Jones/Released) tor, Mr. James Caponiti.
By Mass Communication Specialist The SAS Expo is the largest
2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, maritime exposition in the world and
Chief of Naval Operations Public Af- provides the Navy and other services
fairs an opportunity to interact and meet
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to Support Sailors
with national and international industry
providers working with the latest in sea
power technology. This year's theme,
"National Security, Maritime Superior-
ity and Global Presence," complements
the cooperative maritime strategy and
advances public understanding of the
critical importance of sea power for
America's security and prosperity.
During the discussion, CNO
emphasized how busy the Navy has
been during the last year.
"The Navy is being used ag-
gressively, and the Navy is being used
very hard. In addition to the traditional
deployments and formations that we
have operating around the world, we
have 14,000 Sailors on the ground in
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From the Archives:
Life is not so short, but that there is al-
ways time for courtesy. Ralph Waldo
We have all seen them, crisp uniforms,
marching in precision and saluting in uni-
son. Sideboys are an integral part of ev-
ery change of command or retirement cer-
Jay Cope emony the Navy holds. It is an honor to
Whiting Tower Editor be requested to serve in such a fashion and
an appropriate way to recognize the service
and accomplishments of dignitaries as well as our fellow ship-
mates. But, where did the custom come from?
As most of our customs, it apparently came from the
traditions passed down from the British Navy in the days of
wooden ships (and iron men.) Shipboard Sailors, when ac-
cessing the ship, would use a knotted rope or rope ladder.
Gangplanks were rarely used, so visiting officers from other
ships or other persons of minor importance were accorded the
Jacobs ladder. As many of them were (to be kind) hefty or
aged, truly important visitors were raised from below using
the bosun's chair.
Pulling the chair up using the yardarm was difficult
and took several Sailors. These were called sideboys. One
source, states (jokingly, I assume), that the higher the rank, the
heavier the individual necessitating more sideboys.
Once accommodation ladders became common, it still
was a practice to send a sideboy to hold a boat steady, help a
woman to exit a small boat, or to assist with bringing luggage
aboard a ship. So it could just as easily be that the entourage
of a dignitary or the quantity of his possessions could neces-
sitate the number of sideboys.
However, the number of sideboys today are a mark of
respect for the position obtained. Custom usually dictates six,
but the number of sideboys is increased to eight for Admirals
Regardless, it is a special feeling to walk between those
two rows of my shipmates as I did on the day of my retire-
ment. Equally, it was special to honor my shipmates from the
other side of the red carpet and bullets, and render a respectful
salute to them.
These honors may sometimes seem meaningless or
pointless as consumed as we are with the mission or our daily
work routine. But these ceremonies are unique to those within
the military services, and they instill a sense of pride in what
we do and lend an air of gravity or importance to the occas-
sions in which they are used. I for one hope we never see
them fade away, because they are part of what makes us THE
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Iraq and Afghanistan," Roughead said.
"We see increasing demands for things such as
ballistic missile defense, intelligence surveillance re-
connaissance, proactive humanitarian assistance, mari-
time security and of course the most newsworthy event
in recent times is the counterpiracy operations that sev-
eral nations are involved in off the coast of Somalia."
CNO also spoke about the completion of the
fiscal year 2010 budget, the upcoming Quadrennial
Defense Review, shipbuilding programs and how ev-
erything in the Navy comes back to its people.
"I think it's always important to recognize, to
realize and to go out periodically into the fleet and de-
termine what it is that we're really all about up here
[in Washington]. And that is being able to provide the
right things, the right programs and the right policies
so that our great Sailors can go do the terrific work that
they're doing," Roughead said.
The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition
features more than 150 defense industry exhibits and
professional seminars with top civilian and military
leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense, Home-
land Security, Maritime Administration and the defense
industry who provide up-to-the-minute developments
on policy and programs of the maritime services.
TRICARE Weekly Brief
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH APPOINTMENT
ASSISTANCE IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY
The appointment assistance service is avail-
able to all Active Duty Service Members (ADSM)
and Active Duty Family Members (ADFM) enrolled
in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote or
TRICARE Prime Remote for ADFMs, as well as AD-
FMs enrolled in TRICARE Overseas Program Prime
who have temporarily returned to the United States.
