Vol. 65 No. 20 Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Whiting Field FFSC Prepares for Family Emergencies
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field responses for a possible storm striking
Public Affairs their facilities. The past few years have
Imagine that a hurricane has taught many lessons, and the Navy is
just passed through. A family's home working diligently to ensure people are
has flooded, damaging a lifetime of prepared for a worst case scenario. Part
possessions. There are widespread of that planning is an annual exercise
power outages, and much of the food called HURREX Citadel Gale.
has spoiled. The family may be with- One of the lessons learned
out ready cash, have no where to take through past experience, is the impor-
their pets, and don't know where to tance of ensuring family support pro-
turn. grams are brought into the response Members of the Emergency Family Assis-
During the past few years, this plan for such an emergency. For the tance Center from the NAS Whiting Field
Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC)
has been an all too familiar occurrence. first time, this year FFSCs' Emergen- receive a hurricane update during Hurrex
However, the Navy takes care of their cy Family Assistance Centers (EFAC) Citadel Gale 2009. The team's participation
own, and the Fleet and Family Support were brought in to the drills. NASWF's in the drill was a first for the center. U. S.
Centers (FFSC) across the globe as Fleet and Family Support Center was Navy photo courtesy ofFFSC.
well as here at Naval Air Station Whit- happy to play a role. Whiting Field's FFSC Director," but
ing Field stand ready to help. While being a part of the over- never before in the master plan of the
With the 2009 Hurricane sea- all drill planning process was new, the exercise. We are finally a formal part
son fast approaching, Navy bases concept of the EFAC preparing for a of the Navy's comprehensive emergen-
across the Gulf Coast and Eastern hurricane has been done for years. cy family response."
Seaboard, including Naval Air Station "We have been doing this for The EFAC is intended to serve
Whiting Field (NASWF), are preparing a long time," said Bill Lawson, NAS (Cont. on Page 2)
Mabus Sworn in as New Navy Secretary of the Navy
From Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Ray Mabus, former Mississippi gov-
ernor and U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was
sworn in May
19 as the 75th
Secretary of the
Sthe Navy and
Mabus will be
an annual bud-
get in excess of
nora ay us Is sworn m as
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) by Jeh Johnson, $150 billion and
General Counsel for the Department of Defense, almost 900,000
during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Holding the people.
Bible for Mabus is Yeoman 1st Class Timothy The secre-
James, a member of the Secretary of the Navy tary of the Navy
staff. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication is responsible for
Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released) conducting all
the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting,
organizing, supplying, equipping, training and mobilizing. Addi-
tionally, he oversees the construction, outfitting and repair of naval
ships, equipment and facilities and is responsible for the formula-
tion and implementation of policies and programs that are consis-
tent with the national security policies and objectives established
by the president and the secretary of defense.
Prior to joining the administration of President Barrack
Obama, Mabus served in a variety of top posts in government and
the private sector. In 1988, Mabus was elected governor of Missis-
sippi where he stressed education andjob creation. In 1994, he was
appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia, where during his tenure,
the Kingdom officially abandoned the boycott of U.S. businesses
that trade with Israel. Mabus also was chairman and chief execu-
tive officer of Foamex, a large manufacturing company, and also
served as a Navy surface warfare officer aboard the cruiser USS
Mabus is a native of Ackerman, Miss., and received a
bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi, a master's
degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from
Harvard Law School.
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as a one-stop shop for personnel affected by the event. FFSC staff works
closely with lodging, child care, Chaplains, housing, legal, Navy and Marine
Corps Relief Society, medical, ombudsmen, Red Cross, FEMA and other
agencies and departments to ensure the needs of affected families are met.
Following an emergency, there are always people adversely impact-
ed. Some may have not prepared thoroughly "The fact that we are
enough, some may have had their homes dam- ormally included in
aged or destroyed, and others may have emo-
t he Emergency Re-
tional issues stemming from the disaster, but
all will need help. ponse Plan shows
FFSC set up the EFAC for the May 8- that leaders recognize
14 drill to practice dealing with some of these the value of family
real world issues. After the hurricane "struck" support to the Navy's
the Pensacola area, base Sailors role-played overall response to a
those persons needing assistance in the after-
math of the storm. For safety and economic crisis,
concerns a few items like the generators for -- Bill Lawson
the site were simulated. Otherwise the drill FFSC Director
was treated as a true world event.
"For Fleet and Family, this represents a coming of age. The fact that
we are formally included in the Emergency Response Plan shows that lead-
ers recognize the value of family support to the Navy's overall response to a
crisis," Lawson said.
