Vol. 65 No. 23 Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Aviation Commerce Park One Step Closer to Reality
-Project Expected to Greatly Increase Local Economic Development
By Santa Rosa County Public Affairs Officer Joy Tsobuka
On June 1, Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Santa Rosa County
received approval authority from the Office of the Assistant Under Secre-
tary of the Navy to negotiate a limited use agreement to allow the county to
use taxiways and runways located at South Field, NASWF. This approval
comes after six years of negotiations and partnering by the county, NAS
Whiting Field, Naval Southeast Command in Jacksonville and ultimately
the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Limited access to and use of
the runways and taxiways will permit tenants in the proposed park to use a
6,000 foot runway to bring aircraft requiring maintenance to and from the
Santa Rosa County Commission Chair and District 3 Commis-
a ove grap c s ows a propose runway a on sioner Don Salter comments, "With this announcement, the county can be-
in red as well as the aviation park's expected location, gin work to finalize an agreement with NAS Whiting Field that will make
identified by the right arrow. The agreement allowin gin wr o e an ag nt w cg el at il make
limited use of the Whiting Field runways was recently the Whiting Aviation Park a reality and help bring new, well paying jobs
signed by the Assistant Under Secretary of the Navy. (Cont. on Page 2)
Navy's Top Officer Testifies Before Congress
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Re-
bekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Af-
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations
(CNO) testified before the Subcommittee on Defense, Sen-
ate Committee of Appropriations; the House Subcommittee
on Defense, Committee on Appropriations; and the Senate
Armed Services Committee June 2-4 about his priorities for
fiscal year 2010.
Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, informed Congress
that his top priorities continue to be building tomorrow's
Navy, remaining ready to fight today and developing and
supporting Sailors and Navy civilians. He said the Navy has
made significant progress in all three of those areas in the aval Operations m. ary ougea t, among
last year. with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus tes-
"Sustaining our Navy's maritime dominance re- tify before the Senate Armed Services Committee during the defense
quires the right balance of capability and capacity for the authorization request for the fiscal year 2010 budget request. (U.
S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini
challenges of today and those we are likely to face in the Jones Vanderwyst.
future. It demands our Navy remain agile and ready," CNO he remains committed to a carrier force of 11 for the next
said. three decades.
Roughead stated that the Navy needs a stable ship- "In our drive to build the future fleet, I continue to
building program that provides the right balance for the fleet demand that we accurately articulate requirements and re-
while preserving the nation's industrial base. He said that 10 main disciplined in our processes," Roughead said. "As I
new ships have joined the fleet during the last year and that (Cont. on Page 5)
(Cont. on Page 5)
(Cont. from Page 1)
to the residents of Santa Rosa County. As we move forward with finalizing
the agreement and eventual construction of the park, the protection of the
base's mission will continue to be our number one priority."
The proposed Whiting Aviation Park has the same potential of the
extremely successful Bob Sikes Industrial Air Park located in Crestview,
where a similar joint use agreement is in place with the U.S. Air Force.
The air park employs hundreds of residents in the fields of aviation main-
tenance and the retrofitting of military aircraft.
Since the inception of the proposed Whiting Aviation Park, nu-
merous aviation companies have expressed a strong desire to relocate or
expand their facilities to the park.
Once negotiations with NAS Whiting Field are finalized and the
limited use agreement contract is signed, the next step in the proposed
aviation park will be to meet with potential lessees to discuss possible lease
agreements and their infrastructure needs including utilities, tarmac, taxi-
way and hangers. At that time, the county will then be able to further
explore the many possible funding opportunities including State of Florida
Economic Develop Infrastructure Grants, public/private partnerships and
economic development bonds.
This announcement marks a major milestone in the relationship
that has been developed over the years between NAS Whiting Field and
Santa Rosa County. Crucial to that relationship is the Joint Land Use Study
which was developed jointly by the Navy and the county and adopted in
2004. As a result, thousands of acres around the base and six Navy Outly-
ing Landing Fields in the county have been acquired or otherwise protected
from encroachment which could have adversely impacted the NAS Whit-
ing Field flight training mission. These efforts are known throughout the
Navy as the "Santa Rosa Model" and have been recommended to other
Navy installations around the country as to how to prevent base encroach-
Navy Expands PTS for E-6 Sailors
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Personnel expanded the Na-
vy's Perform to Serve (PTS) program to include all Sailors, E-6 and below, with 14
years or less of service, beginning June 1 as described in NAVADMIN 161/09.
"The Perform to Serve program is an essential tool that allows us to pro-
vide stable and predictable manning to the fleet. It will allow us to keep a balanced
force based on experience, skill sets and seniority matched to requirements," said
Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel.