Non-enrolled ADFMs, retired service members, their
families and others should be referred to ValueOp-
tions' normal TRICARE toll-free telephone line at 1-
800-700-8646 for behavioral health care assistance.
The primary goal of the new appointment as-
sistance service is to assist beneficiaries in making
timely appointments for routine and urgent behavioral
health appointments for routine and urgent behavioral
health care. TRICARE Prime access standards con-
cerning wait times apply to all behavioral health care
appointments. If you have a behavioral health condi-
tion that is not a threat to life or limb but could be-
come more serious without treatment, it is considered
urgent. The wait time for an initial urgent behavioral
health care appointment generally should not exceed
News and Notes
Sunset Stampede The Zoo at Northwest Florida's 1st An-
nual Sunset Stampede 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sat, May 21
at Navarre Beach. The race begins at 6 p.m. with a Kids Fun Run
beginning at 5 p.m. The first 500 people to sign up get a t-shirt.
Cost: $20.00 thru 4 Apr, $25.00 after. See www.zoosunsetstam-
pede.org online for more information.
ITT Tickets Your ITT office has discounted tickets to Wild
Adventure in Valdosta, Ga. for $35 a $14 reduction on normal
costs. They also have free 5 day hero salute for Disney world
and free two-park unlimited Universal hero salute tickets in stock.
Finally, just in are discounted Bama Jam tickets. The three-day
concert event in Enterprise, Ala. has a normal cost of $178, but
ITT has them for $99. or call 623-7032 for more information.
Runners' Club Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is
looking for a few good runners for a new runners' club. The club
is for people of all ability levels, and will offer incentives for cer-
tain performance achievements reached. This is a new program
and suggestions are appreciated. Sign up at the Fitness Center or
contact Todd Mooneyham at (850) 665-6102.
Also, the NAS Whiting Field Running Club will hold its Inau-
gural Memorial Day 5-K FUN RUN Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For more information and to reg-
ister please contact Todd Mooneyham at 850-665-6102, Fitness
Center at 623-7412, or the Liberty Center at 623-7472.
Command Picnic NAS Whiting Field will hold their all
hands picnic, May 15. Military, dependents, retirees, reservists,
DOD, contractors, and friends are all invited to join us in this fam-
ily oriented event starting atlO a.m. at the Sports Complex adjacent
the ball fields. There will be plenty of food and fun, with a menu
of: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Cheese Burgers, Bratwurst, Potato
Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Chips, Cookies and beverages.
Taxi Rule Change The Escambia County Board of County
Commissioners unanimously passed the County Taxicab ordi-
nance. It mirrors the City's ordinance on licensure, fares and insur-
ance. It is being sent to the Florida Secretary of State for ratifica-
tion and will be enacted in 30 days. From that point on flat rate
fares will be banned and the meter will rule -If the meter reads zero
the fare is zero. For shared cabs, the fare will be the meter plus
Retaining Our Best and Brightest
Constructionman First Class Robert Brien stands with his wife,
Shari, as she receives a Spouse Appreciation Certificate from Cmdr.
Leif Ballast. Brien reenlisted at the Public Works bldg. Friday May
1. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
junwaru anu upwaru
Lt. j.g. Jitindra Sirjoo is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Friday,
ay 1. Capt. Enrique Sadsad, commanding officer NAS Whiting
ield and Sarah Sirjoo place his new rank insignia on his collars.
U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
$0.50 per additional passenger.
Embry Riddle Registration The Pensacola Campus of
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is registering April 30-May
31 for the Spring II term. Registration times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays in Bldg.
634, Suite 033, 250 Chambers Avenue, NAS Pensacola and on
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-4:00pm in Bldg. 1417, Room
163 on NAS Whiting Field. Add and drop and late registration will
be held June 1-5. New Student Orientation will be held Saturday,
May 30, 8:30 to noon in Bldg. 634, Suite 033. Everyone is en-
couraged to register early. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit
www.embryriddle.edu/pensacola or call 458-1098 for info.