FFSC moved their location from the Whiting Field office, to the
housing community center. Staff personnel brought their portable kits with
necessary forms, office supplies, and equipment to the center, and set up sta-
tions to help the family members. A "triage" area was even set up to ensure
the most important cases were seen first.
The set-up impressed Aviation Boatswain's Mate Second Class Sta-
cey Eaton who served as one of the simulated clients. His script involved a
tree falling into his house.
"I was very impressed. They had a panel set up and the lady went
over everything. They made sure I had a place to stay in housing, set me up
with NMCRS to get some emergency cash and answered every question I
had. I am confident if something happened, I would be taken care of."
Lawson thought that team's response to HURREX Citadel Gale
went well, but also served to identify a few areas for improvement. The
most significant of these is to work harder to inform families about hurri-
cane preparedness and the need to protect their assets.
"While our service members are for the most part aware of the need
to prepare for disaster, their family members are not. We also discovered
that a lot of myths or misperceptions exist. For example, many of our role
playing service members were not aware that they need to maintain renters
insurance to cover their personal property if they rent on the economy or
reside in Whiting Pines housing area."
However, the FFSC team was able to establish the center within
two hours of notification, and was able to show the ability to respond to the
emergency needs of their clients, which were primary goals.
"Citadel Gale was an effective training process which provided the
FFSC and our other partner agencies with an opportunity to polish their re-
sponse and recovery processes which will be needed following a disaster,"
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.
DEFY Sign Ups For everyone's convenience, Staff and Youth
applications for the 2009 DEFY Program, as well as flyers about
the Program, are now available to download from the new NAS
Whiting Field website at: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/WhitingField/
index.htm. Please contact HM1 Clara Davis at the Branch Health
Clinic at 452-8970 ext 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tennis Anyone? USPTA's "Tennis Across America 2009:"
Saturday, May 23, 2009 -- Pensacola Junior College, Milton Cam-
pus; Saturday, May 30, 2009 -- Pensacola Junior College, Main
Children/Junior sessions are 8 10 a.m, with the Adult/
Senior session following from 10 a.m. to noon. Loaner rackets are
available and there are lots of tennis balls to hit, light refreshments
to have and fun tennis on the courts. Please contact Mario Alva-
rez, USPTA/USPTR, at 623-2911 for further information.
Kecognizing uur test ana lrigniest
More than 20 Sailors received awards during Naval Air Station Whit-
ng Field's awards ceremony May 15. Capt. Enrique Sadsad present-
-d the awards prior to the Safety Standown in the base auditorium.
Elere he presents AC1 Knight Holten with her Navy Achievemeni
Medal. U. S. Navy photograph by Jay Cope.
t's a Party
Members of NAS Whiting Field, Training Wing FIVE and other ten-
ant commands enjoy the food prepared by the volunteers from Santa
Rosa County. To see more photos from the event turn to page 7. U.
S. Navy photos by HM1 Nathan Antonio.
Navy College The Navy College office is now open onboard
NAS Whiting Field. They are located in the Atrium, Bldg. 1417
room 168. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday with the
TA workshop held at 11 a.m.
Wings Club Luau The 2nd Annual Luau will be held at
the Wings Club All Hands Pool from 1300-1700, Sat, 23 May 09.
The Crow's Nest will be open for everyone's enjoyment (specialty
drinks will be available):Enjoy Roasted Pig, BBQ Chicken, Sweet-
and-Souur Meatballs, Asian Slaw, Egg Rolls & Pineapple Cake for
only $5. The pool will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for family
enjoyment (cost is free to use the pool). Anyone wishing to eat
between 1-5 p.m. while enjoying the pool will have to pay $5.00.
Please contact the Wings Club at 623-7311 for more information.
Library to Close for Renovations The Santa Rosa Coun-
ty Milton Library will be closed from Friday, May 29 Sunday,
June 21 for carpet replacement and minor renovations. During
this period, all other county libraries in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Navarre,
and Pace will be open. Library materials will not be due during
the time the library is closed. The Milton Library will reopen on
Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. and resume regular hours. The Santa
Rosa County Library System is a department of the Santa Rosa
County Board of County Commissioners. Libraries are located in
Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre, and Pace. Further information
is available at http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
Road Closing Forthose ofyouwhojog onperimeterroad,effective
immediately, Perimeter Road is closed until further notice. If you
have any questions, please contact Security at 623-7709.
New Hours for Troy U. As Troy University settles into their
new offices in Bldg. 1417 behind the command building, they are
also offering extended hours to serve NAS Whiting Field students.