The NAVADMIN expands PTS to include Zone C Sailors with 10 to 14
years of service. Therefore, all E-6 and below Zone C Sailors with an End of Ac-
tive Obligated Service (EAOS) date on or after Feb. 1, 2010 must submit a PTS
application regardless of their reenlistment intentions. However, Zone C Sailors
selected for or already advanced to chief petty officer are exempt.
According to statistics from the Center for Career Development,
in 2008 almost 90 percent of Sailors who applied for PTS remained in their cur-
rent rating. Quality Sailors who hold ratings in overmanned fields may be offered
reenlistment in an undermanned rating. However, Sailors with a poor performance
history may not be granted permission to reenlist.
Sailors should consult their career counselors about 15 months prior to
their EAOS to complete the required paperwork regardless of reenlistment inten-
tions, or to get more information.
News and Notes
Commissary Happenings Throughout the summer, the
commissary will hold monthly sidewalk sales with prices up to
70 percent off normal costs. This month's sale will be June 18 &
19. Products are expected to include products such as: cereals,
granola, fiber bars, box potatoes, Mexican foods, soups, sodas and
The commissary also is now stocking salads for the health con-
scious consumer. Ceasar, Waldorf, Garden and Chicken salads
with dressings are available.
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 email@example.com.
Shutting Down the Pumps The Navy Exchange will turn
off the fuel pumps beginning 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 5. They will
be remain inoperable through Wed, June 10. McKinney Petro
will be here on the morning of Mon, June 8, to start installation of
the dispensers. Barring any unforeseen problems, the pumps will
reopen for business as usual Thurs, June 11. Contact Linda Larra-
bee, NEX General Manager, at 850-623-0118 with any questions.
Farmers' Market The Riverwalk Farmers' Market will be
held behind the Santa Rosa County Courthouse Thursdays, Sat-
urdays and Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The event is on N.
Willing St. in Milton and artists and crafters may purchase one-day
slots for $10. Call 626-6246 or visit 222.mainstreetmilton.org for
Zoo Tots The Zoo Northwest Florida on Gulf Breeze Parkway
offers a train ride, story time and animal encounters for children 5
and under Tuesdays. Punch cards for eight visits are $40 for adult
with toddler, and $7 for individual sessions. Call 932-2229 for
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t. Cmdr. James Musgraves is promoted to Commander June 1
by Col. Scott Walsh, Commodore Trawing FIVE. His wife, There-
sa, pinned his collar devices. Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing
LTJG Michelle Martinez returns home from a one- year tour in Iraq,
to be welcomed back with a surprise party at Training Air Wing
FIVE Student Control. Helping welcome her back is Patrick Whalen
and Lt. Robert Lindsey Asst. Student Control Officer. Photo cour-
tesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.
ing Center and is now located in Building 1417, Room 182 (same
building as the Atrium). Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5
p.m. New telephone number is 623-7032.
The Sounds of Summer Quietwater Shell on Pensacola
Beach will host music from The Smart Brothers, Friday night June
12; Knucklehead, Saturday, June 13; and Ronnie Levine Sunday,
June 14. All concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m., and are free. Lawn
chairs and blankets are encouraged for the outdoor concerts. Call
932-2257 for more information.
Fort Pickens Party Join members of the Florida Trail As-
sociation for a day of hiking, biking, swimming and picknicking
at Fort Pickens June 13 at 11 a.m.. Hamburgers will be available
for $5 and attendees should bring a covered dish. Call 932-0125
Mid-Summer Night Party The St. Francis ofAssissi Epis-
copal Church in Gulf Breeze will host their annual gala June 13
from 6 to 8 p.m.. Admission is $20 and includes heavy appetizers,
desserts, a silent auction and more fun. Chance and wine toss tick-
ets are $2. Call 932-6467 for more information.
UFOs? Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Ware discusses his
UFO studies in a full presentation at the Santa Rosa Recreation
Center June 14 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Ware has studied UFO's
since 1952 when he witnessed seven alien vehicles over Washing-
ton D.C.. Visit www.unlimited-horizons.org for details.
Seagrass-planting on Dead Man's Island Adults and
children 8 and older are needed to join with members of Emer-
ald Coastkeeper to plant vegetation on the unique, historic island.
Volunteers should meet at the Wayside Boat Ramp in Gulf Breeze
for the shuttle ride or kayak to the island. This event is scheduled
for June 14 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Bands on the Beach By Dr. Breeze Jazz, blues, and clas-
sic rock all provided at the free outdoor concert at the Gulfside
Pavillion on Casino Beach June 16 at 7 p.m.. Dr. Breeze, a native
of New Orleans, has been creating and playing music since he was
10 years old. No pets or glass containers allowed on the beach;
lawn chairs and blankets welcome!
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.
VA Appointments (Call to schedule) Friday, June 19, 0800 1200
The Federal Application Process Monday, June 15, 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.
Credit Management Tuesday, June 16, 0900 1100
The average American family has nine credit cards (1996 American Express Survey); three or four of those are used regularly; the aver-
age 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.