Food Drive Help The Bay Area Food Bank is participating
in the National Letter Carrier Food Drive Saturday, May 9. This is
the largest food drive in the world and our food bank is in urgent
need of volunteers! Individuals place canned/dry goods outside
with their mail which is then picked up by the letter carriers and
transported to post offices. With the help of volunteers the food is
sorted into dry/canned/glass containers. Participating food banks
and shelters will then transport sorted food back to their warehous-
es. The Bay Area Food Bank will be receiving food from the post
offices in Milton and Pace. We are seeking 20 volunteers per site,
per shift to help sort food. The shifts last two hours and are from
1400 to 1600 and 1600 to 1800. Please contact Leah Daugherty
either by phone at (970) 371-4508 or by email at ldaugherty@
bayareafoodbank.org if you are willing to volunteer.
Navarre 5K Run and Walk Lace those running shoes
for the annual run on Navarre Beach May 17. Post-race activities
including awards and music will follow on the Fun Fest festival
grounds. Registration for the 5K is $20 in advance or $25 race
day. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Participants may register on-
line at www.active.com.
Bands on the Beach Feel the Pensacola Beach breeze and
listen to classic rock, 1980s and modern hits from Mass Kunfuzion
at the free outdoor concert, Tuesday, May 12. The weekly concerts
are coordinated by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and feature a
variety of regional artists though the end of September. Concerts
run from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 932-2257 for details.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Welcome to Whiting! Every Thursday 1000 1200
If you are new to NAS Whiting Field or just want to learn more about the Milton Pensacola area, this class is for you! Come find
out about MWR and other recreational facilities, hurricane preparedness, the FFSC and other support services available! Children are
welcome and this is a great opportunity to meet new friends! Join us at the Whiting Pines Community Center any Thursday or call the
FFSC at 623-7177 for more information.
Money & the Move Tuesday, May 12, 0900 1100
APermanent Change of Station (PCS) move can be one of the most exciting adventures of your career as well as one of the best benefits.
However, a PCS move can also become a financial disaster that can take months to recover from if not properly prepared for. Class will
be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Resume Monday, May 18, 0800 1000
"Is it worth your while to invest your time and effort in searching and applying for a Federal Job?" If your answer is "yes", then you
need to attend this class in order to learn how to prepare the best application possible. You will learn how to read an announcement,
analyze core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and how to apply for jobs. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
I. D. Theft Prevention Tuesday, May 19, 0900 1100
3.25 million victims last year? Costs victims $4,800 $10,200 per crime. Loss to businesses and financial institutions is greater than
%50 billion. Attend this class to learn ways to lessen your chances of becoming a victim. Class will be held at the FFSC conference
room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Anger Management Wednesday, May 20, 1300 1400
Is anger affecting your health, your relationships or your work performance? Learn to understand the causes and effects of unhealthy
anger and how to express and release that anger in a healthy way! Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
BBB Warns of H1N1 Flu Scams
Pensacola, Fla. (April 29, 2009) Relying on reports from
online security experts, your Better Business Bureau is
warning consumers to avoid fraudulent e-mails and Web
sites taking advantage of the current H1N1 flu outbreak.
"Scammers keep up with the news and they know
that by using a hook from the day's top headlines, that they'll
be able to catch lots of fish," said Norman Wright, president
and CEO of your BBB serving northwest Florida. "Right
now, issues associated with swine flu and a potential pan-
demic are of global interest and that means scammers have a
very large pond to go phishing in."
According to McAfee Avert Labs, an online secu-
rity company, spammers began pumping out e-mails as the
first accounts ofH1N1 flu were being reported in the news,
accounting for two percent of all spam messages. The mes-
sages include such subject lines as, "Madonna caught swine
flu!" and "Swine flu in Hollywood!" So far, the e-mails have
not contained malware but often link to online pharmacies.
Already, hundreds of Web sites with the term "swine
flu" have been registered, just days following the announce-
ment of the outbreak. BBB warns consumers to be on the
lookout for scams artists who may be preparing to use such
Web sites in a variety of different online scams. At least one
Web site, www.noswineflu.com, is already selling a "Swine
Flu Survival Guide" PDF for $19.95. However, numerous
agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Pre-
vention (www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm) and the
Florida Department of Health (www.doh.state.fl.us/bulle-
tins.html) have such information free-of-charge.