There is a new Student Service Receptionist available to counsel
current or potential students from 10 a.m. 2 p.m Mondays through
Fridays beginning May 25. A Student Service Advisor will also be
available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. 4 p.m.. Call (850)
981-0333 or email email@example.com for more details.
Embry Riddle's New Home Embry Riddle has moved to
Bldg. 1417 in Room 163, on NAS Whiting Field. Whiting office
hours are Mon. and Wed. from 9:00 am 4:00 pm.
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.
Consumer Awareness Tuesday, May 26, 0900 1100
According to the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, fraud cost consumers over 40 billion dollars every year. Some offers are truly
fraudulent and are illegal, most however, are simply rip-offs and misrepresentations. Don't be a victim! Class will be held in the FFSC
conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
VAAppointments (Call to schedule) -Friday, June 5, 0800 1200 & Friday, June 19, 0800 1200
Time Management Wednesday, June 3, 1300 1400
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 informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Pick a Partner Session 1: Monday, June 8, 1800 2000 Session 2: Monday, June 15, 1800 2000
Learn about the warning signs of a difficult partner, relationship skills essential for a healthy relationship, five key areas that you need to
explore during the dating process, the difference between "acting like a jerk" and "being a jerk", and how to follow your heart without
losing your mind. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Financial Planning for Deployment Tuesday, June 9, 0900 1100
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.
Navy Dealing With Impact of High Retention/Low Attrition
By Chief Mass Communication Spe- "The cumulative effect of the to stay. We have a rare opportunity nov
cialist (SW) Maria Yager (manpower) reductions over the last six with great morale, great compensation
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The to eight years and the increased individu- and stabilized end strength to shape th
chief of naval personnel (CNP) talked al augmentee demand demonstrated that Navy of the future and retain the bes
with Sailors and civilians at the Navy's if we hadn't pulled out of the force reduc- Sailors with the right skills.
personnel and manning headquarters tion glide slope, you would be experienc- "Not all Sailors but the bes
May 7 to discuss the future of the force ing more significant impacts than you are Sailors with the skills we need will b
and the hold on permanent change of sta- now," said Ferguson referring to the Na- retained through the Perform to Serv
tion (PCS) moves throughout the sum- vy's $350 million dollar budget shortfall process," said Ferguson.
mer. which has in part impacted PCS transfers In the past months, the Navy ha
"We started this fiscal year with through the end of the fiscal year. introduced several performance-base
an end strength of about 332,230 ac- The other factor contributing to measures designed to help stabilize th
tive-duty Sailors. We sit today at about the hold on PCS moves was a change in force including controlling short-tern
332,280 active-duty Sailors. We have the accounting system which requires the extensions, time in grade waivers, senio
stopped reducing the size of the force, and Navy to fund PCS orders when they are enlisted continuation boards and Perforn
we are stabilizing in response to a strain written versus when the orders are ex- to Serve expansion. These programs al
placed on watch standers in the fleet and ecuted. This paired with record retention low the Navy to keep a balanced forc
the individual augmentee demand," said and fewer separations from attrition has based on experience, skill sets and se
Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, CNP, during slowed the number of Sailors leaving ac- niority matched to the requirements.
his visit to Navy Personnel Command. tive duty and required the Navy to divert "You are worth every penny an
The Navy has been reducing the money for payroll instead of previously every benefit you have earned throug
size of the force for several years at a rate
of approximately 10,000 Sailors annu-
ally, but according to Ferguson the time
has come to level off.
"Attrition is significantly down.
So those individuals who may have ter-
minated their service early are choosing
your service. What we ask in return is a
commitment to the organization -- per-
formance. I think it is a pretty fair trade,"
TRAWING FIVE Paints Their Hearts Out for Museum
In all, the students, from Training Air Wing FIVE (TW-
5), put in more than 268 hours of volunteer effort to brighten up
the museum and a separate bridge tender's house from the 1890s.
It is work the students do to try and make a difference in the com-
"It's really great, because the people are so appreciative,"
said Ens. Melinda Montano, Community Outreach Coordinator for
TW-5. "They rely on the volunteers...We had the resources to
help, so we wanted to help."
The Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen were
students waiting to begin their flight training at TW-5. Each of the
volunteers agreed to take one four-hour shift sanding, priming or
painting at the site.