Anger Management Wednesday, June 17, 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.
Home Buying Tuesday, June 23, 0900 1100
A home is one of the most complicated and costly purchases you'll ever make. Getting the best deal at the time of purchase can reduce
"life of the loan" by thousands of dollars. Let us show you how. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
BBB" OK to Continue Auto Line Program
Arlington, Va. (June 2, 2009) The U.S. Court overseeing
General Motor's bankruptcy has approved GM's request to
continue honoring vehicle warranties, including GM's partici-
pation in the BBB AUTO LINE program for consumers that
need help with any warranty-related dispute with the manufac-
BBB AUTO LINE is the world's largest out-of-court
warranty dispute resolution program and has been adminis-
tered for the past 30 years by the U.S. Better Business Bureau
system for GM and most other major brands. BBB offers its
BBB AUTO LINE service to consumers as an informal way
to resolve any warranty disputes they might have regarding re-
occurring problems with a vehicle that they believe may be a
"Both GM and the Court understand that it is abso-
lutely necessary to honor warranties and this decision benefits
consumers by ensuring they will continue to have a free and
easy way to resolve warranty disputes with the assistance of
BBB AUTO LINE," said Steve Cox, BBB spokesperson.
BBB AUTO LINE follows Federal Trade Commission
rules and applicable state lemon law procedures. Most eligible
cases are resolved by a mediated settlement. For cases that go
to arbitration, decisions are made by BBB's professional, vol-
unteer arbitrators. Essentially, consumers may accept or reject
the arbitrator's decision, but the decision is binding on the man-
ufacturer if accepted by the consumer. If the consumer does not
accept the decision, the consumer is free to pursue any other
remedies available under law.
The program's activities are transparent, with audit re-
ports filed annually with the Federal Trade Commission. And
according to the most recent audit of the program, 79 percent of
participants would recommend the BBB AUTO LINE program
to their friends and family who were experiencing automotive
A complete list of participating BBB AUTO LINE
manufacturers is available at the BBB Web site (www.bbb.org).
Full information about BBB AUTO LINE is also available on-
line, including program rules (in English and Spanish) and an
easy to use online complaint form.
BBB AUTO LINE is administered by the Council of
Better Business Bureaus, Inc. in Arlington, Va. Mediation cen-
ters are located in Arlington, California and Florida and arbitra-
tion case hearings are available through more than 116 BBB
offices and branches in every major market in the U.S. and its
NETg and SkillSoft eLearning Courses to be Removed from NKO
PENSACOLA, Fla. Due to funding
cuts for FY-10, nearly 4,000 eLeaming
courses intended for personal enrich-
ment from vendors NETg and SkillSoft
will no longer be available on Navy
Knowledge Online (NKO) as of Oct.
The NETg and SkillSoft cata-
log available through Navy eLeaming
on NKO consists of courses that are
primarily intended for personal enrich-
ment. Courses include content on busi-
ness and professional development,
desktop computing and information
technology including test preparation
for IT certifications.
"Unfortunately, the funding
that supported this catalog of courses
was part of a $25 million cut during the
FY-10 budget cycle," said John Phil-
lips, production requirements manager
for the Naval Education and Train-
ing Command. "As a headquarters,
we have received significant budget
cuts and have had to make some hard
choices on what programs to continue
funding in the future. Although 4000
courses sound like a lot, they represent
only 4 percent of our annual eLeaming
No new enrollments for NETg
or SkillSoft courses will be accepted
beyond Sept. 15. All active enrollments
must be completed by Sept. 30 of this
year to be credited to an individual's
transcript. See NAVADMIN 154/09
for additional information .
For updated information on
what courses are available on Navy
eLeaming, visit the NKO Web site at
CNO Before Congress
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testified last year, effective procurement requires affordable and realistic programs to deliver a balanced future fleet."
He then expressed to Congress how essential the Sailors, Navy civilians and their families are to the Navy maintain-
ing its maritime dominance.
"Our talented and dedicated Sailors and Navy civilians are the critical component to the Navy's maritime strategy. I
am committed to providing the necessary resources and shaping our personnel policies to ensure our people are personally
and professionally supported in their service to our nation," said Roughead.
TRICARE N O TE He concluded his testimony by confirming his dedication to the
SUMMER WIT A SAF SI E Navy, its people and its capabilities. "The men and women, active and
SUMMER WITH A SAFE SIZZLE T
E R WT SA E S E reserve, Sailor and civilian, of our Navy are extraordinarily capable, mo-
TRICARE wants its beneficiaries to be informed ....... ,
.TRICAE wants its b ficiaris to be informetivated, and dedicated to preserving our national security and prosperity,
of potential risks and ways to protect yourself .
of potential risks and ways to protect y CNO said. "We are fully committed to the current fight and to ensuring
and your family. Here are some things to keep in
mind: Heat rash is a skin irritation caused bycontinuedU.S. global leadership in a cooperative world.
excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. To
treat it, move to a cooler, less humid environment
and keep the affected area dry.