BBB offers this advice to avoid H1N1 flu scams:
* Avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source and
do not click on any links in the body of the e-mail or open
any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail or report it to
the Federal Trade Commission by forwarding the e-mail to
S Don't believe online offers for vaccinations against
H1N1 flu because a vaccine does not exist. For more infor-
mation on swine flu and updates on progress in fighting the
outbreak, go to www.cdc.gov/swineflu
S Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware soft-
ware is up to date and all operating system security patches
have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as
the result ofa spam e-mail about swine flu, you can report it
to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
For additional information and advice you can trust,
start with bbb.org.
Motorcycle Safety Month
By Darren Harrison, Naval District Washington Public
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Acting Secretary of the Navy
B.J Penn said May 1 that motorcycle safety is a priority for
the Department of the Navy and that he looks forward to a
time when motorcycle safety is so instilled in the nation's
culture, that never again does the Navy have to grieve an-
other man killed or lost to motorcycle accidents.
Penn made his comments at the third annual National
Capitol Region Joint Service Motorcycle Safety Event in the
north parking lot of the Pentagon.
"When average Americans think about the dangers
that go into waging war they think of threats in lands far, far
away," Penn said. "But when a year goes by and we lose more
Sailors and Marines on motorcycles, than in support of the
war, we are in many ways referring to a battle being fought at
home in our own backyard and our Marine Corps last year
lost more people on motorcycles than we did in combat."
Celebrities such as the reigning Miss USA, Kristen
Dalton, mingled with service members and military officials
at the event that featured booths with safety information,
three motorcycle simulators and demonstrations by the Pen-
tagon Police and world racing champion Kevin Schwartz.
Also featured was a motorcycle rodeo, a Le Mans
Start Skill Challenge, food by the Grill Sergeant, Personal
Protection Equipment (PPE) demonstrations and a group
"I think the event is going very well; I am very
pleased with the amount ofnon-DoD support we have here,"
said RearAdm. Arthur J. Johnson of the Naval Safety Center.
"This is a great way to kick off the start of May as Motor-
cycle Awareness Month."
Motorcycle trainer Rusty Reynolds, who trains the
Navy SEALs, was on hand to discuss motorcycle protective
gear, as well as demonstrate the differences, in quality, be-
tween a $70 helmet and a $300 helmet.
"In motorcycles you get what you pay for," Reynolds
said. "If you buy a cheap helmet there's a reason it's cheap."
Reynolds said helmets can run as expensive as $700
and that those that have a "crush zone" have a greater ability
to absorb the impact of a crash.
"I like to say stupid hurts," said Reynolds, mention-
ing that some states do not require a rider to wear a helmet.
One of the most popular exhibits at the safety event
was the motorcycle simulators provided by Tulsa-based Sim-
ulator Systems International. The simulators taught the basic
procedures of motorcycle riding and gave more experienced
riders a chance to try their skills on a simulated sports bike.
"You have to be on your game, [the sports bike] is
very touchy. I had to bond with that bike," said Peaches Hain-
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For awhile, the family lived home-
less, rules at the time prohibiting a Jewish
family from owning a home unless two or
more families lived together. So the Fru-
end's existed on the generosity of extended
family members or friends. They weren't
allowed to work, own businesses or even
shop until after most items had been sold to
Then the word came that all the
Jews were being transferred elsewhere.
They were only allowed to take what they
could carry. Rosa, her little sister, brother,
mother and an aunt were lined up for the
trains, stripped, searched by soldiers and
removed of any valuables. They were tak-
en to Auschwitz.
Immediately upon arrival, her
mother was separated out and Fruend can
only guess what happened to her. Her
brother was also removed, and she thought
he was dead for nearly five years until she
received a letter from him after the war.
She, her sister and her aunt were processed
where they were again stripped and shaved
of all bodily hair which was used for mat-
tress and pillow stuffing.