The work is part of a cooperative program called "Paint
Your Heart Out." Santa Rosa Historical Society and Santa Rosa
Clean Community teamed-up to begin the initiative designed to
paint houses for low income residents and not-for-profit agencies.
rs, aes, Airmen an oast uasmen rom ramng Air
Wing FIVE help paint the exterior of the West Florida Railroad Mu- Manpower and money are the driving forces behind mak-
seum during the week of May 11. The students put in greater than 260 ing these programs work. When TW-5 learned of the need, they
man hours to give the facility its first new look since the 1980s. Photo found a way to help out. It is an effort appreciated by the Museum
courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE. as they try to prepare for the 100th anniversary of the building.
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs The museum was a former railroad depot for the L&M railroad.
The West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton received "We don't have the resources needed to accomplish this
a make-over courtesy of more than 40 student Naval aviators the without volunteers," said George Wilson, one of the museum's
week of May 11. The aspiring pilots took turns working on the staff who help operate the facility. "The volunteers from Training
building which hadn't been painted since the 1980's. Air Wing FIVE were instrumental in getting this done."
COME JOIN THE FUN TRICARE NOTE
NEW HUMANA MILITARY WEB PAGES
At the KEEP BENEFICIARIES INFORMED
2nd Annual Military Appreciation
When you visit the Humana Military Web
Site at www.humana-military.com, you'll notice that
K ARAO KE NIGHT we've enhanced or added pages to serve you better.
The following are highlights of just some of the en-
National Guard and Reserve
On Friday, May 29th To access this newly enhanced section of the
At Ace's Bar NAS Whiting Field Web site, simply click on the National Guard and Re-
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. serve link from the Humana Military home page.
Appetizers will be provided
Prizes & Give-a-ways to Active Duty Military & AchieveSolutionsR
NAS Whiting Civil Service To access the AchieveSolutionsR site, click
on "Behavioral Health" under Beneficiary Resources
It's sure to be a BLAST... on the Humana home page. For more information, call
See you there !I! ValueOptions at 1-800-700-8646.
Sponsored by the SRC Chamber of Commerce
In Honor of National Military Appreciation Month Warriors in Transition
You can find information on this new program
by clicking on "Warriors in Transition" under Benefi-
ciary Resources on the Military home page.
May Safety Training Schedule
27 May -0800-1600-AAA-DIP
28 May -0730-1430- Experienced Rider Course
29 May -0730-1700-Military Sport Bike Course
30-31 May -0730-1600-Basic Rider course
Military Sport Bike Rider Course (MSRC) is mandatory for all ac-
tive duty personnel who ride on or off base and all DoD civilians whc
ride sports bikes on base. The MSRC also meets the requirement foi
the new three year re-qualification to receive a decal for base access. Tc
qualify for the MSRC you must have completed an approved Motor-
cycle Safety Foundation approved Basic Rider Course or Experienced
The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is a 15 hour course designed for be-
ginners or personnel who have not rode in a long period of time. It alsc
meets the State of Florida requirement for a motorcycle endorsement
on your license. The BRC is mandatory for active duty personnel whc
ride on and off base and all DoD civilians who ride on base.
The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is a one day course and is
designed for refresher training. The course meets the requirement foi
the three year retrain requirement, except for personnel who ride sports
bikes. Sports bike riders must complete the MSRC every three years.
Enroll at www.navymotorcyclerider.com or contact Michael McMillan
at (850) 452-3674 or Mike Amos at (850) 623-7180.
...And a Fun Time Was Had By All
Volunteers from Santa Rosa County
hosted the 2nd Annual Military Ap-
preciation Picnic at Naval Air Sta-
tion Whiting Field, Friday, May 15.
The day provided military personnel
from the base and tenant commands,
civilian workers, contractors, and all
their families a day to relax, savor
good food and enjoy the fun and
Above center: The chow line is al-
ways the first place to go during a
picnic, and members of the Whiting
Team did a number on the hot dogs,
hamburgers and chips available.
Family members, like one of the
Fischer twins (shown above right),
seem to enjoy the water slide more
than any other game on the hot day.
Center: ABHCM John Floyd gets
an exhuberant pie in the face from
his son as a fund raiser for Navy and
Marine Corps Relief.
Below right: Ens. Bob Reeves chows
down on one of his hot dogs during
the hot dog eating contest. He fin-
ished one shy of winner Lt. j.g. Mike
Flint in the race for a $100 gift card.
Below center: Volunteer grilled up a
bounty of hot dogs and hamburgers
for the day. More than 30 volunteers
donated their time to make the day a
great one for the base.
Below: Lt. Mike McDonough not
only experiences the shame of a pie
in the face, but then has to police his
own trash too. The five pie recipients
were good sports and raised several
hundred dollars for NMCRS. U. S.
Navy photos by Jay Cope.