Heat cramps may happen if you don't
drink enough fluids when exercising. Symptoms
include painful muscle cramps of the limbs, stom-
ach and back, as well as heavy sweating and ex-
treme thirst. Stop all activity, sit quietly in a cool
place and drink clear juice or a sports beverage.
Heat exhaustion is triggered by excessive
sweating and inadequate fluid replacement, mak-
ing the body unable to supply blood to the brain,
skin and muscles. Treat with rest and cool non-
alcoholic beverages in an air-conditioned place.
Heat stroke occurs when the body's sweat
mechanism shuts down, making the skin hot and
dry and depleting the body of fluids. Heat stroke
is a medical emergency that demands immediate
treatment by a medical professional.
When going out in the heat, here are tips
to prevent heat illness or injury: wear sunscreen
of SPF 15 or higher, drink plenty of fluids, replace
salt and minerals, and wear cool clothes.
Navarre Hosts Recycling Festival
The community event for
Navarre "ReUse, ReCycle, Re-
Vision" has scheduled a new date:
Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., and will be located in the
front parking lot of St. Sylvester
Catholic Church on Hwy. 98.
"On May 23, it rained in
a downpour," said Jones, "so, we
have rescheduled this event for June
20, and will continue our efforts to
inform and entertain the greater Na-
varre area as to benefits of reusing
and recycling existing resources
plus using more energy efficient or
Displays by local busi-
nesses or organizations who have
recycling or energy saving technol-
ogy for the community; Our sepa-
rate: "Trash to Treasure" section
where the goods collected for the
Navarre Fire Department Sale will
be displayed and sold to benefit the
purchase of new equipment for the
Navarre fire house is coordinated
by Lauretta Aiken. You may con-
tact her to donate any items for this
sale by calling: 255-8032. Come
early and find bargains!
Also, Tom and Jan of Island
Time Entertainment, will be host-
ing 'open Karaoke singing' from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The St. Sylvester
Knights of Columbus will be our
'chefs' with hot dogs, hamburgers
and soft drinks for sale. Bring the
family and have a good time seeing
wonderful artworks, great bargains
at the garage sale and secure infor-
mation to make your home or busi-
ness more efficient.
Congrats to Our Newest Wingers
Above: First Row June 5 Winging Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Anne Armstrong, USMC; Lt. j.g. Anna Little, USN; Lt. j.g.
James Wyatt, USN; 1st Lt. Robert Freitas, USMC; Lt. j.g. MazinAlshahrani, RSNF; Lt. j.g. Nicholas Pietrzak, USN; and Lt. j.g. James
Miller, JR., USN. Second Row: Cmdr. OmarAl-Rogi, RSNF; Cmdr. Christopher Heaney, USN; Lt. j.g. Jameson McCort, USN; 1st Lt.
Christopher Scheele, USMC; Lt. j.g. Andrew Hamblen, USN; Lt. j.g. Randall Slusher, USCG; Lt. j.g. James Carbaugh, USN; Lt. j.g.
Joel Snedeker, USN; Lt. j.g. Daniel Holian, USN; and Capt. James Vandiver, USN. Third Row: Lt. Col. Clay Stackhouse, USMC; 1st
Lt. Michael Caceres, USMC; Lt. j.g. Kristopher Huff, USN; Lt. j.g. Justin Wells, USN; Lt. j.g. Maurice Pruitt, USN; 1st Lt. Nicholas
Arnold, USMC; 1st Lt. Brandon Pope, USMC; Lt. John Walters, USCG; and Rear Adm. Michael Mahon, USN.
Below: First Row May 22 Winging Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Christopher Churchill, USMC; 1st Lt. Edward Smythe,
USMC; Lt. j.g. Janis Huston, USN; 1st Lt. William Wilson, USMC; Ens. Christopher Wenzel, USN; Lt. Brian Schmidt, USCG; and Lt.
Col. Mark Schrecker, USMC. Second Row: Cmdr. Christopher Heaney, USN; 1st Lt. Aaron Huffman, USMC; Lt. Edward DiPierro,
USCG; Ens. Aaron Willmarth, USN; Ens. Michael Garcia, USN; Lt. j.g. Michael Umholtz, USN; and 1st Lt. Russell Stanton, USMC.
Third Row: Lt. Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. William Lee, USMC; 1st Lt. Ryan Benes, USMC; Ens. Nicholas Haubrich, JR.,
USN; Ens. Kevin Meier, USN; 1st Lt. Benjamin Nickell, USMC; Lt. j.g. David Sanchez, USN; and Col. John Walsh, USMC. Photos
by Marc Bizzell.