Fruend remembers the daily meals
being a piece of bread and a ladle of black
coffee for breakfast. She says to this day,
without joking, that she suspects the "cof-
fee was dishwater." Dinner was a ladle
of soup which rarely had any vegetables
or meat. During the year she was in the
camps, Fruend dropped to only 70 pounds.
One article of clothing was all that
was allowed. Once
she received a skirt
and blouse, and was
whipped and had the
skirt torn off by the SS
officer. No shoes were
issued or allowed and
the prisoners' feet froze
to the ground. Latrines
had no privacy and
were only allowed to
be used once per day.
Fruend was Col. Scott Walsh, Commander Training Air Wing FIVE at Naval Air
transferred between Station Whiting Field, presents Gail Wallen with a memento from
camps several times, the base and training wing, thanking her for participating in the Ho-
Auschwitz to Birke- locaust Remembrance ceremony at the base. Photo by Jay Cope.
nau and even to the
Mathausen camp. She even remembers be-
ing paraded naked in front of and inspected
by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele.
"If you had so much as a pimple
on your body, he would send you to the cre-
matoriums," she said.
It was a systematic and horrifying
physical and emotional assault.
Dr. Gail Wallen, the Director of
Holocaust Services at Jewish Family and
Children Services of Southern Arizona,
Inc. in Tucson, Ariz. asked a simple, but
horrifyingly difficult question to answer -
"How could these things happen?"
Academically, she can point to
medieval myths that portray Jews as dev-
ils or baby stealers. Literature, such as
Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice,"
often stereotypes Jews as money hungry
U and vindictive. Re-
often viewed, incor-
rectly, Jews as "Christ
Wallen, Hitler played
on these views and
worked to instill a be-
lief that Jews were less
than human. He insti-
racism" by creating
laws that limited Jew-
ish rights and removed
protections from them.
Much of the rest of the
r. Wallen, Director Holocaust ervices rogram at ewis
Family and children Services of Southern Ariz, provided an historic
and academic perspective to the Holocaust prior to Rosa Freund's nothing to prevent it.
first-hand experiences were told to the audience. U. S. Navy photo During one
by Jay Cope. global meeting, she
says that Hitler asked who would take the
Jews from his land, and only the Domini-
can Republic agreed to bring any within
their borders. The message was clear he
could do what he wanted.
"Whatyou will hear today is a gift,
a legacy," said Wallen. "It is also a burden.
Silence is assent. Once you receive the
gift, what will you do? Will you stand up
and be accountable, because you [military
personnel] are what stands between us and
this happening again."
In today's sanitized society, it is
hard to accept that these atrocities hap-
pened, and indeed still happen in places
like Bosnia and Rwanda. The world today
probably considers itself very civilized, but
Col. Scott Walsh, Commander Training Air
Wing FIVE who gave the closing remarks
for the ceremony, reminds us that "perhaps
we aren't as civilized as we think." But
that one of the great differences in America
is the oath of service, service persons take.
During World War II, the Germans took an
oath to Hitler. The American military takes
their oath to the Constitution. The military
protects the social contract between the
government and the people.
"If there is good in this world,
there is also evil...," he said. The warrior
class of our nation is in this room today.
There is always something worth fighting
for. We defend something we believe in.
We are the keepers of the Constitution...I
want you to understand that there is no
higher moral obligation than the defense of
a nation. How we do it though is what sets
us apart. Our character, the character of
each and every man and woman in uniform
is what makes us different."
CDC Provides Tips for Dealing With
The H1N1 flu virus is causing ill- If Ill, Avoid Contact With Others
ness in infected persons inthe United States If you are sick, you may be ill for a
and countries around the world. CDC ex- week or longer. You should stay home and
pects that illnesses may continue for some avoid contact with other persons, except to
time. As a result, you or people around you seek medical care. If you leave the house
may become ill. If so, you need to recog- to seek medical care, wear a mask or cover
nize the symptoms and know what to do. your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In
Symptoms general you should avoid contact with oth-
The symptoms of this new H1N1 er people as much as possible to keep from
flu virus in people are similar to the symp- spreading your illness. At the current time,
toms of seasonal flu and include fever, CDC believes that this virus has the same
cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, properties in terms of spread as seasonal
body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. flu viruses. With seasonal flu, studies have
A significant number of people who have shown that people may be contagious from
been infected with this new H1N1 virus one day before they develop symptoms to
also have reported diarrhea and vomiting, up to 7 days after they get sick. Children,
The high risk groups for the H1N1 especially younger children, might poten-
flu are not known at this time but it's pos- tially be contagious for longer periods.
sible that they may be the same as for sea- Treatment for The Seriously Ill
sonal influenza. People at higher risk of It is expected that most people
serious complications from seasonal flu will recover without needing medical care.
include people age 65 years and older, chil- If you have severe illness or you
dren younger than 5 years old, pregnant are at high risk for flu complications, con-
women, people of any age with chronic tact your health care provider or seek medi-
medical conditions (such as asthma, dia- cal care. Your health care provider will de-
betes, or heart disease), and people who termine whether flu testing or treatment is
are immunosuppressed (e.g., taking immu- needed. Be aware that if the flu becomes
nosuppressive medications, infected with wide spread, there will be little need to
HIV). continue testing people, so your health care
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line, who has been riding motorcycles for 25 years. "I like to say that riding a mo-
torcycle is like tap dancing on a land mine. You have to know what you are doing
and be careful."
For fiscal year 2008, sports bikes were in 88 percent of Navy and Marine
According to figures on the Naval Safety Center Web site, as of March 15
the Navy had experienced 14 deaths in fiscal 2009 from motorcycle-related acci-
dents and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) had experienced 22.
In fiscal 2008 the U.S. Navy experienced a total of 33 fatalities and the
USMC had experienced 25. In the three years, fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2008, there
were a total of 139 deaths across the Navy and Marine Corps.
"Three years ago a motorcycle accident took the life of a friend of mine, a
friend named Richard Dawson. Richard was not just a member of the Navy family
he was also one of my best friends," said Penn. "A purple heart recipient, Richard
survived extreme combat conditions in Vietnam but he could not survive an ex-
treme motorcycle collision in Virginia."
Penn said the best way to honor Dawson and the other Navy personnel
who have died as a result of motorcycle accidents is to make motorcycle safety a
"Just last year the services stepped up their efforts to reverse that disturb-
ing trend," Penn said. "Statistics are showing that your efforts are working, which
is encouraging, but you don't work such long hours and make so many sacrifices
[just] to improve statistics."
H1N1 Flu Virus
provider may decide not to test for the flu.
Antiviral drugs can be given to
treat those who become severely ill with in-
fluenza. and must be prescribed by a health
There are two influenza antiviral
medications that are recommended for use
against H1N1 flu. The drugs that are used
for treating H1N1 flu are called oseltamivir
(trade name Tamiflu ) and zanamivir (Re-
lenza ). As the H1N1 flu spreads, these
antiviral drugs may become in short sup-
ply. Therefore, the drugs will be given first
to those people who have been hospitalized
or are at high risk of complications. The
drugs work best if given within 2 days of
becoming ill, but may be given later if ill-
ness is severe or for those at a high risk for
Emergency Warning Signs
If you become ill and experience
any of the following warning signs, seek
emergency medical care.
In children emergency warning
signs that need urgent medical attention
include: fast breathing or trouble breath-
ing; bluish or gray skin color; not drinking
enough fluids; severe or persistent vomit-
ing; not waking up or not interacting; being
so irritable that the child does not want to
be held; and flu-like symptoms improve but
then return with fever and worse cough;
In adults, emergency warning
signs that need urgent medical attention
include: difficulty breathing or shortness
of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or
abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion;
and severe or persistent vomiting; flu-like
symptoms improve but then return with fe-
ver and worse cough.
To help reduce the spread of the
virus, cover your nose and mouth with a
tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw
the tissue in the trash immediately after
you use it; wash your hands often with
soap and water, especially after you cough
or sneeze; avoid touching your eyes, nose
or mouth germs spread this way; try to
avoid close contact with sick people; and
if you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay
home for 7 days after your symptoms begin
or until you have been symptom-free for 24
hours, whichever is longer.
Learn more about the disease
and appropriate precautions by visiting
the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/